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Thoughts on upgrading from a 2010 Mac Pro
Posted by: anonymouse1
Date: November 25, 2019 01:51PM
I'm thinking about selling my 2010 Mac Pro (Mojave, 1TB SSD, 560 video card) and upgrading to something snappier, so I did some rough and ready research on what I could do.

Caveats: These are low, but not lowest eBay prices. Their may be slightly higher or lower benchmarks available. These are basically CPU benchmarks, so probably not especially relevant for video/graphics purposes. I didn't compare RAM and SSD specs, so these are probably low end in those terms.

It looks like the best bang for the buck is the Mac Mini i5--I"m thinking I could upgrade the RAM, hang a Tbolt 3 SSD on the back of it, and use and eGPU if I ever need the horsepower. All in, might cost me $300-$500 out of pocket for a machine that's nearly twice as fast.

Anyway, I did the homework, and though it might be useful for someone else. (I couldn't figure out how to get a table in here, so rows are separated by paragraphs/line returns, and columns are separated by a space tilde space ( ~ ). You can do a search and replace in Word, and convert to a table.) Enjoy!

Model ~ Geekbench 5 Single ~ Geekbench 5 Multi ~ Ebay pricing (low recent ~ $/Geekbench 5 points single ~ $/Geekbench 5 points multi ~ Geekbench 5 points single/$ ~ Geekbench 5 points multi/$
2010 Mac Pro ~ 650 ~ 3160 ~ $650 ~ 1.00 ~ 0.21 ~ 1.00 ~ 4.86
2013 Mac Pro (trashcan) Xeon 3.7Ghz ~ 814 ~ 3253 ~ $1,100 ~ 1.35 ~ 0.34 ~ 0.74 ~ 2.96
2018 mac mini i7 ~ 1117 ~ 6400 ~ 1200 ~ 1.07 ~ 0.19 ~ 0.93 ~ 5.33
2018 mac mini i5 ~ 1017 ~ 4654 ~ $800 ~ 0.79 ~ 0.17 ~ 1.27 ~ 5.82
2015 imac 27” i7 ~ 1017 ~ 4158 ~ $900 ~ 0.88 ~ 0.22 ~ 1.13 ~ 4.62
2019 imac 27” i9 ~ 1257 ~ 7959 ~ 2800 ~ 2.23 ~ 0.35 ~ 0.45 ~ 2.84
2017 imac Pro (10 core) ~ 1135 ~ 9623 ~ 3500 ~ 3.08 ~ 0.36 ~ 0.32 ~ 2.75



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 11/25/2019 01:54PM by anonymouse1.
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Re: Thoughts on upgrading from a 2010 Mac Pro
Posted by: jdc
Date: November 25, 2019 02:04PM
Im reading you think you can sell it for $650?

Not sure how you use your mac -- but it sounds like you dont need a dedicated GPU for what you are doing now?

You included some iMacs... you arelady have have nice screens? Cause part of the iMac price has to factor in a 4K screen...





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Re: Thoughts on upgrading from a 2010 Mac Pro
Posted by: anonymouse1
Date: November 25, 2019 02:11PM
Yup, just included iMacs in case there were some screaming deals to be found--sadly, not so.

Of course, after pulling this together, I found that barefeats.com has this covered:

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Re: Thoughts on upgrading from a 2010 Mac Pro
Posted by: jonny
Date: November 25, 2019 02:12PM
Agreed... I recently updated my 2007 with an SSD to a 2017 with fusion. The speed difference for day-to-day use has been subtle.
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Re: Thoughts on upgrading from a 2010 Mac Pro
Posted by: jdc
Date: November 25, 2019 02:46PM
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jonny
Agreed... I recently updated my 2007 with an SSD to a 2017 with fusion. The speed difference for day-to-day use has been subtle.

2007 MP to 2017 iMac? or 2017 mini?





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Re: Thoughts on upgrading from a 2010 Mac Pro
Posted by: Gareth
Date: November 25, 2019 03:35PM
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Re: Thoughts on upgrading from a 2010 Mac Pro
Posted by: anonymouse1
Date: November 25, 2019 03:44PM
Thanks, Gareth!
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Re: Thoughts on upgrading from a 2010 Mac Pro
Posted by: Fritz
Date: November 25, 2019 04:10PM
hey Gareth, where'd you find that chart? I'd like to find the same for MP2,1 8 core X5365.



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Re: Thoughts on upgrading from a 2010 Mac Pro
Posted by: jonny
Date: November 25, 2019 04:22PM
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jdc
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jonny
Agreed... I recently updated my 2007 with an SSD to a 2017 with fusion. The speed difference for day-to-day use has been subtle.

2007 MP to 2017 iMac? or 2017 mini?

iMacs both.
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Re: Thoughts on upgrading from a 2010 Mac Pro
Posted by: Gareth
Date: November 25, 2019 05:10PM
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Fritz
hey Gareth, where'd you find that chart? I'd like to find the same for MP2,1 8 core X5365.

It's the data in anonymouse1's first post. I just put it into an Excel document, screen shot'd it, and posted it, b/c I was getting a headache trying to decipher the original post. ROTFL
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Re: Thoughts on upgrading from a 2010 Mac Pro
Posted by: Article Accelerator
Date: November 25, 2019 05:29PM
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jonny
Agreed... I recently updated my 2007 with an SSD to a 2017 with fusion. The speed difference for day-to-day use has been subtle.

Huh? I just helped a neighbor upgrade from a 2007 iMac to a current iMac 27" with SSD. He just about fell off his chair with the difference in speed and responsiveness.

At one point we had to transfer about 60 GB of data to/from an external drive. The new iMac was—not kidding here—more than twenty times faster at the same task.

Subtle? Not hardly…
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Re: Thoughts on upgrading from a 2010 Mac Pro
Posted by: jonny
Date: November 25, 2019 05:33PM
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Article Accelerator
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jonny
Agreed... I recently updated my 2007 with an SSD to a 2017 with fusion. The speed difference for day-to-day use has been subtle.

Huh? I just helped a neighbor upgrade from a 2007 iMac to a current iMac 27" with SSD. He just about fell off his chair with the difference in speed and responsiveness.

At one point we had to transfer about 60 GB of data to/from an external drive. The new iMac was—not kidding here—more than twenty times faster at the same task.

Subtle? Not hardly…

I had upgraded the 2007 to an SSD several years ago. That made a huge difference!
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Re: Thoughts on upgrading from a 2010 Mac Pro
Posted by: Fritz
Date: November 25, 2019 05:41PM
smiley-laughing001



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Re: Thoughts on upgrading from a 2010 Mac Pro
Posted by: jdc
Date: November 25, 2019 06:16PM
My 2007 iMac (24" C2D) still runs OKish with a SSD, but it was no match for my 2010 iMac (27" i7) with a SSD. However my 2014 iMac (i5) isnt leaps and bound faster (fusion drive). But the 5K screen is worth every penny. Its truely amazing how crisp it is next to a plain 27" screen.

If you are only looking to send $1200 total (2010 + out of pocket) choices are limited...





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Re: Thoughts on upgrading from a 2010 Mac Pro
Posted by: hal
Date: November 26, 2019 04:29PM
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Gareth
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Fritz
hey Gareth, where'd you find that chart? I'd like to find the same for MP2,1 8 core X5365.

It's the data in anonymouse1's first post. I just put it into an Excel document, screen shot'd it, and posted it, b/c I was getting a headache trying to decipher the original post. ROTFL

That's funny - I thought it was from your own elaborate custom database
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