Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 18th Dec 2013 20:47 UTC
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Apple today announced the all-new Mac Pro will be available to order starting Thursday, December 19. Redesigned from the inside out, the all-new Mac Pro features the latest Intel Xeon processors, dual workstation-class GPUs, PCIe-based flash storage and ultra-fast ECC memory.

This thing is so damn awesome. I don't need it, but I still want one.

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RE: Comment by smashIt
by galvanash on Thu 19th Dec 2013 13:00 UTC in reply to "Comment by smashIt"
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I'd recommend a wait-and-see tactic
IMO the heatsink is not up to the task of cooling 2 firepro w9000 and a xeon e5 12-core


I agree, but you can look at this argument from the other direction. Maybe we should wait and see if the D700 (the high end GPU) really is a w9000 before assuming that the thing will need to dissipate 550W of GPU power.

I find it somewhat odd that even though they are now on sale and you can order one, Apple still doesn't disclose the exact specs of the D700...

http://www.apple.com/mac-pro/specs/

They list the other two lower end card's details, but the D700 is suspiciously absent.

Anyway, I assumed the D700 was a w9000 too because the specs more or less line up - but Apple hasn't officially disclosed anything but rough lip service even now.

Something is seriously amiss though. I just priced a 2nd tier Mac Pro baseline config upgraded to D700s.

It is $4599.

That is simply too cheap. If those are really w9000s, the GPUs alone have a street price of way more than that... Based on the tier one baseline config, you would have to think Apple is pricing the "rest" (everything but the GPUs) of the machine at around $2000. So whatever the D700 is, Apple is selling them for about $1300 a piece (give or take a few hundred dollars)

So one of 3 things is happening:

1. Apple is subsidizing the costs of the GPUs (yeah, right...).
2. AMD is giving Apple an absolutely enormous discount. Possible of course, but 60% off of street price is quite a hit.
3. It isn't a w9000 and is some new undisclosed variant (maybe a Hawaii XT based firePro?)

My bet is it is either 2 or 3, and if it is 3 then we don't really know what the TDP of the GPU is...

If it ends up being 2, and those are really w9000s, and Apple's cooling solution can somehow handle them - well I would have to say that as a graphics/rendering workstation, assuming one would need the power it offers, it is far from expensive... Hell at that price it is rather cheap.

Edited 2013-12-19 13:09 UTC

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