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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RE[4]: Comment by v_bobok
by unclefester on Fri 20th Dec 2013 04:12 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Comment by v_bobok"
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Core i7 CPUs don't handle ECC RAM, which is why you don't see them in servers or workstation class systems.

I realize that most consumers think that unbuffered, non-ECC RAM is fine and that there's no need for RAID storage. Most people in the market for workstations and servers would tend to disagree.

A Mac pro is not going to be used for mission critical engineering design, mathematical simulations or as a server by any sane professional.

Workstations use ECC RAM and workstation grade cards primarily for piece of mind and legal indemnity - not performance.

As to SLI consumer video cards, there is a significant bit of CAD and engineering software that won't even start up on it.

This is because the software manufacturer effectively offers legal indemnity for use in mission critical design situations such as aircraft and large-scale structural design. They are stating that their software is only guaranteed to work correctly when combined with certain hardware. The software checks that is using the "correct" hardware at startup to protect the software company against lawsuits.

Many CAD applications such as AutoCAD will run perfectly on consumer grade hardware. My brother is surveyor/civil engineer for a large government body. They replaced all their workstations over 20 years ago with whitebox PCs because none of their CAD work (surveying, unpaved access roads and minor earth works) is considered risky or mission critical.

You can buy a $2 engine bolt form an auto parts store that is absolutely identical to an $800 aircraft bolt. The only difference is the aircraft bolt comes comes with paperwork certifying it for aviation use and offering legal indemnity against defects. In other words you pay $2 for the aircraft bolt and $798 "insurance" against defects.

Apparently, reviewers aren't used to computers at quiet as the 2013 Mac Pro. Tech Crunch ran an article entitled "Hands On: Appleā€™s New Mac Pro Is An Insanely Quiet Thermal Wizard." Tech Radar's review included "We were impressed at just how quiet the new Mac Pro is."

The ambient noise in a very quiet office is >40dB. The noise levels in a normal office frequently exceed 65dB.

My 8yo AMD 4000+ machine (Antec Sonata case and a quiet modular PSU) can only be heard by placing your ear directly against the case. Since the case in under the desk this is a moot argument anyway.

Only pretentious wankers (~90+% of Apple users) put a workstation on top of the desk.

Edited 2013-12-20 04:13 UTC

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