I haven't posted to AppleInsider for some time. I believe I started reading AppleInsider back in 1998 when it started and actually registered in 2002.
I used to goto AppleInsider regularly for decent info and great in depth discussions about the Apple Mac products. Of late I've not participated much at all, but regularly pop in to see what's being discussed.
Today as I'm in the market for buying the late 2013 Mac Pro which is a real departure from the pre-2013 Mac Pros I decided to use AppleInsider for some good info and discussions on this new Mac pro.
From all that I've read so far I'm targeting the 6-core Mac Pro, and likely will upgrade the PCIe-based Flash storage to 1TB as I'm not at all sure it can be upgraded using a 3rd party. I suspect OWC will have something but don't want to wait for it to surface. RAM for this new Mac Pro certainly seems to be available from OWC and surprisingly enough from what I've seen so far the speculative price difference between what Apple will charge for 32 and 64 GB is close to buying the same from OWC at this time. However, real prices will be revealed tomorrow.
I have no idea at this time if the 2nd GPU will get heavy use with my workload, but I'm understanding Apple is modifying some of its applications such as FCP and Compressor to make efficient use of 2 GPUs. I would expect (but have no real insights on this) Adobe will do the same for some of its applications as well.
Some people have a real issue with having to add/use external storage to this new Mac Pro. For me, I have no issues at all. I have already purchased the LaCie 2big 6TB RAID-0 Thunderbolt device that has removable 3.5" disks as a refurbished unit for $369 the other day from MacMall. I've registered it with LaCie and it has been assigned a 3 year warranty from it original data of purchase that was March 2013. I also happen to have a LaCie 2TB RAID-0 Little Big Disk Thunderbolt. Both of these currently are being used along with my 17" MacBookPro8,3 (late 2011). They are solid performers. The LaCie 2big is amazingly quiet and to hear any noise at all I have to place my ear to within 3" of its casing. The Little Big Disk is much noisier and I can hear its noise from 2' away.
My intent is to move the 2big over to be used with the new Mac Pro, and for the time being will operate the new Mac Pro via Screen Sharing on my MacBookPro. To startup the new Mac Pro I will need to connect it to my TV via HDMI to get things setup and for configuring it to allow the Screen Sharing.
I'm a computer enthusiast and have liked the Apple Mac product line from the early days going back to the Mac 512K (FYI... around $2600 at the time). I'm retired from managing HPC at a major Corp now but do provide IT support for my son's editing/video business which employs 4 Mac Pros (pre 2013 models) and 2 iMacs Ultimates (maxed out iMacs bought late 2012 and early 2013). His machines use the SmallTree 10TB Raid-5 GraniteSTOR TitaniumZ-5 for shared storage over direct connect 1GbE CAT6 links, with one using 10GbE over CAT7 as it's a power client Mac Pro doing the 'heavy lifting'. He's not in any real hurry to upgrade his Mac Pros to the new Mac pro at this time and he considers it a luxury item if he were to do so from a capital expenditure standpoint. His current project/contract workload is handled quite well with his current family of Macs... but will surely be maxed out as his workloads do/will increase and as project deadlines can be very stressful. Eventually he will upgrade his Macs over the next few years. Given his current studio configuration upgrading to the new Mac Pro will be close to effortless as he has everything in place to make good use of it. My son gives high marks to Apple for making the new Mac Pro smaller, lighter and more easily moved about within office workplaces and for traveling to client locations. He quite happy to get away from having to mess with the Mac Pro internals for adding disks, SSDs, PCIe cards etc and likes the idea of having a single multi TB Thunderbolt enclosure sitting alongside the new Mac Pro such as the LaCie 2big device which as I've already mentioned is very very quiet. He's likely to hang onto one or more of his Mac Pros for their connectivity to his large screen TVs.
We plan on using the 6-core I will buy to compare with his current Mac Pro and iMac lineup to get an understanding of how well the new Mac Pro performs for his workload. It may well be that I loan/rent my new Mac pro to my son at times and eventually sell it to him if he sees it has benefit for his business.
So the above is my position concerning the new Mac Pro and I find that I do not have the misgivings about its design, architecture and pricing that some people have. Sure it would be nice if the price was lower, but I don't see it to be out of line or outrages with what Apple has charged before and is comparable to the other computer workstation vendors.
Just for the record, my 17" MBP8,3 is a 2.5 GHz i7 4-core, with 16GB RAM, OWC Mercury EXTREME Pro 6G SSD 480GB and a Seagate Momentus 6G 1TB in its Optical bay location using OWC's Data Doubler product (Negotiated Link Speed is 6G in the Optical bay as well). I split the SSD into two equal pieces and run 10.9.1 as production and another test version of Mavericks in the other. The Seagate is split into two Volumes, with one holding a clone of the 10.9.1 and the other used for fast scratch space as needed. The MBP is wired to a Apple 1TB Time Capsule which has several USB drives hanging off it for archiving data. Time Machine backups are made to a locally connected 2TB FW800 enclosure as well as the Time Capsule for extra backup safeguard. I keep my big 'stuff' (1.4TB worth) such as iTunes, iPhoto, Movies, Documents, Games, Home Design Studio software on the LaCie 2TB RAID-0 Little Big Disk Thunderbolt. This allows me to keep the 10.9.1 SSD boot Volume down to around 120GB which leaves about 100GB of free space for scratch purposes. So I should think the 1TB PCIe-based Flash storage in the new Mac Pro will be more than sufficient for my needs.
Mavericks does a fine job managing memory these days and I rarely see any 'memory pressure' as displayed by the Activity Monitor.
Edited by bxs6408 - 12/18/13 at 9:42pm