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coffeeinthebin
Jun 11, 2010, 03:22 PM
Is it like the macbook pro, only a desktop? all i know is that its really expensive, and they didn't show a picture of a monitor. which probably means there is none.. haha.. but what is it? the apple live chat people were no help in explaining.. i don't want to buy this, i'm just curious.



stridemat
Jun 11, 2010, 03:23 PM
http://www.apple.com/uk/macpro/specs.html

Its more powerful than a Mac book pro, doesn't come with a monitor.

vizfxman
Jun 11, 2010, 03:58 PM
It's a desktop computer aimed at the professional market, even though some will argue they've been lacking in keeping up.

It's far more expandable than a laptop and no, it doesn't come with a monitor though I don't think there are many professional graphic artists, 3D artists, etc. looking at a laptop screen when doing their work.

And yes, it is expensive.

cloroxbleach4
Jun 11, 2010, 04:00 PM
You could have just checked the apple website.

microcolt
Jun 11, 2010, 04:38 PM
It's simply the most beautiful, fastest, hardcore computer on the planet for a prosumer...

Hellhammer
Jun 11, 2010, 04:48 PM
It's high-end desktop computer from Apple. It's the only real desktop Mac as others are more or less laptops. It's very upgradeable compared to others and also the fastest thus most expensive. It's mainly meant for professionals as iMacs are fine for most peope

hexagonheat
Jun 11, 2010, 10:58 PM
"What exactly is the Mac pro?"

It's a mac tower that has 1.5 year old hardware with very limited hardware upgrade options and extremely limited 2-generation-old graphic options that apple refuses to refresh. The price of this beast is still the same as it was when it was first launched even though the components stay the same. You can build a PC for about half the price that will be faster using either Windows 7 or Linux.

:D

vizfxman
Jun 12, 2010, 02:13 AM
"What exactly is the Mac pro?"

It's a mac tower that has 1.5 year old hardware with very limited hardware upgrade options and extremely limited 2-generation-old graphic options that apple refuses to refresh. The price of this beast is still the same as it was when it was first launched even though the components stay the same. You can build a PC for about half the price that will be faster using either Windows 7 or Linux.

:D
There is some truth in that, unfortunately.

cjmillsnun
Jun 12, 2010, 02:16 AM
It's high-end desktop computer from Apple. It's the only real desktop Mac as others are more or less laptops. It's very upgradeable compared to others and also the fastest thus most expensive. It's mainly meant for professionals as iMacs are fine for most peope

iMacs use desktop class processors now.

Hellhammer
Jun 12, 2010, 03:21 AM
iMacs use desktop class processors now.

You think I didn't know? Please. I said more or less laptops. iMacs still use mobile GPUs and RAM. CPU isn't the only component

R.R.Mac
Jun 12, 2010, 03:36 AM
basically, its a super powerful computer for professional film makers etc. It doesn't come with a monitor as film makers normally have a few anyway!!

TheLOGICalone
Jun 12, 2010, 05:12 PM
Wow, the title of this thread is so poignant.

Cavepainter
Jun 12, 2010, 06:02 PM
I would like to think they're asking themselves this same question at Apple right now.

Dr.Pants
Jun 12, 2010, 06:21 PM
Reading (http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=mac+pro) and (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Macpro) searching (http://www.google.com/search?q=macpro&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8&aq=t&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&client=firefox-a) are (http://www.apple.com/macpro/) good (http://www.apple.com/macpro/specs.html) ideas (http://www.apple.com/macpro/).

http://imgur.com/dqoU5.gif

synth3tik
Jun 12, 2010, 06:24 PM
Reading (http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=mac+pro) and (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Macpro) searching (http://www.google.com/search?q=macpro&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8&aq=t&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&client=firefox-a) are (http://www.apple.com/macpro/) good (http://www.apple.com/macpro/specs.html) ideas (http://www.apple.com/macpro/).

http://imgur.com/dqoU5.gif


but reading and searching are hard...

I find it much easier to buy a product and then figure out what it's for.

dukebound85
Jun 12, 2010, 06:25 PM
It's simply the most beautiful, fastest, hardcore OSX computer on the planet for a prosumer...

fixed it for you

Dr.Pants
Jun 12, 2010, 06:27 PM
I find it much easier to buy a product and then figure out what it's for.

That's a great idea for the OP to do. Buy a MacPro, then figure out what it is used for.

"What are all these connections in the back for? Where the )*)#($ is the monitor? Do I have to open this big piece on the side?"

coffeeinthebin
Jun 15, 2010, 01:31 PM
Hahaha. No I wouldn't buy it, I tried using it at the Apple store and I liked the iMac better, but that could be cause i'm not really in the category that would like it. they had a monitor with it which was HUGE more like a flat screen TV o_0
On the website it pretty much just said a powerful tower that is amazing in performance and graphics. but apple refers to all their computers as amazing.

Tutor
Jun 15, 2010, 02:15 PM
Clean up

JeromeOD
Jun 19, 2010, 05:39 PM
Heh.

A mac pro is a professional workstation, for real professionals making real money with software. The computer cost is likely the smallest component of their tech investment for work. So they like to use Mac OS and buy a fast computer that works. They don't want to build Win7 machines for half the cost, when what they earn in a day would dwarf that amount of money, and dealing with Windows would cost them even more money.

I'm a sound designer & mixer, and that's why I like a Mac Pro.

advres
Jun 19, 2010, 05:47 PM
The computer cost is likely the smallest component of their tech investment for work.

As a freelance online editor I can unhappily agree with this! One 24" FSI monitor costs $5000. :(

costabunny
Jun 19, 2010, 05:49 PM
its simply one of the most beautifully designed workstations EVER!

Powerful for professionals and a work of art in itself (if you appreciate that sort of thing).

Upgradable and using workstation class hardware (hence it costs more than a similar numbered PC or iMac) - simply put it's Beauty and the Beast all in one package.

Octobot
Jun 19, 2010, 08:13 PM
It's simply the most beautiful, fastest, hardcore OSX computer (that is not a hackintosh) on the planet for a prosumer...

fixed it for you

Edit #2

hugodrax
Jun 19, 2010, 08:14 PM
A professional certified Unix workstation. Really meant for professional use, if you have to ask it is most likely not what you need.

wisty
Jun 20, 2010, 04:00 AM
It's a workstation. It uses stuff like EEC memory, multiple CPUs, and other things you only see in professional machines.

It's also, sadly, quite outdated now. It's almost 1 year and 4 months since it was last updated.

oilfighter
Jun 20, 2010, 10:30 AM
You think I didn't know? Please. I said more or less laptops. iMacs still use mobile GPUs and RAM. CPU isn't the only component

I thought they use desktop RAM now...

spinnerlys
Jun 20, 2010, 10:35 AM
I thought they use desktop RAM now...

iMac RAM modules, also being in use with the MacBooks and MacBook Pros and the Mac Minis.
http://eshop.macsales.com/images/Items/owc8566ddr3s16s.png
http://eshop.macsales.com/shop/memory/iMac/DDR3_21.5_27
http://eshop.macsales.com/shop/memory/Apple_MacBook_MacBook_Pro/Upgrade/DDR3

Mac Pro RAM
http://eshop.macsales.com/images/Items/OWC85MP3S8M48GK.jpg
http://eshop.macsales.com/shop/memory/Mac-Pro-Memory#1066-memory

iamcheerful
Jun 20, 2010, 10:54 AM
maybe a Mac for professionals ...

kevink2
Jun 20, 2010, 12:57 PM
It is also the computer Apple sells that can take the most RAM. I don't "need" it, but I have 14GB in my Mac Pro (2008). When I bought it, I don't think the iMacs could take more than 4GB.

stridemat
Jun 20, 2010, 02:30 PM
It is also the computer Apple sells that can take the most RAM. I don't "need" it, but I have 14GB in my Mac Pro (2008). When I bought it, I don't think the iMacs could take more than 4GB.

The most recent iMacs support up to 16GB, but will cost a small fortune to upgrade.

http://store.apple.com/uk/browse/home/shop_mac/family/imac?mco=MTAyNTQzNjA

Octobot
Jun 20, 2010, 08:47 PM
The most recent iMacs support up to 16GB, but will cost a small fortune to upgrade.

http://store.apple.com/uk/browse/home/shop_mac/family/imac?mco=MTAyNTQzNjA

Ya but don't buy ram from apple and you can save $400 (16GB for iMac)

the editor
Jun 20, 2010, 09:34 PM
its an overpriced, outdated professional computer with a 60$ graphic card.

Mactrunk
Jun 21, 2010, 03:39 AM
It's been my main computer in various iterations for years.
Way worth it for me!
My bread and butter.... many dollars of income.
I'm not going elsewhere.
Happy MP customer.

chrono1081
Jun 21, 2010, 04:09 AM
It's been my main computer in various iterations for years.
Way worth it for me!
My bread and butter.... many dollars of income.
I'm not going elsewhere.
Happy MP customer.

I can't wait to get mine. On a daily basis I use all of the following:

Photoshop
Corel Painter
Maya
ZBrush
Unity3D
XCode
Logic
Adium
Handbrake
iTunes
Rapid Weaver
Aperture

I'm a digital art whore and even though the macbook pro in my sig chews through the above flawlessly, the Logic part is a sticking point since my sound libraries are approaching the terrabyte size so I can't keep them locally on the harddrive and even over firewire my virtual instruments load kind of slow. It will be nice to have the expansion of the mac pro and the ability to have two or three monitors on the desk.

iHateMacs
Jun 23, 2010, 11:05 AM
maybe a Mac for professionals ...

By the same logic it could equally be a Macedonian Proctologist