If you love Macs, it’s almost impossible to look at the 2013 Mac Pro without dropping your jaw, drooling a little, and thinking, “Want. Want so badly.” And that’s understandable. It’s a powerful machine with a sleek new design that’s perfect for professionals across the creative spectrum.
But the thing is, it’s not like creative professionals just started using Mac Pros in 2013. And if you dropped top dollar on a Mac Pro anytime in the past few years, the idea of investing several thousand more dollars in the latest model might not seem that attractive to you. On the other hand, nobody wants to be left behind. It’s competitive enough out there on a level playing field.
That’s where OWC comes in. If you make your living in graphic design, video editing, or any other visual medium, you’re going to want to keep reading. We’ll show you how you can bring your 2009-2012 Mac Pro up to par with many GPU based tasks without breaking the bank.
OWC’s benchmark testing has revealed that a 2009-2012 Mac Pro can be upgraded to perform on par with the 2013 Mac Pro in many GPU based tasks and in some cases, even outperform it. Lets take a look at some of the options OWC has to help make your older Mac Pro the powerful machine you need to express your creativity.
Onward and Upward with OWC’s Mercury Accelsior_E2
The Mercury Accelsior_E2 PCI Express SSD will give you incredible speeds if you’re looking to upgrade your 2009-2012 Mac Pro. But you don’t have to take our word for it. According to this About.com review, OWC’s Mercury Accelsior_2 ” may be one of the best performance and storage upgrade options for Mac Pro owners.”
It’s hard to argue.
The Accelsior_E2 brings blazing fast PCIe SSD performance to your Mac Pro’s applications, processing and booting. The Accelsior_E2 provides two OWC SSD blades and gives you RAID-like data redundancy for protection and reliability. It’s perfect for anyone who uses large video files and values performance and space above all else. This exceptional PCIe SSD provides up to 960GB of internal storage and lets you add up to 32TB of external storage.
The Accelsior_E2 can be purchased without the internal SSD blades installed, but most users will probably benefit from our configuration. And don’t just take my word for it. Check out the Mac Observer raving about the Mercury Accelsior_E2’s speed.
Easily Improve Your Graphic Quality
If you want your existing Mac Pro to compete with the 2013 incarnation, you’re going to need to upgrade your graphic quality. The Sapphire HD 7950 is the perfect upgrade to get your Mac Pro where it needs to be graphically. We’ll get into the specifics of what makes the Sapphire HD 7950 special, but it’s probably best to get an unbiased source to explain how big of an impact this graphics card can have on your Mac Pro. The following five-star review from Jan. 25, 2014 is one of many stellar reviews from satisfied customers.
“Bought this for my mac pro 4,1 running mavericks. I wanted to drive my 3 monitors and also then output hdmi to my HD 3d ready projector in my man cave. So basically driving 4 screens at once, 3 being the monitors and the 4th throwing movies up on the wall via the projector. I bought a pioneer blu ray 3d capable drive also from OWC and some 3rd party software and now I am watching blu rays movies with it. Also when I boot into windows the video card and pioneer blu ray drive work flawlessly and I can run PowerDVD which is 3D capable and I basically have a 3D movie theatre in my house all run by the same Mac Pro (active 3D glasses required). Couldn’t have worked out better. I couldn’t recommend this product more. It is a work horse that handles everything I throw at it”
There is no doubt the Sapphire HD 7950 is versatile. This graphic card delivers a significant graphics performance boost for Mac Pro users in a wide range of applications. In some tasks, the Sapphire is 7x faster than the stock GT120 graphics cards in most 2009 Mac Pro models and 1.9x faster than 5770 standard in most 2010/2012 models. Compared to the new Mac Pro 2013, your existing Mac Pro can be almost as fast across the board and even faster in some cases!
And now, you can add the Sapphire HD 7950 to your existing video card for additional GPU performance and display support at a great price, or even trade-in your existing card for up to $200 back from OWC! We’re also offering $20 off of the purchase of a Sapphire HD 7950 video card with an OWC Accelsior PCIe SSD purchase, and we have a special on the original Accelsior 240GB and 480GB as well for those who don’t need eSATA ports.
More Memory, Less Problems
Of course, the easiest way to improve an existing system is by adding memory, which is an OWC specialty. OWC’s memory upgrades ensure you can store your biggest projects without impacting performance. And thanks to our handy install videos, it is incredibly simple to install your new memory upgrade all by yourself. It’s so easy a caveman could probably do it if for some reason a caveman had a need to upgrade his Mac Pro.
In addition to being a great way to quickly upgrade your system and easy to install, you can rest easy knowing you are investing in the highest possible quality memory available. All OWC memory upgrades meet or exceed manufacturer specs, and every single unit is in-house lab tested to guarantee the highest possible quality. In addition, OWC memory upgrades are backed by industry leading lifetime, advanced replacement.
It Just Makes Sense
As you can see, there is no reason to abandon the trusty Mac Pro you’ve been using the past few years. Sure, the 2013 Mac Pro is an amazing computer, and it looks awesome. But considering all the options OWC offers to upgrade an existing 2009-2012 Mac Pro, it’s pretty clear there are other attractive options for keeping up with the Joneses.
If you want to build a comparable system for a lot less cash, you owe it to yourself to let OWC help you upgrade. There really isn’t a better way to get the most out of your pre-2013 Mac Pro.