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ohmgosh... new mac pro inbound!!!
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arstechnica Wrote:Nearly a year after Tim Cook promised long-suffering Mac Pro users "something great" in 2013, Apple has finally announced a major update to its line of workstation computers. The new Mac Pro brings upgraded internal components and has been redesigned for the first time since its introduction in 2006. Apple's Phil Schiller said that Apple wanted to do something a bit different with the new box and design something that would last for years to come. He said that he was pleased with the result. "Can't innovate anymore, my ass!" he said in response to critics.

The new tower appears to come in a sleek, reflective cylindrical case that looks absolutely tiny next to a current-gen Mac Pro—it's 1/8 the volume. The CPU, memory, and graphics are all built around a unified "thermal core," sounding a bit like the older PowerMac G4 Cube. The box will feature up to 12-core Xeon CPUs and 1866MHz DDR-3 RAM. (The result is said to offer up to 2x the CPU performance available in previous Mac Pros.) It will also feature a PCIe-based flash drive, which Apple says will deliver 1.25GBps reads and 1GBps writes. The box will also include the updated Thunderbolt bus (Thunderbolt 2), and expansion is expected to be wholly external (unlike the older—and much, much larger—Mac Pro).

The cylindrical computer will also come standard with two workstation-class ATI FirePro GPUs, each with 384-bit memory busses and 528Gbps of memory bandwidth. The GPUs are said to be capable of driving three 4K displays at once.

Finally, in a nod to one well-loved feature of the older Mac Pro, the new model features a handle on top. In this case, the handle isn't just for lugging the unit around; it can be used to spin the new Mac Pro, revealing the ports on the back of the unit. These include Gigabit ethernet, HDMI out, audio, four USB3 jacks, and two Thunderbolt 2 ports. The chassis also contains a motion sensor that illuminates the ports for easier access when needed.

The Mac Pro last received a major update in August 2010. Its CPUs were given a very minor speed bump at last year's WWDC, but they kept the same chassis, CPU architecture, and GPUs. It will be assembled, as with many other new Macs, here in the USA and will be available later this year.

take my fucking money, nao!!!

so, it looks like there isn't a lot of room for storage expansion internally... which is probably going to be fine since the new pro mac comes with two thunderbolt ports (for the uninitiated, the thunderbolt ports allow daisy chaining your shit like monitors, storage devices, external drives, peripherals, etc.).

i really hope that a transparent case hits the market too, cuz that shit is fucking sexy.

see moar here: http://arstechnica.com/apple/2013/06/the...-can-look/
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#2
It looks awesome!

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#3
indeed it does... also, since it seems to only use one major fan for cooling... it should be fairly easy to submerge it for liquid cooling...

it also makes me wonder if the entire product line will be getting an upgrade also. i'd love to see the imac and mini mac get a more serious performance upgrade too.
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#4
I could use a new Mac, but I don't have the budget for it.
I currently have an original PowerMac G5 tower, and also the original MacMini.
Both machines are around 10 years old, and they are PPC machines that can't run anything newer than OS X 10.5 Leopard.
But maybe now that the new, sexy paint can sized MacPro is coming on the market, there will be a better and cheaper second hand selection of MacPro gear available.
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#5
WOW, I never got into Mac's... By the way, when are you going to show pics of the new Mac?? I thought that's what the title of the thread was...All I see is what looks like a high powered vibrating dual butt plug...When did you guys order that? Anyway, you guys should have fun with it.
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#6
...there are pics in the first and second posts...

the arrival of the new mac along with osx maverick should generate a huge amount of previously loved macs on craigslist... and the current mac pros have always been decent machines but.. have been kind of stagnant since 2010.
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#7
Here's a nice picture that shows all of the ports.
Please click the image if you have the desire to enlarge it.
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I'm guessing that the lock switch towards the top allows you to remove the case?
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And it will only cost 3 times as much as an equivilent PC that doesn't look as pretty.
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#9
yeah, that seems logical... or maybe it's there to prevent the case from rotating?

in the brief write-up on ars technica, the case rotates to provide access to the ports (which light up when rotated)... but your idea seems more logical because if that were to prevent the case from rotating, it would make more sense (to me) to put the anti-rotate switch near the top handle and not on the back where it's harder to get at.

(06-11-2013, 02:32 AM)SkinnyP Wrote: And it will only cost 3 times as much as an equivilent PC that doesn't look as pretty.

don't forget to mention that the pc's won't come with the same quality, amazingly solid operating system or any of the features that make mac's the dominant system.
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#10
I'm not a Mac-hater or anything, I just think they are overpriced even with all the pluses they may have.
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