Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 18th Dec 2013 20:47 UTC

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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by fmaxwell on Thu 19th Dec 2013 19:01 UTC in reply to "Comment by v_bobok"
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but with comparable or better guts and cheaper.

The Mac Pro's AMD FirePro D700 is the exact match to the AMD FirePro W9000. Amazon has the FirePro W9000 at $3,158. For $4k, you can buy a 3.7GHz quad core Mac Pro with dual D700 GPUs. That's more than $2K cheaper than the cost of the equivalent FirePro W9000 video cards alone for your "hackintosh."

Now, add on the costs of a motherboard and ~$300 Intel Xeon E5 CPU, ~$1100 worth of 12GB of 1866MHz DDR3 ECC RAM, 256GB PCIe-based flash storage (a SATA SSD is only half the speed, so that's not comparable), Thunderbolt 2 or comparable (20GB/s and up to 36 daisy-chained devices). Now, find a case and cooling system that's under 20dBA under load.

At this point, you're probably looking a your kludged hackintosh with the pirated, hacked OS costing more than double what a Mac Pro does. And don't kid yourself -- the OS X development costs are supported by Apple hardware sales and if you didn't buy Apple hardware, you pirated the OS in violation of the license.

Of course you get no warranty, no AppleCare support, and you have a system that's lost half of its resale value before you even turn it on.

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