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: Yawn....
by ameasures on Thu 19th Dec 2013 23:45 UTC in reply to "Yawn...."
ameasures
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2006-01-09

The Mac Pro performance could easily be replicated or surpassed for far less cost using off the shelf components.


In past I went did some homework before putting proposals to a client.

I found that ... by the time you have a properly built system with comparable components [ECC RAM, processors etc] and expansion capabilities; the much vaunted price gap with HP etc is usually negligible if at all.

Of course I can't tell that to the geeks in the pub.

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RE[2]: Yawn....
by unclefester on Fri 20th Dec 2013 00:07 in reply to "RE: Yawn...."
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2007-01-13

I found that ... by the time you have a properly built system with comparable components [ECC RAM, processors etc] and expansion capabilities; the much vaunted price gap with HP etc is usually negligible if at all.


You don't need ECC RAM, Xeon CPUs or workstation video cards for multimedia work. Decent gaming hardware works just as well for a fraction of the cost.

However you do need a real Windows certified workstation for high level physical engineering and mathematical simulation because precision is an absolute must.

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RE[3]: Yawn....
by ameasures on Fri 20th Dec 2013 22:26 in reply to "RE[2]: Yawn...."
ameasures Member since:
2006-01-09

"I found that ... by the time you have a properly built system with comparable components [ECC RAM, processors etc] and expansion capabilities; the much vaunted price gap with HP etc is usually negligible if at all.


You don't need ECC RAM, Xeon CPUs or workstation video cards for multimedia work. Decent gaming hardware works just as well for a fraction of the cost.

However you do need a real Windows certified workstation for high level physical engineering and mathematical simulation because precision is an absolute must.
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The point I made was about extreme reliability and extreme scalability - if the client demands those things - so be it.

If the client has a Mac OSX based team and wishes to continue in that vein then that is their choice and their money to spend.

Some clients believe and run with the Apple hype. Other clients believe and run with the 'real Windows Certified' hype. This is just life; but don't expect a business to switch horses just because the 'hired tech' prefers the other one.

The "it HAS TO BE WINDOWS to be serious vein" rant resonates with the old "no one ever got sacked for buying IBM" saying - and not in a good way.

Rant over!

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