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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Xeon doesn't have on-CPU graphics yet.
by Drumhellar on Wed 13th Jun 2012 04:47 UTC
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It probably has more to do with no integrated graphics on Xeon. This would be required to make DisplayPort through Thunderbolt works the best.

Otherwise, it would be messy to do that via third-party graphics, likely requiring a weird cabling system. OSX also has a method for using graphics chips in a manner similar to nVidia's Optimus, which may also indicate that future Mac Pros will use exclusively nVidia chips, unless Apple's implementation is generic enough to work with any add-in board.

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