Electromen

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I have an Apple Mac Pro (4.1) tower from 2009.  I wondering if it's time to upgrade.  

3D views appear in about 1 sec., Ray Trace sometimes take an hour for 10 passes but the drawings are large.

Mac Pro 2009

Processors: Two-2.26GHz Quad Core Intel Xeon, eight cores total

Memory:  16GB 1066 MHZ DDR3 ECC

Graphics:  NVIDIA GeForce GTX680 2048 GB

Boot Drive: 500GB Intel SSD

Three more internal HDD: 2TB WD Black Caviar

OS: OSX El Capitan

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35 minutes ago, Electromen said:

I have an Apple Mac Pro (4.1) tower from 2009.  I wondering if it's time to upgrade.  

3D views appear in about 1 sec., Ray Trace sometimes take an hour for 10 passes but the drawings are large.

Mac Pro 2009

Processors: Two-2.26GHz Quad Core Intel Xeon, eight cores total

Memory:  16GB 1066 MHZ DDR3 ECC

Graphics:  NVIDIA GeForce GTX680 2048 GB

Boot Drive: 500GB Intel SSD

Three more internal HDD: 2TB WD Black Caviar

OS: OSX El Capitan

 

What timing, I was wondering the same thing.  The top pic is what I have now,  the other one is what I can upgrade to.

From what I have gathered,  the MAC PRO is not a big advantage.  I think the processor speed is important.  Yours is 2-2.26 ghz,  mine is a 3.5 ghz,  I can upgrade to a 4.0 ghz if I buy the latest.  However if I upgrade,  I go from a NVIDIA CARD to a AMD RADEON........  this is all Greek to me,   but I thought the NVIDIA CARD plays better with CA.  But I do not know.

 

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Maybe somebody else will give us some guidance.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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my experience has been that NVidia has always been the card to use with Chief ,but not sure about the latest ATI cards. I have had to get a new computer or upgrade the one I have about every 4 years. Each new version just needs more resources than the last one.

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35 minutes ago, dshall said:

 

What timing, I was wondering the same thing.  The top pic is what I have now,  the other one is what I can upgrade to.

From what I have gathered,  the MAC PRO is not a big advantage.  I think the processor speed is important.  Yours is 2-2.26 ghz,  mine is a 3.5 ghz,  I can upgrade to a 4.0 ghz if I buy the latest.  However if I upgrade,  I go from a NVIDIA CARD to a AMD RADEON........  this is all Greek to me,   but I thought the NVIDIA CARD plays better with CA.  But I do not know.

 

Screen Shot 2017-02-12 at 9.12.23 AM.png

 

 

Screen Shot 2017-02-12 at 9.11.10 AM.png

 

Maybe somebody else will give us some guidance.

 

 

 

 

 

 

HERE are some Mac Benchmarks, also look at the multi core results

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It would be nice to have a standard Ray Trace so that we could compare our computers. 

 

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