Which to sell: '11 iMac or '09 Mac Pro?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by centinana, Jul 2, 2012.

  1. centinana, Jul 2, 2012
    Last edited: Jul 2, 2012

    centinana macrumors newbie

    Jul 2, 2012
    Which would you sell? I inherited both systems so don't want to have one just sitting around depreciating.

    I've got a:
    iMac (27-inch Mid 2011) i7-2600 @ 3.40 GHz @ 4 GB ram
    Geekbench score of 12682
    Mac Pro (Early 2009) Intel Xeon X5550 @ 2.66 GHz
    2 processors, 8 cores, 16 threads @ 16GB ram
    Geekbench score of 16129

    I'm doing video/photo editing -- so I'm using Esata (on the MacPro) and not really using the iMac for work yet.

    Do you think the iMac's thunderbolt outweighs the Mac Pro's easier upgradeability? (Still haven't upgraded to a SSD yet).

    FWIW, I just bought a rMBP for the road.

    Any advice?

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  2. aPple nErd macrumors 68030

    aPple nErd

    Feb 12, 2012
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    wow tough choice. i would stick with the mac pro although the iMac is more current. for your video photo editing the i7 should do the trick. although the mac pro will be better but its older. thats a REALLY tough choice.
  3. 12dylan34 macrumors 6502a

    Sep 3, 2009
    If it were me, I would definitely keep the Mac Pro and sell the iMac. Not only is it more powerful, but it's much more upgradable. The Mac Pro also has PCIe connections that are faster than Thunderbolt. Do you have a nice display to go with the Mac Pro?
  4. violst macrumors 6502


    Jun 14, 2012
    I agree. Keep the mac pro and sell the imac.

    For what you are doing the mac pro is hands down the better choice.
  5. centinana thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jul 2, 2012
    Yeah, I'm doing a dual-screen: 24' LED Cinema Display and an older DELL 2408.

    Sounds like the Mac Pro should stay.

  6. rjphoto macrumors 6502a


    Mar 7, 2005
    You didn't say. How many drives do you have inside the MacPro?

    Add a solid state and keep the MacPro... I'm guessing you have an empty drive bay...

    Internal drives are much cheaper than a external Thunderbolt drive and about as easy to swap out...

    Buy a couple of extra drive brackets just to make swapping easier. (However, they are NOT HOT Swappable...).
  7. centinana thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jul 2, 2012
    I've actually only got 1 internal -- a WD 640GB 7200 RPM.

    But using an Esata dock (VoyagerQ & knock-offs) I've been hot-swapping tons of WD 7200RPM drives on a per-project basis.
  8. Aameiel macrumors regular


    Jan 22, 2011
    Cape Coral, FL
    Keep the Mac Pro for sure its a better choice for what you do .

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