Mac Pro is a workstation-class machine for people that need workstation-class performance. G4 cube was a consumer machine with consumer performance.
Tim doesn't control the RDF - not that that saved the Cube....What's different this time around?
The entire technological and market context into which this machine is being sold is different. Among other things:
as it is currently designed, they can't sell the classic Mac Pro in the EU.Tim doesn't control the RDF - not that that saved the Cube....
Seriously, we don't know how where the new Mini Pro is headed. The demand for the Cube far outstripped supply right after the introduction - but soon dropped off once the day 1 demand was met. Early sales for the new Mini Pro don't mean that demand will continue.
And when Apple introduced the Cube, they didn't cancel all the other desktops months before. Today they could easily have updated the cheese grater with Ivy Bridge, and added the Tube.
There was no need to burn the bridges....
Couldn't disagree more. If Apple truly believes that the nMP is the way forward for workstations, the dumbest thing they could have done was to hedge their bets. It would have weakened the nMP through less software support for the GCGPU model as 1) Apple wouldn't have sent a clear message that that is where they see the industry is headed; and 2) by fracturing the market, less nMP's would be sold.There was no need to burn the bridges....
What's different? They discontinued all the former towers in a pathetic attempt to ensure success. Apparently they have learned from their previous mistakes.
The difference this time, is that you can upgrade the GPU and CPU and there is thunderbolt that makes external drives feasible.
This was one of the major criticisms on the G4 cube - why spend all that money on the cube when you could get an expandable PowerMac. Apple did hear those complaints and reduced the price of the G4 Cube but at that point it was too little too late.And when Apple introduced the Cube, they didn't cancel all the other desktops months before. Today they could easily have updated the cheese grater with Ivy Bridge, and added the Tube.
Sure it was: it had FireWire and USB ... the nMP still has USB, and TB pretty much is what FW should have had grown to by now (TB is only 4x FW3200, which was announced a half-decade ago), had Apple actually adopted anything newer than 2002 technology (yes, that's how old FW800 is).The Cube was not readily expandable.
Where the definition of 'shocking' are benchmarks typically less than ~15% higher than their existing equivalent "old" Mac Pros.The Cube was pretty but not shockingly powerful for its day. The Tube is shockingly powerful.
Well, there's your problem. It's not hella expensive.hella expensive
What's different this time around?
I guess I should be more sympathetic to people whose primary app isn't DaVinci Resolve, but it's hard to be sympathetic when they're quite as pleased as I presently am. Resolve may hold the title for the first app on the platform that could use (and indeed originally required) multiple GPUs, and Blackmagic has been doing their homework on OpenCL and is ready for this machine from day one. So I, for one I'm not waiting for software. I have been waiting for hardware, though. This hardware.Granted, the potential in the nMP is in massive GPU performance, but that's going to have to wait for software to catch up ...
There's basically no chance of CUDA coming out on top in the long run if it remains an NVIDIA exclusive. Moreover, even if OpenCL somehow was a horrible mistake here, the basic concept of this new design just relies on the GPU being central, not on OpenCL in particular. Next year's model could use NVIDIA GPUs if it came to it.and in several significant use cases, lacks CUDA. Time will tell if Apple chose Betamax over VHS.