Mac Pro possible update at MWSF

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by aaronw1986, Jan 4, 2007.

  1. aaronw1986 macrumors 68030

    Oct 31, 2006
    Do you think it's a good guess that when the Mac Pro gets its revision, the standard RAM will be doubled,to 2GB. When the new MBP's were released, the RAM was doubled. A drawback from the Mac Pro right now seems to be the expense of RAM, how probable to you think the base amount will be upgraded. I mean, it is the top of the line Pro machine, and 1GB is pathetic to represent that.
  2. psychofreak Retired


    May 16, 2006
  3. jsw Moderator emeritus


    Mar 16, 2004
    Andover, MA
    Pro RAM costing what it does, I'm not sure I'd expect that sort of bump. It'd be nice, but I think we'd much sooner see a 1GB standard for all Macs than a 2GB Pro bump at this point. Agreed, though, it'd be nice if the stock Pro config was actually usable.
  4. cynerjist macrumors regular

    Nov 8, 2006
    possible, but doubtful in my opinion.

    i believe any update to the pro config will be cpu driven, and i don't see that happening next week. i would love to be wrong though.:)

    EDIT: I am now hearing rumors that the 8-core macpro will be announced, but not introduced.
  5. jsarrasinjr macrumors member

    Mar 21, 2005
    western MA
    I wonder if they will introduce a Blu-ray or HDDVD option.

    Even if its just a ROM drive, they already have an available second optical drive bay.
  6. cynerjist macrumors regular

    Nov 8, 2006
    Initially, Apple is going to go with Blu-Ray as they are on the Blu-Ray Assoc. Board of Directors. Many analysts and industry insiders have bolstered rumors of Blu-Ray being announced in the First Quarter of '07.

    there was some speculation surrounding whether or not Blu-Ray support would be unique to Leopard or if it would work in Tiger. These guys (see link) got a Blu-Ray drive to work just great in Tiger using Toast BD 7.1.1 with Blu-Ray Support, so that shouldn't be an issue. And it's also nice to know you can upgrade yourself.
  7. shellbryson macrumors 6502


    Dec 28, 2006
    Maybe they'll support both. LG announced yesterday their first quad-format writer is due soon; CD/DVD/BR-DVD/HD-DVD writer. Interesting too that Sony have admitted they are now looking into supporting HD-DVD in future hardware. Bit of a climb-down if you ask me :)
  8. slughead macrumors 68040


    Apr 28, 2004
    No Blu-Ray
    No HD DVD
    HIGHLY unlikely on the RAM upgrade, Apple always cripples the standard RAM
    Possible 8 core option
    Probably another graphics card option (for instance, dump the [problem prone] x1900 for an NVidia of some sort)

    I really doubt Apple's going to pick a new optical format until they can be sure which one will be the winner.

    They're members of the BluRay Assoc. but their OS supports HDDVD.

    There are BluRay burners out there, but they're like $850 (newegg). These are way to expensive to be popular. The dual format burners are so expensive it's ridiculous.

    I'm not buying the new format until I can burn it, and I don't think Apple will either.
  9. FleurDuMal macrumors 68000


    May 31, 2006
    London Town
    Front Row will come standard with Leopard, so will run on all Macs. Or so I hear, anyway.
  10. Umbongo macrumors 601


    Sep 14, 2006
    No I don't believe they will. The Mac Pro is already such a great deal and RAM is a good source of profit for Apple and currently carries a hefty price that it would make no sense. When it comes down to it is 2GB of RAM going to help sales on a machine that is already cheaper than competitors? If someone is interested in a Mac workstation/pro desktop machine, is the fact that it only comes with 1GB going to disuade them from the purchase?
  11. irishgrizzly macrumors 65816


    May 15, 2006
    Sadly I've got to agree with Umbongo and Mac Pro RAM is far more expensive then other types of mac RAM – 1 GIG seems to be industry standard.

    I'd love to see more graphic card options.

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