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 [October 2017 update]
Note: The original content in this section was replaced by MacSales.com technical staff to reflect recent changes in the Mac Pro GPU landscape, particularly as it pertains to NVIDIA GPUs.
April 2017, NVIDIA announced that it would offer new drivers for Mac users who want to benefit from the latest GPUs built on the ‘Pascal’ architecture. These GPUs include all editions of the following base models:
- Titan Xp
- GeForce GTX 1080 Ti
- GeForce GTX 1080
- GeForce GTX 1070
- GeForce GTX 1060
- GeForce GTX 1050
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.