Originally Posted by NeilM
As a pricing illustration, I bought a quad 3.2/1TB/3GB Mac Pro two months ago for $2928. Today (with 6GB) that costs $2499. Oh, and before 27 geniuses on AI post about how stupid I must be feeling—wrong. I bought a new Mac Pro workstation for a new employee exactly when we needed it.
Bottom line is it's a slight speed bump and moderate price reduction, but tells us nothing about the future of the Mac Pro line.
Excellent decision; you bought what you needed at the time. Tech will always advance, always get cheaper, or better put, get more bang for your buck. And that is what has happened with this update. You now can get a 6 core 3.33 for 3k.
Originally Posted by visionseekr
At least we can still get a RAID card through the store.
You don't want a(n Apple) RAID card. Trust me, you don't. Read the support pages, nothing but trouble.
Originally Posted by paulvee
I also don't use Thunderbolt. who does at this point?
graphics cards I always replace, anyway, and it sounds like there are ones out there.
at the least, this will be supported by the OS for a while, so perhaps there is a sliver of hope. they could have end-of-lifed it more easily than to have done this.
we shall see. at least you can still buy a new Mac that you can slap a Kona or other PCIe card into. that counts for something.
Indeed, what are people planning to use that TB for in a MP? One poster wants it for music. 'kay, but can't that be done with an internal card?
Originally Posted by Tallest Skil
They are. Sandy Bridge Xeon E5 came out in March. That's what's next for the Mac Pro. Ivy Bridge Xeons come out late next year, and they incorporate USB 3 on the chipset (don't expect Apple to that
I feel like it is far more embarrassing and a discredit to the product line to have done this "update" than to have just outright discontinued.
But if they didn't make this minor upgrade 'everyone will have jumped ship as Apple lost interest in the MP' or so people write…
I think it's better that they released a bumped up version just to let everyone know they haven't lost interest.
(*) from Wiki
: "Apple, Inc. announced laptops with USB 3.0 ports on June 11, 2012, nearly four years after USB 3.0 was finalized. Because Apple computers use only Intel processors and "bridge" chipsets, Intel's lack of integrated support for USB 3.0 may have proved to be a primary reason why the company didn't add support sooner."
Originally Posted by Smallwheels
I'm almost positive that my next machine won't be an Apple unless they make a mini-tower or a super powerful Mac Mini in the next year.
Get a MP. A PowerMini is simply not in the cards, if history tells us anything