Will the cMP Entusiasm Fade Away...

pl1984

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...after the 7,1 Mac Pro is released? Assuming the 7,1 Mac Pro ends up being a suitable replacement for the cMP?
 

Matty_TypeR

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I think if apple launch a real replacement for the Mac Pro 5.1 and not a trash can design then eventually the new Mac Pro 7.1 will gain a good following. maybe apple learn from mistakes and maybe they don't, but the 6.1 trash can did not do well.

If the new Mac Pro allows upgrades, to GFX and traditional PCIe cards and contains the upgrade ability of the Mac Pro 5.1 then people will adopt it over time, as always depends on price point, but knowing apple it will be expensive and will take time to gain any market share in the personal home computer world. for business and design purposes where companies can write off or claim against tax the new Mac Pro 7.1 could do well. Apple will have to be careful how they market it as many have moved away from Mac after waiting so long for a suitable upgrade path. companies have user's more than Mac enthusiasts who like to up grade the Mac Pro 5.1 as so many do who visit these forums.

one thing is for sure it will have to be the latest tech with an upgrade path available in the future. Just like the other PC based work stations that have been replacing the older Mac Pro 5.1
 

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Assuming the 7,1 Mac Pro ends up being a suitable replacement for the cMP?
Suitable, maybe.. Costly, definitely - I remember paying over USD 10K, the price of a used car, for the 3,1 with 2 monitors back in 2008 when it was released. If you ask me whether I would do it again, the answer is never!

So to me the cMP is still relevant which is why I bought the 5,1 recently even though it is almost 8 years old (originally purchased from Apple in 2012 so more like 6). The speed and performance of the 5,1 cannot be compared to the 3,1 and I am loving it!
 

barmann

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Suitable, maybe.. Costly, definitely - I remember paying over USD 10K, the price of a used car, for the 3,1 with 2 monitors back in 2008 when it was released. If you ask me whether I would do it again, the answer is never!


The MP 3.1 was very reasonably and competitively priced .

I don't know if you picked expensive monitors or BTO options, but the MP 3.1 models were not expensive by any standard .
 

kohlson

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I think we're on the latter half of a period for cMP usefulness - a period that is longer than anyone initially realized. The very things that have improved more modern systems - SSD, large amounts of memory, GPU performance - have been applicable to cMP. In many ways these things have made up for what is essentially 10-year old CPU architecture. I don't know how much longer it will last, but depending on the application (audio, video, VMs, etc) it could be a very long time. But I think in a professional workplace, it's getting harder to depend on something like this.
 

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The MP 3.1 was very reasonably and competitively priced .

I don't know if you picked expensive monitors or BTO options, but the MP 3.1 models were not expensive by any standard .
Nope, I actually picked two 24 Apple Cinema Displays and an MP 2,1 dual 3GHz with 16GB 667MHz and two 512GB Hitachi drives which I later converted to a 3,1. In my part of the world, Apple products were marked up by at least 20% back in 2007/2008. It was only when an Apple store opened up did prices fall but they are still more expensive than in the US.

Honestly, I highly doubt an entry-level 7,1 mac pro will be priced less than a mid-range imac pro costs here - a little over USD 10K which is insane.
 
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mikas

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Of course it will fade away. It's all about when it will fade away. Regardless, and not taken in to account any of it. cMpro will fade away, anytime soon.

I own three of the like, pimped cMPros. I do recognize they are to be fossile equipment any time soon. Really soon actually.

I'm gonna use them all day till the time they are obsolete to me and for my workflows. Who wouldn't.

So: I believe cMP is dead regarding the future. But it's alive for todays workflows. For me, I use my cMP's everyday. For pleasure, entertainment, and for fun and experiments and WTFE there is to it.

Actually this is more fun to have with, than with my HP Z800, which is a great workstation too. I love HP.
 
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pl1984

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Of course it will fade away. It's all about when it will fade away. Regardless, and not taken in to account any of it. cMpro will fade away, anytime soon.
Stated in my OP:

"...after the 7,1 Mac Pro is released?"
 
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