Category Archives: mac pro

eGPU intrigue

As we consider a mac user’s renewed quest for GPU performance – this time for an ‘external’ GPU in a tbolt2 PCI chassis – we find similarities to other timeless quests. For instance, in our quest, the path is not clear in the beginning, and there … Continue reading

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Newpro is boss

2011 was drawing to a close, and I was uneasy at the lack of a Mac Pro refresh. My 2009 MacPro4,1 was still performing admirably, but video workflows were starting to feel sluggish as I incorporated more high-frame-rate content. Tasks like video encoding … Continue reading

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Storage options for a SAS enclosure owner in a thunderbolt world

I posted the following at creativecow; below is a copy for my archives: — I’ve got an iStorage Pro 8 bay filled with 2 GB drives, and an ATTO R380 running on my 2009 Mac Pro in a RAID5 config … Continue reading

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How I fixed broken internal audio by zapping pram

Oops. I think I stole my own thunder. It was a serious wtf moment though… by all rights, I really don’t think this is supposed to happen. The worst part of this experience is not the increasingly frantic hour of … Continue reading

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The case of the excessively congratulatory Memory Slot Utility

A while ago I filled up my final unused memory slot in my awesome Mac Pro with an additional 4 gigorams (for a grand total of 16). Since then, whenever I reboot I’m showered with praise by the Memory Slot … Continue reading

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4870: why aren’t you supported on MacPro1,1?

UPDATE: This is no longer a mystery. If you want the punchline, please proceed directly to the comments at the end of this post. The ATI HD 4870 video card is a nice upgrade from the NVidia 8800 GT (my … Continue reading

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big mac

My Mac Pro arrived today. It’s pretty awesome. The first time I opened the cpu panel (after installing CHUD), I thought it was broken. I had all my normal stuff running (safari, ichat, mail, many terminals, itunes, console, a few … Continue reading

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