Let the "late 2008" Mac Pro update speculations commence...

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by randyhudson, Jan 8, 2008.

  1. randyhudson macrumors regular

    Oct 28, 2007
    East Coast
    The wait is over?!?

    Following its introduction in August 2006, in January 2008, the Mac Pro gets Bluetooth standard, a 10% bump in clockspeed, and a whopping $200 price drop for the entry level quad-core. Really!! Is that it?

    Seriously, what is the real 2nd-gen Mac Pro going to offer?
    • hardware RAID on the motherboard?
    • Fast memory?
    • Blu-ray burner?
  2. bluedoggiant macrumors 68030


    Jul 13, 2007
    MD & ATL,GA
    I bet RAID will come standard and setup for you. Also, the wifi will come built in. It would be nice to see Apple stop using SATA standard for mac pros and all their HD's using a SAS as a standard. Also, all the video cards have at least 512MB os VRAM. I'm blown away with the fact that the new mac pro has an option for a video card with 1.5gb of vram, thats insane. That would be a splendid update, but I don't see that coming next year, I can imagine something like that to happen in 2 years at the least. But some things like having an airport come in standard, i can see next year.:apple:

    And Apple's recent updates are quite big, you may not see them as big though.
  3. Grimace macrumors 68040


    Feb 17, 2003
    with Hamburglar.
    1. Hardware RAID isn't something that majority of Mac Pro buyers would want (with software RAID being so easy) and having BTO motherboards isn't in Apple's plan.

    2. Speed bump (in RAM and processor) is likely but we will more likely see a quiet update.

    3. Same thing with Blu-ray. It will magically become an option in a month or two.

    4. Wi-Fi is a tough one, but I think Apple would make it standard with the option to take it away. Some places with paranoid security measures don't allow wi-fi, just like they don't allow web cams and cell phones with cameras.
  4. synth3tik macrumors 68040


    Oct 11, 2006
    Minneapolis, MN
    By late 2008 there will be 54564462516 threads about "Should I get a Mac Pro or wait", but there will be no update.
  5. ideasman69 macrumors member


    Nov 14, 2007
    its much more than a $200 drop.

    if i was to buy a mac pro yesterday, here in australia i would have got:

    2.66GHz Quad
    1GB Ram
    250GB HDD

    for close to 3999 student price

    today i can get:

    2.8GHz Quad
    2GB Ram
    320GB HDD

    for around the 3200 mark student price. thats pretty fkn good. now is the time to buy, i've waited 2 months without a computer and i'd be a fkn idiot to wait another 500 days till the next update.
  6. jwt macrumors 6502

    Mar 28, 2007
    Seriously, the new one just came out. Why do people start these threads every time a new Apple product is announced? Same thing happened after Leopard. Seriously, it's 2 years away. Nothing anyone predicts has any relevance, and Apple always introduces something beyond imagination. These threads are stupid. Appreciate what we got today.
  7. newtech macrumors 6502

    Jun 2, 2007
    The 5000X and 5400X chipsets used in the prior and newer Mac Pro respectively DO support hardware RAID 0 but Apple chooses not to support it in firmware/OS.

    The new MP use Faster FB-DIMM's and indeed faster FSB than the prior MP.

    Blu-Ray is an OS/DRM issue not a hardware issue ( wait and see if 10.5.2 supports BD )
  8. Just sayin... macrumors member

    Jan 8, 2008
    Given the extended delay in Mac Pro refresh cycles, I'd expect today's announced system to be sold on the Apple web site through at least 1/8/10 - for the same price, with the same graphic card options (get used to 2600XT/8800GT/FX5600). The die has been struck - the best time to buy a new Mac Pro is now! Memory prices will drop, > 1TB disks will be announced, new graphics cards will come and go, but Apple will remain steadfast in their support (and pricing) of the current configuration.

    Mark my words. You'll see that today's new system will be with us for a long while.
  9. randyhudson thread starter macrumors regular

    Oct 28, 2007
    East Coast
    Sorry, my real point was that this "update" was very disappointing. If you look at similar 18-24 month windows for the Macbook, Macbook Pro, or iMac, the progress being made there makes the Mac Pro update look like a footnote.
  10. newtech macrumors 6502

    Jun 2, 2007
    Given the hardware intel is fielding "right now" I seriously don't know what more you could possibly expect. the only unsatisfactory thing I see is no Blu-Ray yet, and that is not truly a hardware issue but a software issue.
  11. Kosh66 macrumors 6502

    Jul 15, 2004
    Excellent response!
  12. netdog macrumors 603


    Feb 6, 2006
  13. deathshrub macrumors 6502

    Oct 30, 2007
    Christmas Island
    New Mac Pros will come out whenever Nehalem processors are available in enough quantities. Likely this time next year or WWDC.

    Haven't you learned already? Pro machines are not updated two or three times a year. They are updated when a major processor comes out, which can be predicted now because Intel publishes their roadmap in advance.
  14. Cromulent macrumors 603


    Oct 2, 2006
    The Land of Hope and Glory
    It most certainly is not two years away. January 2009 or in that region (January - March) will see the next Mac Pro.

    Seeing as I have a series one Mac Pro I'm happy to stick with it until the next one comes along.

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