Will I see a big performance difference upgrading from 2008 MP to 2010 MP?

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by sparkie7, Sep 28, 2014.

  1. sparkie7 macrumors 68020


    Oct 17, 2008
    So my 2008 MP 2.8 8x core 3,1 is getting on a bit. Would a 2010 Westmere 2.4 8x core be a significant upgrade? Would I notice the speed/performance difference? Looks like RAM is 1 third the price of my 2008 MP RAM.

    I think I can migrate literally all the peripherals from my 2008 to the 2010? -- things like the internal SSD, HDD's, ATI 3870 & 4870, 3x 30" ACDs, firewire 800 external drives and so on...?
  2. fuchsdh macrumors 65816


    Jun 19, 2014
    You can migrate the hard drives and whatnot to a 2010, yeah. As for significant upgrade, depends on what you call significant, and what 2010 you're getting. I got myself a 5,1 Quad 2.8 and unsurprisingly it was only slightly faster in single-threaded and much worse in multi-threaded. It's since been upgraded just this week to a W3680 3.33 hex; here's some benchmarks. (first number is my 2.8 8-core 3,1, second is the stock 5,1 w/ 4GB 1066MHz memory, third is the 5,1 with upgraded processor and 1333MHz RAM. Percentage is improvement from 3,1 to upgraded 5,1):

    32bit SC 1551 2009 2549 39.15%
    32bit MC 10758 7618 14038 23.37%
    64bit SC 1674 2180 2745 39.02%
    64bit MC 11577 8538 15620 25.88%

    Memory 64bit SC 815 1908 2166 62.37%
    Memory 64bit MC 1727 2148 2609 33.81%

    Luxmark Scala
    CPU only 326 347 550 40.73%

    So if you're getting one of the dual processor or fast single processor models, you'll see a general speed increase in all sorts of areas. All told since I could migrate my graphics card and sell off the 3,1 the upgrade cost me about $500 for the RAM, new processor plus upgrade accessories. For the AE work I do, and the fact that I know I'll be holding onto this computer for at least the next two years, the performance bump was worth the cost.
  3. sparkie7 thread starter macrumors 68020


    Oct 17, 2008
  4. flowrider macrumors 603


    Nov 23, 2012
    I went from the same Mac Pro 3,1 that you now have to the same 5,1 you are contemplating buying.

    I bought mine new, after the release of the Trashcans.

    I've upgraded the CPUs to X5677, 3.46GHz Quads
    Four internal HDDs
    Two Solo x2s with Samsung 500GB SSDs
    Inateck USB 3.0 Card (Soon to be replaced with a RocketU USB 3.0 Card)
    MVC modified Gigabyte GTX 780 3GB Video Card

    The 5,1, stock, is a big step up from the 3,1. They are easy to modify and can be made to fly.


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  5. Macsonic macrumors 65816


    Sep 6, 2009
    On the average, the 8 core mid 2010 is around $1600-$1900 HERE You can upgrade the CPUs to a 12 core 2.93ghz, 3.06ghz or 3.33ghz, add some PCIe SSD or USB 3.0
  6. flowrider macrumors 603


    Nov 23, 2012
    ^^^^Actually they can be upgraded to 3.46MHz CPUs, both 4 and 6 core (Dual 8 or 12).


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