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Mac Pro Westmere Ordering Tips: What to Get and What to Skip

Last updated 2010-08-21 - Send Feedback
Related: Mac Pro, Macs, RAID, SSD

Save yourself a bundle, and get a better machine.

You can also get an MPG Pro Workstation for a pre-configured and pre-tested Beast.

Memory

Get the minimum from Apple when ordering (because it’s ultra expensive), then upgrade. See the Memory page. I use about 100GB of OWC memory in my various Macs.

Hard drives

Get the cheapest drive when ordering, remove it, then stuff in four (4) 2TB Hitachi 7K2000 or 2TB Western Digital Caviar Black drives.

Use a solid state drive for a boot drive in the lower optical bay (not just any SSD, this one).

OWC Easy SSD Upgrade Guide
MacBook Pro and MacBook Air
iMac, Mac Pro, MacMini, more!

Solid state drive

See this page.

RAID

You do not need a hardware RAID card (unless you really need it—and you know who you are if you do.

The use of software RAID using Disk Utility or SoftRAID 4 is the right solution for most every photographer.

Video card

See this Hits and Misses page for details on video cards.

Most users will find the base video card incredibly fast. Very few users benefit from the “faster” card.


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