Originally Posted by winterspan
Why are you so bothered (assuming a few comments up was you too.. forgot to look)
about having the ports of the Mac Pro be PCIe 2.0 ??? Is there even a video card on the market that can saturate a PCIe 1.0 x16 slot?? For that matter, is there *ANY CARD* available for the Mac Pro that would get ANY benefit from a PCIe 2.0 slot? I mean 4 gigabytes a second seems to be enough for anything that we have now. Am I missing something?
I'm not "bothered". But, there are Express mobo's out in the PC world, and Express 2 cards have been out for months.
What you are overlooking it the longer range use of these machines. You can't ever consider the purchase of an expensive computer without thinking about how long you will own it.
It would be like having bought a PCI AGP bus machine a few months before everyone switched to Express. After a while, you would find that the latest cards weren't available, and the few that were didn't perform at the same level.
So, with this machine, Apple went halfway. It's not too bad, really, at least there are two 2 slots. I'd like to know if they perform at the speeds of 2 , or if there is some bottleneck there. 2 also offers more than just a speed jump from 1.
But, since they have added these two slots, once I know more about it, I may jump in and get this machine instead of waiting later this year for Nehalem, which will be the true successor to Apple's current machine.
I'm just disappointed with the video card line-up. If ATI was still producing cards for the machines, it would be different. I would just get the machine with the cheap 2600 card, and wait for a much better one. But, that might not happen.