UPDATE! Driving over to FedEx to pick up, right now!
My Mac Pro Westmere hexacore 3.33GHz is now a 20 minute drive away. Does that mean it might show up today? Or sit in the FedEx warehouse until Monday? It’s not showing “on vehicle for delivery”, and last time I tried to pick up such a thing, I was told there had to be one failed delivery attempt first.
What I ordered
Shown at right is the configuration that I ordered. It is the configuration I recommend for upgrading to the MPG Pro Workstation—no extras, just the basics (except for video card). The 2.8GHz and 3.2GHz models are also good choices.
I am NOT necessarily recommending the Radeon 5870 over the Radeon 5770, but I ordered one for testing purposes.
I will probably revert to the 5770, or oven the old NVidia GT120, simply for power consumption reasons (and noise).
I have no desire to burn 100-300 more watts for no speed gain (I’ll test the actual power consumption).
I’ll be testing the new 3.33GHz hexacore Mac Pro against:
- 3.33GHz quad-core Mac Pro Nehalem (as an MPG Pro Workstation)
- 2.93Ghz 8-core Mac Pro Nehalem (as an MPG Pro Workstation);
- Mac Pro MPG Hot Rod (if feasible)
- MPG Pro One souped-up iMac
My standard configs will be 24GB memory for the 4-slot Mac Pros, and 48GB for the 8/12 cores. All with dual 200GB RAID-0 stripe SSDs— let ’em do their best!