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PostPosted: Fri Jun 17, 2011 6:54 pm    Post subject: Mac Pro Hex-Core Dilemma Reply with quote

Ok, let me bounce this off y'all.
I now have the dough for a Mac
Pro 3.33 Ghz. Hex-Core Referb.
for $3,149.00 (USA)
. I've been
wanting one for a while now.
The problem seems to be, well,
extreme overkill.

My little old hacked up mini does
everything I want fast as hell, for
the most part. I mean, the Pro
would look great and I would kiss
it every night before I tucked it into
bed.............but........well.......it'd
be like buying a Ferrari to pick up
the mail and get groceries. Do I
still want one? Sure........but......a
2010 mini would far exceed my
mini now and its fine. Of course
Lion isn't on it yet, but......well.

I use to be a professional photographer
and I haven't upgraded my 35mm
cameras because I HATE that full
frame Pro digital cameras are
waaaaaaay to expensive. Well, were
way to expensive. The Nikon D700
is around $2,700.00 (USA) for the
body and I have half a dozen good
lenses for it already.

So, Mac Pro 3.33 GHz Hex-Core
or Mac mini 2.66 GHz Core-Duo
along with a Nikon D700 body.

What say y'all?
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 17, 2011 7:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

buy a refurb 2010 quad 2.8 2100 then put this cpu inside it

http://cgi.ebay.com/INTEL-BX80613W3670-Xeon-QC-W3670-processor-/220800597967?pt=CPUs&hash=item3368bdbfcf#ht_1284wt_650

sell the 2.8 quad cpu for 200 and you get a hex 3.2 beast. wait for the link on my build


http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=1122551&highlight=

the 3.2 hex will cost you about 2600 with careful shopping the 3.33 refurb is 3200 the 3.2 is about 96 to 98 % as fast as the 3.33
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 17, 2011 7:43 pm    Post subject: 1 in the Mac Pro column Reply with quote

Ok, Philips in favor of a Mac Pro.....processor Hack.

Philip, I'm probably not going to do much hacking.
Screwing up a mini is bad enough....but a Pro!!!!
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 17, 2011 7:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

really easy mod, but that 2.8 2010 quad won't need the mod for more then a year or two.
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 17, 2011 7:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Whats going to happen in a year or so?


Also, if the Mac Pro's had Light Peak
that would sweeten the pot. The
mini could (would) be a stop gap.
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 17, 2011 8:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

nothing much but the cpu mod would be half price and the warranty would be done. Having owned an esata hack 2.53 and 2.66 mac mini. A 2010 quad 2.8 and a 2010 hex 3.2 mod. they are less;

then fast/ faster/ fastest


Of course the stop gap idea may be good. Grab the camera now and make money with it.
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 17, 2011 8:07 pm    Post subject: Mac Pro LightPeak Reply with quote

I know a LightPeak card will probably
be available but as usual I'm in no hurry
so waiting a little bit may give the Pro
time to catch up with the iMac as far as
LightPeak is concerned.

Does the new 27' Apple LED displays run
from LightPeak instead of MDP yet?
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 17, 2011 8:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I know how you feel. I'd love to get a Pro, but I don't need it for anything other than Handbrake.

Otherwise, I think it's tough to say right now. In theory the mini should be getting a refresh. If it is, then it should be an i3 or mobile version of the i5. Either way, they should be a big increase in computing power over the Core 2 Duo used in the current mini.

However, who knows when those will come out?

I would also imagine that they would be 10.7 only. Then you would have to wait for Adobe to have Photoshop out for 10.7. That might be on release day, or months later.

If you get the Pro now, then you don't have to worry about whether you can run Photoshop today, or when ever. Plus if you want to upgrade the CPU in the Pro, it will cost you almost as much as a mini!

So, currently I'm neutral to either.

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PostPosted: Fri Jun 17, 2011 8:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yah, I agree, a MAC Pro would fell good and cool and
all of my (two) friends would be envious (not really).

The thing is, at this point I do a little Gimp, a little
Elements but no Photo Shop. I'm for the most part
a photo hobbyist. My health is way to poor to even
begin to think of doing it professionally again. My
equipment is for the most part at the Pro or semi-pro
level. A pro level digital camera gives you a superior
sensor and firmware so you benefit from paying more
for a better camera. With the Mac Pro it won't give
me superior photos with Photo Shop in stead of a mini.
The mini will create the same quality photos as the
Pro, just slower. If I were a pro photographer then
the matter would be settled on what Mac. Faster
is better.

Getting a 2010 Referb. mini and waiting for LightPeak
to proliferate industry wide (or not) is probably a good
tact. I would also want an Apple 27' display that run's
from LightPeak as well. Getting a digital camera and
waiting for Apple to get its ducks in a row is looking
more attractive.
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 17, 2011 10:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Go for a mac pro refurb (or used) and get the camera you want. I'm currently looking for a used (2009) 2.66ghz nehalem quad core, mostly for crushing handbrake and the extra storage. I've researched the 2.8 dual quads (2008), but as I understand until more apps are capable of utilizing 8 core processing, the single processors seem to out-perform the dual proc. in many instances (bus speed plays a part also). Plenty powerful enough for half the price if you time it right. My two cents. Very Happy
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 17, 2011 10:48 pm    Post subject: Mac Pro or a D700 Reply with quote

Hi SST, I think you've misunderstood me.
I can swing the Mac Pro.....or......a mini
and a D700 Nikon.

Not a Mac Pro and a D700, thats almost $6,000.
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 18, 2011 8:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sorry about that. I was thinking more like $1500 for a used mac pro (they're out there, just have to keep your eyes open). But that's still more than your stated budget. Good luck either way. Cheers.
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 18, 2011 9:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Going from a mini to a pro is just faster - evolution
Going from film to digital is a new way to photograph - revolution

A Mac Pro will save you some time and have an initial wow factor. A digital camera you will make time for and possibly change your life.

If you haven't done so already, go over to http://www.kenrockwell.com/ and peruse what he has written about digital photography.
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 18, 2011 11:38 am    Post subject: Ken Rockwell Reply with quote

Yah, I've been reading Ken's site for a while now.
I tend not to agree with him that much but I value
his opinion. Many of my experiences have ben different
than his, hence the difference.

I also like Lloyd Chambers. I tend to agree with him more
often. BTW the D700 won't be my first Digital Camera
just the first compatible with my Nikon system. I was converting
to Digital in the 90's when Kodak would buy Nikon bodies
and put their CCD in the Nikon F3 body. I didn't have one
but I did (would) scan my slides into Photo Shop on my Mac
then manipulate them and output the altered image with
my Dye Sublimation Printer. I was waaaaaaay ahead of the
curve with Digital but behind the curve with Digital Cameras.

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PostPosted: Sun Jun 19, 2011 10:23 pm    Post subject: Sandy Bridge & Thunder Bolt mini, Oh My!!! Reply with quote

According to Glenn's super secret source,
Thunder Bolt and Sandy Bridge is coming
to both the Mac mini and the Mac Pro.

Looks like next month I'll be getting
a new Sandy Bridge, Thunder Bolt
Mac mini
to hack up.

As well a a shiny new D700.
Cool!!!! Looks like dreams do
come true.
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