Mac Pro Redesign?

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by strausd, Jun 5, 2012.


Do you think the Mac Pro will be redesigned?

  1. YES! Current design is too old!

    53 vote(s)
  2. NO! Current design is already perfect!

    65 vote(s)
  1. strausd macrumors 68030

    Jul 11, 2008
    Just out of curiosity, I want to see how many people think we will see a new design for the Mac Pro and how many people think the design will continue to stay the same.

    And if you think there will be a redesign, I am curious to know what you think it will be like.
  2. fox10078 macrumors 6502


    Nov 6, 2009
    I think the current design is excellent! But that doesn't mean I don't think they should call it done, if they can make it better, then I'm all for it.
  3. InuNacho macrumors 65816


    Apr 24, 2008
    In that one place
    Maybe a designated 2.5 slot or two for a SSDs but thats really about it.
  4. MovieCutter macrumors 68040


    May 3, 2005
    Washington, DC
    The only thing that makes sense is to make it slightly shorter. If they make it narrower, it'd kill our 4xSATA bays. Unless they killed the Optical drives and used that space to somehow turn 4-6 HDD bays vertical? But then they'd have to make the GPUs fit and the PCIe slots, etc. The current case is perfect (aside from the "handles"...those need to be contoured so they don't cut your hands when you pick them up) but aside from those issues and a potentially larger power supply, the chassis itself is perfect.
  5. derbothaus macrumors 601


    Jul 17, 2010
    Dust management solution would be nice. Nvidia GTX 6xx support.
  6. Jst0rm macrumors regular

    Feb 25, 2012
    I think the current design is perfect but I wouldn't mind the ability to rack mount it easily.
  7. VirtualRain macrumors 603


    Aug 1, 2008
    Vancouver, BC
    I think the chassis is fine... the only real problem is the Bluetooth antenna performance. I'll be very surprised if it gets a redesign though. It's sold to a market segment that is not after a pretty, flashy, or new for the sake of new design. If they do redesign it, it says a lot that they are really investing in the Mac Pro and should put rumors of its limited longevity to bed.

    I would rather see them focus on internals and capability:
    - Lots of Sata3 ports
    - USB 3
    - Thunderbolt
    - 2.5" drive slots in place of useless optical bays
    - 6+8 power for top of line GPUs

    And above all, cost reductions (wishful thinking I know)... But perhaps achievable without unnecessary luxuries like the removable CPU board. I'd like to see a single dual socket main board design so you can buy a single CPU system and just drop a second CPU in later. A reduction in major parts would reduce costs for all configurations.
  8. strausd thread starter macrumors 68030

    Jul 11, 2008
    Totally agree with you. However, I would love more drive bays. Most cases easily support 5-7 drives with 2-3 optical bays. Sadly, the Mac pro is only 2 optical bays (which one is pointless) and only 4 drive bays.
  9. Maccho macrumors member

    Dec 21, 2008
    I am sure if there was any better design than the current one, Jonny Ive and Apple would have already made the upgrade.

    Though that said, perhaps they are just leaving us to wait in suspense so that we are totally awe-struck when the new one does come out.

    Though that said (too), old design is good enough, Prosumers are after the monster that is the beast inside!

    WooHOO new Mac Pros!!!

  10. Blue Sun macrumors 6502a

    Feb 11, 2009
    I'm betting on somewhat of a redesign.

    Hopefully the case doesn't shrink too much though. Expandability is what the Mac Pro is all about.
  11. Demigod Mac macrumors 6502a

    Apr 25, 2008
    Hard to say since the design is such a perfect union of aesthetics and functionality. It IS old but it's rather ageless at the same time. I'm sure today's Mac Pros will still look stylish 10 years from now.

    That said, I hope that if they adjust the design, they don't sacrifice functionality and expansion for looks.
  12. zephonic macrumors 65816


    Feb 7, 2011
    greater L.A. area
    I think the current design is one of the best designs of all the time, and certainly the best tower design ever. From an aesthetic POV there is absolutely no reason to change it.

    But it needs more room inside for hdd's etc. so I did vote yes for a redesign. If they can stick more stuff in without changing the exterior, great. But I doubt it.
  13. Peace macrumors Core


    Apr 1, 2005
    Space--The ONLY Frontier
    I would have selected A. Yes but I didn't because I don't think the design is too old.

    This doesn't mean I don't think there will be a redesign though.
  14. champ01 Guest

    Mac Pro needs to be easily placed into a rack.

    I think we can all agree on that?
  15. Wardenski macrumors 6502

    Jan 22, 2012
    I like the current case but maybe some may want rackmountable compatability.

    For me, the logic board should have two 6 pin and two 8 pin connectors for the mightiest GPUs although drivers in OSX are more important.
  16. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    No I don't think everyone will agree with that, but having a rackable case may be a good compromise for those who need to rack the computers
  17. Umbongo macrumors 601


    Sep 14, 2006
    I'd like to see Apple update the Mac Pro so that it has similar functionality and expandability of HP's workstations.

    The Z820 has the following in a rack-mountable design with the same size as the Mac Pro:

    • 16 DIMM slots, up to 512 GB, 8-channel ECC DDR3 1600 MHz, 4 channels per CPU
    • 5 x 3.5" drives or 6 x 2.5" drives.
    • 3 external 5.25-inch bays, 4 internal 3.5-inch bays
    • 3 PCI Express Gen3 x16
    • 1 PCI Express Gen3 x16 mechanical/x8 electrical
    • 1 PCI Express Gen3 x8 mechanical/x4 electrical
    • 1 PCI Express Gen2 x8 mechanical/x4 electrical
    • 1 Legacy PCI

    I'd like to see 8 DIMM slots per CPU (at least 8 and 4 for the DP model), 6 to 8 drive sleds even if some are 2.5" only, at least 4 fully configurable PCI-Express x16 slots, plus at least another smaller slot now that so much can be done through PCI-E cards. With a design that allows the top processors.
  18. xgman macrumors 601


    Aug 6, 2007
    Hopefully they will do things like accommodate 2.5" drives natively etc.
  19. RoelJuun macrumors 6502


    Aug 31, 2010
    Although I voted no redesign it is complicated. The outside is gorgeous, the inside too. The different compartments is genius but some changes would be nice:

    - More drive bays (skip 1 optical drive bay?)
    - More ram slots for the single processor
    - More space/pins for 2 heavy GPU's
    - Rack-mountable isn't important for me, but others request it
    - Easier mount for 2,5" drives (SSD's), just ship a dock with it (not going to happen)

    But please, don't make it smaller. But I don't think Apple will change much, it would take money, testing, engineering and so on. It's not worth it for them.
  20. thekev macrumors 604


    Aug 5, 2010
    That would be nice. Given that I wouldn't expect a Haswell version prior to 2014, if they don't redesign it, count on another 2-3 years of the same thing. One of the concerns seems to be whether Apple is still concerned with the line, so I guess a redesigned case would reassure some people. I'd just like to see a better base configuration given how much stuff I have to update:mad:.

    It varies, but a modern feature has been to allow however many 3.5" drives, or a larger number of 2.5" drives. I wish their configurations were as competitive today as the first couple generations.

    That PCI allocation would throttle some lanes on the single package model given a 40 lane limit, similar to how crossfire isn't a true 32 lanes. Unfortunately OSX still caps out at 96GB of ram, so you wouldn't be able to do that. I understand with distributed tasks, there may be some situations where incredible amounts of ram would be useful.
  21. Umbongo macrumors 601


    Sep 14, 2006
    Customizable configuration of the lanes would allow the user to determine how they used them. A single processor Mac Pro could be configured as x16-x16-x4-x4 or x16-x8-x8-x8 while using four x16 mechanical slots.

    OS X doesn't cap out at 96GB any more. Lion supports at least 128GB on C600 series chipsets as has been show by the hackintosh community. The 96GB limit comes somewhere from them not having the hardware to test/develop memory addressing over 96GB on until later in the 4,1/5,1 life cycle. With 4 channels, 3 DIMMs per channel and 32GB LR-DIMMs and 64GB on the way I would hope Apple look at making OS X able to address large amounts of memory.
  22. Inconsequential macrumors 68000

    Sep 12, 2007
    I put money on the fact it'll look roughly the same, with 8 DIMM slots in total (i.e. for quad channel memory).
    Same amount of HD and PCI-E slots, etc.

    May have dedicated SSD slots.
    May swap one of the drive bays for added SSDs + HDs, but I think not.

    We'll soon find out tho.
  23. Umbongo macrumors 601


    Sep 14, 2006
    I was just showing an example of what the HP Z820 has to show what they can fit in an enclosure the same size as the Mac Pro.
  24. thekev macrumors 604


    Aug 5, 2010
    I thought this was still valid. I wasn't aware that someone was able to make it work.

    Regarding configurable lanes, they did this on one of the older mac pros.

    They kept it neat too. It's not like you can't navigate the interior to replace a hard drive or add in hardware.
  25. Umbongo macrumors 601


    Sep 14, 2006
    Yeah I don't even think it was a case of trying to get it to work, he just put Lion on a Super Micro dual E5 build and it pretty much worked without any real effort and supported the 128GB he had installed. I don't think any one has tried to get Lion working with 128GB on current Mac Pros though.

    Yep they did :) so not out of the realm of possibility. Also a lot of C600 boards have configurable lanes as many have 5-7 slots and with all that bandwidth available and current cards not maxing it out.

    We'll see what they've done in a week or two. I wouldn't be surprised if its basically just a processor, chipset and graphics update of the existing model. You'd think that they would take the opportunity to make it a system that fills the many roles the platform is capable of though - especially now the Xserve is no more.

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