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: Producers verse programmers
by galvanash on Thu 19th Dec 2013 14:45 UTC in reply to "Producers verse programmers"
galvanash
Member since:
2006-01-25

Agree with virtually everything you said about how programmers work. I'm a programmer, my workflow is almost exactly as you describe it, and I use a 11" Macbook Air as my main machine. I plug it into a 27" 2560x1440 monitor at work (a catleap off of ebay - best $300 I ever spent) and I just go to town...

Anyway, Apple's desktop machine offer me pretty much nothing I don't already get out of this setup. I might get a wee bit more performance (that I really don't need), but I would lose the portability - being able to pop the little thing out and work anywhere is a big deal to me... And the Intel GPU really is good enough for anything outside of gaming, even then I can play a bit of Torchlight 2 or other less demanding games quite comfortably.

The Mac Pro? I can't see why any programmer would even consider it. Maybe game programmers, but that's about it. Its a graphics workstation, and it is priced in a way so that it only looks good compared to other graphics workstations. Its all about the GPUs - and programmers generally don't much care about those.

Edited 2013-12-19 14:48 UTC

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ezraz Member since:
2012-06-20

Cool. I actually do both (program and produce) on a maxed out core 2 duo macbook pro, also plugged into an HD monitor.

I agree if you don't work with media you will not be shopping for this mac pro. I'm going to keep developing on my macbook but I think I want a primary audio rig and still might no mini. This protube would be a hell of a machine for the next 3-4 years though. I could also get 3 mini's at that price, or a mini and an another laptop.

It's silly (and like clockwork) to say you can build something "faster" than Apple's latest for less money. Anyone can buy parts or look at websites. Apple builds complete machines that run out of the box, often times without a single problem, for several years, with components that are almost always 100% compatible. They are in no way competing with BYO's and hackintosh.

Plus your "faster" box will also more than likely lose to the Apple box in every spec past the top 3 of CPU speed, drive speed, and RAM speed. Most nerds stop there with their specs comparison. They never want to get all the way down to Total Cost of Ownership because they would have to value their own time so low as to compete with Apple boxes. BYO's risk all sorts of stability in the name of using a slightly faster component and then they spend the time fixing it. I make too much per hour to be fixing my computer.

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