New Mac Pro Safe to Operate Horizontally

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    According to a new Apple support document, though the new Mac Pro is designed to be used in the upright position, it can also be used on its side. Owners of multiple Mac Pro units should ensure that the exhaust and intake ports are not aligned too closely as this can affect the cooling abilities of the machine.

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    It is likely that third-party companies will come out with rack-mount options for the new Mac Pro at some point and those mounts could see the machine aligned on its side in order to maximize space.

    (Sideways Mac Pro courtesy The Verge)

    Article Link: New Mac Pro Safe to Operate Horizontally
     
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    That's kind of strange to do without special racks, though. :eek:

    Rolling would definitely be a problem on most surfaces. A carpet floor would be fine, but this computer was designed to be used vertically...
     
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    I don't feel like Apple intended these to be used on their side. While it's technically possible, I can't see how this would be an advantage. But it's a fun idea!
     
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    Why? Even in a rack mount environment, I don't see a need. It would be safer to secure it from the flat bottom surface, rather than the side.
     
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    Yeah, yeah. I know how to use a computer.

    Wait, what?
     
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    Rack Mount

    That means you can rack mount them on something like a wine rack.
     
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    Perhaps someone will devise a plug-in rack-mount "dock".
     
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    Wasn't it Xsan or something that let you link multiple computers together? Could MacPros be linked into some monster super computer?
     
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    Now just add an R2-D2 optional color scheme and I'm sold.
     
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    Soon to be introduced.......

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    In a rack environment it may need to be aligned horizontally to be in line with proper cooling for the rack. Intake in the front and exhaust in the back. It will be interesting to see a beehive arrangement of Mac pros in a rendering farm.

    I could also see this for custom transport solutions for mobile Mac Pro use. A rolling cargo unit designed to secure a Mac Pro and assorted professional gear for easy transport.
     
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    Phaha! That's my cue to stop reading.
     
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    I have a custom built rack here. Just need the Mac pros.
     

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    Who's going to be that first guy with his new Mac Pro & 27" 4K monitor at Starbucks?
     
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    I can't wait to see the "artistic" stands that come from this.
     
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    Mac Pro Datacenter Racks

    Some of our contacts inside Apple had unofficially told us directly this past summer that they would work fine on their sides. Its good to hear that they have finally validated that. :)

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    I thought they look like something out of Star Wars without their covers.
     
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    Someone please build a stand and call it, "The Warp Core."
     
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    Playing Warcraft ;)
     
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    As funny as it sounds I have seen people set up iMac's at Starbucks
     
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    Mac Pro on set

    For those of us in the film industry, especially DITs (digital imaging technicians) this new smaller lighter design is great. Yes, people do need the power of Mac Pro outside of an office in a mobile setting. Go to any film set and you'll find at least one Mac Pro built into a rolling cart. A very heavy rolling cart with large monitors and other equipment like storage arrays. Rolling!!

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    hmmm anyone know the rated thrust of the fan?
     

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