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macrumors newbie
Original poster
Apr 7, 2017
San Diego
Am I the only one that wants a Mac Pro similar to this but with sexy Apple design? I have a table with an empty rack mount slot waiting for this Mac Pro.


Also, make the top cover easy to access for easy upgrades.


macrumors regular
Feb 6, 2007
Silicon Valley, CA
In my future dream house that I've yet to build, that would be perfect. Somewhere next to the wine cellar, with an optical Thunderbolt cable running to that one desk that I need for a large monitor and productivity.
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macrumors regular
Jun 23, 2010
YES, SWEET DEITY. The cheese grater really was a great design. And from the Xserves we know they know how to put things in a rack. Give us a Mac Pro in a 2U box, Apple!

Some of us use our Macs in a professional environment. We don't need an artisanal, hand-crafted Mac Pro. We need a machine that run macOS in a professional setting, with professional modularity/upgradability and professional mounting options. An HP z-class workstation that runs macOS and mounts in a rack.

Come on, Apple. My rack is waiting. It wants a professional Mac in it instead of a Trashcan on top of it. But it can't wait too much longer.
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macrumors 6502a
Jul 21, 2014
No thanks! Small fans spinning at a fast speed = noise!

The cheese grater and nMP we heralded as quiet machines, thanks to their larger, slower-moving fans. Very important for audio and video pros!



macrumors P6
Feb 8, 2003
The Peninsula
a cMP with it's handles and feet cut off will fit horizontally into a 5U shelf.

or there's this:
That's a solution looking for a problem. (And seriously, you need to get a hacksaw and cut off the handles and feet? :eek:)

People looking for rack-mount systems are usually looking for higher density (more CPUs per square foot) solutions.

So, with that setup you'd probably be able to get six cMPs (12 sockets) in a standard rack (six square feet).

Using standard 1U servers, you could get 84 sockets in the same six square feet.

Look at the spectacular failure that was Virginia Tech's "System X". (V1 was incredibly spectacular as a failure - it never really came online because the lack of ECC memory made its MTBF too short for the system to be useful.)


macrumors member
Apr 8, 2017
I mean, both form factors of mac pro are rackable, with compromises, but why does Apple make it so difficult?

..not all racks live in datacenters.
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