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post #1 of 16
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http://www.apple.com/mac-pro/index2.html

It's only 1/8 the volume of the current pro so it could be used as an htcp.
post #2 of 16
What the hell is that? It looks like a coffee thermos.
post #3 of 16
Specs do look good though, the Pro really REALLY needed a complete refresh.
Edited by Done Deal DR - 6/10/13 at 2:03pm
post #4 of 16
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Without the cover:



I've got your R2 unit. I'm here with Ben Kenobi.
post #5 of 16
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Originally Posted by Done Deal DR View Post

What the hell is that? It looks like a coffee thermos.

Yes, yes it does.
post #6 of 16
Just reading about this today and seeing a lot of angry feedback from serious Mac pro users about not being able to put aftermarket high-end video cards into these. It seems everyone smells a conspiracy around forcing customers to buy any upgrades from Apple vs. the open market and forcing more adoption of Thunderbolt.

The funniest comment I saw though is asking who'll be the first to come out with an R2-D2 case for it biggrin.gif
post #7 of 16
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Originally Posted by StardogChampion View Post

It seems everyone smells a conspiracy around forcing customers to buy any upgrades from Apple vs. the open market

I don't know if it's a conspiracy at this point. Just a flat out fact they go this direction, and when orgs like epeat step in and hurt their hometown constituency sales for "low-recycle" and "wasteful designs" they "take care of it" by helping them redefine their standards smile.gif The presentation included a "jab" along the lines of "who says we don't innovate?" but the missing part is that they are often just innovating more ways to profit from you
post #8 of 16
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Originally Posted by 4th-horseman View Post

I don't know if it's a conspiracy at this point. Just a flat out fact they go this direction, and when orgs like epeat step in and hurt their hometown constituency sales for "low-recycle" and "wasteful designs" they "take care of it" by helping them redefine their standards smile.gif The presentation included a "jab" along the lines of "who says we don't innovate?" but the missing part is that they are often just innovating more ways to profit from you

I don't know if you could call this wasteful compared to the old design. It probably uses a third of the raw materials the previous one did. ^_^
post #9 of 16
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It seems everyone smells a conspiracy around forcing customers to buy any upgrades from Apple vs. the open market and forcing more adoption of Thunderbolt.
Apple doesn't sell thunderbolt expansion cases or the graphic cards to run in them, but the open market already does...

There were never enough PCI slots for what people wanted and the Magma cases were absurdly priced. Bluetooth was a BTO product that couldn't easily be added, similar with airport, etc. The options today to expand a Mac Pro (and all the cheaper Thunderbolt enabled Macs) are already better than what existed in the past and it hasn't even been released. There's a fiberoptic thunderbolt option on the way so you can stick these arrays and graphics cards in a closet.
post #10 of 16
Coming from the other direction, I wish Apple would sell a Thunderbolt hard drive expansion case, which would match the new Pro estheticly and be covered by the same Apple Care contract. As it is, if I ever buy one of these I'd keep my old 2009 Pro which currently has 14TB of disk space as well as a Blu-ray drive as my data storage unit - which seems like a waste of space and electricity. And Apple still hasn't fixed the DVDPlayer bug preventing VIDEO_TS being played from remotely mounted disks in Mountsin Lion

The new Pros look great, all R2D2 jokes aside
post #11 of 16
As a macpro owner, I really appreaciate and utilize the expandability of my current tower, having occupied all 4 hard drive trays and second optical bay with hardware.
Sadly, it appears Apple no longer cares about my needs and has instead seen fit to further their almost fanatical drive to make asthetics the #1 factor in their hardware.

Maybe I will warm up to R2D2, but as of now, I dont think I will be buying one of these new pro's.
post #12 of 16
Its specs are impressive and being able to drive three 4K displays at once seems really nice and the small form factor should help with space.
post #13 of 16
Very slick unit, at least as cool as the Cube (which had similar complaints about expandability/versatility as I recall). I'll buy one as soon as I can figure out the logical path for explaining the expense to my wife. I don't come near using the available power of my current Mac Pro. Depending upon the actual fan noise, I could possibly move the new one out of my office and into the HT, which would eliminate the 30-foot trail of ethernet & HDMI cables.

Current 2009 Mac Pro has 4x2TB HDs, stock video (which drives my 52" Sony LCD just fine), a OWC Mercury Accelsior PCIe SSD (240GB usable), 8GB RAM. I back up via a Drobo S (eSATA/USB2.0/FW800). With the new model, I can just connect my 2x3GB + 1x2GB Seagate Backup Pluses via Thunderbolt for backup.
post #14 of 16
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Without the cover:



I've got your R2 unit. I'm here with Ben Kenobi.

It's Mr Fusion!
post #15 of 16
This computer would be overkill for an HTPC.

Btw, after reading some of the information on it I can see exactly why Mac Pro users are upset. This computer has far more in common with a Mac Mini than a Mac Pro.

However, if the price is right, I may consider getting one as I have found my present Mac Mini with 16 gig ram and SSD to be very capable for general photo work plus general use (including XBMC).
post #16 of 16
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Originally Posted by grubavs View Post

a OWC Mercury Accelsior PCIe SSD (240GB usable),
Wow, that looks amazing. I was thinking I would lose a drive bay by installing an SSD. At the same time I am desperate due to Aperture beach ball action. (maybe I should switch to Lightroom, but that is another topic).

Can you tell us more about it -- any issues at all with OS X upgrades, boot problems, any caveats at all besides price? I am thinking of doing a clean Mountain Lion install on the SSD, and going from there.

Thanks in advance for any info!
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