Originally posted by Thereubster
I'm going to out on a limb here and say that Apple want to make a huge impact with the Intel Mac Pro, I predict
- A new case
- ALL QUAD 2.33/2.66/3.0 Ghz all on 1333Mhz FSB
- wider range of pro graphics BTO
- new line of Cinema displays to match
- 8x FB-DIMM sockets = 32Gb ram max
plus other cool stuff
Apple will want to stay in front, and every man (+ dog) will have a Woodcrest workstation available from the release, Apple will need to try harder to justify the price differential
That doesn't sound remotely "out on a limb" unless you think that the 2.33 GHz QUAD will debut at $2000. That just doesn't workable in terms of keeping a decent margin. I think 2.0/2.33/3.0 is a reasonable "high-end" expectation, because it upgrades each model a good bit while retaining nice margins. The lower two go from dual to quad, and the high end Quad gets a .5 GHz speed bump.
4 GB RAM sticks exist, but as I understand it are rare, although the motherboard would likely support them when they are more common. I don't foresee that being much of a BTO option.
Graphics - well, it could easily ship with a 7800, with BTO for a 7900-something, SLI, and a Quadro FX workstation card. My only question is whether an SLI configuration would be able to effectively drive 2 30 inch monitors.
ACDs - add an iSight, maybe an IR port with remote, and hopefully a slight price drop. I'd love to see a 17 or 18 inch model that's cheap enough to afford for the non-rich, because I'd totally get it.