Originally Posted by wizard69
At least here you recognize the type of hardware Apple is using. There is little justification for rapid updates that many seem to think are in order for the Mac Pro.
But then you loose it with disk drives. Considering Mac Pros volume sales wise and it's target market micro updates to try to tweak sales would do nothing. The thing here is that professionals will likely replace whatever Apple installs anyways. Those that don't don't need the tweaks anyway.
What do you expect Apple to do? They can't run over to Intel and demand something they don't have to sell. The fact of the matter is that the world is going to SmP hardware and core speeds have dropped. At least in the short term though we now have chips capable of clearing the 3GHz cieling. The fact is many don't care about GHz anymore because multithreading apps is the way to go.
The Mac Pro is not cheap but it is inexpensive for what you get. I'm not sure why people are so dense in this regard. The Mac Pro isn't even trying to be a desktop tower in the mold if a generic Dell box. It is rather a high performance workstation computer, with hardware and construction to support professional use. It is not a computer for a manager nor a secratary. That is what iMacs are for.
As to performance the Pro is Apples high performance machine. You can certainly find bench marks that will show an iMac to be faster in some regards but that should not be surprise at all. Doing what it is designed to do though it is a hard machine to beat in the Mac lineup. It is all about leveraging all those cores in professional apps.
Apple's 'high performance' machine is nothing of the kind. It's embarrassed in specs by machines costing half as much.
A p*ss poor gpu in a 'workstation' (what does that mean?) It was out of date (a rebadged Nvidia card at introduction) at launch.
'Dense'? Well, the entry Mac 'pro' weighting in at about 2k (sterling) is certainly not dense in spec, is it? Maybe 'dense' applies to people who only see one side of the argument or allow their allegiance (blind?) to warp their common sense.
What do 'we' get?
4 gigs of ram. Meh.
500 gig HD? Meh.
Do they still make that GPU?!??! MEH!
a 2.66 quad core? Meehehehhheheheheh.
I'll score it a couple of points for the now long in tooth design and the OS it runs on.
Loses one of those points for an inadequate display range.
Really, is that the best Apple can do in 14 months?
*Shrugs. It's telling that I'm more excited about the iPhone 4... I can't remember the last time I got excited about the 'pro'. Right after I realised the Intel move wasn't about giving us choice at all...or better value. No. As UK buyers we're had to put up with steep successive price rises, limited choice of cpu and p*ss gpus with stingy ram.
Apple are selling more than ever. Guess Apple must be right in everything they do, right?
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