Anyone else impressed by the new Mac Pro?

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  1. kelon111 macrumors 6502

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    Besides having great hardware and a simple design , I'm glad that some parts can actually be changed by the end user.
     
  2. ActionableMango macrumors 604

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    yes and no

    Impressed in some ways, depressed in other ways.
     
  3. kelon111 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Why?
     
  4. nathan43082 macrumors member

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    If I hold one against my face for a long enough time, it leaves an impression.
     
  5. ActionableMango macrumors 604

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    Impressed:
    Very powerful in a very small package. Pricing is good for what you get. Beautiful inside and out.

    Depressed:
    I prefer internal drives rather than external. I like PCIe. I don't like the dual GPU situation where you are forced to buy two of them even if one would suit you. Pricing sucks if you can't take advantage of dual Fire Pros. The GPU upgrade options are going to be extremely limited and expensive, assuming they can be upgraded at all. Number of CPU sockets and memory slots has been halved.

    I'm just not the target audience for the nMP. I understand why other people like it.
     
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    I would have been impressed if it was a tower model like the 5.1. But it was a non upgradeable trash-can, so I'm depressed. ;)
     
  8. CausticPuppy macrumors 65816

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    Non-upgradeable, except for the memory, storage, CPU, and graphics cards.
     
  9. CH12671 macrumors 6502

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    And a near infinite amount of expansion outside of the case!
     
  10. AidenShaw macrumors P6

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    Where can you buy PCIe SSDs and graphics cards for the new Mini Pro?

    "Replaceable" isn't "upgradeable" unless you can buy the upgrades.
     
  11. antonis macrumors 68000

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    The nMP has a new form factor for GPUs and SSD. It is logical that new parts will not be available by launch. Besides, no sane person would buy a workstation-class computer in order to upgrade it only a few days later.

    If after a year or two, there are still no upgrades available, then it is another story.
     
  12. SeattleMoose macrumors 65816

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    Replace "sane" with "rich"?

    A lot of folks on a budget are going to buy the cheapest model and upgrade "a few days later" to get around the premium prices Apple charges for each incremental upgrade (at least for memory).
     
  13. AidenShaw macrumors P6

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    Let's not call those pieces upgradeable, then, until upgrades can be purchased. ;)
     
  14. antonis macrumors 68000

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    Memory is upgradeable from day #1, also from 3rd party too. CPUs also (although not officially). But I don't think the lack of GPU upgrades are a problem right now. Nobody buys a workstation with the intention to change the GPUs one week after delivery. As I said before, one or two years later, the story will change, though.

    That's fair. I won't call it upgradeable, but I won't call it the opposite, also. Not just yet.
     
  15. AidenShaw macrumors P6

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    I called it "replaceable" - not "irreplaceable". ;)
     
  16. mrhick01 macrumors 6502

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    There are Mac parts sites. Sometimes these sites charge a premium for replacement parts, but sometimes the prices are reasonable. I would guess that they will eventually have replacement parts for the 6,1 models as well.

    I am not sure if they only sell to certified techs or not, but it is in my near-term professional plans.

    http://www.gomacpro.com/mac-pro-tower-parts/
     
  17. carjakester macrumors 68020

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    from how much they made it smaller while still making it more powerful is very impressive.
     
  18. AidenShaw macrumors P6

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    That site doesn't even have a link for "mac-pro-tube-parts".

    It's not upgradeable if you can't buy the parts to upgrade it.

    That should be really obvious.
     
  19. iBug2 macrumors 68040

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    I'm glad to see Apple realising that lower power usage will be essential in the future, not limited to mobile. Our laptops are already incredibly power efficient, time will come when our workstations will be as well. I want to see the days of being able to charge a laptop and use it for a year. I hope in a decade or so, the workstations we use will have 50W power supplies.
     
  20. Dr. Stealth macrumors 6502

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    Like what ? The power cord ? :rolleyes:
     
  21. crjackson2134 macrumors 68020

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    Yes! That's the very first thing I always upgrade. Imagine how much more powerful it is with a 10 Ga. Wire :D
     
  22. Reno Richter macrumors member

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    Hmmm does that mean an upgraded power cable to supply high powered 60 hz out of the wall into the tube is how you get to a 60 Hz refresh rate on a 4K monitor? :eek:
     
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    I'm impressed by the small form factor.
    I'm depressed by the fact that I don't need the small form factor.

    The new MP is an amazing and beautiful design.
    Most of the "amazing" comes from how small they made it.
    Kudos Apple!

    For me, the smallness is not necessary.
    I've got room for a large box of a computer.

    I'm depressed that this new box is even less "user-upgradable" than the 5,1.
    Now we are stuck with Apple proprietary GPUs and forced to buy two.
    If a new great GPU comes out, how long before it will be ported to the new mP?

    The new mP seems to be even more shut off from state of the art developments than the old mP.
     
  25. Zyiros macrumors member

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    Impressed. Sadly, I won't be able to afford it.
     

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