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Mac Pro 1,1 vs MacBook Pro 3,1

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Jul 19, 2010 6:29 PM
Hi everyone,

I am deciding on whether or not to purchase a Used Mac Pro 1st Generation (2006) Dual 2.66 ghz, 2GB, 250GB, ATI 1900xt graphics for a very reasonable price.

However, I have some concerns.

I don't have enough money to purchase a new Machine, so I want to decide on whether or not to buy an older Mac Pro that I can upgrade and expand, or hold on to my Macbook Pro (2007) 2.4ghz, 6GB, 160GB, GForce 8600M GT for the time being and look at buying an newer base model mac pro down the line.

I do a lot of video editing and some motion graphics for school and freelance work, so there are some obvious gains that i would get from going to a Desktop setup.

Im having a hard time comparing the two computers, so I have a few questions that maybe I can get some help answering.

1. How do the processors compare between my Macbook Pro and the 2.66 Dual Core MacPro? --- Will I see significant improvement in processing and exporting of media in applications like compressor?

2. I'm topped out on my macbook Pro for upgrades and adding any pci-e express devices such as a Black Magic Decklink are non existent...

3. Wouldn't investing in a MacPro system that is fully upgraded (Ram, Graphics Card (looking at the Radeon HD-4870) and HD space), make more sense then saving up for a base model new Mac Pro (whenever that comes out)...

4. Is their a chance this Mac Pro system will stop being supported all together that im not thinking about?

Any input is greatly appreciated.


Macbook Pro 3,1, Mac OS X (10.6.4)
  • thanon Level 1 Level 1 (75 points)
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    Jul 21, 2010 3:57 AM (in response to MKell07)
    Define +reasonable price+ .

    I can only compare a fairly well spec'd MP 3.1 (early '08) with a pimped out MBP 4.1 (2008, non-unibody).

    It's a 2.8Ghz 8-core, 12 GB RAM, bunch of fast, raided HDDs (no SSD) vs. a 2.5 Ghz 2-core, 6GB RAM, new 320GB/7200RPM HDD .

    In short, my MBP is a pig compared to the MP.

    The specs of the MacPro you posted are very basic, you'll need RAM and some HDDs to get it up to speed, which could double what you pay for it.
    If it doesn't, you pay too much .

    If the apps you are using are multicore aware, as many rendering apps are, even with the MP 1.1 you might see a speed gain of up to 100% - which is pretty good, but you would still have a computer with virtually zero resale value, and limited upgrade options (GPUs in particular) ; it'd be a stopgap, not a long-term investment, in my opinion.
    Mac Pro 2.8 DP / MBP 2.5 Matte / iMac G5 20", Mac OS X (10.5.8)
  • The hatter Level 9 Level 9 (58,575 points)
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    Jul 21, 2010 4:54 AM (in response to MKell07)
    2006 Mac Pro 1,1 isn't really what I would buy now 4 yrs later.

    Also consider the iMacs?
    Mac Pro 8800GT 10.6.4 /, Windows 7, Core i7 3.2GHz / GTX 260 / 10K VelociRaptors
  • mhollis Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
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    Jul 24, 2010 12:49 PM (in response to The hatter)
    Apple's Quad-Core iMac is a whole lot of power for a small amount of money.

    If you're thinking about a Mac Pro, you aren't thinking about a laptop because laptops are (still in my opinion) special-purpose computers for those who must travel with a computer.

    Lastly, you should be thinking mostly of what you are doing. If all you are doing is surfing the web and opening the occasional Microsoft Word or Excel file, a trailing-edge computer is just fine. But if you want a computer that will perform for you for a number of years to come, you should get something that is pretty much cutting edge or save your money until you can afford that.
    Mac Pro Cheese Grater with double the cheese, Mac OS X (10.5.8), iPhone 1.12


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