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[4]: Comment by smashIt
by galvanash on Thu 19th Dec 2013 20:44 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Comment by smashIt"
galvanash
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These things are what makes a FirePro a FirePro. Is Apple doing these things?


Yeah... That is kind of what I was getting at with my questions. Lets say the D700 really was a w9000, i.e. the hardware is 100% the same and the w9000 drivers would actually work on Windows in bootcamp...

An entry level Mac Pro outfitted with 2 D700s costs $3999. At that price, you are saving about $2000 off the costs of buying the 2 GPUs all by themselves - its like getting a 33% discount on the GPUs and hey, we'll even through in a free workstation as a bonus...

I find it highly unlikely AMD would go along with this, as it would undercut their own pricing severely. So I suspect it won't be a functional replacement for a w9000. Maybe it is virtually the same hardware, but there is no way it is going to work the same way in bootcamp as a real w9000...

In short I don't think any of the things that traditionally make a FirePro card carry it's pricing premium really apply to the Mac Pro. Its probably going to be optimized for use with Apple's software stack (Arpeture, Final Cut, etc.) and that's it. Its a 7970 with a boatload of VRAM on it, nothing more. It kind of makes sense too because most of the apps you care about having certified support for don't exist on OSX.

Its two roughly $500 GPUs, which turns the deal of the century into "meh"...

Edited 2013-12-19 20:49 UTC

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