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post #81 of 649
Maybe Apple ramps down production of Mac Pro but creates a kind of Apple Custom Shop that caters to hollywood and scientists by allowing them to custom order any computer configuration they can dream of that would be made to order...
post #82 of 649
Well, I'd love to see something a little bigger that the current mac mini (maybe the size of two of the stacked) but with a sweet dedicated graphics card, maybe an option for dual processors (or at least top of the line processor options), a much higher upper RAM limit and an option for dual hard disk but for even something like that if they're going to push thunderbolt then they better start putting more than just 1 port on each machine. I understand laptops but for a screen less box they can afford to put some extra ports on. Would be a lovely balance of power and size and could allow me to attach it to a large TV and serve as my "home base" machine attached to an external RAID in combo with the wireless keyboard/mouse I already have. I also understand that Apple is pushing the whole anti-optical drive agenda but since they do offer the external superdrive to those with the macbook airs how about redesigning the damned this to work with thunderbolt and giving it blue ray capability? I mean isn't it about freaking time? As for dumping the mac pros, I'd think they would want to redesign and keep it, if nothing else for prestige of having a true muscle machine. Anyway, hope my two little pipe dreams above come true and I'd be a happy camper getting them along with the upcoming ultra-thin macbook pros.
post #83 of 649
I am just trying to decide between a high iMac and Mac Pro. Price and Xeons finally made the decision for me - go iMac.

Apple can sell the Mac Pro if they'd build high end i5 and i7 configurations. I don't want a high core-count, but slow clock speed Xeon. Put in the latest greatest i7 and bus and include a full grown graphics card with multiple SSD options and you could probably sell a bunch of these for $2000-2500. Position them to overlap with the higher iMacs with a value proposition of expandability vs all-in-oneness and they'd have lots of buyers.

The Xeons just cost too much.
post #84 of 649
I run a studio with four edit suites, all running Final Cut Studio on a fiber network with shared/ managed storage. We were using Final Cut Server as well, but since future friendly software is essential for archived projects, we have moved away from FC server software for project management. This decision was made instantly after Apple end-of-life'd the FC Server.

Our artists use professional high-end compositing and 3D software to create HD material for broadcast. For us, the Mac Pro is true to it's name. It is a reliable, essential tool in our professional workflows. A mac mini design, will not support the fiber cards that we require, or the video card upgrades that we use for heavy lifting on graphics. Thunderbolt will not adequately address our needs for multiple displays in conjunction with the networked storage as well.

If Mac Pro is abandoned, our entire business, and many others in production will be forced to abandon Apple products and workflows. This has already begun (in haste IMHO) with a sort of exodus after the release of Final Cut X - which despite claims to the contrary, is not a viable professional tool for anyone that's not a one-man, one-computer business.

It's my hope that Apple will announce an adequate Mac Pro replacement in the future, and for the love of professional, perhaps even a roadmap to ease our minds. This year has been a scary one for Mac-based post production people.
post #85 of 649
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I disagree. The real problem is that technology has changed. ...

What does one need a giant tower for that can't be better handled by external gear? The only thing a Mac Pro has going for it is processing power and RAM. Put that in a Mac Mini Pro.

Yes, but that's a pretty significant thing. For heavy graphics work (3d rendering, huge baked textures getting pulled into CS5) while running Xcode, Safari, Mail, and popping in and out of other dev tools, Aperture, etc., and tossing in running Windows in a VM on and off, it turns out the CPUs and RAM are pretty key, a decent video card doesn't hurt either, and it's nice being able to slap drives right in the machine as well. I'm not sure how well that will fit in a Mini Pro.

The other issue is that the majority of the price of the Pro tower isn't coming from having expansion slots and some drive bays - it's the Xeon server CPUs that Intel is able to totally price-gouge on given AMD's lack of competitiveness in that space. The 2006 Pro tower was extremely competitive on price in general, and the later ones keep drifting higher - and the only component going up is the Xeon.

It might help Apple's sales to do a 'normal' tower with a high end non-Xeon CPU as well, but the additional cores are a huge help on my work, and going iMac isn't an option. The upgrade cycle currently is very long since Intel hasn't done that much recently to make an upgrade worth it - and Apple not having an upgrade doesn't help those who would pull the trigger. Sort of a catch-22 there... complain that sales aren't high enough while not updating the product because the sales keep dropping.

I'd really HATE to end up on friggin' Windows again just because Apple can't see their way to produce an actual high-end machine. Sadly, they may not care since they're making more on consumer products, but some of the very apps that help sell their consumer products are created on Pro towers today. Pretty sad if they get to where you have to use Windows to make Mac & iOS apps. :/
post #86 of 649
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. If Apple has a bold plan for the future that doesn't include heavy iron, I'm interested in seeing where it's going.


Gadgets.

Gadgets so easy to use, even a cave man can do it.

So far, that has been the most successful strategy Apple has ever had. They never made it as a computer company. The big bucks started to flow when they started down the path to being a gadget company. That is clearly their direction now.
post #87 of 649
So long as they come out with a computer with expansion possibilities to allow me to connect 3 or 4 displays then I'll be happy.
post #88 of 649
They really just need a viable tower. The Mac Pro is a huge, expensive dinosaur that I would like to see disappear off the face of the Earth, but you shouldn't have to buy a PC to get a machine with a replaceable video card.

Even a taller Mac Mini with a graphics card slot and drive bay would appease a lot of people.
post #89 of 649
Apple is making more money from computers than every other computer company on the market. This is before we even get to the gadgets.

Apple has fared a lot better at selling computers than Compaq, Packard Bell, Gateway, e-Machines, IBM and the rest of the long list Wintel companies.


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Gadgets.

Gadgets so easy to use, even a cave man can do it.

So far, that has been the most successful strategy Apple has ever had. They never made it as a computer company. The big bucks started to flow when they started down the path to being a gadget company. That is clearly their direction now.
post #90 of 649
Seems like there would be a lot of interest in a "beefed-up" version of the mini, maybe... wait for it... in a "cube" form factor!

Like the newton, the old cube wasn't the "bad idea" it was made out to be... it was just way too early for the market.
post #91 of 649
This is just the latest step in Apple's long term plans to morph itself into a consumer electronics and entertainment company. OS X has been dumbed down and iOS-ized, the Xserves are gone, they removed features from OS X Lion server, Final Cut X is a joke among video pros, their only current monitor doesn't even work with the Mac Pro or Macbooks older than six months. The last two years have been a disaster for pros who depend on Macs to do their work. At my company we're looking at Windows 7 and Linux PCs to replace our Macs because Apple seems determined to abandon the professional power user.
post #92 of 649
I think Apple should ditch the Mac Pro and the iMac and replace them with a configurable mid-range headless desktop. Make it a bigger, faster Mac mini. Maybe it can be a cube!
post #93 of 649
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Why would Apple do this seeing how Dell and HP are rolling in money supporting enterprise and "Pro" users.

I guess it depends on your definition of "rolling in money."
post #94 of 649
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They have limitted sales because they rarely update them and they are WAY overpriced.

It's time to come out with something cheaper. You could always buy a decent Mac tower for about $1,500 bucks in the past, and now the cost of entry is $2,600. It's ridiculous.

I completely agree with you. The Mac Pros back in 2006 weren't quite so overpriced as they are now, the latest ones are utterly extortionate. It's no wonder people aren't buying them. I have a 2006 Mac Pro that's still going great, albeit with a slightly dodgy PSU. Buying an initially more expensive machine that's upgradeable really makes sense to me. My MP cost about £2500 in 2006, but if it wasn't for upgradeable graphics, I would have been forced to sell on the otherwise perfect machine long ago. The CPUs in this machine are plenty fast enough, it's always the GPU that's the bottleneck for me.

If I'd bought an iMac in 2006 instead, by 2008 the original ATI 1900XT would have started to show its age, and I would have needed to upgrade. With an iMac, the only option is a new machine. Then again in 2010, the 8800 in the second iMac would either be bust (making the machine pretty much worthless) or too slow, so I would have needed another new machine. If the 8800 in a Mac Pro died, no sweat, just replace it for £150, or less for a second hand card.


Let's tot up the totals for the ownership costs of a Mac Pro vs an iMac since 2006:

Initial Mac Pro price: £2500
Initial iMac price: £1600

First Mac Pro Graphics card upgrade: £200
Sale of old iMac (presumed working): £600
New iMac: £1600


Second Mac Pro graphics card upgrade: £200
Sale of second old iMac (presumed working): £600
New iMac: £1600

Total for Mac Pro: £2900
Total for iMac: £3600

Obviously these prices are estimates, but from my reckoning they're pretty accurate. You can see how much more expensive it is to keep getting new machines, and the longer you keep upgrading the same machine, the more you benefit.

Software that's primarily CPU based doesn't seem to have bloated quite so much over recent years, making CPU improvements less important. Software running on GPUs advances in leaps and bounds, especially games, making it much more important to upgrade. Also, if the logic board or GPU dies on an iMac, then you're pretty much stuffed, and may as well fork out for a new machine. With the Mac Pro, you can replace it for much less due to less soldered on parts (like the GPU).

If Apple had just one PCI-E slot inside the iMac so you could replace the graphics card, I'd be sold. There's actually quite a bit of room inside iMacs, especially in the 27" model. Plenty to fit a standard graphics card. Either that, or a Mini Mac Pro as some have suggested. That'd be great, two HDD slots, two PCI-E and 4 RAM slots. Perfect!
post #95 of 649
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I guess it depends on your definition of "rolling in money."

I think you are using the wrong metric to prove your point
post #96 of 649
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The vast majority of people just don't need them. The pro laptops and upper end iMacs have more power than all but the most demanding video editors might need. They run basically any video game well too. Still, there's no question the Mac Pro provides power that high end prosumers and professionals can't get elsewhere on the Mac platform.

True, but the Mac Pro isn't supposed to get the vast majority of the sales, either. And the iMac has mobility graphics. Some people need what's in the Mac Pro, and for them, the iMac simply doesn't cut it. The Mac Pro is for them, so they don't *have* to defect to Windows.
post #97 of 649
I'm sure I'll be in the minority with this opinion, but I think the MacPro chassis externally has the kind of classic design associated with the 911 series in cars or the 747 in aircraft. Instantly recognizable by its silhouette, substantial to the touch and indifferent to surrounding examples of its kind - unless they are also MacPros. It also delivers internally - mine drives two monitors including a 30' Cinema Display, all drive bays are fully populated and the RAM cards almost so, and I'd have to stop to count the items hanging from every port. It does triple duty as workstation, entertainment center and file server, sometimes all at once. I appreciate the fact it has worked mostly without complaint over five years. I think it still has life not only as a workstation but as a platform for showcasing Apple design and concepts. That being said, if Apple does drop the Pro I think the bulked-up Mini described elsewhere in this thread should be waiting in the wings.
post #98 of 649
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Why not?

Even if the Mac Pro disappears, Apple will continue to make iMacs, and most hackintoshes uses the same CPU's that iMacs use.


Short answer: It is not approved by Apple and they are capable of preventing it if they choose to.

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post #99 of 649
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What would be unfortunate for Apple if they discontinue the Mac Pros is that almost all the software I use at this point (After Effects, Photoshop, Illustrator, Cinema4D, and several plugins) is platform agnostic. Shops that need the power and are due for an upgrade will switch to Windows systems. This could then lead to a reverse Apple halo effect where people (like me) who have been invested in Macs for so long can realize that Windows & PC workstations are in fact a usable alternative and resemble little of the WindowsXP experience they probably migrated from. Then when it's time to upgrade at home, they might more seriously consider a Windows box. Then what about that iPhone? Then they start talking to their family & friends about how much better Windows has gotten (Keep in mind, that was all hypothetical.)

While iOS has been a huge boon to Apple, they seem to have forgotten that there were a good number of people who migrated to Macs based on recommendations from pros (family & friends) who were working with them, the "cool" factor of seeing high-profile films & other jobs completed with them, or a combination of the two. However, in a post PC world, perhaps the Mac overall will be less & less relevant to Apple. Time will tell and few outside of Cupertino know the answers.

It's certainly possible. I moved to the Mac because it was more stable and let me get work done, and I consequently became an advocate for the platform. If Apple can't keep the machines on the leading edge and turns them into half-iOS devices, I'm not sure I'd be so happy. I guess one thing in Apple's favor there is that Windows 8 in its current state looks like it could drive more users to Apple regardless of where Apple is heading.
post #100 of 649
I understand that the iMac is usually a far better value for the majority of people, but isn't this punching the most hardcore developers in the face? I know Apple kills products whos sales are slumping rather quickly, but it wouldn't cost much to keep it updated with SB based Xeons and Thunderbolt.

And besides, they killed the Xserve too, are they expecting people to run business servers on a Mini?
post #101 of 649
I still believe that the 27" iMac is the best value in computing today. They just need to make the next iteration more modular. Ditch the optical drive and the 3.5" HDD and provide two user accessible SSD (2.5") bays. One would be enough for the smaller iMac, but the 27" is a Pro machine and it deserves two. Keep the Thunderbolt ports and add a couple USB 3.0 ports for external storage.

I have to believe that they could make this even thinner that the current iMac and provide better cooling at the same time. I would buy one in a heartbeat!
post #102 of 649
the only thing I can tell from most of the previous posts is that VERY few people understand the needs of professional who need the horsepower.

Expansion for example is critical for a video editor even if you have a top end video card you're going to need a slot for your "BOB" of choice wether its for FCP or avid, another slot for fiber channel or Dual channel SATA and most likely another slot for something else down the road and that's if you aren;t using a card that needs two slots and many of them do.

The i7 is nice as some have said, but it's just not the workhorse a xeon is. no "portable" class chip will ever be.

Thunderbolt is great, but I don't see it servicing the needs of high end pros any time soon.

Too bad for the pro's. I wonder who will continue to service our needs and even if they do we'll have to switch to Windows. Bummer. My crew and myself hate the platform with a passion.

There has been allot of discussion lately (pertaining to google specifically as I have seen) about companies using the strategy of gaining popularity with respected and influential professionals to garner popularity for their platform with the masses. Once the numbers for the pros are outweighed by the masses the pro features/ platforms/ software(s) are discontinued and relegated to the status of "legacy" or DOA because it "costs the developer too much" to continue servicing the "niche" they created. Funny how video editing was a huge part of what saved Apple a few years ago and yet we aren't worth the consideration these days. How times have changed.


It seems like we will be returning to the days of proprietary systems ALA SGI and Sun MS's before too long. I doubt that MSFT and Windows will really be able to service our needs. (Not that Avid for example doesn't run well on Windows, just the OS is indisputably a dog). Further many of the hardware manufacturers will have to revamp their product line to work with whatever comes down the road and that will take a long time if they ever decide to go down that road since it seems clear what Apple's directions is.

My personal two cents. Apple is starting to really suck in it's treatment of pro's to put it simply. I'm not that annoyed because there will be options and it's just a computer platform, but they did alienate those of us who helped in large part to keep them and make them relevant when no one else cared to use their machines. BAD on them for that. Great consumer company, but they obviously don't want or need to be anything else. I hope it doesn't bite them in the ass years down the road when they need a loyal fan base to prop them up should the consumer market (a fickle on in that) decide that Apple is yesterdays pink Cadillac.

IMO They really should spin off the pro division (They'll never license OSX out no sense barking up that tree) and stop worrying so much about profits of X vs profits of Y. Profit is profit and sometimes goodwill with influential people is better than being the most popular.
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post #103 of 649
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The vast majority of people just don't need them. The pro laptops and upper end iMacs have more power than all but the most demanding video editors might need. They run basically any video game well too. Still, there's no question the Mac Pro provides power that high end prosumers and professionals can't get elsewhere on the Mac platform.

it's not just the power though, it's the storage as well.

Almost every program I use on the MacPro can't take advantage of multiple CPU's and no Mac program can use more than 4 Gigs of RAM anyway. For those reasons, while the "power" of the Mac pro is welcome it's over-rated and not much different from an iMac in practice.

What I really NEED is the storage. I use all four hard drives and each is 2TB's. I then back those up to a network storage device.

You can add some external drives to an iMac but it's cumbersome, stupid and expensive. If you have a lot of data and need it available at all times you need the extra storage provided by the Mac Pro. I can't see how anyone could have much of an iTunes library without one unless they buy into the whole iTunes in the iCloud stuff.
post #104 of 649
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This is just the latest step in Apple's long term plans to morph itself into a consumer electronics and entertainment company. OS X has been dumbed down and iOS-ized, the Xserves are gone, they removed features from OS X Lion server, Final Cut X is a joke among video pros, their only current monitor doesn't even work with the Mac Pro or Macbooks older than six months. The last two years have been a disaster for pros who depend on Macs to do their work. At my company we're looking at Windows 7 and Linux PCs to replace our Macs because Apple seems determined to abandon the professional power user.

I think its more accurate to say that Apple doesn't know how to make money doing what you want them to do.

Apple never got anywhere competing against beige boxes. They've always had to try and go somewhere else.

They reach so many more people and are so much more relevant selling consumers $500 ultraportable computers. They sell tons of those. It has the features and pricing people want.

You could say the pro is useful for the apps that get made for iOS, but I bet if you profiled iOS developers the vast majority get their apps made on macbooks and imacs, which are more than powerful enough.

I would argue that the beige box future simply doesn't exist. Does anyone have a great business making tower PC's? Isn't everyone who depends on making computers in this line struggling to some extent? Margins are way down, quality is down, its a difficult and fairly profitless business. Yes Dell sells lots of boxes, but they make almost no money doing it. Lots of businesses buy and lease these boxes for their users, but its just a big lumbering slow business with slow upgrade cycles and cautious purchasing habits.

It's time to phase out this line. It's a distraction for Apple and takes their attention off of the more profitable and useful product lines. They probably even have some brilliant engineers and designers on the Pro line now who would be alot more useful to us elsewhere.
post #105 of 649
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I agree with this decision (if it turns out to be true). The Mac Pro has 2 things the iMac doesn't: PCIe bus and many cores.

Thunderbolt gives the iMac an equivalently fast expansion bus. And multi-core work, people are discovering, is better done on the GPU anyway.

The iMacs do have a PCIe bus, it's just not available in a form that uses a standard port. Apple could easily add the port to the logic board if they so wanted.

Thunderbolt isn't as fast as the latest PCIe either, so you won't find a GPU in a box attached to your Mac via Thunderbolt any time soon. No doubt Thunderbolt will get faster, but so will PCIe. By your admission, more work is being done on the GPU, so surely that should be more reason to have it accessible in some kind of standard PCIe slot inside iMacs?
post #106 of 649
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I'm sure I'll be in the minority with this opinion, but I think the MacPro chassis externally has the kind of classic design associated with the 911 series in cars or the 747 in aircraft.

you are certainly not alone in this opinion. I have never seen a PC workstation case that measures up in terms of usability, style, and craftsmanship. I will probably try to retrofit the case when the Mac pro gets retired. It's just solid.
post #107 of 649
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I still believe that the 27" iMac is the best value in computing today. They just need to make the next iteration more modular. Ditch the optical drive and the 3.5" HDD and provide two user accessible SSD (2.5") bays. One would be enough for the smaller iMac, but the 27" is a Pro machine and it deserves two. Keep the Thunderbolt ports and add a couple USB 3.0 ports for external storage.

I have to believe that they could make this even thinner that the current iMac and provide better cooling at the same time. I would buy one in a heartbeat!

You clearly have no idea about why there is a pro market or what it is. iMacs are great, but they aren't equivalent in any way to the Mac pro.
post #108 of 649
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Do they? Your opinion says yes. But the facts may say no.

I work for a studio level FX/Annie house and last year we replaced 20 aging Pro based workstations with iMacs and have had no issues. We are replacing the other 30 with iMacs over the next six months. We have a mac mini server running our email. We also have four workstations running a Linux based rendering system. If we could get Mac minis that could handle that load we would.

How did you guys deal with the glossy mirrors? Super low lighting? Black out all the windows? I know of a few large design studios in Vancouver that decided to drop the Mac because of these issues. At one, productivity was dropping because of headaches and eye strain - and they didn't want to black out the windows on their sweet studio space. They are using ugly anti glare sheets on the iMacs they still have and had to move color critical rendering into "the cave".

When my Mac Pros die, looks like my 30 year love affair with Apple will come to an end. I heard windows 7 isn't so bad. Maybe Apple will figure out how to manufacture a functional display by then like ALL the other manufacturers have done.
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Can you help satisfy my own curiosity? Did you expand your own Mac Pro? If so, in what way? Did you add additional video cards? More disk drives? I'm curious as to how many people might have bought a Pro - just in case, but no case as arisen for the need to expand.

But this is the point, with thunderbolt you can expand your Mac's storage & PCI-X capabilities thus elevating the need for a big empty tower you can expand into. As laptops become more powerful most people are going this route simply because they need the expandability of a tower more than the raw power.

The Mac Mini could easily take the place of the Pro with the right thunderbolt accessories, if Apple invests in a few key devices such as a PCI-X card housing and a storage housing then I think we could see the Mini become the new desktop. Might still be nice to have a souped up mini with more cores & such, that might be worthwhile.
post #110 of 649
ugh, every time this comes up I have to tell this story, and hope Apple realizes there is NOTHING to replace the MP were they to stop making them. Nothing...

I have a 2007 Mac Pro 1,1 with 3880 graphics, 6TB drive storage space and 16GB memory. I bought it when the first Aluminum iMacs appeared but were short on stock, and I had a major book project coming up that was too much for my aging Powerbook. I wanted the iMac, but couldn't wait six weeks for them to ship. My wife told me to just get the Mac Pro, that it would probably last much longer. Boy was she right.

It's still a current, modern machine, and workhorse, a beast, what have you. It runs Lion without a hitch. Photoshop, InDesign, Aperture and Final Cut like a champ. My wife, meanwhile, is limping along with an Aluminum iMac, which beach balls constantly just running Photoshop on Lion. It wasn't so happy with 10.6 either. My Mac Pro will easily last another three years before showing its age. And I've still only half filled its memory slots and could go to 18GB internal storage. It can run three huge displays and dance circles around my friends' brand new MacbookPros.

So tell me, was it overpriced? Is it a dinosaur or boat anchor? I think not. No other configuration will allow that kind of storage, graphics, PCI and memory expansion and look so good doing it. If anything, Apple is under pricing them (provided you don't BTO the RAM, heh heh). If they raise the price, I'll still buy one when I need to replace mine. And if they do discontinue one, I'll sell mine for 1500 bucks and buy a new one as soon as they announce the end of the line. Then I'll still have another 6 years to figure out what's next.

A ramped up Mini? No way the graphics will be good enough. Sure external thunderbolt is ok, and an sad system disk will do internally. But unless they can pack 32GB of memory in there, it'll never run what pros need.

An iMac? ok, as long as I can get to the internals quickly, and without any assistance. My wife's iMac, while expandable, needs complete disassembly of the housing and display just to swap hard drives or upgrade the video card. And the glossy screen is a definite show stopper.

Maybe the Pros will have to pay more to work, while the consumer lines continue to get Apple's love, but if that's what it takes, so be it. I'll just have to charge my clients a few dollars more.

oh, and as for its 8 year old case, it's still the most beautiful tower out there. Have you seen the competition? nasty.
post #111 of 649
There is a simple solution to this.

Instead of Xeon processors which are an overkill for most people, Apple should offer Core i7 and Core i7 Extreme processors. This will bring the price of the Mac Pro down and allow more people to buy one.

The Xeon processors are an overkill and I really don't understand the advantage the offer over desktop Core i7 processors.


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The Mac Pros back in 2006 weren't quite so overpriced as they are now, the latest ones are utterly extortionate.

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You could always buy a decent Mac tower for about $1,500 bucks in the past, and now the cost of entry is $2,600. It's ridiculous.

Their prices did go up significantly. Apple should offer the cheaper Core i7 processors, maybe even Core i5 for those who need expandability but don't the overkill Xeon processors. They should sell it with no GPU as an option for those who want to install their own GPU later.

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post #112 of 649
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Almost every program I use on the MacPro can't take advantage of multiple CPU's and no Mac program can use more than 4 Gigs of RAM anyway. For those reasons, while the "power" of the Mac pro is welcome it's over-rated and not much different from an iMac in practice.

Most Mac apps do use multiple CPUs, all the iApps do for a start. Also, any 64-bit app can use over 4GB of RAM.

If the power of the Mac Pro is disputed, why is it my 2006 MP is still comparable to new iMacs today? An iMac from 2006 with a C2D has no chance of competing, but the Xeons are so well designed that they seem to have the power that the cheap consumer chips can't quite get. They effectively stay faster, for longer.
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Can you help satisfy my own curiosity? Did you expand your own Mac Pro? If so, in what way? Did you add additional video cards? More disk drives? I'm curious as to how many people might have bought a Pro - just in case, but no case as arisen for the need to expand.

I just upgraded my G5 Tower to the 8-core Mac Pro. Bought the base version and built it out. Added 2nd video card (running 23" 30" & 23" non-glare Apple monitors), bumped the Ram to 20GB, put the new original 1TB HD in storage (without even starting it up) and put in three 2 TB drives, and transferred a 1.5 TB from the old Mac as the 4th internal drive, giving me 7.5 TBs. Added a Firewire 400 PCI card, and a USB hub. Running 2 printers (one is a large format) 6 TB of external drives, and 2 scanners (flatbed & dedicated slide scanner). Would have put in a USB pci card, but the video graphic card covered to slots so I went with a USB hub instead. Also running a 400 watt THX certified sound system. I also put a Blu-Ray burner in the second optical slot.

I will always need a pro system for my work. And, I spend too many hours working to use glossy monitors so the iMacs won't work for me. Very happy with 3 monitors now instead of just 2 because it really does make working easier. Used my old one with its dual IBM processors for almost 7 years. Hope to get another 7 out of this one.
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They need something more powerful than the Mac Mini but screen-less unlike the iMac. However, the Mac Pro is and has been a boat anchor. I mean seriously, that thing is unwieldy. No need for a huge hunk of aluminum like that in this day & age. I cringe whenever I have to deploy or service one.

Why can't they utilize their expertise in ventilation and produce a fast thin octo-core unit that can stand upright if needed, and be turned on its side for rack mounting to replace the XServe? This rumor has been going around for a while and made so much sense that I am shocked to learn it might now not be happening.

I agree. An octo "short stack" should be eminently possible to make (think something like a mini-tower, about as big as the old Mac Cube.

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post #115 of 649
If Apple drops the Mac Pro without making another high end alternative I will be throwing Logic and Apple out the door and get a PC with Pro Tools HD...

That goes for the rest of the pro audio marked using Mac as well....

Yeah, and I will dump all my iToys with it......
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Originally Posted by Haggar View Post

Replacing the Xserve requires more than just a rackmount form factor. The Xserve also had:
Dual hot swap power supplies.
Hot swappable hard drives.
Hardware monitoring and sensors: You could check status of the Xserve's fans, power supply, and system temperatures from Apple's Server Manager application.
Lights out management: You can remotely power up or hard shutdown the Xserve even if the Mac OS is not working-- you dont' need to drive to the server room just to hold down the power button.

Excellent point about what the Xserve servers had.

A lot of people think that servers are about raw power and speed...

But what you really need is the "abundancy of redundancy" and LOM(Lights Out Management) to be a true server grade box. To my knowledge the Mac Pro had neither.

Most of the servers I work with are completely headless, as in no video, zip, none nada, and are strictly managed through the LOM ports or SSH shells or VNC. With a LOM port a server can be powered up/down, reimaged, etc. from a maintenance console somewhere else.

While the Mac Mini can be managed pretty good remotely it is still doesn't rise to the level of having real LOM support. Plus it doesn't have redundant power supplies. And installing a new OS remotely would be completely out of the question. The environmental and performance monitoring is not too bad though. And the harddrives could support redundancy through external hardware.

But neither the Mac Pro or the Mac Mini will seriously compete with the Sun or IBM server equipment without LOM. Does Apple even use them for their own server farms? I seriously doubt it.
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Originally Posted by KindredMac View Post

We went from Mac Pros/PowerMac G5s to the top of the line 27" iMacs last year and they work just fine in our art dept. It's sad that this might be it for the tower Macs...

Remember, what Intel giveth Adobe will surely take away.
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post #118 of 649
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Originally Posted by ort View Post

They have limitted sales because they rarely update them and they are WAY overpriced.

Wow, it's like Intel sets their release schedules and prices or something!

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Originally Posted by wizard69 View Post

Exactly! It is like Apple doesn't understand what most people need or want in a desktop.

Gosh, I have no idea if you're joking here. Seriously, I cannot tell. Given your history, I would think so, but you're so dang smart and the actual numbers show that this statement can't be anything but a joke

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Originally Posted by BuzDots View Post

Running a Dual 2.0 GHz PPC daily, I still think I can blow the wheels off any iMac made today for heavy graphic work.

You're completely wrong.

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post #119 of 649
I don't like this at all. Not one bit. There are many uses for which the raw horsepower of a many-multi-core Mac Pro is the only viable solution. My Mac Pro is currently 3+ years old (and early 2008 eight-core) and while it works well, I've been patiently waiting for the next version before upgrading. Please, Apple, if you're listening, don't kill off the Mac Pro!!!
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this will be the undoing of Apple.

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Mac Pro, 8 Core, 32 GB RAM, nVidia GTX 285 1 GB, 2 TB storage, 240 GB OWC Mercury Extreme SSD, 30'' Cinema Display, 27'' iMac, 24'' iMac, 17'' MBP, 13'' MBP, 32 GB iPhone 4, 64 GB iPad 3

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