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Old 20th June 2016
Lives for gear

I purchased a 5.1 3.46GHz 2009 12-core some time back. It does benchmark close to the 2013 12-core Mac Pro for 64-bit multi-core. I also have eight internal drives and didn't have to spring for costly TB encloses. It was a fraction of the cost of what Apple's top end still runs.

Latest developer version results show the 5.1 2009 Mac Pro being compatible with MacOS Sierra. I think that there is a good chance that all the 5.1 Macs will continue to be OS supported for a few more years regardless of them being 2009-2010-2012 models. A few years later and the 2013 Mac Pro will probably also be cut loose.