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Old 12-07-2009, 09:51 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi guys..not sure if this is a PC only board (i.e. no Macs) but since the question I'm asking is specifically about the INTEL CPU I figured it would be ok...

I have the choice of a macpro 8core 2.8ghz for $2000 (just the tower 2gb ram, HD, some software etc)

or macpro 8core 2.2ghz for 2300 but with 6gb ram, 2 hard drives (one of which is 10k rpm raptor for the OS)

is 2.8ghz that much of abig improvement over 2.2ghz...will I notice an improvement in these Xenon chips for hardcore music production type applications?

The other thing is that 2300$ 2.2ghz 8core is 2009 version the 2000$ 2.8ghz is about 1.5 years old though it is macpro 3.1 (not sure what 3.xx the 2009 version is)

Which one is the better deal?
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Which chip is the 2.8? is it the powerpc one?

If yes, then the intel will smoke it. The 300 extrsa bucks and the 10k drive anbd 4 more gig of ram, is wel worth it.
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Which chip is the 2.8? is it the powerpc one?

If yes, then the intel will smoke it. The 300 extrsa bucks and the 10k drive anbd 4 more gig of ram, is wel worth it.
Hmm..very interesting point you bring up..I assumed it was xenon/nehalem or whatever the heck is in those things. The 2.8ghz one is roughly 1.5 years old according to the seller, it's a macpro 3.1 which I assumed were the newest macpros. Any idea how I can find out which chip is in those because I just tried to look it up on google to no avail.
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I did some googling too, and I am pretty sure the 2.8 is an intel xeon too.

However the more ram and drive do make the 2.2 much better.
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