We WANT a NEW case DESIGN for Mac Pros!!!

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by Francis Friday, Feb 25, 2007.

  1. Francis Friday macrumors newbie

    Francis Friday

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    Is anybody else thinking this?

    The aluminum case design for Mac towers hasn't changed since introduced in '03. When changing over from the Powermac G5 to the mac pro in '06 the case design surprisingly remained the same. I like the aluminum grill, but it's physically a very LARGE computer & doesn't fit nicely in my desk. Now that the Intel Xeon chips don't need all those fans to keep cool, can't they shrink the size a bit?

    I'm hoping to see something like this happen in '07.
     
  2. psychofreak Retired

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    I don't think you want a smaller Mac Pro, just a midrange tower aswell.
     
  3. product26 macrumors 6502a

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    It would be nice if it was a bit smaller and lighter, but they would lose the ability to cool it with large fans. Currently they use large fans at low RPM, it efficiently keeps the machine cool and does so quietly. If they change the size of the machine, they may need to use smaller fans, increase the RPM and increase the noise level of the machine.
     
  4. Multimedia macrumors 603

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    Hope Dual Clovertown Comes In The Same Body. I Love It As It Is.

    I really like the current design with two optical doors and four easy swap SATA drawers. I hope they don't change that. It's one of the most expandible Mac Towers ever. And it still looks like my DC and Quad G5's. :p

    I'm waiting for Dual Clovertown so I hope the body stays the same this next round so all three will be a matching set. :)
     
  5. bearbo macrumors 68000

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    ALL macs "surprisingly" (or not) remained the same design. why is it surprising? they don't want ppl to think now the Intel made Macs somehow too different

    if you look inside of the Mac Pro, majority of the space isn't occupied by fans. there are like what, 2 fans in there? the interior is cramped with other goodies... so if you want a smaller tower, maybe you can hope they release another smaller tower, but certainly not make the mac pro smaller.
     
  6. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus

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    I think the coolest use of all that extra inside space is the G5DriveBracket (which doesn't seem to have ever been adapted to either dual core G5s or Intel?). Five hard drives inside the tower case. Sweeeeet. What I never understood was how all that extra mass inside did not catastrophically increase heat inside the case? Although the G5s were liquid cooled, so I guess the impact is less than it is with the air-cooled Xeons....
     
  7. spicyapple macrumors 68000

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    Try placing it on your desk. :D

    I can't see how Apple could improve upon the G5 case design (it's like already so perfect!), so I like it as is, but then again I'm not an industrial designer.
     
  8. trainguy77 macrumors 68040

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    I like the current design. Yes its a large tower but i don't mind at all. :D
     
  9. risc macrumors 68030

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    If you actually look inside a Mac Pro you will see the space is 100% utilized. How do you actually expect them to make it smaller? I think people need to remember the Mac Pro is a Workstation not a PC.
     
  10. p0intblank macrumors 68030

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    I love the Power Mac/Mac Pro case design. It's beautiful! However I do agree... a change once in a while would be nice. It has changed a bit, but nothing drastic.
     
  11. twoodcc macrumors P6

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    yeah i like the current design. but since i already have mine, it wouldn't bother me if they change it or not
     
  12. stoid macrumors 601

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    Well the B&W G3/G4 tower basic design, though it underwent many changes throughout it's life lasted from January 1999 - June 2003 or 4.5 years. It seems that Apple likes the current design better as it has undergone much fewer revisions in it's ~3.5 years on the market. I wouldn't be surprised if the Mac Pro tower remains the same for another two years. By then Intel will be on 32 nm and will be gearing up 16 or maybe ever 32 core processors. Bring on Westmere!
     
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  14. MRU macrumors demi-god

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    Here's what I think will happen.


    WHEN Apple introduce 4 core cpus, they will keep the existing macpro design for a dual 2x 4core macpro.

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    They will then also ADD to the range a single 4 core macpro and that will be the one in a smaller slim macpro style case.

    It will have space for 1 optical drive and 2 internal HDD's and a 8gb ram maximum in 4 slots.


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    The new 2 x 4 (8) core macpros will retail at just over the price of the current macpro and the 4 core will retail just slightly under current price.


    This will be the most sensible thing to do overall.
     
  15. killr_b macrumors 6502a

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    Speak for yourself.

    I LOVE the Mac Pro case.

    If you think it's getting smaller, you're dreaming. Looking inside I can see an extreme lack of space. In fact, my PC friends with SLI 8800s have a much larger case than even the Mac Pro. Just as wide, but like, four inches taller. And they don't get cool handles on that monster.
     
  16. eluk macrumors 6502a

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    I'm getting a Mac Pro this year and will be well pleased with it as it stands.
     
  17. SMM macrumors 65816

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    The MP is the finest computer I have ever used, and I have used a lot. Its' design is that of brute force personal Server. Its' aesthetics are in perfect harmony for what it is designed for. I would not change the appearance at all.
     
  18. sdhollman macrumors regular

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    I think if the design does change the size will remain the same. Maybe they will get rid of the air holes on the front since it dose not need to push all the air through to keep it cool like the G5. I think a flat front on aluminum would look real sharp.

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/sdhollman/402469717/
     
  19. Francis Friday thread starter macrumors newbie

    Francis Friday

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    votes are in

    Well, well well....it seems everyone likes the current design just as it is. I wasn't saying i didn't like the design by the way; in fact, I LOVE it....just was wondering if anyone thought they might make the tower dimensions a little smaller. I have a G4 and am planning on buying a new Mac Pro this summer. Can't wait for 10.5!
     
  20. psychofreak Retired

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    I like the mock up, but the reflection has a grill!
     
  21. bearbo macrumors 68000

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    it's magical!

    the case actually have the grill for cooling... but some imaging system on the exterior of the case make the grill not show... matter of fact, it can make it look like anything, or nothing at all (read: die another day)
     
  22. iW00t macrumors 68040

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    Who is the "we" that the thread title is referring to?

    The current design looks cool, but looking cool is not enough. What we really want is 8 cores, and that I want to see someone dispute ;)
     
  23. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus

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    OP has a brother? :D
     
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  25. Chaszmyr macrumors 601

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    I don't really care about a new design, but it sure would be nice if it weighed less.
     

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