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Living with a Mac Pro

There’s been a lot of talk about state of Apples attention to the Professional market recently mainly because there has been no significant updates to their pro desktop, the Mac Pro, since 2010. The 2012 update was laughable with only a slight processor speed boost and ram increase. These aren’t even Intels most recent Zeon processors. Also missing was USB 3 and Thunderbolt connectivity.

Professionals across the Internet world cried foul as we’d waited a long time for for some Apple attention. Has Apple abandoned us? Have consumers became their main customers?

I felt a little annoyed and relieved at the same time as I’d just plonked my hard earned cash down in a 2010 Mac Pro in May 2012. I went to the Apple store in Belfast with a top 27″ iMac on my list having already owned a 2009 21″ iMac. But when I got to the store the Mac Pro caught my attention. The reason you ask? Upgradability. I had owned a Power Mac G5 loaded with internal hard drives in raid configuration, a PCI eSata card and a FireWire PCI card. I missed the upgradability when owning an iMac as all I could add was RAM and connect up to 5 or 6 external cases (not at the same time in my case). So I bought a brand new 2 year old Mac Pro with Snow Leopard in May 2012!!

Is it out of date? In its default configuration yes. Is mine? I don’t think so. I’ve added Sata 3 and USB 3 via PCIe cards. I’ve added an SSD hard drive as my boot drive. I’m hoping Thunderbolt can be added via PCIe in the future though im not desperate as external drives are crazy expensive plus I have eSata connectivity. I also have a 3 drive raid setup for editing HD viseo inside the tower that I hope to replace with big SSDs when prices fall. The 2 external drives I now have are for Time Machine backups. Ok the processors are older Zeons, the RAM may not be up to date, the Graphics card may be old news, but I have a Mac Pro that will last me 3 or 4 years for editing HD video using FCPx. I can extend its shelf live with a new graphics card (there are companies specialising in flashed PC grahics cards for Macs) and more ram (up to 64GB).

Buy a Windows PC and get the latest technology I hear you say! No thanks! I couldn’t go back to the Windows world.

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Drew Curran

Director at Pixol
Drew is a filmmaker and designer and the founder of Pixol. Pixol produces corporate and commercial promotional films as well as graphic design and print for clients across the UK and Ireland. Drew is also a freelance cameraman and video editor for other production companies as well as a self-confessed camera nerd.

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