Why I feel the nMP is not over priced

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by miatadan, Dec 31, 2013.

  1. miatadan macrumors member


    Apr 23, 2006
    Sudbury,ON , Canada
    I looked into this comparison from apple store ( education )

    Mac Mini with 16gb memory and 256GB ssd (note ssd is sata ) $1229
    note: no thunderbolt 2

    iMac 21" with 16GB memory and 256GB ssd - $1659
    note: no thunderbolt 2

    11" Macbook Air 1.3GHz 8gb and 128gb ssd - $1039
    note: no thunderbolt 2

    13" Macbook Air 1.3GHz 8gb memory and 128gb ssd $1139
    note: no thunderbolt 2

    13" Retina 2.4GHz Macbook Pro 16gb memory and 128gb ssd $1519
    note: has thunderbolt 2 but memory soldered in

    base model nMP quadcore with 16gb memory and 256gb ssd $2989

    my complaint about Macbook Air is 8gb ram max/ no 16gb and no thunderbolt 2, memory soldered in

    my complaint with Mac Mini is that ssd is sata not PCIe + no thunderbolt 2

    so for less money than 2 base model Macbook Pro Retina with 16gb memory you can buy the nMP

    Besides better performance, being able to get to parts is important

  2. wheelhot macrumors 68020

    Nov 23, 2007
    Yes, those who calls the MacPro overpriced is certainly not the targeted customers cause if you compare with PC manufacturers workstation, it's quite competitive.
  3. ActionableMango macrumors G3


    Sep 21, 2010
    The problem is that Apple doesn't offer a normal desktop computer (the fabled xMac), so people are forced into getting the Pro when the Mini isn't enough and you don't want an all-in-one iMac.

    I wonder how many Mac Pro users really need ECC memory? Double-precision graphics? Dual graphics cards?

    You are right, they are not the targeted audience, but I wouldn't be surprised if they were a large chunk of buyers, or even the majority of buyers.
  4. rezwits macrumors 6502a


    Jul 10, 2007
    Las Vegas
    Cause it's not

    I look at the graphics cards, and I think even hard core PC gamers would possibly have to think about a system.

    I know these might not be your gaming video cards. But for the power, peace and quiet, I think so.

    I mean honestly I haven't heard much about the fan being noisy while the video cards crank away on some bootcamp pc game, but I haven't heard about being quiet yet either.

    But I hear nothing but complaints from PC gamers (online/web) that the video cards are way noisy, when they crank.

    These machines just don't look like they could really be noisy at all.

    One thing I love is a quiet bedroom at night while projects are running.

    Good luck!
  5. beaker7 macrumors 6502a

    Mar 16, 2009
    I just bought a Dell T7610 with dual E5-2697 v2's for less than $6k with business discount. Similar horsepower in nMP form is about double.
  6. Frong macrumors member

    Feb 9, 2013
    My feeling too, I don't know enough stuff to know about ECC ou double precision utility, but clearly the dual graphic cards is a total waste and that means a lot of money thrown to trash. It even makes wonder why it's not a system that allow couple them on a single display.

    There's in fact many problems with its design:
    - Not windows ready by having only one drive (no way I'll partition a SSD drive to share it between OSX and Windows).
    - I'll have to add at least 3 to 4 new drives (windows/backup/backup/complement) and this will be crap I won't know where put it instead of inside a tower.
    - I'll have to add a DVD support, one more stuff to put garbage on my desk.
    - The lack of NON hyper modern connections will cause me a lot of troubles to manage the migration.

    Clearly this Mac Pro isn't for me. Alas there's no other solution if I want stick to a dual usage OSX/Windows.

    I think each have different reasons, myself the problem is there no other choices:
    - The Mini isn't an acceptable solution vs my current Mac Pro.
    - The imac is just involving the exact same problems than this new Mac Pro and it's an unacceptable solution because of the forced display (using a Apple 30" and I don't need better just more or less as big).
    - For obvious reasons I don't need a MacBook like (unacceptable screen and keyboard).

    So I have only only choice, this new Mac Pro which is a weird solution for me and it's not about the price.

    I was waiting since a long time new Mac Pro and I'm in face of a wall. Well I hope some time will allow make me look at the problem differently but for now I'm in an impasse.
  7. iizmoo macrumors 6502

    Jan 8, 2014
    The ECC and Registered RAM is needed to make this a true server platform. The Mini make great little server, it's actually an amazing amount of processing in a very compact and highly energy efficient form. The only problem is lacking ECC ram eliminate it from being placed in data critical spots in the architecture.

    The need is there, the nMP is an excellent solution as both a workstation as well as a mid range server with 64GB RAM and 12 processing cores. The biggest problem most data centers have today are energy efficiency. None of them were built for the kind of heat modern servers put out, if you're ever in one, you'll see most racks being about half full. And the noise pollution of regular servers :eek: I'm constantly amazed the engineers who work in those places don't go deaf, or nut...

    With the nMP and something like what the folks at MacStadium (where I colocate my mini) are building, a single rack has the concentrated power of 270 mac pro. They're high energy efficiency and low heat output, and the wind tunnel effect of the thermal core make them great for hot/cold aisle data center design.

    I think Apple might actually be making a play at the enterprise cloud processing clientele here. If it doesn't take off, they lose absolutely nothing, but if it does, it'll open them to a fairly lucrative market and they can claim another We Changed The World! stripe.

    I think the Enterprise servers adoption of the nMP will be at least equivalent or very competitive compared to the number that get used at workstations. Current the oMP are virtually never used as servers because of the size.
  8. Frong macrumors member

    Feb 9, 2013
    Server with 2 high end graphic card? It doesn't make much sense. And for Workstation enterprise usage it's hardly the target at least because there's to way to lock it.
  9. thekev macrumors 604


    Aug 5, 2010
    Working out of your bedroom in general seems like it would be extremely unpleasant. I would not want to sleep that close to where I work.

    If you're talking about mission critical servers, the mini also lacks redundant power supplies. Just adding registered ram wouldn't bridge the gap there.
  10. beaker7 macrumors 6502a

    Mar 16, 2009
    Zero chance of this.
  11. iizmoo macrumors 6502

    Jan 8, 2014
    Redundancy is built into having the infrastructure distributed across multiple systems. This also eliminate most of the need for redundant power supplies. In any servers environment, your individual server always has the chance of completely burning out, there's no preventing that. The server ram is there to prevent bit error as a method of data corruption.

    I'm thinking the nMP attached to some external storage would make a pretty good mid range DB server.
  12. thekev macrumors 604


    Aug 5, 2010
    Fair enough. In really critical areas it's still typical to have redundancy wherever possible. I don't know that ECC ram would grossly improve adoption rates of that hardware.
  13. LongSticks macrumors 6502

    Jul 22, 2012
    Kent, UK
    More info

    Any chance of some more specs info on the purchased machine and how much discount you got from Dell?

    Not calling you out - but interested on what else is in the box as that's $5550 worth of processors for $6k?
  14. jav6454 macrumors P6


    Nov 14, 2007
    1 Geostationary Tower Plaza
    It's competitively priced in the professional and server side market of computing. However, for regular hardware like Apple's regular store, it isn't terribly overpriced.
  15. wheelhot macrumors 68020

    Nov 23, 2007
    I understand that the radical changed in the nMP upsets many current owners of MP but this is to be expected from Apple especially since they hardly do any real updates on the tower MacPro for a long time (no TB, no USB 3, no Blu-ray), so it's kinda within expectation that the upcoming big update of the nMP will be really radical, and would upset many current owners.

    Just look at FCP X, they have improved a lot since the first release, some say they have the best multicam in the industry, yet many are still not convinced and not switching back. I personally believe that considering how old the FCP is, implementing new features or making it more intuitive will be very hard unless someone press the reset button and start fresh.

    Regarding your issues:
    1 - Is 512gb not enough? As you could get a 1TB SSD and split it, and keeping your data/non active projects in an external Thunderbolt SSD/HDD (I'll be doing this except my nMP will mostly come with 256GB SSD only)
    2 - Chances are someone will create a case to compliment the nMP in a few months time, I'm speculating here but I'll be surprise if I dont see external HDD casings to compliment the nMP in the coming 6 months.
    3 and 4 - Apple has done this before and nothing to be surprised at since they are known for throwing out standards in favour of better ones.
  16. handsome pete macrumors 68000

    Aug 15, 2008
    Please fill us in on how you got this deal. I don't want to call BS but it sounds highly dubious. The 10 core offering on the T7610 page is close to $9000 so I'm guessing the dual 12 core is $10k minimum. Not that I can find where to even configure a 12 core option because Dell and HP like to have the most confusing shops around.

    I realize that there are substantial discounts given on the list price, but even if we're talking $10k for the machine that would put it at a %40+ discount and that doesn't sound right at all.

    Unless you completely watered down the other components. But I'm still skeptical. Sorry, don't mean to offend.
  17. beaker7 macrumors 6502a

    Mar 16, 2009
    Business discount through their enterprise group is about 38%.
  18. Gav Mack macrumors 68020

    Gav Mack

    Jun 15, 2008
    Sagittarius A*
    I know a few businesses who have ordered nMP's for serious Windows workstation evaluation. The only PITA is no Win 7 support. Having set one up on bootcamp 8.1 Pro and used equivalent PC models I can confirm it will certainly give single cpu Dell and HP workstations serious competition with its performance, as well as a quarter of the size, half the energy consumption and a fraction of the noise.
  19. handsome pete macrumors 68000

    Aug 15, 2008
    Well that's impressive then. I had only really heard of discounts in the 20% range before.

    Would still like to hear the rest of the specs for your machine.
  20. wheelhot macrumors 68020

    Nov 23, 2007
    Interesting, now why are those people not posting up a specviewperf benchmark test :D

    Btw, what's the major diff between 8.1 Home and 8.1 Pro? Generally looks the same, 7 Pro used to have Win XP Mode which is not available in 8.1 Pro, so why go for Pro then?
  21. tuxon86 macrumors 65816

    May 22, 2012
    Media Center and possibility to join a domain.
  22. Gav Mack macrumors 68020

    Gav Mack

    Jun 15, 2008
    Sagittarius A*
    Lol - If I'd known you wanted that bench when I had the nMP trust me you would have had it :D

    8 Pro has Hyper-V instead of XP mode, domain support and also the ability to downgrade to 7 Pro for free.
  23. beaker7 macrumors 6502a

    Mar 16, 2009
    Google is awesome.


    Also "home" only supports one socket.
  24. calaverasgrande macrumors 65816


    Oct 18, 2010
    Brooklyn, New York.
    I didn't find an option for a second GPU, TB2 or PCIe SSD.
    And the cheapest I can find them is $8500.
    But you do get more cores.

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