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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RE[3]: Comment by smashIt
by galvanash on Thu 19th Dec 2013 13:53 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by smashIt"
galvanash
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the problem with those gpus is that they use consumer-chips
so apple has the option to use regular tahiti xt chips (like in a 7970) add 6gb of ram and just call it a firepro

and i doubt that it will be a hawaii xt based card
if it were it would have a 512bit interface and much more FLOPS


Your right, I didn't think about it that way...

It may be that AMD is simply selling Apple the GPU silicon and the right to use the firePro branding - leaving it up to Apple to support it on their platform as a "professional" card and all the bs that goes with it (maintaining certification status with the various apps that require it).

So yeah, ok - the price discrepancy is fairly easily explained. Assuming AMD is ok with Apple possibly mudding up their branding a bit, these GPUs won't be available outside of Apple's platform economy so they won't really compete directly with AMD's cards.

Still though, they really are pretty cheap at the high end (for the 6 core Xeon anyway). Assuming their cooling solution works...

Just to illustrate, this is the kind of stuff they seem to be aiming to compete with:

http://www.boxxtech.com/products

Apple is very price competitive... Remains to be seen though if Apple can put the support required behind the platform - professionals don't buy this kind of hardware because of the hardware - they buy it for the support and guarantees that it will work with their tool chain.

Edited 2013-12-19 14:04 UTC

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