What exactly is the Mac Pro for?

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in Current Mac Hardware edited January 2014
What exactly can the Mac Pro do that my MacBook can't?
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  • Reply 1 of 27
    tomhayestomhayes Posts: 127member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by kmhtkmhtkmht


    What exactly can the Mac Pro do that my MacBook can't?



    Isn't that the quandry of *all* Macs in the last 10 years?



    They've all been capable of doing the same things.



    The Mac Book (not Mac Book Pro) is not certified to run Apple Final Cut Studio apps, but it does.



    The Mac Pro is just faster and more expandable.



    Mac Pro: 16 GBs of RAM

    Mac Book:2GB



    Mac Pro: Video Card expandable

    Mac Book: Not



    Mac Pro: has PCI Express slots

    MacBook: Has none





    So to do video editing with uncompressed HD the Mac Pro will ebat you. For iMovie it's probably the same.



    Pro Tools HD will be available in September for the Mac Pro. Pro Tools LE will run on the Mac Book.



    Ask yourself this: what can a $4000 dollars Windows machine do better than a $300 dollars Windows machine?
  • Reply 2 of 27
    The $4000.00 XP Machine is faster than the $300.00 dollar one... and it's cooler!



    P.s. What am I going to do with the PCI Express Slots?



    P.s. How many 30 Inch Screens can I stick on it when I max the Mac Pro out with 4 Graphics Cards?



    P.s. I KNOW that there is going to be an update with the 30 Inch Screens because of the Price Cutting!
  • Reply 3 of 27
    kim kap solkim kap sol Posts: 2,987member
    The Mac Pro is for kicking ass and chewing bubblegum.
  • Reply 4 of 27
    irelandireland Posts: 17,547member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by kmhtkmhtkmht


    What exactly can the Mac Pro do that my MacBook can't?



  • Reply 5 of 27
    flinch13flinch13 Posts: 228member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Ireland






    Of course. The Mac Pro can grate cheese; a feature that has been included in the highest end Macintosh for years.
  • Reply 6 of 27
    slugheadslughead Posts: 1,169member




    I did this one after I bought my DP 2.5 G5
  • Reply 7 of 27
    meelashmeelash Posts: 1,045member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Ireland






    If that were the NEW MacPro, there'd be two blocks of cheese there....
  • Reply 8 of 27
    joeyjoey Posts: 236member
    The Mac Pro is a professional / developers machine. Basically, if you're asking "What's the difference" between the MacBook and the Mac Pro... you really don't need the Mac Pro.
  • Reply 9 of 27
    placeboplacebo Posts: 5,767member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by kmhtkmhtkmht


    What exactly can the Mac Pro do that my MacBook can't?



    Be fast and expandable and not have a myriad of quality assurance problems?
  • Reply 10 of 27
    lundylundy Posts: 4,466member
    The Mac Pro generates more savings when using the Developer Hardware Purchase Program.
  • Reply 11 of 27
    onlookeronlooker Posts: 5,252member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Joey


    The Mac Pro is a professional / developers machine. Basically, if you're asking "What's the difference" between the MacBook and the Mac Pro... you really don't need the Mac Pro.





    Perfect answer. If you have to ask - you don't need it.
  • Reply 12 of 27
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by kmhtkmhtkmht


    What exactly can the Mac Pro do that my MacBook can't?



    REAL work...
  • Reply 13 of 27
    benzenebenzene Posts: 338member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by kmhtkmhtkmht


    What exactly can the Mac Pro do that my MacBook can't?



    Finish a ftdock run in my lifetime.
  • Reply 14 of 27
    The only "work" or "real world" reason I would buy one of these is to have either 2/3 30"ers with Parallels running on one, Mac on one, and CCTV Software on the Third... The CCTV Software is UBER Processor Intensive and so is serving up all the Video to Clients...



    I don't edit HD Video...



    I don't do any "real" work...



    Am I wasting my money?



    P.s. Can you "Game" in Parallels properly using a Mac Pro? As the PCI-E slots in there can take any graphics cards - would I be mad to stick some UBER gaming card(s) in there and use it like that?
  • Reply 15 of 27
    It will do a lot of things a lot faster.
  • Reply 16 of 27
    placeboplacebo Posts: 5,767member
    It'll be more enjoyable and encourage you to never quit another application in your life.
  • Reply 17 of 27
    a_greera_greer Posts: 4,594member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by kmhtkmhtkmht


    What exactly can the Mac Pro do that my MacBook can't?



    Nothing: but the MacPro can do it in 1/10th the time...
  • Reply 18 of 27
    icfireballicfireball Posts: 2,594member
    I dont really understand this thread. It should be pretty obvious the differences between a Mac Pro and a MacBook, and at any rate it's not what game it plays, its how it plays the game. That was a metaphor btw although I suppose literal works too for computers.
  • Reply 19 of 27
    kukukuku Posts: 254member
    Laptops tend to get messy with prolong use of intensive apps like FCP.



    I once had someone was FCP long on their Powerbook, and it burnt on him. Guess with a classroom, projector, and 5hrs of FCP, it was hurting.



    Not common, but laptops shouldn't be stressed to the level of Desktops like MacPro.



    Those $40 laptop fan coolers may seem expensive foolish at first, but now I recomend it to anyone stupid enough to click render with a 6hr timer.
  • Reply 20 of 27
    chuckerchucker Posts: 5,089member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by kmhtkmhtkmht


    P.s. Can you "Game" in Parallels properly using a Mac Pro?



    No. Parallels has no GPU acceleration.
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