Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 8th Mar 2013 22:01 UTC
Apple John Siracusa: "On paper, the Mac Pro may no longer be a viable product, but it would be a mistake for Apple to abandon the concept that it embodies. Like the Power Mac before it, the Mac Pro was designed to be the most powerful personal computer Apple knows how to make. That goal should be maintained, even as the individual products that aim to achieve it evolve." I agree wholeheartedly. The Mac Pro - and the PowerMac before it - are amazing products, and I would be quite sad to see them go. They may not always lead the pack in performance, but when it comes to sheer engineering and interior design, they are among the very best. I have zero need for a Mac Pro, but to this day, I always take a few minutes to admire it whenever I pay a visit to my Apple retailer.
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Mac Pro is dead for a reason
by Auzy on Sat 9th Mar 2013 00:06 UTC
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Used to own a Mac Pro, and sorry but Apple never stood a chance with them. Firstly, they have always been generations behind PC's. When PowerMac's were using PCI-X, PC's were using PCIexpress. While Mac Pro's were using X1900's, Nvidia had hundreds of stream processors and CUDA (so, unless you were using totally CPU-bound operations, they were useless, and in communities which require performance, porting to CUDA made sense). From a performance standpoint, the Mac Pro's were uncompetitive. You only used it if you wanted Final cut pro.

The real benefit of having a machine form-factor designed like a Mac Pro should be the ability to upgrade it, however, since the M/B is non-standard, and Apple can't release upgrade boards without risking Mac Clones, the machine needs to be thrown out every upgrade (and, you need to buy RAM, and a HDD again with the machine, since Apple don't offer bare bones systems). And, honestly, there is nothing special about the case. If you have a faulty PSU, you need to use an Apple spare part. They only hold 4 HDD's, and, there are plenty of PC cases with all the features (and build quality) of the Apple case and more.

Sorry, but unless Apple wants to open Mac OS X up to 3rd party vendors (which it can't do, because, they haven't done much driver work, and their sale of hardware would disappear), the form factor of the Mac Pro never really made much sense, especially with the availability of thunderbolt which provides sufficient bandwidth for audio cards, etc. And yet, unless they open things up, they can't compete in the performance market anyway

Edited 2013-03-09 00:12 UTC

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