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

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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Single CPU vs. Dual
by roblearns on Thu 19th Dec 2013 20:44 UTC
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Say you bought a 2010 Mac Pro, with 2 6-core Xeon's rated at 2.66ghz.

So now, lets say in January you go shopping, it's 2014 - your high end mac pro option is now a single processor, but 12-core Xeon with a 2.7ghz clock speed.

That's an upgrade? Not by much, let me tell you. The next gen. Xeon might be more efficient at the same clock, for some tasks - but it's nothing to write home about.

I'm not as impressed by the other upgrades, because I could do them already. I already have SSD and fast graphics card. Sure Apple is right in doing them - but real world, is this enticing me to upgrade my mac pro?

For some, who buy default options from Apple, that faster SSD is going to help, that dual GPU will be nice - but if you were already doing some of that - wow is it hard to justify upgrading.

I'm surprised at you all for missing the obvious - the processor is in some cases a downgrade - for some workloads, and in some cases, barely better. 3-4 years later!

Something that would have been a clear upgrade would be 24 cores. At least if you can take advantage of the core count, that would have been indisputably been faster.

Edited 2013-12-19 20:46 UTC

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