NOT a consumer tower, NOT a prosumer tower, this is a PRO WORKSTATION. Period. When it keeps up with and kicks a dual Xeon top of the line? I think Apple just got handed the Unix workstation market. Not a market share expander... not supposed to be. Note lack of game demos.
It certainly is a 'Pro' workstation. Yes it spanks the Xeon. But after four years, I was kinda hoping for that.
It is an outstanding machine. The 'dual 2 gigger'. Certainly. Not a market share expander. Hmmm. Well, they've certainly fixed the 'performance problem'. Any machine that outperforms the G4 by a factor of 6 is commendable. 16 gig bandwidth (8 to each processor?) is impressive.
Out performing a Xeon 2 to 1 is storming.
However, I think they DID screw the pooch on the low end.
This is 'new' tech'. Being Apple. Being supply and (pent-up) demand gives them a chance to fleece the punters.
This IS cutting edge stuff. Witness the Xeon stuttering to keep up.
Some may argue that is a price worth paying for.
So. Who's going to pay £1500inc VAT for a G4 now?
I'm hoping they've got a prosumer tower or something to fill the obvious void left by the massive hoik in prices. I'm still spluttering on my saliva. I think I'll wait for Revision B. 3 gig in 12 months? Maybe that is worth waiting for...?
A fantastic Keynote, Mr. Steve Jobs. Packed. Relevant. I have to question how Apple are going to make Steve Job's 10% stated growth target. Still it is 'only 6 months into the year...'
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