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: Mac MINI Pro
by fmaxwell on Thu 19th Dec 2013 19:11 UTC in reply to "Mac MINI Pro"
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Member since:
2005-11-13

I'm not going to spend a few grand on a non expandable mac mini pro,


It's not a "mac mini pro." It's a Mac Pro. Grow up.

When you can daisy-chain 36 drives on a 20GB/s interface, and install up to 64GB of RAM, how is it not expandable?

As Apple's web page says, "In creating a pro computer for the future, we wanted to provide an enormous amount of expansion — without being limited to the space inside the enclosure. Designed with built-in Thunderbolt 2, USB 3, Gigabit Ethernet, and HDMI 1.4 ports, Mac Pro sets a new standard in flexible, high-performance expansion. It’s our most expandable Mac yet."

Most people who need Mac Pros use RAID for mass storage. I've got a 5x3TB RAID-6 NAS and a 4x2TB RAID 10 eSATA RAID on my Mac Pro. Apple got it right; give the Mac Pro buyer the ability to expand externally, not internally.

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RE[2]: Mac MINI Pro
by Bobthearch on Thu 19th Dec 2013 19:54 in reply to "RE: Mac MINI Pro"
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2006-01-27

As Apple's web page says, "In creating a pro computer for the future, we wanted to provide an enormous amount of expansion — without being limited to the space inside the enclosure. Designed with built-in Thunderbolt 2, USB 3, Gigabit Ethernet, and HDMI 1.4 ports, Mac Pro sets a new standard in flexible, high-performance expansion. It’s our most expandable Mac yet."


Sounds like marketing funny talk for, "You can't fit anything inside this case."

LOL.

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RE[3]: Mac MINI Pro
by fmaxwell on Thu 19th Dec 2013 20:31 in reply to "RE[2]: Mac MINI Pro"
fmaxwell Member since:
2005-11-13

Sounds like marketing funny talk for, "You can't fit anything inside this case."


Sounds like you're in the market for a home computer, not a workstation.

People who use workstation-class machines have been expanding them externally for years. I have an SSD and a single rotating hard drive inside my older generation Mac Pro, leaving me with three empty drive bays. External to it are my RAID boxes (eSATA and gigabit NAS).

Did you actually think that Apple's engineers showed up with the Mac Pro one day and the horrified marketing department tried to think of "funny talk" to explain away the lack of internal expansion space? You realize that they do talk ahead of time, don't you -- that the design process is a collaborative effort between marketing and engineering?

Edited 2013-12-19 20:33 UTC

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