Would you buy a MacPro 2013 for 999$?

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by fjsalcedosotoca, Jun 7, 2017.


Would you buy a MacPro 2013 for 999$?

  1. Yes

    39 vote(s)
  2. No

    7 vote(s)
  1. fjsalcedosotoca macrumors newbie


    Jun 7, 2017

    After the intro of the new iMac Pro, the "promise" of a new modular high end Mac Pro for 2018, and the disregard for the mac mini, I was wondering: would you buy the base configuration of the 2013 MP for, say, 999-1299 and the top configuration for 1299-1499 now (as they are offered, without maxing them out)? I have in mind the "standard" lone app programmer, DB developer-admin, math and science student-teacher-developer, 3D (basic) developer, etc., with some work in photos or video (again basic for 2017 standards).

    If so, why, and if not, also why? Is it, as I've read elsewhere, that the 2013 MP could be the "new" mac mini?

    Best regards for you all!
  2. Adam Warlock macrumors regular

    Adam Warlock

    Jun 22, 2016
    For $1000? I'd buy two at that price! No matter how much we bitch about it, it's still a pretty powerful machine, far more powerful than most users would need. It would make a great home machine for the vast majority of users and what you seem to have in mind. Sadly I doubt Apple would ever price it that low.
  3. IIcx macrumors newbie


    Jan 29, 2017
    For that price its just a bit more than all the bits of what a hackintosh of that size could be built for.

    Plus they are kind of cool looking, may be somewhat collectible in 15+ years like the G4 cubes.
  4. damezumari macrumors member

    Dec 6, 2014
    I use one still and would probably buy two more for other applications. However that is impossibility due to e.g. Xeon CPU pricing combined with Apple markup.
  5. fjsalcedosotoca thread starter macrumors newbie


    Jun 7, 2017
    Most probably, not. But after the december introduction of the new iMac Pros... Surely one will be able to find them refurbished, second hand and even new at eBay. The thing is: would them be worth the money? Probably they'll cost more than 999, but you get the point...
  6. giggles macrumors 6502

    Dec 15, 2012
    Sure, even to use it like a Mini.

    My only concern would be power consumption.

    Also, it's a thing of beauty and destined to cult status like the Cube or something.
  7. rjtiedeman macrumors regular

    Nov 29, 2010
    Stamford, CT
    Yes, I would buy one and even spend a little more. However I am not convinced that Apple will ever come through with an affordable option and 2018 is a ways off. It would have been nice to have a upgraded 2015 version. My bet when they say 2018 it will be 11/18 at best. Can anyone who needs more power and flexibility really afford to wait that long on a promise.
  8. mcnallym macrumors 6502a

    Oct 28, 2008
    3.5GHz 6-Core Intel Xeon E5 processor
    16GB 1866MHz DDR3 ECC memory
    Dual AMD FirePro D500 with 3GB GDDR5 VRAM each
    256GB PCIe-based flash storage

    For $999, would definitely buy it, however my Mac Mini needs are very simple

    iTunes Server/Elagto TV Recorder. Don't even use too much for General Use as keep Adobe Flash/Reader etc off it.

    My Mac Pro 2010 only thing that struggles with is the 1080P encoding in Handbrake. FCP X part is fine still. Basically FCP X to edit then Handbrake to Encode is what use the Mac Pro for. Not too much extra CPU grunt here hence why looking at new iMac 4.2Ghz / 580 GPU for FCP X and use the Quick Sync in the CPU for the Encoding the Video afterwards.

    Video is then added to iTunes for stream to AppleTV and 27" 1080P TV screen so may not be as good as Handbrake Output but good enough for the output that being displayed on.

    Having said that at $999 vs almost 3K for the iMac then could afford to wait whilst the Mac Pro encodes.
  9. SoyCapitanSoyCapitan macrumors 68040


    Jul 4, 2015
    Good price if you need a workstation now or need kit for a whole team.
  10. fjsalcedosotoca thread starter macrumors newbie


    Jun 7, 2017
    The whole point of the question is to clarify if a 2017 maxed out "mac mini like" machine (i7 or xeon six cores, etc., which would be roughly the same of a basic 2013 MP) with corresponding prices makes sense from a computational point of view. And the answer seems to be a yes.

    I mean, that implies (as if it wasn't obvious enough) that most of us pros and prosumers alike are "stuck in the middle" of Apple's product line. I've had many macs: Classic, iMac RGB, iMac aluminumn (so I now I DON'T WANT AN ALL IN ONE COMPUTER WITH A F*****G GIGANTIC MIRROR), mac mini, macbooks... But, in the end, the lack of a mid line tower prosumer option has kept me in PC land for up to five years now (looking forward to return, though). I now only use iOS devices from Apple, which is reaaaaaally sad.
  11. JeffPerrin macrumors 6502


    Jul 21, 2014
    For my needs, my 2012 cheese grater kicks the 2013 nMP in the arse! I'd be giving up too much... :cool:

    nMP was designed exclusively for video guys. Hope Apple doesn't make the same mistake twice. ;)
  12. DPUser macrumors 6502a

    Jan 17, 2012
    Actually, as an audio guy currently running two cMP 4,1s flashed to 5,1 in my studio, I will be keeping a close eye on used nMP prices when the nnMP is released. A base model quad trashcan can be upgraded to 8, 10 or 12 core CPU (prices are way down on compatible used CPUs), and thunderbolt 1 is all that is needed to interface with all of the audio interfaces available (TB bandwidth is serious overkill for audio).

    As suggested by Jeff (above), other considerations also exist, primarily lack of PCIe slots and internal storage. The custom GPU requirement and resulting high cost to repair also are items of concern.

    Depending on OS developments, I may be looking for really cheap cMP dual CPUs being sold. Right now my hex cMPs are serving me very well.
  13. thefredelement macrumors 65816


    Apr 10, 2012
    New York
    Hell yeah I would. I'm already excited about using my current 2013 as an Xcode server for my (future) iMac Pro & Mac Book. I don't think I need another one but for those prices I wouldn't be able to resist, there's too much potential for that type of compounded computational power.

    As I say that I'm getting really excited about the iMac Pro and new Mac Pro and how these old, failed, horrible 2013s will be over the place for hopefully cheap in a few months. :)
  14. kschendel macrumors 6502a

    Dec 9, 2014
    A grand for an nMP is a great price, but I wouldn't buy one myself. It just doesn't fit my work needs, and it's too much machine (or not enough, if you consider the lack of monitor) for ordinary around-the-home computing. We don't do any media serving in-house. So you guys who can use the thing at that price, go wild. :)
  15. Flint Ironstag macrumors 6502a

    Flint Ironstag

    Dec 1, 2013
    Houston, TX USA
    Sure would make a stylish Siri interface.
  16. Yahooligan macrumors 6502a


    Aug 7, 2011
    If Ferrari started selling the 488 for $50,000, would you buy one? Sorry, but what the heck kind of question are you asking? Why even play the "what-if" game with prices that are WAY below what the parts actually cost? I'd play if you asked the question using parts/prices that are possible, but this is just nonsense, sorry.
  17. fjsalcedosotoca thread starter macrumors newbie


    Jun 7, 2017
    In terms of current hardware, maybe, but I'm not so sure. Besides, the 999 was just the "catch phrase" so to speak.
  18. MaraviRasmussen macrumors newbie


    May 3, 2017
    had the same thought, what´s the point

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