MP 7,1 Most won’t be able to afford a new Mac Pro

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by satchmo, Jun 1, 2019.

  1. now i see it macrumors 68040

    Jan 2, 2002
    It's almost a certainty that the types of businesses/people the new MacPro is targeted towards don't have the time to play around on MacRumors. I now have time but no longer need a machine like that. But when I did need it, I sure as heck didn't have time to play around on rumors forums.

    I think it's pretty safe to say that this new expensive monster computer wasn't intended for most of us. In 's eyes, were iMac & Mac mini fodder.
  2. AidenShaw macrumors P6


    Feb 8, 2003
    The Peninsula
    I understand now. I was unsure if you had an objective rationale or were making a purely emotional comment. Now I know.
  3. AustinIllini macrumors demi-goddess


    Oct 20, 2011
    Austin, TX
    Good thing the iMac Pro is available and pretty amazing
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    CWallace macrumors 603


    Aug 17, 2007
    Seattle, WA
    My point is that features the Mac Pro offers - like a 1400 watt power supply and 1.5TB of RAM - are only available on the highest model from the Tier One PC OEMs and their base configuration prices are comparatively higher than the lower-tier models that do not offer those options.

    Sure, the Mac Pro is expensive because it's a Mac and Apple charges a heavy premium. But it also has expensive components in it to support the high-end configurations it does.
  5. Quu macrumors 68030


    Apr 2, 2007
    On the bright side even if you cannot afford or justify the cost of a brand new Mac Pro today, it's an incredibly expandable system which will be hitting the used market for years to come.

    Give it 5 years and these will be going on ebay for $1,000 and you'll be able to put a more modern graphics card in it at that time.

    Look at the people on this forum still rocking the 2006-2012 era Mac Pro. Lots of them with modern NVIDIA and AMD graphics cards, PCIe based SSD's and so forth. We now have a new "skeleton" with a much more modern CPU architecture with which to grow on, we just have to wait for it to be iterated on a few times so the people who buy this one want to unload them in the used market.

    The Trash Can 2013 model held its used value quite well because Apple never upgraded it. The D300, D500 and D700 graphics were all it ever got. But I don't think the same will happen with the new Mac Pro because it uses standardised parts (while also supporting the new MPX custom standard) and has enormous thermal capability enabling Apple to release newer parts more readily where as with the old Mac Pro they said it was thermally constrained.

    As a product today, not very good value for prosumers or people who just want the best just to have it. It's clearly priced for working professionals who actually will use the machine for their livelihoods, not their hobbies. But in the used market we can all benefit from it existing.

    I'll probably pick one up in 3-5 years myself out of the used market. I'm expecting that new 6K screen to remain pricey even in the used market as I don't see it being eclipsed by anything soon where as I expect Apple to continually upgrade this Mac Pro yearly or semi-yearly.
  6. Zdigital2015 macrumors 68000

    Jul 14, 2015
    East Coast, United States
    Apple is never going to build an xMac (as it has been called). The writing was on the wall the moment Steve Jobs unveiled the
    Nope, the CPU that Apple will end up using is the Xeon W-3275M and it costs - $7453.00 from Intel - - I expect the CPU upgrade for this to $15,000 alone.

    The 3175X you speak of is an action only CPU and only supports 512GB of DRAM. Not enough for Apple, I guess.
  7. AdobeWanKenobi macrumors newbie

    Aug 11, 2010
    As usual it will cost at least double what a PC will, and that PC will have at least triple the power and workflow throughput of the Mac "Pro". (Hey, Apple... "pro" doesn't just mean "the most expensive option"!)
  8. ssgbryan macrumors 6502a


    Jul 18, 2002
    As long as you don't mind it constantly throttling when you actually try to push the system.
  9. TJHanson macrumors newbie

    Jan 21, 2010
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    Now that Congressional Republicans have the poor and middle class paying taxes for the rich; I cannot afford the new Apple technology. I'm hoping my MacBook Pro will last until we can get things reversed.
  10. jasnw macrumors 6502a


    Nov 15, 2013
    Seattle Area (NOT! Microsoft)
    Intentionally, not "artificially". This is a discussion strictly to the point of Apple's lack of viable non-AIO and non-laptop hardware between the Mac Mini and Pro. I would really like to have something from Apple the size of a mini-tower (not shaped like a trashcan!) that fits specs-wise between the Mini and Pro that has the same DIY access as a Pro system. I's have this discussion in a different thread in a different MR forum, but as with Apple MR gives no love to desktop systems outside the Mini, iMac, and Pro categories.
  11. gugy macrumors 68040


    Jan 31, 2005
    La Jolla, CA
    The MP and display are not expensive if you are bringing Thousands of $ daily. It is not costly if your line of work demands super high-end machines that need to deliver high-end work fast. It is not expensive for studios that deal with editing, high-end 3d renders, video/audio production, etc. On these places, they recoup the cost of such equipment pretty fast.

    My grip is that as being a freelance designer, I wish Apple had an entry level MP with lower specs and 5K display at half of the cost of the announced base model equipment. Around $6/7k. That would give the purchasing power to lots of Pros and Prosumer folks that can't recoup that investment as fast as the places I mentioned above.

    I think either Apple don't want to open this market in fear of eating sales of the MacMini/iMac/iMacPro or want to cater the very high-end not caring about the rest of the pro market.

    I am just happy they finally have serious equipment out there. I am in love with the display. I guess I might end up financing it for 24 months or so. Either way if my current MP 2011/30" ACD can withhold all these years of hard work, in the long run, this equipment pays for itself over and over.
  12. JHankwitz macrumors 68000

    Oct 31, 2005
    Most car owners can’t afford a Lamborghini. Guess what. Lamborghini’s are not made for most car owners just as this Mac Pro is not made for most computer owners. It’s about time Apple comes out with a computer designed for high-end use like they did when they released the Mac II FX. I paid over $12,000 for one of those way back then.
  13. foliovision macrumors member


    Jun 11, 2008
    What a specious argument. Lamborghini's are not practical cars or mass market. As far as I know Apple is still a mass market manufacturer just with a puffed up reputation given how crap the Windows alternative is. Apple is signed up to the same Prism programs (the year after Steve Jobs died, how convenient).

    A better analogy in the car area would be Mercedes, though car to computer analogies are a bit weak (one is a massive items with huge manufacturing costs, the other is relatively inexpensive to manufacture).

    Apple is trying to turn IT and computers into Swiss watches with the help of dunderheads like you. I for one am not boarding this train.

    Quu above is talking the most sense of anyone on this thread:

    On the bright side even if you cannot afford or justify the cost of a brand new Mac Pro today, it's an incredibly expandable system which will be hitting the used market for years to come. Give it 5 years and these will be going on ebay for $1,000 and you'll be able to put a more modern graphics card in it at that time....

    I'll probably pick one up in 3-5 years myself out of the used market. I'm expecting that new 6K screen to remain pricey even in the used market as I don't see it being eclipsed by anything soon where as I expect Apple to continually upgrade this Mac Pro yearly or semi-yearly.​

    I own three Mac Pro Silver Tower 5,1 personally and another three in my company. All upgraded with SSD, USB 3, modern video cards, 4K monitors, some with AHCI flash drive. As with the Silver Towers, I'll wait on these. Not sure I'll take one though as if Apple locks down the OS any more and adds any more blatant spyware (there's about twenty channels on which Apple is constantly checking if you are awake or asleep, if you've been naughty or nice, cutting them all off is hard work and even then, when the app store is enabled to get a FCPX update, Apple can do whatever the heck they want with you computer).

    In short, Linux is looking better and better. I'm just hanging out still thanks to the great third party developers who build marvellous applications like Acorn, DxO PhotoLab or Affinity Photo, or nvAlt or Peter Lewis with Keyboard Maestro, Typinator. Think hard gentlemen (and ladies if there are any present) before you give Apple any of your hard earned money. They haven't earned it since 2012.
  14. handheldgames macrumors 68000


    Apr 4, 2009
    Pacific NW, USA

    When first introduced, the IIfx was offered in these configurations:
    • Macintosh IIfx: 4 MB memory, 1.44 MB SuperDrive. $8,989 USD.
    • Macintosh IIfx 4/80: 4 MB memory, 80 MB HDD. $9,869 USD.
    • Macintosh IIfx 4/160: 4 MB memory, 160 MB HDD. $10,969 USD.
    • Macintosh IIfx 4/80 with Parity Support: 4 MB of parity error-checking RAM, 80 MB HDD.
    Introduced May 15, 1990:
    • Macintosh IIfx 4/80 with A/UX: 4 MB memory, 160 MB HDD, A/UX 2.0 preinstalled. $10,469 USD. Shipments began in June.
  15. MagnusVonMagnum macrumors 603


    Jun 18, 2007
    LOL. Ridiculous. The problem is Apple only upgrades the Mac Pro once a half decade at at most. So yes, it DOES matter. Given the timing and the way Apple USED to be run, they should have been there FIRST with PCIe 4.0, not LAST. But then Apple doesn't do anything FIRST anymore now does it?
  16. startergo macrumors 65816


    Sep 20, 2018
    Back in 1990 10,469$ was probably equivalent in price to $20,469.26 now
  17. AidenShaw macrumors P6


    Feb 8, 2003
    The Peninsula
    The MP7,1 is already five years late. PCIe 4.0 basically doesn't exist yet.

    Should the MP7,1 have been delayed a couple of more years until PCIe 4.0 becomes established?
  18. TheRealAlex macrumors 68000

    Sep 2, 2015
    Keep in Mind What Apple is selling as a MacPro is not targeted at the $80,000 Workstation Class machines purchased by MutiBillion dollar organization, like SHELL, or BP AMOCO, or GE, or WETA Lights and Effects. These companies could care less. Because each HP Quadro GP100 Costs $9,000 and most machines have 2 and another 512GB of RAM

    These companies don’t even waste effort marketing to mom and dad this level of complexity and hardware is strictly B2B
    You won’t find this class of machinery at BestBuy or at an Apple store.

    When they are looking for oil under the ocean and doing complex simulations of water pressure and terrain and more.

    Apple’s MacPro is what a Rich Dentist buys because his daughter wants to be a clout chaser Youtuber. Or a weekend dad photographer thinks he needs a. MacPro to edit 4K wedding video

    Just because you can go buy an AR-15 buy a scope and silencer, doesn’t make you a Navy SEAL, you have no training and can’t utilize those tool to their full potential.

    This is all Apple marketing. The Same amateur ProSoomer who can afford to a buy a $6,000 6K MacPro Display is probably buying a $10,000 to $30,000 MacPro.

    When legitimate Professional equipment would not only Not be offered to Joe off the street. The Prices are more like

    $30,000 For a Sony Reference class 4K OLED. Used in every Hollywood Studio

    Or an $80,000 HP Workstation, with Dual $9,000 NVIDIA GP100 graphics cards.

    This gear most people Would break it, and won’t know how to use it properly.
  19. Zenithal macrumors G3

    Sep 10, 2009
    PCIe 4 could come later. Technically, you don't need a new chipset to enable PCIe 4 support.
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    Not quoting this specifically, but I caught a post on a blog yesterday. Someone was curious how the new Apple display would perform against a standard reference monitor like the Sony or Eizos. I hadn't thought of that when that lady was doing the feature list of the new Apple display and explaining how they got around to fixing common issues.
  20. ssgbryan macrumors 6502a


    Jul 18, 2002
    Worrying about eating Mini/iMac/iMacPro?

    If they don't open this market, they will continue to bleed marketshare to PCs.

    Those of us that need a new tower have looked at the Mini/iMac/iMacPro and have rejected them already.
  21. startergo macrumors 65816


    Sep 20, 2018
    Even PCIE5 is on the horizon...®-50-specification
  22. Zenithal macrumors G3

    Sep 10, 2009
  23. sgunes macrumors member

    May 25, 2009
    As a non-pro user I see them available for $4999 as a black-Friday special in 2020 (or maybe on the education store/refurbished with full warranty).
    Memory, SSD's (m.2) and PCIe 3 graphics cards are all user upgradable.
    That should give you a machine that works well for 5-7 years.

    The comparison system at that point will probably be a 16-core Ryzen 3000 or 32-core Threadripper 2 with PCIe 4.
    There are already Ryzen motherboards announced with Thunderbolt 3
  24. gugy macrumors 68040


    Jan 31, 2005
    La Jolla, CA
    Well, I agreed but I am trying to understand why Apple did not think of this yesterday launching it.
    I don't get why they are alienating such a large portion of the Pro market with the base model prices.
  25. ssgbryan macrumors 6502a


    Jul 18, 2002
    Your pricing is off and people most certainly could afford them.

    In 2005, the PowerMac 11,2 started at $3,299
    In 2006, the 1,1 started at $2,499

    In 2007, the 2,1 started at $3,999 (8 cores - same as today, 12 years later - btw, none of the software could actually use those 8 cores - everything had gone back to single threaded poop during the PPC to Intel transition)

    In 2008, the 3,1 started at $2,299
    In 2009, the 4,1 started at $2,499
    In 2010, the 5,1 started at $3,699 (By this point, most software could actually take advantage of all those cores)
    In 2013, the 6,1 started at $3,999
    In 2019, the 7,1 starts at $5,999 (8 cores, PCIe 3 which will EOL by release date, consumer grade gpu).

    The $6K isn't the issue - the issue is how little you get for your $6K.
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    Because they are a luxury fashion brand that dabbles in computing.

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