Which would you rather have?

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by crazeazn, May 25, 2014.

  1. crazeazn macrumors member

    Mar 20, 2009
    mac pro 3,1 2008 2.8 octo core, 10 gigs of ram/ radeon 5870

    or current i7 mac mini base

    heaviest use is lightroom and photoshop

  2. cypriot macrumors regular

    Oct 14, 2011
    2008 tech is very old and i am pretty sure it wont support future updates at some point. I would rather wait for an a mini update if i could or get the current one put an ssd and more ram. Imac could be another option for photography use.
  3. 0x2102 macrumors member

    Feb 1, 2014
  4. macs4nw, May 25, 2014
    Last edited: May 25, 2014

    macs4nw macrumors 601


    That's a difficult question, but I will say aside from lack of future software support, the latest WiFi technology and USB3 or Thunderbolt support, that 2008 MacPro is still a 'beast', and will probably outperform the current i7 base Mini, however other than for the most processor-intensive tasks, a maxed-out 2013 27" iMac will run circles around that 2008 'octo' Pro, but that's of course not really a fair comparison, and perhaps also more than you're willing to spend.

    I'd say wait till after WWDC to see if anything is announced re the MacMini, or what's in its future.
  5. applereviewguy macrumors regular

    Aug 22, 2011
    2008. You can still get cheap-ish RAM. Bought 8GB for my 2006 for $26!

    Also GPU's are very important to me, and the mini doesn't excel in that department.

    Also you can upgrade to 3.2GHz 8 Cores for about $120
  6. Macsonic macrumors 65816


    Sep 6, 2009
    For Lightroom and Photoshop both the 2008 Mac Pro or the Mac Mini will be adequate. I've used those apps in various machines. It will depend on your workflow needs and setup. I like to have lots of internal HDs plus the option to upgrade the video card so I would stick to the Mac Pro.
  7. crazeazn thread starter macrumors member

    Mar 20, 2009
    I currently have the 08' and was considering a trade... thats all..
    with both having SSDs just wondering which would be faster at getting work done.
  8. brand macrumors 601


    Oct 3, 2006
    That could be said about any computer.
  9. macs4nw macrumors 601


    In your OP, you were comparing the '08 Pro against a "current i7 mac mini base", which comes with a 1TB 5400rpm Serial ATA Drive. Putting SSDs in the mix for the Mini, changes things somewhat.
  10. Yahooligan macrumors 6502a


    Aug 7, 2011
    For multi-threaded apps both should perform the roughly the same in terms of CPU.

    The Radeon HD 5870 will kill the Intel HD4000 iGPU in the Mini.

    Since you're talking about Lightroom and Photoshop then either one will do just fine with those. Question is, are you willing to give up the GPU in the MP to get Thunderbolt and save some energy?
  11. Macsonic macrumors 65816


    Sep 6, 2009
    When I still have my 2008 Mac Pro, it was adequate in running Photoshop and Lightroom. I just set up PSD to have a separate scratch in another physical HD and continued to perform maintenance on the Mac Pro like fixing the directory with disk warrior and reformatting my boot drive. If I recall, Photoshop quickly launches in about less than 3 seconds in the 2008 Mac Pro using a mechanical HD. It was acceptable for me considering the age of the machine. The apps were running smoothly without any beach balls. Though it's up to you if you prefer the Mac Mini if it jives better with your workflow.
  12. crazeazn thread starter macrumors member

    Mar 20, 2009
    Bumping my old thread because I never had a chance to really option out everything and I got a newer camera and put a 840EVO SSD in the Mac Pro as a temporary measure since then. I know the iMac is the best option but I already have my own monitors so it puts me in a pickle.

    Here is dilemma: When I'm using Lightroom, my 36 megapixel Sony A7R (effectively same as Nikon D800) raw files rendering 1:1 previews take about 5-6 seconds to load. Doing any kind of editing is a nightmare. Originally, it had the same problem with my Velociraptor with my Canon 5DII...

    option 1: get 32 gigs of ram ($160), new 3.2 cpus ($120, wow prices havent changed in a year), run raid with new 2 samsung 850 evos

    option 2: sell mac pro, get used mac mini i7 2012 w/ 16 gigs of ram, run raid with new 2 samsung 850 evos

    I kind of wish I could get more than 35fps on counterstrike go too! OR is this a video card issue?

    I'm super impressed that my Mac Pro has lasted me this long, but my camera habit kind of ruined things!
  13. IowaLynn macrumors 65816


    Feb 22, 2015
    2009 4,1 then have fun with upgrades until you or your credit c. force you to stop :)

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