Originally Posted by Tallest Skil
When HP manages to get hardware this fast, that size with one fan, you let us know. Until then, don’t bother posting again.
Apparently the intended tongue-in-cheek humor of my post was lost on you. I was attempting to illustrate the stupidity of multiplying out the all the possible options as a demonstration of "commitment," particularly give that Apple does not fair well in a comparison of this measure to its competitors (and HP has been the primary beneficiary of Apple's neglect of the workstation market).
My point was that 200 different configurations hardly represents any astonishing commitment to the type of professionals that actually want Xeon-based workstations; in fact, compared to other Xeon-based workstations (and even its predecessors), the new Mac Pro offers a paltry few options for configuring. The article is making a big deal over something that is not a big deal at all.
The new Pro is a nice bit of form-factor engineering, and I hope that single fan does keep it cool under high loads. But what business benefit does that small form factor provide? What problem does it solve? Is a small form factor and a single fan really a bigger benefit than being able to have more memory, more cores, in-cabinet raid storage, and a more flexible upgrade path? I don't think so. Besides, if I have to add an external raid array to it to have decent storage, the form-factor is all but immaterial.
Most high-end users care about things like expandability and upgradeability. The old Mac Pro was a good design for that. This new design abandons most of the traditional goals of workstation design. It's more a super-charged reincarnation of the G4 Cube than it is a workstation. That doesn't mean it is a bad machine, but it seems to me to be focused more on addressing Apple's design whims than it does the needs of the type of folks who buy high-end workstations. YMMV.