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paulrus
09-01-2006, 10:48 AM
I've been reading tha the Mac Pro has some serious performance issues when running XP with regards to SATA drives.

I've been looking at a Mac Pro mainly as a replacement for my Opteron system. Since I've already invested heavily in Windows, I'm not going to switch to OS-X anytime soon.

My plan was to run Lighwave and SpeedEdit on this machine - but if SATA performance is as bad as I've heard, then I'll probably have to look at another machine.

What do you guys know about the issue?

Thanks

Paul

amigo
09-01-2006, 05:11 PM
I am on a Mac Pro right now, typing this from freshly installed Windows XP. The SATA issue has been resolved and I get about 60MB/s throughput, and that's with SATA 150 not 300 hdd.

Here is the link to get a walk-through details on what to do: http://www.macprojournal.com/xp.html

I just wish there was a Lightwave and SpeedEDIT UniBin as well :)

paulrus
09-01-2006, 06:31 PM
Excellent! Not that I don't love OS-X, but I have XSI and Digital Fusion and neither work under OS-X. Hopefully Apple is catching up with production. The last time I checked there was about a 4 week waiting period for the Mac Pros!

Paul

amigo
09-02-2006, 08:18 AM
I've put XP on just so I could play some games. Every now and then I get a craving for some games. After a gaming weekend later that craving is fulfilled and I go back to normal things :)

I ordered my Mac Pro the day they were announced and it came in about 10 days. Last I checked Apple's on-line store they were shipping within 3-5 days, so there shouldn't be long delays unless you want an ATI card in your Mac Pro.

byte_fx
09-05-2006, 01:33 PM
Are the Mac Pro hd's SATA 1.5 or SATA 2.0?

I've seen articles that give different data so maybe someone that has a Mac Pro can give a definitive answer.

Thanks

byte_fx

amigo
09-05-2006, 10:31 PM
The one in my Mac Pro is a Seagate ST3160812AS, which is a 7200.9 3.0Gb/s with NCQ. It is very fast and very quiet :D

John the Geek
09-20-2006, 03:50 PM
I am on a Mac Pro right now, typing this from freshly installed Windows XP. The SATA issue has been resolved and I get about 60MB/s throughput, and that's with SATA 150 not 300 hdd.

Here is the link to get a walk-through details on what to do: http://www.macprojournal.com/xp.html

I just wish there was a Lightwave and SpeedEDIT UniBin as well :)

Good news, Apple has resolved the Mac Pro/Windows XP SATA speed issue with the new Mac Pro EFI Firmware update (http://www.apple.com/support/downloads/macpromid2006efifirmwareupdate10.html).

I jumped from around 3-4 MB to 60 MB in HD Tune. No slipstreaming at all.