Originally posted by hmurchison
1. Stuff like modems,Airport cards, Bluetooth don't take up a PCI slot so you can actually "use" the 3 slots for vertical market cards. PCs typically have 5 or 6 slots but if you don't have a well integrated motherboard you're filling a few slots with the basics.
High end graphics card: 2 slots
Revolution 7.1 Card: 1 Slot
TV Tuner card: 1 Slot (Hopefully Apple improves compatibility and offers a DVR iApp in the near future)
Delta 44 audio interface: 1 slot
Total: 5 slots
I could buy a seperate machine for music and home purposes, but unlike some I don't exactly have money growing off of trees here.
3. The Mac drivers on these cards support more features than their windows counterparts.
I've seen the Forceware and Catalyst drivers on the windows side. They are better written and have more features. ATI's Mac drivers aren't that bad, but the Nvidia drivers are a joke.
4. Never really understood the hype about dual optical drives. One very fast one seems preferrable.
Try copying a home DVD or a CD you made without a second read only drive. It's a pain.
A Powermac isn't a Dell Dimension folks. They're aimed at folks that will toss in a $2000 cards or run external RAID. Folks that I see just beat and hammer on their Powermacs day in and day out and they survive and thrive.
It's the closest thing we have. Why don't all we home and prosumer users just leave the platform to leave it to the purity of the graphics and publishing professionals. Of course we make up 60% of sales and most of Apple's profits, but that isn't important is it? Now that I think of it, about 30% of the PowerMac sales go to gamers, so you can throw those out too. I'm sick of the 'if you need more than Apple gives you, you're not worthy of the platform' attitude.