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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RE: My Mac Pro
by ggeldenhuys on Sun 10th Mar 2013 09:29 UTC in reply to "My Mac Pro"
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I recently got a new desktop system. I contemplated getting a Mac Pro, but for that same price I could get a high spec PC with high quality parts. My system is self built (not a brand name PC).

I have a CoolerMaster casing with sliding HDD trays. Internally it is beautifully machined and painted inside and out - all no tools required maintenance. I have a modular Power Supply, so only cables I need are plugged in and used. I have a water cooled system for the CPU which makes it really quite. I have one large fan which spins slow due to large blades, so that makes near zero noise too. I have a 540Mb read/write speed SSD boot drive, which is incredibly fast and again, no noise. I then have 3x 2TB Western Digital "green" drives is a RAID5 (Actually Raid-Z1, as I run FreeBSD). Because they are green drives the make much less noise than normal drives, and are lot cooler. I t rounded it off with 16GB high quality RAM and a Dell U2711 27" IPS 2560x1440 display. When the system is powered on, I can't hear it at all. Maintenance on the system is very easy, but how often do you really open a system - I don't do it much. Only once in a while I'll open it up to blow out any dust.

This system ticked all the boxes of the things people liked about the Mac Pro. Silent, beautiful, powerful and fast, and as a bonus....half the price of a Mac Pro. I am also more flexible with my hardware. PS: my system can run Mountain Lion just fine too.

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