Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 4th Dec 2009 19:59 UTC
Apple "Apple has added new build-to-order options for some of its Mac Pro and Xserve models. Specifically, a 3.33GHz 3500-series Xeon processor is now an option for the lower-end quad-core Mac Pro. Also, Apple now offers a 2TB drive option for both Mac Pros and Xserves."
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No graphics?
by Drumhellar on Sat 5th Dec 2009 00:13 UTC
Drumhellar
Member since:
2005-07-12

Still no top-end graphics from Apple.

Radeon 4870 is cool, but theirs is only 512MB, while 1GB cards are out, not to mention the 5800 and 5700 series cards.

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RE: No graphics?
by elmimmo on Sat 5th Dec 2009 04:46 in reply to "No graphics?"
elmimmo Member since:
2005-09-17

Problem with graphic cards in Mac Pro's is not so much what you are offered when you get the machine, but what you are not offered after that.

Depending on what your job is about, shedding €300 two years after getting the machine could virtually double you productivity (for instance, if it is 3D of video compositing, by halving your render times), but expandability in graphics is NOT a feature of Apple towers due to lack of compatible cards out there. With the promises of OpenCL (if they are delivered) it is even a sadder situation.

When Apple transitioned to EFI I expected that the need for cards with custom firmwares for Macs would come to an end (since I also expected PCs to transition to EFI, it coming from Intel), and that PC and Mac cards would then become one same hardware model (drivers issue aside).

Unfortunately, the situation has not changed one bit and Mac Pro's are as limited on their graphics expandability as iMacs are, most of the times.

Edited 2009-12-05 04:52 UTC

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RE[2]: No graphics?
by moondevil on Sat 5th Dec 2009 09:24 in reply to "RE: No graphics?"
moondevil Member since:
2005-07-08

Which just shows that Mac are not the type of machine you want to buy, if your type of work depends on 3D and high performance graphics manipulation.

For me it was the main reason I ended up buying a PC last month.

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