Upgrading the apparatus
It’s no secret that I use a Mac Pro for my development work. I have 2010 model with 12 cores that still works wonders today. But even with that, there is room for improvement.
For my home machine, I just upgraded to a full 128GB of ram, and upgraded to the Mojave approved, Sapphire Pulse Radeon RX 580 with 8192 MB. Both of these are readily available and very affordable. There are plenty of videos on the process and it requires no tools.
The total upgrade time took about 10 minutes. I would recommend getting the Dual Mini 6 Pin to 8 Pin PCI Express Video Card Power Adapter Cable for the video card so that it can be powered from the mother board.
No video drivers were required. It was immediately recognized and each of the 4 monitors was detected. This is not a gaming machine, so I can’t speak to the high end gaming prowess, but I’ve played several things without issue, and applications work fine. Everything is crisp and bright.
Those looking at the Mac Pro from 2010 will find it still has plenty of life. This is a 12 core machine, with 128GB of ram, and 8GB video card with 4 simultaneous video out. It’s my home development machine and there hasn’t been a task it can’t handle.
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