6 Replies Latest reply: Jul 23, 2010 3:42 AM by The hatter
emmagoldman Level 1 (0 points)
I am in the process of researching purchasing a new Mac Pro and discovered that Mac Pro Quad Core computers are now made with 1 quad processor instead of 2 dual core processors. I was told by a highly knowledgeable Final Cut Studio editing technician that the 2 dual core processors are superior to the 1 quad processor. This piece of information has influenced me to check out later model used dual core Mac Pros instead of buying a new one. Any comments about this?
Thank you.

Power Mac G5 Dual 2.0, 2.5GB DDR2 SDRAM, Mac OS X (10.4.11), L2 cache 1MB per processor, Bus speed: 1 GHz, NVIDIA GeForce 6600LE, VRAM 128 MB
  • The hatter Level 9 (60,930 points)
    You are comparing 2006 technology to 2009.

    The base model 2.66 Nehalem outguns 2.66 2006.

    Do some more research! Wikipedia Intel Xeon family Nehalem and some reviews.


  • Allan Eckert Level 9 (50,694 points)
    Also stop listening to that highly knowledgeable Final Cut Studio editing technician who has just proven how little he knows about hardware.


  • emmagoldman Level 1 (0 points)
    Thanks for the lead on the refurb. That looks good. I checked out eBay and found something that caught my eye. I wonder how something like this compares with the new Mac Pro? (processor, memory, video card)


    8-core: Two 2.8GHz Quad-Core Intel Xeon 5400 series processors
    12MB of L2 cache per processor (each pair of cores shares 6MB)
    1600MHz, 64-bit dual independent frontside buses


    800MHz DDR2 ECC fully buffered DIMM (FB-DIMM) memory (CURRENTLY HAS 8 GB INSTALLED)
    Eight FB-DIMM slots on two memory riser cards (four slots per card) supporting up to 32GB of main memory


    ATI Radeon HD 2600 XT with 256MB of GDDR3 memory and two dual-link DVI port


    Two independent 10/100/1000BASE-T Ethernet (RJ-45) interfaces with support for jumbo frames
    Bluetooth 2.0 + Enhanced Data Rate (EDR) up to 3Mb/s


    Hard drive bay 1

    1 TB RUNNING AT 7200 RPM

    Hard drive bay 2

    320 GB BRAND NEW
  • The hatter Level 9 (60,930 points)
    A lot of people like them, the graphic card can be upgraded easily, and you can run 10.5.3 or later.



    It is hard to go wrong with 2008 or 2009, they both are fine.
  • emmagoldman Level 1 (0 points)
    I lost the auction on ebay for the above computer. It sold for $2,560 with shipping.

    Looking at other ebay Mac Pro options, I came across an "April 2007" 2 x 2.66 GHz Dual-Core with 9 GB of RAM. Here are the specs:

    Mac Pro Intel 2 x 2.66 GHz Dual-Core Intel Xeon 9GB
    9GB RAM and a 250GB Hard Drive.
    2 Nividia GeForce 7300 GTVideo Cards - runs 4 monitors
    MacOS X clean installed -. 10.4.11
    Comes with keyboard, mouse, power cord & original install disks included.
    memory: 9 GB
    hard drive: 250 GB
    cd drive DVD+/-RW/CD-RW

    operating system: Mac OS 10.4.11, Tiger
    firewire: 4 ports
    usb: 5 ports
    video card 2 Nividia GeForce 7300 GTVideo Cards

    I realize that it will need an OS upgrade to Snow Leopard, and I would also install a couple of 1 TB hard drives. Can this setup be recommended? I would hope that I could bring in all costs including the upgrades for under $2,000. Does this make sense? Are there other suggestions for changing out hardware, or would you recommend that I forget this as the basic computer is just too out of date?

    Thank you.
  • The hatter Level 9 (60,930 points)
    Forget over priced 'bay buys and stick with Apple Specials and 2009 $2149