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The MPG 2013 Mac Pro Working System

Last updated 2014-03-06 - Send Feedback
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2013 Apple Mac Pro, rear ports

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The discussion of how to migrate existing gear was written some months before actually implementing the change-over.

What follows is how it all worked out.

Background

MPG uses the Mac Pro mainly for intensive photography, every day. Few users need this much gear, but some do, and most users will need some of it.

The key things are optimizing workflow, a well-conceived strategy for storage, and a robust backup approach. Expert advice can be helpful in all those areas, but also for saving money by not over-configuring for little or negative benefit and/or tips on how and where to buy stuff.

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The MPG working system

As initially configured.

Mac Pro itself

Because of many hours of use every day of the year (digital photography), the MPG Mac Pro pays for itself in unfettered productivity, ample storage, and robust backup. These are professional requirements for working efficiently and for minimizing any business disruption (e.g., data loss).

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Storage

Some of these items are carry-over from the previous 2010 Mac Pro, e.g., the dual 960GB Accelsior PCIe SSDs. These are excellent to have as another high-speed SSD option, but the 1TB internal SSD is sufficient for most users (capacity and speed).

A single Thunderbay is sufficient for primary storage of large image files but a 2nd unit allows for splitting the bandwidth as well as having “always on” first-level backups (in addition to others stored safely away from the computer).

Cycling

USB3

Too few ports mean that USB3 expansion is needed. Issues include bandwidth, charging power, and number of ports.

Displays

Intensive photography work is best done on a 30-inch display with a 2nd display for palettes and extras. Emerging 4K displays have various issues and are not recommended in general as of early 2014.

2013 Apple Mac Pro, rear ports
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