Linked by Universal Mind on Fri 6th Aug 2010 16:16 UTC
Apple The "Macs are too expensive" argument is one of the most tiresome and long-lived flamewars in internet history. Obviously, Apple makes a premium product and charges premium prices, and you can always find a computer from another vendor that seems to match or exceed specs that costs less. But if you look at Apple's Mac Pro line, and compare it not so much to other vendors, but to the past lineup of Mac Pros, you discover some very unpleasant truths that help explain why Apple is enjoying record earnings for their Mac line, but doing so to the detriment of some its most loyal and valuable customers.
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Computing has changed
by athomsonguy on Fri 6th Aug 2010 18:29 UTC
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"Granted, I totally ignored costs for drives, memory and graphics card."

I'm not sure that this article is going to find accurate results. The market for CPUs has really changed in the last few years. We all remember the Ghz race, but today the CPUs are trying to get wide and control heat. Because we are not really looking for perf from the CPU anymore there is increasing emphasis on RAM and graphics cards. I'm willing to bet that the percentage cost of both of these components went up during the sampled period.

I like the analysis, but really wish he had looked at the cost of more components in the system. I really don't think there is enough here to draw any conclusions.

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