Curtains for the Mac Pro?

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  1. Keith Plucker

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    One can only hope...
     
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    "given the age the current Mar Pros" -- not sure what that has to do with anything -- say Apple introduces new super-duper MacPros tomorrow: buyers would get the stock video cards or get one of the BTO ones, they wouldn't bother with a third party card on a brand new in warranty Mac. On the other hand the installed Mac Pro user base would be looking at cards to upgrade their old machines performance. Whether new Pros are coming out or not is irrelevant to Sapphire.

    The problem with that card is that it requires too new a Mac Pro -- from my point of view anyway -- mine is from 2009...
     
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    I think Keith's point is that a post-2010 Mac Pro market is so niche and small, why would they bother releasing a Mac Pro card unless they know a new one is coming?

    Again, not proof in and of itself, just hopeful speculation. :)
     
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    Considering the massive overall growth of the Mac market, I seriously doubt that the post 2010 upgrade Mac Pro Market is smaller than the pre 2010. I doubt there was much growth there, but I also doubt that fewer Mac Pros were sold, especially with demise of the rack-mount servers.
     
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    You mean in the same way people don't bother adding their own memory or hard drives with the current design? I am not sure what being in warranty has to do with anything, given adding a third party video card wouldn't void the warranty on a new machine. Although, what it most certainly would do, given Apple's history, is save the buyer money.

    -Keith
     
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    Most people won't want to replace the stock/BTO cards with Sapphire: no Thunderbolt on the Sapphire, no chance of future "retina" ACD support. As for cheaper, you can't buy a Mac Pro without a video card, so a Sapphire would be by definition extra.
     
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    Yum!
     
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    This one goes back and supports 2008 MacPros or newer -- a better range of machines than the Sapphire. I don't understand though why they couldn't stick one lousy Thunderbolt port on a $600 graphics card. Why this reluctance to future proof -- driver issues maybe?
     
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    It needs CPU support for the DRM I think.
     
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    Trying to figure out how much to ask for my old Mac Pro and where to sell it besides Craigslist. I don't wanna ship it =(
     
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    Just curious, are you doing this because of any concrete news you have on an impending update to the line, or are you still operating (like the rest of us) in good faith based on Cook's comments last year?

    A good estimate for your sale might be a certain % (say 10-15%) below refurb price from Apple?
     
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    I'm doing it cause I replaced it with an iMac last year. =p Finally got it cleaned up and ready to sell. I'm thinking I could get $800 for it and the 20" ACD, think that is over optimistic?
     
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    I guess it depends on how old the MP is and the specs. I would think that a fairly recent MP (2008 or later) with an ACD would be quite a bargain at $800. But if you're talking about something older then maybe not.
     
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    Ironically I am using my 2009 MacPro more fully, more heavily than ever. I recently installed a Blu-ray drive, doubled the memory and currently have 13TB of total disk space (out of a current possible maximum of 16TB).
     
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    Well, guess I gotta look it up now! I know it was a 2008.
    Here we are!
    http://www.hometheaterforum.com/topic/274541-keeping-my-eyes-out-for-a-usedrefurb-mac-pro/?hl=bought#entry3365421
    I paid $2400 for it at the time, I'd consider $800 a good deal. Looking at eBay that sounds easily doable especially with the 20" ACD bundled in.

    http://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_trksid=p5197.m570.l1313.TR10.TRC2&_nkw=2008+mac+pro&_sacat=0&_from=R40
     
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    Yeah I'd say with a 20" ACD thrown in that's more than a fair price.
     
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    Yeah, just gotta get around to pulling the extra drives and doing a clean install.
     

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