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[6]: Comment by Fergy
by unclefester on Thu 19th Dec 2013 23:54 UTC in reply to "RE[5]: Comment by Fergy"
unclefester
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2007-01-13

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


The only real difference between "workstation" and "gaming" cards is the firmware and a certificate. The only time you need a certified workstation GPU is for engineering CAD where potential legal liability issues can arise.

The OEM price manufacturers pay for workstation and gaming cards is very similar. The steep price difference only occurs with retail cards.

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RE[7]: Comment by Fergy
by fmaxwell on Fri 20th Dec 2013 00:05 in reply to "RE[6]: Comment by Fergy"
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2005-11-13

The only real difference between "workstation" and "gaming" cards is the firmware and a certificate.


You are incorrect. The GPUs in the workstation W9000 and D700 cards support 6GB of ECC RAM and the GPU in the gaming 7970 supports just 3GB of non-ECC RAM.

But, regardless of that, the Mac Pro can be ordered with D700 FirePro workstation cards. Therefore, a price comparison based on PC using a gaming card is invalid.

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