Mac Pro Dead Or Alive?

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by tony3d, Apr 3, 2012.

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    I hate promax- much cheaper to just drink milk....
     
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    Child's play. My Hackintosh has twice as many drive bays.
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    Probably because it wasn't announced until recently.

    http://www.prweb.com/releases/2012/3/prweb9289737.htm

    Extremely curious to introduce a Westmere workstation (March 21) after Intel does their soft introduction for the E5 series( March 7 ) Yeah, I suppose you can put in an order ( while the E5 Mac Pro you can't ), but still.
    Rather telling that this vendor also doesn't have a E5 solution shipping.


    Even more curious that this "Mac Pro isn't coming" webinar isn't posted on their website. ( I suppose since they are a VAR reselling Mac Pros that wouldn't be so great for business. )

    In general, smacks of a vendor who has decided to ride the AVID fueled, "Apple hates pros" FUD bandwagon. At this point, I suspect it is immaterial to them whether Apple ships a workstation or not. There was a post XServe webinar ("Where is Apple going" ) and a post FCPX introduction on FCP 7 'future'. This doesn't look like a sudden move for them.

    If the future of the Mac Pro was riding on this company's specific niche then it was already doomed.
     
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    If it's shipping with Windows, then I can just build my own rig for that kind of cost/usage.

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    Now, if it were known to be very easily Hackintoshable, that'd be another story entirely.
     
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    Someone had to bring up Psystar.
     
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    Well to be fair, a PC workstation designed to look like a Mac Pro doesn't do much for anyone.
     
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    I think they are referring to the fully tricked out 'Hero ' version that comes with " .... 12 Core Dual Intel X5690 3.46 GHz
    (With Turbo 3.73 GHz) ... "

    http://www.promax.com/s-154-promax-one-tech-specs.aspx


    What it extremely likely doesn't do is operate as quiet as a Mac Pro. I'm sure once the 8 drives , LTO tape , blu-ray , and every other super-duper option is cranking full tilt that the fans are groaning. Its operating temperature tops out at 131 F ( Mac Pro tops out at 95F ) . Why you want to put your disk media in a 131 easy bake oven is up to the user.
     
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    That's cool that they offer that option, I didn't see it anywhere on the page. I'd just as soon put in 2x X5690s into my current machine (even though I'm really happy with the 2.93GHz)
     
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    I guess you've never seen a Compaq...
     
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    You mean like this one?

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    The cheap computer dark ages!
     
  19. tony3d thread starter macrumors 6502

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    All these new rumors about iMacs being released in June, and still nothing on the Mac Pro. This silence is pointing in only one direction if you ask me.
     
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    It is hard to stay optimistic without so much as a crumb of info.
     
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    This is dumb.

    The CPUs in this thing are no better than the current Mac Pro. If you're wringing your hands waiting for Apple to update a Mac Pro, you'd be stupid to buy into this.

    You'd be stupid to buy any Xeon workstation right now.

    A lot of FUD out there right now and Promax is just trying to exploit it.
     
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    The Game...

    For corporations (me) it doesnt make sense to play the waiting game.
    However for the home/small shop users, I can see and feel your pain.
    We stocked up on the most recent and ready for anything.
    If our current Mac Pro's survive the next 5 years, we're good :)
     
  23. deconstruct60, Apr 4, 2012
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    In a Mac Pro ? They aren't really compatible to the system design. There are a few reasons that Apple didn't pick the 5690s as an option.

    1. It costs about $200 more per processor. ( not as much bang for the buck to extend out that extra ~400MHz for $400 + 30% markup. ) Substantially even fewer people were going to buy this option than the 5670 option.


    2. It runs substantially hotter 130W ( vs. 95W). That's is an additional 70W to get rid of in the CPU thermal zone while still hitting the system design parameters for noise and internal temperate levels.

    http://ark.intel.com/products/series/47915


    ProMax would probably be lucky to sell 1/10000 as many "Promax One"s as Apple sold MacPros (wouldn't be surprised to see 1/80000 as many ) . They are in a low volume business. So issue 1 being relatively extremely low volume isn't an issue for them. Issue 2 isn't a big deal if primarily competing against screwdriver Windows boxes with lower noise constraint cooling either.
     
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    Yeah the 3.33 and 3.46 models both run a lot hotter than the 5670, and the performance gain is pretty small (maybe 10%) however a few MR members have done this upgrade successfully. I wouldn't pay $3,000 to go from what I have to the 5690, but it's a viable option for users seeking the top end, particularly those upgrading from the 2x 2.4GHz option. As was said, the ProMax certainly won't be as quiet as a Mac Pro, which is one reason why I enjoy using the machine so much.
     

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