1. hpr

    Curtis, you left out the fact that the Mac Pro has 2x as many cores as your hackintosh! That is a pretty substantial difference for anyone using CPU intensive applications. Also if you upgrade the ram from Apple you are silly, 4GB of ECC ram is like $100 (I spent $220 on mine when I bought it) and again the ECC ram is good for high CPU/Memory applications.

    The old Mac Pro starting price (as of this comment the Nehalem Mac Pros are out and totally different beasts) of $2800 was with dual quad-core Xeon processors. The single core model was $2200.

    As much as I am a fan of the Hackintosh you did not build a “comparable” system. Build a dual Xeon system if you want it to be comparable. Your computer is fast, no doubt, but not quite the same.

    Also, hi!!!

  2. admin

    Jesse! Hi!

    Ok, I probably should have been been clear on the exact configuration I used on Apple’s website. You could (before they switched to Nehalem Mac Pro’s) configure a Mac Pro with just 1 quad-core Xeon processor, which is what I did. So unless I’m a total n00b (which is certainly possible 😛 ) about the differences between a Q6600 and a quad-core Xeon, they should have the same number of cores (one processor in each configuration). But you’re probably right about the pricing. I probably didn’t select the 1 processor config or maybe I reloaded the page of something. $2,200 is probably correct. I wish I could go to Apple’s website and double-check my numbers, but they upgraded to the new Mac Pro! Dangit!

    Yeah, you’re definitely right about Apple RAM prices, lol. Probably should have used market values there. I guess I’ve never read any good article explaining the practical advantage of ECC RAM (got any links to share?).

    True, my system is not the same as a Mac Pro. But what I tried to do was get as close of a comparison as I could. Unfortunately, it looks like my pricing was incorrect for the 1 processor Mac Pro config (which was what I was trying to do), so that is a major difference. (Sorry about that.) The ECC RAM is also a big difference, but I tried to acknowledge that in my post. I can’t really defend the higher price tag of ECC RAM, though, without some argument for why it is better in an average-use scenario.

    Thanks for all your comments, Jesse. Glad to have an über geek around to correct my n00b mistakes! 😛

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