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 Fergy
by fmaxwell on Thu 19th Dec 2013 20:46 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by Fergy"
fmaxwell
Member since:
2005-11-13

So why have it then?

Ask any attorney and quit pretending you have any insight into this topic.

Maybe now I know the reason why Apple hardware became even more expensive.

What are you talking about? You can get a Mac Pro with dual D700 FirePro GPUs for $4K. The same GPUs for a PC (FirePro W9000s) cost over $3K each.

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RE[4]: Comment by Fergy
by smashIt on Thu 19th Dec 2013 22:44 in reply to "RE[3]: Comment by Fergy"
smashIt Member since:
2005-07-06

You can get a Mac Pro with dual D700 FirePro GPUs for $4K. The same GPUs for a PC (FirePro W9000s) cost over $3K each.


no, you can't
even though it's called a firepro, without the drivers and certified hardware it's just a 7970 crossfire rig
we are not talking 3k€ each, we are talking 300€ each

and with the 7970 you can still use modified firepro drivers
no need to spend 3k if you don't need the certificate

Edited 2013-12-19 22:46 UTC

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RE[5]: Comment by Fergy
by fmaxwell on Thu 19th Dec 2013 23:21 in reply to "RE[4]: Comment by Fergy"
fmaxwell Member since:
2005-11-13

even though it's called a firepro, without the drivers and certified hardware it's just a 7970 crossfire rig
we are not talking 3k€ each, we are talking 300€ each


When I state something, it is fact, not a point to debate. The HD 7970 is not the same as a W9000/D700 .

D700 & W9000: 6GB of ECC RAM
HD 7970: 3GB of non-ECC RAM

D700 & W9000: 975mhz core speed
HD 7970: 3GB of 925mhz core speed

Apple and AMD call the D700 a "FirePro" because it is a workstation GPU with the associated hardware, firmware, and drivers.

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