Will the next MacPro be just a Thunderbolt expansion chassis?

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by eodp3, May 15, 2012.

  1. eodp3, May 15, 2012
    Last edited: May 15, 2012

    eodp3 macrumors member

    Sep 6, 2006
    Just asking about thoughts from the community.
    Would you go for a MacBookPro with a Thunderbolt expansion chassis that would house your desktop PCIe graphics card and maybe 2-4 bays for drives?
    (or is that even technically possible?.. educate me, be nice.)
    .. it would solve the expansion and multi-monitor question for me.

    I have a hackintosh and a 15in SB Core i7 MBP now, but i wouldn't mind having one system that I can "dock" to get desktop power and then carry around when I go to meetings or travel.

    edit : i used to own a MP 1,1 which I sold recently so I'm familiar and like most (or some) I'm wanting a refreshed MP, but after some self-examination, I would really like a expandable iMac/MBP, not necessarily needing Xeon processing power. (although I wouldn't mind having that power, fast compile times are greatly appreciated!)
  2. theSeb macrumors 604


    Aug 10, 2010
    Poole, England
    It's very likely to include TB as ports, if/when it ever comes.
  3. peabo macrumors regular

    Feb 14, 2008
    Thunderbolt is too slow to handle high-end graphics cards at the moment. A 16x card would totally saturate thunderbolt and it would still only be running at about 6x. In the future, when they update TB, it would be possible if cards haven't overtaken it yet again.

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