lookin to get Mac pro 12 core


#1

i have an 8 core that i have great success with just wanted to know how the new ones were if it was worth it yea i know there expensive but i haven’t had tons of issues on the one im on.

any thoughts would be appreciated thanks


#2

Hi Eric
If you are going to get a Mac, I would suggest getting a third party upgrade to a Mac. Check out OWC’s Turnkey solutions for Mac Pro’s.They sell a Two x 3.46GHz 6-Core ‘Westmere’ (Intel X5690, 12-Cores, QPI: 6.4GT/s) CPU replacement that will be faster than the new Mac’s.
OWC also sells a really fast PCI SSD HD card that gets nearly 1 GB/sec throughput.

The new Macs are using slower versions of the Westmere chip than OWC is offering.
I would not buy a new mac unless it is a necessity

right now i would suggest:
-get/update a 2010 Mac Pro with OWC’s upgrades
-get a Windows machine for up-to-date CPU
-wait for Apples upcoming Mac Pro


#3

The current Mac Pro is so old it is getting discontinued in Europe due to new standards (link). So definitely not get a new one from Apple right now. I would advise you go with one of the suggestions you got above :slight_smile:


#4

now would be the worst time to buy a new Mac Pro. They are about to be completely revamped within the next couple/few months and they will make the current one look as old and outdated as they are. I’ll be buying one for sure. DO NOT BUY!


#5

Thanks for the info, ill just build a PC for rendering priced out at 1500 12 core with 64gb ram


#6

64GB is a lot of ram for a render node. I have a 3730K with 16GB and it’s more than fine for HD and print-res EXR renders. Unless you do huge scenes, you probably won’t need more than 32GB, especially for a headless render box.


#7

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