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  • Grant Bennet-Alder Level 9 Level 9 (54,245 points)

    Sonnet tech developed that chassis to support existing ThunderBolt computers. It is available now.


    It would be easy for them to modify that working design, add more power and the six-pin or 8-pin Aux cables, and support two graphics cards. There may be others working on this problem as well.

  • Don.Mac.iPhone4 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Yes, a round computer is different... that's for sure.  But it is Apple... It is a MacPro....


    I have a MacPro1,1 & MacPro4,1.  I use them for editing FCP 7 and FCP X.  So the much faster processing power will be much appreciated.


    Overall, I'm feeling mostly good about it (for now).  We'll see how they price it.  The pricing on add-on peripherals will make (or break) this machine.


    Personally, I would have rather seen the same old silver monster tower, with both eSATA and USB 3.0 on front and back, Thunderbolt 2 and FIrewire 800 ports on back, and keep the current 2 optical bays and 4 hard-drive bays (although they could probably make that 8 internal bays without much problem), along with the PCIe card slots.


    Not exactly comparing apples to apples (pun intended), this is sorta of a "replay" on FCP X...  Initally FCP X was pretty much "iMovie Plus"... but given time, it has turned into a very good piece of software (with more to come). 


    So, I'm going to sit back, wait, and see what the prices are before I make my final decision on this one.

  • Marsdy Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    In October 2010 I bought my last ever MacPro. The new MacPro is not fit for purpose as far as I'm concerned.


    I don't care how fast it is. No PCIe slots and no internal storage bays are a total dealbreaker for me. Like MANY audio professionals, I use a Pro Tools HD, the industry standard DAW. ALL three PCIe slots of my Mac are filled with full length cards and I have five internal hard drives fitted. I will NOT be filling my studio with a a pile of noisy, heat inducing, power consuming, external Thunderbolt devices and a mess of cables.


    My next professional computer will be a PC workstation, not a pimped Mac mini. Sorry Apple, but this is a triumph of form over function. After 17 years of using Apple desktops I bid you a thoroughly disappointed and disillushioned farewell.

  • Allan Eckert Level 8 Level 8 (48,520 points)

    Great! That leave more for the rest of us then.



  • SiniScope Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I can definitely see your problems with the new Mac Pro design and philosophy. I no longer do audio and video and am now strictly on to software development so I am quite excited about this new Mac Pro. I love the engineering involved in getting that to function at such a size and I actually like the design though it may resemble some other appliances.


    But when I step back and look at what has kept me using the pro versions of Mac computers since my PowerMac 6100, it was the overall expandability and upgradeability "internally" that kept me happy. If I was still doing a lot of the previous work I did almost 20 years ago, I would probably feel the same as a lot of Pro users do today about this new Mac Pro direction. PowerMac Pre-G3, G3's, G4's, G5's and Mac Pros have all served me very well over the years and have made me a better creator, designer and developer.


    I feel fortunate to be able to look at this new Mac Pro with a fresh sight and know that the little bit I know about it right now would definitely suit me and my needs great. I have no intention of moving to any windows based workstation as I no longer do the work that would need that. I guess I fall into the category Apple is creating this new Mac Pro for. But I do feel it may be a bit wrong for Pro users like Marsdy and the others who are venting their frustration at the product.



    I sincerely hope that you will hold out and see if it would be possible to work with the new Mac Pro as after 17 years of using the Mac it would be sad to have any Pro users switch. But if the unit is not right for you, then it is totally understandable.

  • delnorte Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)

    My concern about the new MP is the fact that the power cord is in  the front. I would imagine you need easy access to the usb, thunderbult cables. How are you going to load pictures without easy access to some kind of sd card reader? Also how do you turn the thing on and off if you don't have easy access to the on off switch?


    The upgrades I have done to my mp are video and disk space. With thunderbult, we will be moving more to san storage in our houses. Maybe even wireless san storage? I guess it will depend on what you store on your disks. Thunderbolt adds a whole new level to disk space. Plus if you have space outside of your server, then you should be able to add to it a lot easier and tuck the device away in your office or floor a lot easier - hence you won't see the device.


    To me it reminds me of a small round cray super computer. But on your desktop!! Kinda cool. I am glad they finaally upgraded MP. I like the shared heat sinc. Not sure what I am going to do with 4k video. My 3,1 is going to last a long time serving my needs for photography, a couple of games, and many virtual machines. It's also my home video server to serve movies to my local apple tv's in my house. All my movies are point and click and my pictures are also a click away to be displayed on my tv in the living room. I don't know anyone with a windows box that can do that. (easily anyway)

  • Studio X Level 7 Level 7 (27,030 points)

    Stop being such a schmuck. There are real issues here and being a Fanboi doesn't do much for your or Apple's credibility.



  • Allan Eckert Level 8 Level 8 (48,520 points)

    From what I have seen so far I think the new Mac Pro looks very interesting. There is lot more I have to learn about before I can say more then that. I certainly don't see with the same gloom & doom outlook that a bunch of you have about it that is for sure.



  • Three Chairs Short Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    The new MacPro... 1/8th the size of the old, unlikely the price will be 1/8th of the old MacPro considering the new MacPro is missing 7/8th of its internals. Are we all to go out and buy new devices with USB3 and thunderbolt connections so that it will work with the new MacPro. Or I am going to have to pay a small fortune in adaptor cables. It would be nice if the Mac Pro just had two HDMI ports so that two of the thunderbolt ports aren’t taken up with monitors (no daisy chaining).

    The MacPro unlike it other family members is meant to be expandable/swap out and upgrade, but now has been killed off to some extent. I agree with most that this is a pimped up Mac mini. I’m really hoping that Apple has a new line of Mac's for the real power user coming out - Introducing the new "pMac" PowerMac or ProMac.

  • Shaun Ferguson Level 2 Level 2 (180 points)

    That's all very well, but it's all a question of money. I want one machine with as much flexibility (or more) as my present G5 - but faster and up-to-date. And till now Apple have provided a machine that fits the bill. I don't want to have to go buying extra stuff like the Sonnet box on top. What this looks like is the main guts of a computer with all the basic bits we need attached outside; this makes the main box smaller but adds to the cost and the clutter.

  • Shaun Ferguson Level 2 Level 2 (180 points)

    "I’m really hoping that Apple has a new line of Macs for the real power user coming out - Introducing the new "pMac" PowerMac or ProMac."


    Well I wish they'd say so.

  • MaFeSa Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Does anyone know if when it is on we can see a white apple logo?

    It would be great!


  • The hatter Level 9 Level 9 (60,905 points)

    Some of the specs like DDR3 RAM are not supported on existing family of Xeon chips and most of the actual news is Intel roadmap points toward fall, October, which is when they do often rollout new processors.


    I have $000's in old SCSI gear, 3 x ATTO UL3S/D controllers, cables, drive enclosures, then my foray into SATA to do the same, now this. Represents another $$$ undertaking instead of "just" the usually price of base model which has held to $2000-2500 over last 14 yrs.

  • Firechild Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)

    Based on the pictures of the new Mac Pro , I´ve got the feeling it has only 1 CPU , is that correct ?

  • Japan Ishikawa Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    looks like it comes with a 12-core processor. Want to see who will buy this TrashCan.

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