1. murphcid's Avatar
    A friend has one, and decided that he did not like it (not fast enough, not as good as his current WinTel system, he wants a dual-core, etc), so he has offered to sell it to me. He will add the 30" monitor. It has 48 gb of ram, and he is going to put a 1 tb SSD into the system. What I want to know are the following things:

    1) Are there any USB 3.0 add on cards that work with the Mac Pro 2009?
    2) How do you open the DVD drive?
    3) Is it compatible with my Macbook Pro running Sierra? Will my programs/apps sync?
    4) Should I tell him no thanks, and get a newer model, maybe a 2011+?
    5) Or should I just get an iMac?

    Everything is in great shape, he just got it a week ago for $900 (inlcuding the monitor), and is offering it to me at the same price. I will be able to get it in April ($$$$ save up).
    12-29-2016 07:34 AM
  2. bamf-hacker's Avatar
    IMHO $900 for a 2009 MBP regardless of the RAM and storage is high. I would save your money and get a newer one. Apple will at some point stop providing updates to newer OS's on older machines and that 2009 is pretty close.
    12-29-2016 09:14 AM
  3. murphcid's Avatar
    Sorry, I should have been clear, that also includes the 30" monitor. I am wanting to flash the firmware to 5.1 so that I can update to Sierra. I will also add a 1tb SSD in place of the original hard drive.

    IMHO $900 for a 2009 MBP regardless of the RAM and storage is high. I would save your money and get a newer one. Apple will at some point stop providing updates to newer OS's on older machines and that 2009 is pretty close.
    01-05-2017 07:49 AM
  4. Matty's Avatar
    Would have to agree with @bamf-hacker, I personally wouldn't pay $900 for a Mac Pro thats 8 year old. While it may have ludicrous amount of RAM and a very large SSD, the GPU is still 8 years old. So i personally would spend a couple extra bucks and pick up a 21.5" iMac from 2015 on sale somewhere and upgrade the HDD to a SSD but with all that being said, if you really want it and you love it, then its well worth the price of smiling everyday while using it
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    03-21-2017 02:16 AM
  5. crucial bbq's Avatar
    Whether it is worth it or not depends on you and your intended usage. But, in general, if it is an octa-core (dual cpu), then yes, could very well be. iirc, the Xeons used in the 2009 models where already two years old at the time, but, Xeons are essentially i7s with a few tweaks (Xeon: support for ECC RAM, way more L3 cache--which makes them fast(er), no onboard video, cannot be over-clocked, way better with multiple threads and virtual cores, a few others. i7: onboard video, can be over-clocked, way faster with single threads).

    If it's a quad-core (single CPU), then I dunno, however combined with 48G RAM, a 30" ACD, 1TB SSD, and assuming you can successfully flash it to 5,1, and factoring in $150 in shipping costs if purchased off eBay, $900 is not too expensive.

    I don't if there is much difference between the 2009 Mac Pros and the 2010 Mac Pros but the only difference between the 2012 Mac Pro and the 2010 Mac Pro is a slight increase in speed and some say that the 2012 Mac Pro is essentially just a repackaged 2009 Mac Pro with the speed bump. That being said, the 2012 Mac Pro (12-core) still blows away pretty much all currently offered Macs in their base configs.

    To answer questions:

    1. Yes, you can add USB 3.0 via PCI card. Will certainly be faster than USB 2.0 ports, but likely still a little slower than native 3.0 support.

    2. Pull the lever on the back panel to release the side panel, pull out the "box".

    3. Haven't used a CD or DVD in a long-time, but pressing F12 should do it.

    4. For a longer life span, maybe. the 2010 - 2012 Mac Pros will be supported with the upcoming High Sierra and considering that HS will run on iMacs and MacBooks going back to late 2009 models, I have a feeling that the the 2010 - 2012 Mac Pros will also still be supported with macOS 10.14.

    5. Depends on usage, but... ...the "cheese grater" Mac Pros have a cult following that's likely not to change anytime soon. As these become rarer, the case alone could fetch $200 or more in a few years and their will always be at least one hipster willing to pay $$ for a vintage 30" ACD.
    08-17-2017 01:53 PM
  6. crucial bbq's Avatar
    An update to my reply to question #3 :

    At the time I had replied I was not using an Apple keyboard. Since then, I have picked one up and there is a dedicated "open tray" button to the right of F12. It's kind of annoying as I keep hitting it when I miss the delete key. I also forgot to mention that there is an icon for the CD/DVD tray in the menu bar.
    01-10-2018 11:33 AM

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