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Old 10-11-2017, 01:47 PM
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Default Sod it buying a Mac now

Always been a PC guy and had a PC made for my PT HD rig but the reliability has just got the best of me now so I’m buying a PE6r4 chassis to house my PCI-X cards and a Mac. Can any one recommend a Mac to buy that will give me the best performance possible with the rig I’m going to be using Pro Tools 10 HD


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Old 10-11-2017, 01:59 PM
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2012 Mac Pro - 12 core version with a SSD for a boot drive.

Or you can buy a 2009/2010 Mac Pro and do the upgrade yourself and save some cash....

Musicman is in the know about this stuff...and there are threads here about it.

When purchasing make sure it comes with the appropriate OS install that PT10 supports

Here is the compatibility chart
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Old 10-11-2017, 02:09 PM
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As this will only be running Pro Tools is it worth me going 2009. Will earlier do me just fine ??


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Old 10-11-2017, 02:50 PM
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I would personally try to wait for the new Mac Pro.

Nobody can tell you what will work for you.

Cheese graters may be fine. No Thunderbolt on them. No support for NVMe boot SSD. SATA II only on the motherboard and PCIe slots only PCIe 2. But still can be fine boxes.

Not much info here... how many cards? can you replace the PCI-X cards with PCIe cards and run then inside a cheese grater chassis?

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Old 10-11-2017, 02:53 PM
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I would personally try to wait for the new Mac Pro.


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Personally don’t wanna spend that kind of money Darryl
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PCI-X cards will work for a chassis that (outputs) terminates with a PCIE card.

Go big, anything older than a 2009 might have issues before too long....2009 is the oldest I would go.

I just sold a 2010 MP with a 6core for $700 US last year.

That’s cheap.....
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2012 Mac Pro - 12 core version with a SSD for a boot drive.

Or you can buy a 2009/2010 Mac Pro and do the upgrade yourself and save some cash....

Musicman is in the know about this stuff...and there are threads here about it.

When purchasing make sure it comes with the appropriate OS install that PT10 supports

Here is the compatibility chart
http://avid.force.com/pkb/articles/e...tibility-Chart
If they ship to the UK I'd get in touch with OWC and get a 5,1 MacPro refurb. Reasonably inexpensive but doesn't have Thunderbolt ports. However there are several options to get around that like add-in USB3 cards. I'm using one now as a replacement for my old iMac system (see my profile page for system specs) until that gets repaired and then I'll have a master/slave arrangement with VEPro6 to drive it all. The cheesegrater is going to be my master machine. That old system (until the video card fried itself) was good for 60+ tracks without breathing hard.

As has been said there are options that can be done by the end user that aren't all that complicated. I'm talking like swapping out a single cpu processor tray for a dual processor unit with a pair of 3.46 GHz hex core cpu's. The system I have has a single 3.46 GHz hex core in it right now. Once I get this all working I'll be putting in a Mercury Accelsior E2 pcie card for my boot drive from OWC - plenty fast for my needs. Not sure if I'm going to go to an ssd for PT to record to or an enterprise class 7200 rpm spinner. All backups will be going to what I use now - 7200 rpm spinners in an external rack via FW800. After all I really don't need extravagant speed for backups.
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Old 10-12-2017, 02:52 AM
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This one any good???

https://www.ebay.co.uk/i/202075464831

I’ll increase the RAM though


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This one any good???

https://www.ebay.co.uk/i/202075464831

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I'd stay away from it; ram bus is on the slow side. Look for either a 4,1 or 5,1 machine.
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Cheese graters may be fine. No Thunderbolt on them. No support for NVMe boot SSD.
There is no TB and that's true but you can add USB3 and USB3.1 cards to a cheesegrater. And really with a pcie card like the Mercury Accelsior E2 in a card slot it'll boot plenty fast.
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