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Apple I love OSNews, but it does seem like some of its editors enjoy just a little too much taking a good natured jab at Apple upon occasion (well, more like every chance that particular editor can get). I thought it time for a little good news and analysis about Apple that critics often overlook.
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The Apple Tax
by Drumhellar on Fri 17th Sep 2010 06:27 UTC
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I just compared the standard 12-core Xeon Mac Pro with an equally equipped system from Lenovo, and was surprised to find the Lenovo system cost about $600 extra. The systems were configured as close to identical as possible.

A caveat is that with the Lenovo system, only nVidia Quadro or ATI FirePro cards are available, while the MacPro offers only Radeon graphics.

While the hardware differences between gaming and workstation graphics are minimal these days, driver design is much different, and is optimized for workstation tasks, and for specific apps. It is known that graphics performance under MacOS X is less than that of Windows.

Workstation graphics also offer other features not found on desktop graphics, such as GenLock (Standard on most nVidia hardware, optional on AMD). They also tend to offer greater display connectivity.

Of course, the Mac Pro line has been recently updated. Apple tends to have very long product cycles, and rarely drop their prices. A year from now, the same hardware will cost the same price from Apple, while competitors will offer newer hardware, and lower prices on older, comparable goods.

This is where the Apple tax begins to show up.

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