3 Replies Latest reply: Dec 1, 2012 9:25 AM by Studio X
Lawrence of Berkley Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

I have a chance to purchase one of two used Mac Pro's, which I'll be using to run Compressor 4. Choice 1 is a a 2.8GHz 8 Core 2008. Choice 2 is a 4 Core 2.66GHz from 2009. Looking at benchmarks from Everymac.com, the 2008 machine is faster than the 2009 machine. However, would Compressor 4 run better on the 2009 Mac Pro on account of it's more advanced architecture?

Mac Pro, Mac OS X (10.6.8), 12 GB RAM
  • Studio X Level 7 Level 7 (27,030 points)

    Not quite your situation - but for what it's worth ..


    I have a 2008 2.8 Ghz 8 core MacPro w/16GB ram and a 2012 mac mini server 2.0 Ghz i7 quad core processor w/ 8 GB ram I use a part of a render farm.


    The 2008 8 core produces files faster when running compressor 3.5 and Qmaster.


    Other things to consider -


    What video card do they come with?


    Can you add a second processor to the 2009 machine?


    How much RAM do they come with?


    All things being equal, I think I'd go for the newer machine. Computers do wear out/burn out/fade away ...


    Good luck.



  • Lawrence of Berkley Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    And the winner is...the 2009 Quad Core Nehalem. Even though the older machine benchmarks somewhat faster than the 2009, I decided to go with the newer technology. I am trading some rendering speed for a machine that will be useable a few more years if Apple makes another major change to the OS. The video card it comes with is OK, but it'll be getting a new ATI Radeon HD 5770 and 16GB RAM.

  • Studio X Level 7 Level 7 (27,030 points)

    Makes good sense to me. Hope it works out for you.