Originally Posted by newbee
Not trying to be sarcastic or anything, but specifically what specs in an Imac make it a "downgrade"? Is it just you don't like the all in one form factor?
Never had a Mac Pro huh?
A iMac is a serious downgrade from that bad boy, believe me.
1: You can replace the hard drives for faster and bigger ones. The machine is open for you to do what you need to do and Apple even sends you new drives if your factory one dies for self-install.
2: You can RAID 0 your boot drive with the fastest drives available, making applications boot nearly instantly on screen. Boot times in under 20 seconds.
3: You have access to faster drive interfaces. Install more or faster RAM. Third party cards and toys.
4: You can upgrade the video card for more performance or add more.
5: Want a larger monitor? Matte screen? No problem. Want a half dozen 30" monitors? No problem.
6: You want to edit HD video in real time, render 3D, ray trace etc. No problem.
A Mac Pro is a dream machine for the general consumer geek, I had one, spent nearly $15,000 in machine, upgrades and software over the years, but used it mostly to 3D game (two at once on my PPC dual 2) Unnecessary now with the cheaper PS3 and loads of titles and online players.
It's going to be tough goings with future third party and specialized upgrades for Mac Pro's, the demand for that sort of machine is falling in the consumer market because of cheaper consoles, then the economy naturally... pro's will be paying a lot more.