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Old Dec 19, 2013, 12:40 PM   #1
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First Mac Pro Review Units Out in the Wild




With the new Mac Pro beginning online orders today, review units have begun to arrive at select publications. The Verge is one of the first to show off their unit, posting a short piece with some photos and first impressions.

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It's astonishingly reflective -- I can see the screen clearly, and anyone who walks by is immediately recognizable -- and it picks up fingerprints really easily. But it's beautiful, understated, and looks great on a desk next to the 4K Sharp monitor we've paired it with. It's particularly good-looking with its case off, exposing the Mac Pro's machinery, but the case is required to dissipate heat. You can't even use the Mac Pro with it off.

All the device's ports are on the back, bordered by a light that turns on and pulses when you spin the computer toward you. When you first turn it on, the fan kicks in, smelling a little like a new car at first. But we've been using it for a few minutes and it's quiet and cool, with little indication that it's even on in the first place. It's so unassuming and unadorned that you almost overlook it -- that's a huge improvement from the big, boxy previous models.
The site promises benchmarks and further testing soon.

Orders for the new Mac Pro now have an estimated shipping time of February, after initially showing estimates of "by December 30".

Update: An unboxing video has been posted by FCP.co, while Engadget and CNET have also posted brief hands-on looks at the new Mac Pro.

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Old Dec 19, 2013, 12:44 PM   #2
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How difficult is it to paint the thing red?
(thinking about selling one on eBay...)
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Old Dec 19, 2013, 12:45 PM   #3
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I don't need one.








But my god do I want one!!
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Old Dec 19, 2013, 12:45 PM   #4
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But we've been using it for a few minutes and it's quiet and cool, with little indication that it's even on in the first place.
But they don't say what they were running when it was quiet. I'm waiting for a reviewer to try some task where the CPU cores are all maxed out.
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Old Dec 19, 2013, 12:46 PM   #5
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love how they roll a 10.000 dollar machine across the table
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Old Dec 19, 2013, 12:46 PM   #6
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Still waiting to see Geekbench scores of the various configurations. And yes, I Know that's only part of the story, but I want to get at least a sense of how much extra horsepower I'll get per $.
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Old Dec 19, 2013, 12:48 PM   #7
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"Here we see the Mac Pro sitting in it's natural habitat.... with an Apple emplyee standing next to it."

Nice article title! xD
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Old Dec 19, 2013, 12:48 PM   #8
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But they don't say what they were running when it was quiet. I'm waiting for a reviewer to try some task where the CPU cores are all maxed out.
Agreed. My MBA is silent until I run parallels and then even it gets quite noticeable.
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Old Dec 19, 2013, 12:49 PM   #9
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Okay, so it's very reflective and it rolls. Those specs have to be two firsts for a review of a workstation. For the more in-depth review, I hope they cover whether anything like a ping-pong ball can hover over it in the venting air flow.

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love how they roll a 10.000 dollar machine across the table
Wait, you can buy a Mac Pro for only 10 euros?
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Wait, you can buy a Mac Pro for only 10 euros?
Europeans are the reverse of the US on the use of commas and periods in numbers.
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Old Dec 19, 2013, 12:51 PM   #12
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I can't wait for the anandtech review. It'll be a few months after everyone else because they'll actually use the thing for an extended period of time before releasing their review.

Everyone else these days seem to release their reviews a day before release having used it for maybe half a day. Bugs the hell out of me. That's the modern tech blogs for ya.

Anyway, can't wait like I say. This is going to be one amazing computer. Wish I could get one.
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Wait, you can buy a Mac Pro for only 10 euros?
I always get confused with non-US use of commas and periods.
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Europeans are the reverse of the US on the use of commas and periods in numbers.
No they're not, I'm European and nobody does that.
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fcp.co has an unboxing video up
http://www.fcp.co/hardware-and-software/pro/1306-unboxing-the-new-mac-pro-video
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I always get confused with non-US use of commas and periods.
same here, but the other way around
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Wait, you can buy a Mac Pro for only 10 euros?
Obviously, you're unfamiliar with the fact that some Europeans switch the meaning of periods and commas in terms of numbers. To an American, one thousand ninety-two and one tenth would be written as 1,092.1. To some Europeans, it would be written as 1.092,2. Same thing.

Back on topic, the Mac Pros are cool, but I can't afford one. Plus, I doubt I'd really need that much processing power.
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I'm not a pro and I don't plan on buying one of these - but I love the look and the minimalist design. Very nice.
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So, my question is, did they just get this today? I would have assumed that Apple seeded a few of these days ago to give people a chance to test them and post reviews the minute that the machines were available. Seems kind of weird.
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But they don't say what they were running when it was quiet. I'm waiting for a reviewer to try some task where the CPU cores are all maxed out.
"The site promises benchmarks and further testing soon."
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No they're not, I'm European and nobody does that.
UK is a notable exception. If you're not in the UK, then you're probably doing it wrong.
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UK is a notable exception. If you're not in the UK, then you're probably doing it wrong.
Ah, that'll be why I'm getting confused.

I genuinely had no idea the rest of Europe wrote it like that ... it seems so backwards. I guess this little island is more secluded from Europe than I first anticipated.
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I like it. It'll be a nice machine for many pros. But can I repeat my request for a headless desktop that uses desktop components, starts at $1000, and is very nicely configured for $1500?
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I like it. It'll be a nice machine for many pros. But can I repeat my request for a headless desktop that uses desktop components, starts at $1000, and is very nicely configured for $1500?
Sounds perfect, I'll just give Tim Cook a call and see what he thin--

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I can has Mac Pro!!!


... no no I can't =...(

As much as I want one. I will wait for the 2nd gen.
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