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  1. #1 Who's still rocking a Mac 5,1? 
    Hi Y'all,

    Shout out to all the Indies in here who are still loving their old Macs!

    My 2012 5,1 (12/3.3, 64GB, 980TI) is rock steady with 4K. I'm a video artists who has super lean budgets and absolutely thrilled to have a 2012 computer be so strong and reliable [and if I had an extra $10K for a replacement I'd rather throw the money at an elaborate set on the next project].

    I see no reason to upgrade until the 2019 Mac Pros are available used for reasonable prices in 3-5 years.

    Am I the only one or is there more folks who are rocking classic boats?
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    Ha. I'm the only one.

    Fine art: perhaps the only field where one shoots on Red and edits on a 10 year old machine.

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    No I work on a Mac Pro 4.1 ->5.1 as well.
    I actually have still two working ones.
    But the one in the edit Grading suite runs a 1080, 2x3.46 GHZ, 96GB RAM, PCI SSD, 10GBE, USB3, DECKLINK, ...

    runs like a charm.
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    I have a 2010 dual 3.33 GHz MacPro with Radeon Sapphire 580, 48 GB RAM, Open Core, 4k Decklink Mini monitor, 1 TB NVME for fast cash, 4x3TB in RAID0
    spinning drives and of coarse, 2хThunderbolt 3 ports with TB AJA T-tap SDI, TB SanLink for connecting two 4GB Fiber drives and a hub with 3 USB3 ports, another ethernet port and an HDMI out.
    Edit, just added a 10GE Myricom card too for 10GE connection to my FreeNas.
    Am I the only one that has Thunderbolt 3 ports on my MacPro 5.1?
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    12core 2.93 64RAM 18TB spinning internal, 8GB Radeon, way too many external drives....
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    Yeah... thought I'd be on the new Mac Pro by now, but Apple won't release a buyable config....

    Never thought I'd ever keep a Workstation for 10, let alone 11 years but:



    These old Mac Pros are getting a bit long in the tooth, and they aren't the fastest from 0-60. But my computer never crashes and it has no problem handling 4K/UHD centred content with dual 2560x1440 monitors and a LG 55 C8 via DeckLink MiniMonitor 4K.

    DaVinci Resolve, Cinema 4D, increasingly Blender and the usual support apps.
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    Hell Yeah Brothers and Sisters!
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    Still have my 2008 Cheese Grater with a Red Rocket and Dulce 16TB RAID that works perfectly fine, for 1080 output. I'd be willing to sell it if anyone is interested. Operators are standing by...
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    Still using two: 4,1 -> 5,1 and a 5,1

    But I did buy a 2019 Mac Pro - base config and then added all the extras from off the shelf, huge cost savings from the Apple configs. The 2019 is a big move forward in some areas, and just an incremental improvement in others.
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