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2013 Mac Pro: Which one to Choose, How to Store Image Files, Backup, etc

Deciding which Mac Pro variant is best for a particular workflow is not obvious—it’s easy to overspend on a system that might actually run slower than a less expensive one. Spending $2K more for a slower system is not an appealing thought. And in some cases an alternative might be preferred.

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