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Old 04-12-2019, 05:41 AM
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Default Re: Mac Pro 5,1 2009 with Xeon 12-core a good choice?

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So I just found out that there’s kind of a dealbreaker with this machine unfortunately. I need something with thunderbolt 2 so I can run an Aplollo Twin MKII. Does anybody know if any of the pre-trashcan Mac pros have thunderbolt 2?
Pro-tools-expert has an article about installing a PCI thunderbolt card in a chessegrater. There's an extra step of booting into Windows first to activate the card, then soft booting into MacOS. Then you can run thunderbolt peripherals. I have a 2009 12 core 3.46 & am looking into doing just this myself....
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Old 04-12-2019, 01:24 PM
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Pro-tools-expert has an article about installing a PCI thunderbolt card in a chessegrater. There's an extra step of booting into Windows first to activate the card, then soft booting into MacOS. Then you can run thunderbolt peripherals. I have a 2009 12 core 3.46 & am looking into doing just this myself....
This is a kludge at best and from what I understand doesn't always work as it should. Plus it means you have to pollute your Mac with Windoze
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Old 04-12-2019, 03:51 PM
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"Mac Pro 5,1 2009 with Xeon 12-core a good choice?"

that is a 10 year old computer dude!!!!!

save your pennies or use a CC and at least buy a new or recent MINI.

If the Mac mini is anything similar to my new 6 core MacBook Pro, I would take the 2010 Mac Pro any day of the week. I basically spent 8 times more money on a brand new computer that still doesn't quite do audio production as well as a 10 year old machine.
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Old 04-13-2019, 12:59 AM
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The 12 core 5,1 is a great choice, High Sierra, Ultimate 2018.7

Running two HDX cards, a USB3 card, for external drives (this is superb) The firewire bus, runs UAD exclusively... it's a total beast!

Without HDX cards, you'll get the equivalent power of two HDX cards, with the 12 core CPU.

I was originally running a Native card, but trouble shooting with CPU spikes (now fixed) led me down this path, but Im really happy tracking into a busy session with HDX, this is where it comes into it's own.
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Old 04-16-2019, 05:13 AM
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Can find a refurb i7 Mac Mini direct from Apple for under $1100. Less than $1300 if you add 32GB of third party RAM. I grabbed a i7/8/256Gb for $1049. External SSD’s are great for fast storage. I’ve read many reports that the USB audio issues have been resolved.

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