Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 11th Jun 2012 22:23 UTC
Apple Marco Arment: "After two years, the Mac Pro was 'updated' today, sort of: now we can choose slightly faster two-year-old CPUs at the top end, and the other two-year-old CPU options are cheaper now. That's about it. No Xeon E5 CPUs, no USB 3, no Thunderbolt. They're even shipping the same two-year-old graphics cards. Same motherboard, slightly different CPU options from 2010. That's it. The message is clear: Apple doesn't give a shit about the Mac Pro." Paint, red, scout, girl.
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RE[2]: But why?
by bert64 on Tue 12th Jun 2012 07:22 UTC in reply to "RE: But why? "
bert64
Member since:
2007-04-23

It's largely down to the maturing of the market...

A few years ago, you bought the most powerful system you could afford because a more powerful system made day to day things tolerable, let you do some things that were totally impractical on lower end hardware and provided a machine that would take a bit longer to become totally obsolete.

Now, for 99% of users a lowend piece of hardware is more than adequate to their needs... Only a small number of enthusiasts and specialist users require the high end equipment.

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RE[3]: But why?
by Priest on Tue 12th Jun 2012 10:17 in reply to "RE[2]: But why? "
Priest Member since:
2006-05-12

Right but that also means a cheaper Ivy Bridge desktop processors are probably better suited to most peoples needs than Xeon.

There may have been a time where a couple Xeons on a motherboard was big deal but now with multi core CPU's and hyperthreading paying all that extra money for a Xeon work station seems silly.

Unfortunately for Apple they don't offer anything else in that segment because the iMac mini doesn't have much of a graphics card or dual monitor support out of the box.

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RE[4]: But why?
by lfeagan on Tue 12th Jun 2012 15:28 in reply to "RE[3]: But why? "
lfeagan Member since:
2006-04-01

In my case, I would be okay with the 6 to 8 cores of a single socket but need massive amounts of memory. Having 12 to 16 slots allows me to get sufficient capacity using 8GB DIMMs. Frankly, the Mac Pro having only 64GB capacity is a bit lame. The 2010 generation of Intel Xeon motherboards generally had 192GB capacity. (2 sockets x 3 channels/socket x 2 slots/channel x 16GB DIMM/slot = 192GB).

All of the technologies necessary to build an updated Mac Pro are also available on non-Apple machines (including Thunderbolt). Apple should not need to dedicate as much engineering effort today as would have been required two years ago. They should consider simply partnering with SuperMicro to OEM them a board with some extra IO headers for FireWire 800 and ThunderBolt and shove it in the current case.

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