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Blazingly fast Thunderbolt 3 SSD!
Up to 4TB capacity, USB-C compatible.
USB-C model also available
Mac Pro Westmere Conclusions
The sweet spot
For most users, the “sweet spot” is the 3.33GHz 6-core model. Upgraded to the MPG Pro Workstation it can really sing, because a balance is required to reliably exploit CPU performance: memory and fast drives.
12 cores is a mixed bag
The 12-core model sounds promising (at huge cost), but paradoxically can result in impaired performance with Photoshop CS5. On the other hand, it offers a big step forward with well-written programs, such as Photozoom Pro, or Logic Studio or Bibble Pro.
No tools or hassle… just place your Mac Pro’s factory feet into the Rover Pro’s polished stainless-steel housings and secure with a few hand twists.
When you’re done moving your Mac Pro around, the Rover Pro makes it just as quick and easy to convert back to the factory feet for stationary use.
The quad-core models
For those looking to keep the cost down, the reality is that for most tasks, the 4-core models running at 2.8GHz or 3.2GHz are solid choices. And 6 months or a year from now when CPU prices drop, you can upgrade to a faster CPU.
Always consider total system cost before dismissing a faster CPU; think in percentages.
The 2.4GHz 8-core
The 2.4GHz 8-core model is a dud; at best it can only come close to the 3.33GHz 6-core model, with the sole exception of apparently more resilient performance with Logic Studio. However, the fact that it has 8 memory slots might make it a viable choice for specific purposes. For most users, ignore it.
Blazing fast, up to 16TB.
Mac or PC.
Ideal for Lightroom, Photoshop, video.
Capacity up to 16TB!
Up to 65% better pricing than Apple
Lloyd recommends 32GB RDIMM modules for most users (more expensive LRDIMMS are for 512GB or more).
Eight-bay Thunderbolt 3 high-performance storage for photo and video.
Hard drives or SSDs.
Non-RAID or RAID-0/1/4/5/10.
Capacities up to 128 Terabytes!