Posts tagged mac pro
Since I upgraded my processors over year ago I’ve often wondered what the full abilities of my Mac Pro was in a 64bit test. I’ve recently purchased the full version of Geekbench, and I’m very happy with the results!
i thought I would share my current desk and all the Apple things I have collected.
- Macbook Pro i5 2.66
- iPad WIFI 3G 16GB
- 30″ Dell Monitor
- 15″ iiyama monitor
- Macbook Pro 15″ Core 2 duo 2.33
- Mac Pro 2007 model, upgraded to 8 cores
- iPhone 3GS 32GB
What you can’t see is my iMac 24″ in my studio.
With the recent release of World of Warcraft’s expansion pack Cataclysm, I wanted to stretch my old RPG muscles again. However, gaming technology has been re-invented with the iPhone and iPad. I wanted to see if there was any genuine way to play World of Warcraft on a mobile device and I found it.
It is called EveryAir. Now let’s get one thing straight, it won’t allow you to install World of Warcraft on your iPad; what actually does is capture the video display on your gaming computer and streams it over WIFI at a high refresh rate.
I’ve yet to try it as my Mac Pro is having issues running World of Warcraft right now but I thought I’d share that with you. Let me know if you have installed EveryAir and played World of Warcraft with it!
I can tell from the amount of traffic I get about upgrading the 2006 Mac Pro that there is alot of interest. So I thought I’d give you an update.
First and foremost, my Mac Pro has been stable. It has not wobbled once since the upgrade. I was originally worried about the heat before I did the upgrade but the temperate has remained the same, even when pushed by HandBrake or Final Cut Pro 2. In the first month I ran a battery of real world stability tests by opening up multiple applications while copying multiple files and folders to my drobo and to other internal hard drives. The heat only went up a few degrees.
The speed increase has been amazing, especially when my applications utilize multiple processors! The following isn’t very scientific but I’ll do my best.
- Handbrake – uses multiple cores. Speed increase isn’t quite halved, but realistically I just leave that running and do something else. I don’t tend to sit there watching it. It is noticeably faster.
- Final Cut Pro 2 – uses multiple cores. Rendering previews is much quicker, I would say again it almost halves the time which is damn important as I do alot of rendered previewing when I’m editing. When I try to view the edits with effects, then it does drop frames alot (which is why i render). However, when I edit HD material then it really does struggle, I can’t view the previews properly unless I render.
- Photoshop CS4 – recently composited some magazine covers for a band at full resolution. I could see all 8 cores doing something but I couldn’t tell if anything felt quicker.
- Parallels – just for a test I wanted to see if Half Life 2 would run in Parallels which was running Windows XP. It ran fine. Also in the background I ran a YouTube video and a BBC iPlayer video simultaneously all running in the background. I could see no lag while editing photos in Lightroom. I believe a faster HDD would make a siginificant difference.
- LightRoom 2.0 – editing individual photos show no significant increase in speed, if anything Lightroom hits the Hard drives harder than the CPU. However, when bulk exporting files it does feel alot faster than before. Since I work in Lightroom 80% of the time this was well received.
Without doubt, it’s a worthy upgrade. If you have any questions, then leave comments below and I’ll do my best to answer them.
After months and months of searching on Ebay and Gumtree I finally bagged the two x5355 processors at a reasonable price! But even when I received them it wasn’t just a case of inserting it in.
I didn’t have thermal paste, acetone and a very long screwdriver to reach down the heatsinks to unscrew the CPU.
I also had a massive issue trying to get the memory cage off; the screws that hold them in place strip very very easily. In a matter of minutes I manged to completely render them useless. In the end, I read an article where they had a similar problem so they just used a bit of brute force to remove the heatsink cover, the front fan assembly and a memory cage slot holder.
I am very happy with the results. I have put new life into a 4 year old Mac Pro. I didn’t have the finance to upgrade to a 2009 Mac Pro but I have no regrets, it is far more rewarding knowing that I upgraded it myself.
My one advise is to don’t bother trying to unscrew the front screws on the memory cage, just unsrew the back ones so you can lever it out to pull out the plastic heatsink cover. From there on it’s easy peesy, so long as you have the right tools.
GEEKBENCH RESULTS: 52% speed increase
MAC PRO 1,1 QUAD CORE – 4952
MAC PRO 1,1 EIGHT CORE – 9436
Please leave comments below. I’d like to hear your experiences in your upgrade.
** UPDATE 28TH SEPT 2010 **
It has been some while now using my upgrade Mac Pro and I can honestly say it was the best decision I made regarding this superb desktop. I’ve since the upgraded the hard drives so that I have three 1TB hard drives running as a striped RAID 0 for increased speed. I have a forth 1TB drive just acting as a booter.
There was one thing I noticed during a few hot weeks of summer here in the UK, the processors did get quite hot which resulted in a few minor graphic glitches on my Dell 30″ monitor. This was easily solved by increasing the fan speed using the excellent utility called smcFanControl. Other than that it has run smoothly. I’ve recently been editing full HD resolution video from a Canon 5D MK2 . Using Apple’s Final Cut Pro 7 the Mac Pro has had no problems chewing out the renders using all 8 cores. Processing and manipulating full HD video can really strain a computer but I’m pleased to say my x5355 upgrade has made all that scary installation worth it!
The purpose of this post is to compile all the information i can find about upgrading a 2006 Mac Pro 1,1 with the quad core X5355 Intel Processors. I’ve recently purchased two Intel Xeon X5355 with the intention of upgrading (updating) my 2006 Apple Mac Pro desktop I purchased a couple of years ago.
Currently I have Two 2.66 GHz (5150) Dual-core Intel Xeon “Woodcrest”; effectively this means I have four processors working together. I work alot on processor intensive apps, especially Final Cut Pro which is a video editing suite by Apple specifically for Macs. I also run alot of programs simulataneously such as Parallels, Photoshop and Adobe Lightroom. Because I edit alot of photos then a fast cpu, as well as fast Disk system like a Raid 0, will make editing much quicker. I sometimes have to batch export over 700 photos in one session!
The equipment list to upgrade.
- Mac Pro 1,1 (duh)
- 2 x Intel X5355 processors, although reports have said you can use just one at a time
- Torx 3mm (T15) Screwdriver with a long neck
- Thermal paste
- An assortment of Philips screwdrivers
30 Jan 2010 – As yet, I am still waiting for the CPUs to arrive. In the meantime I am reading and reviewing all the following websites for information.
- Hardmac.com – Tutorial on how to upgrade the CPUs.
- XLR8yourmac.com – Select Mac Pro from the drop down box.
- AnandTech.com – Tutorial with photos. Good detail.
- MacRumours – Bulletin board thread with indepth discussion.
There’s a video that shows what to do!
I will be updating this post as I have time and gather more information.
2 Feb – My X5355 Processors have arrived!
Apple’s product philosophy is simple to understand but difficult to master; keep the design simple, make the interface intuitive and elegant and control the connection between the software and hardware.
Look at Apple’s computer range. The minimalist design of the Mac Pro desktop is simple and brilliantly executed. On the front are two optical disk slots that are hidden, a power button and few usb/firewire ports and that is it! Compare that with a PC and it’s clear which hardware is trying too hard.
Apple’s Macbook range is equally as simple in design and form. Once again the body is uniformed with design that is now considered a classic. There aren’t dozens of flashing lights or distracting buttons everywhere like you would find on a typical Windows laptop. When the Macbook is closed the there is the every present Apple logo on the lid. It is perfectly understated which conforms to Apple’s design template. There is nothing confusing about how to use it. I have let complete novices use my Macbook and they have been able to use it within minutes.
And of course the iPhone. If you just consider the functionality, there is nothing new here; smartphones have been around for years, but what Apple have done is made it elegant. The interface is simple, the fact that when you swipe your fingers across the screen the feedback in instantaneous. With just one hardware button at the bottom and quick access to the four main features of the iPhone (phone calls, mail, web and music) it’s just brilliantly simple. Apple has been critized unfairly that there is not enough customization with the iPhone’s interface, but it JUST WORKS! There is no clutter and there is no doubt that a major part of the iPhone’s success is it’s user interface.
The iPad won’t make such a splash initially as the iPhone or the Macs did because people’s expectaitons are much higher now. Also users don’t know how it fits in yet.
I am a Professional Photographer and no matter how loose I can see some potential in having a tablet computer rather than a full laptop. However, there will be times when I will need to run an open Operating System. The problem, at the moment, with the iPad is I cannot install full Mac software on it. I use Adobe Lightroom, Photoshop and even some video editing software when I am out on the road so the iPad cannot cope with those heavy apps, however I don’t believe that’s the iPad’s place.
I believe the iPad will fill a niche gap in the market. I can showcase photos to clients in a more interactive way with an extra “wow” factor. Perhaps the iPad shouldn’t be used alone, after all even if you did have an iPad you would most likely carry a smartphone around with you to make calls.
The iPad will find it’s place ALONG SIDE other Apple’s Hardware. Time will tell, but I can see myself carrying an iPad, a Macbook Pro and an iPhone out when I see my clients. Is that too much? Perhaps, but it will look damn cool infront of clients