Mac Pro

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SOLD: 8-core Mac Pro

This Mac Pro has been sold I’m selling my trusty Mac Pro. I’ve had many years of exceptional and hassle-free computing from it. The majority of use has been in design and photography, with some audio and video work as well. It has never let me down. This Mac has many more years to give to a new owner. Gallery Specs Here are the details (the full geek-tastic details available at apple-history.com) Mac Pro 1,1 2x 2.66Ghz Intel Xeon Quad Core ‘Clovertown’ CPUs 16GB RAM (with lifetime replacement warranty) 512Mb ATI Radeon X1900 Dual-DVI Graphics card 1x 320GB Hard Drive 2x 400GB Hard Drives (more than 1.1 Terabytes total storage) 2x Superdrives (DVD+CD burners — copy one disc directly to another!)

Shhhh…

I’ve spent the last two days building my new Mac Pro. I won’t bore you with the details, suffice to say it’s pretty snappy. Since I’ve paid for good quality parts like Hitachi 3TB HDs and OWC RAM, I thought I should really put my new machine’s innards through their paces with Diglloyd’s MemoryTester software: MemoryTester is a 64-bit application designed to “stress test” your Mac, particularly memory. Some highlights: Use MemoryTester on a new computer to “burn in” your computer and make sure your memory, CPU, motherboard and cooling systems are all functioning properly under load.

Mac Pro  →  Mac Pro

I’ve finally pulled the trigger on a new Mac Pro. Yes, yes, yes, I know the Pro’s are due for an upgrade, but we’ve been waiting a while now and I didn’t want to wait any longer. And you know what? My original fear of buyer’s remorse if a new Pro is released in the next three to six months has disappeared completely, replaced by the excitement of a new machine to spec out and actually use for a long time to come.

Happy 5th Birthday, Mac Pro!

This month, my Mac Pro turns five. Five! That seems to be a long time for a computer to last, especially when the cycle of computer refreshes seems to be getting shorter. For a Mac Pro though, it’s not. I mean, five years might be a longer time than usual, but the nature of a Mac Pro is that it’s meant to be upgraded over time. More/faster drives, more RAM (which gets cheaper and cheaper), better graphics, faster CPUs. Mondo Power I’m starting to feel the itch to upgrade (more than the CPU that is).

Nirvana

I’ve reached a nerdy equilibrium; a digital nirvana. The combination of MacBook Air — small and light; ideal for couch and bed surfing and writing blog posts; and (beefed up) Mac Pro — heavy duty computing; where all my photo and design work is done; feels perfect. I love my Wacom tablet. I love the applications I use. I no longer feel the need to trial lots of software to find what I need — I have it. Everything just works.[1.