Andrew V writes:
So with this new machine and the older one to decide between (for photographers), in general is it better to purchase the older 6 core version or get this newer machine?
MPG: Professionals needing to get work done should go with an existing Mac Pro and its proven technology, e.g., a well-configured MPG Pro Workstation. One might also consider a CPU upgrade to 3.46 GHz suc from the low-end 2010 models. Consulting available based on your personal workflow needs.
Apple has not said when the new model will ship (September? December?), nor do we have clarity on the cost and options and peripherals have to be carefully considered too in light of the non-existence of drive bays for reasonable storage.
Investing $4K - $9K in a professional system without careful thought is not wise (that figure includes all the real costs, including the Mac Pro, memory, drives, backup, etc). Photographers can have modest storage needs, or very substantial ones. The existing and available low-end Mac Pro is satisfactory for many uses, and its CPU can be upgraded to a 6-core 3.4GHz workhorse if need be.
But the fact is, the newer CPUs are likely to be substantially speedier with the new model, so it’s a matter of finding peripherals that don’t annoy (noise) and don’t cost too much to get the job done.