udo2, on 29 November 2012 - 06:37 PM, said:
If you could live with a 2006 MacPro, you should be able live with Mac Mini i7, except that it does not heat your room as good.
Unless you need fast, discrete graphics with over 2 gigs of VRAM. The iMac's can get close, but I already have an excellent calibrated monitor - so it's Mini or Mac Pro
I really wish they would release a single socket tower. Forcing the Mac Pro to be tied to Intel's Xeon/Server chipsets that support two CPU's severely restricts what chips can be used, they have a dramatically slower update cycle (it's why Thunderbolt is still not in the Pro) and it jacks up the cost needlessly. With multi-core CPU's having two physical processors is overkill for all but the most extreme use cases. It's insane you can't get a real desktop class machine built around single socket desktop components - the mini and iMac use mobile/laptop components due to heat management issues from their extremely compressed casing - as if it matters that an iMac is one or two inches thinner vs. having something bigger with better airflow/heat management.
I totally love that Apple is OCD about making portable electronics like the iPhone and iPad as thin and light as possible, but some of their idiotic decisions on the desktop are just flat out frustrating and beyond annoying...