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Can my MacPro be transformed into a gaming mammoth?

Discussion in 'Computer General' started by Wombat, Sep 15, 2017.

  1. Wombat

    Wombat Gold Member

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    Thanks to the "What are your computer specs?"-topic, I started wondering can I transform my late 2008 MacPro into a hybrid... the Mac part for work and bootcamp with Windows 10 for gaming.

    I have this model, with 10GB memory and 2x 3,2 GHz Quad-Core Intel Xeon:
    http://www.everymac.com/systems/apple/mac_pro/specs/mac-pro-eight-core-3.2-2008-specs.html

    Around the web I have gathered that my computer supports up to 64GB of memory and also I see that for example you can install a GTX 1080 / 1080 TI in this machine.

    Are there any PC gamers here that can chime in if it's worth it to upgrade my machine with a new videocard and additional memory to play brand new PC games in 4K 60fps? Or are the internal connections and processors of this computer too old for new games?
     
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    Demon Well-Known Member

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    It's rather old but it should be able to run many games. The Xeon's are server CPU's and normally above what a commercial CPU would be spec wise. I can see this running maybe HD but not sure about 4K.

    I would see if there's any videos on Youtube where others have thought this but I'm sure it is possible. The only issue I can really see would be the CPU/RAM being an issue but there should be enough.

    I gave next door an old AMD Phenom Tri-Core from 2008 awhile back and was shocked to hear it ran some games decently with 512MB of GPU power. :p
     
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    Sadly the ram is pretty slow, and the cpu isn't really that great. 1080s can apparently be a bit touchy. I have the same system, with 50 something gigs of ram, since 64 wasnt letting windows boot. I have a 750ti in mine, which can run a lot of things okay, but even with a 1080 I don't see 4k being on the radar.
     
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    Unfortunately your bus speeds will limit what u can achieve graphically. Your ram is maxed at 800mhz and your pci-e lanes are 2.0. 1080 @60hz might be possible but not 4K @60hz. Your rig is a beast for 2008, but newer games are very greedy. I wouldn't chuck any more money at that rig, just keep it for legacy gaming, maybe start looking at a newer rig in the future. We are on a technology generation cusp at the moment where the current tech (14nm processor, DDR3/4) is at the end of development, and newer tech (10nm processor, DDR4/next gen RAM?) is going to be very expensive. So maybe wait until beginning of 2018 to see where prices are.
     
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  5. Wombat

    Wombat Gold Member

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    Thanks for chiming in @Demon, @Borman and @Taijigamer! Based on the above intel it's clear to me I won't be able to turn this 2008 computer into a gaming powerhouse, too bad.
     

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