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  1. #1

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    Sep 24, 2009
    Question Mac Pro (MA356LL/A-R) vs New iMac 27'
    Hey all -

    First post, I'm debating between buying a new 27 inch iMac, but a deal just came up on a Mac pro, and I'm debating which is the better machine... or even if they are remotely close. I have a feeling the deal window is closing soon though, so the quicker the answer the better. The help is much appreciated! Thanks:

    MAC PRO:

    • Intel Quad core Xeon 2.66 (2 x 2.66GHz Dual-Core Intel Xeon processors)
    • 4GB Memory
    • 250GB SATA Hard disk
    • 512MB ATI Radeon X1900XT DUAL DVI Video (MA631ZA)


    • 27-inch LED-backlit glossy widescreen display
    • 4GB memory
    • 1TB hard drive
    • 8x SuperDrive (DVD±R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW)
    • ATI Radeon HD 5670 graphics with 512MB memory
    • Built-in iSight camera

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    Member Since
    Jan 19, 2011
    Central Florida
    21.5" iMac 3.06 GHz 500GB HD; iPhone 3GS 32GB
    Easy... iMac is FAR superior, but then again, is portability a priority?

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    Member Since
    Sep 24, 2009
    Portability not so much. The price is the motivator. The lowest price for the iMac I've found is like $1450 refurb. This Mac Pro is $899 refurb. I just figured since it was a Mac Pro it'd be closer. I'm not as up to speed with this Mac tech vs PCs. Thanks for the advice!

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    Member Since
    Nov 28, 2007
    Nambucca Heads Australia
    iMac, i7 4GHz, 32GB memory, 1TB PCI-e storgae StOS X.13.3
    G'day and welcome to the forums.

    Well check out the processors. To be a Quad Core they need to by X5355. A lot of folk advertise the Dual Core as quads believing 2 x Duals must make it a Quad Core. Quad Core's commenced with the Mac Pro 2.1 model. Your quoted price is dirt cheap for a Quad Core.

    Not a fan of iMacs particularly with their laptop optical drives, non changeable graphics, single internal hard drives and difficulty cracking them, to replace parts.
    Hang on to those original install discs like grim death! Using OS X.7 or later make a bootable USB thumb drive before running Installer!

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    Member Since
    Sep 24, 2009
    Harry thanks for the post. Yea I'm pretty sure it's one of the early models and it has two dual processors as opposed to the quad. I'm pretty sure they are the 5100 series. Here's a link to the sale: - Apple Mac Pro Desktop, Intel Quad core Xeon 2.66, 4GB, 250GB,512MB ATI Radeon X1900XT DUAL DVI Video (MA631ZA),MacOS X 10.4

    I'm not seeing a version. Any ideas? You bring up good points with the iMac though... I hadn't thought about that.

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