The time is (finally) right for a Mac minitower
Posted 04 March 2013 - 06:38 AM
Posted 04 March 2013 - 06:54 AM
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Posted 04 March 2013 - 07:24 AM
Sorry to take a small mention and drive off topic.
Posted 04 March 2013 - 07:41 AM
Plus intel is dragging their feet for new Zeons (for dual processors).
Posted 04 March 2013 - 08:08 AM
Posted 04 March 2013 - 08:27 AM
Posted 04 March 2013 - 08:38 AM
A mid-sized tower case, two internal hard drive slots, a single optical drive, standard video card slot and memory expansion to at least 16 GB would be ideal.
Posted 04 March 2013 - 08:46 AM
Thunderbolt is great, but unless you're using a RAID array, or SSD's, there's no benefit over USB3. Otherwise the drive is the bottleneck.
For the Pro or "Power" user, it all boils down to OSX. And it's a huge price to pay. Win7/8 have finally become "good enough" and don't have the upgradability issues OSX devices carry. It's not enough to have the slot, but you also need drivers. The driver situation has vastly improved, but still doesn't come close to the "other side". Supporting all possible devices is not something Apple is well structured for (and something they do't want to do).
If you're willing to use Win7/8, then any desktop Mac, at a given pricepoint, is just not price competitive with what you can get/build on Windows. For instance, see how much computer $2000 buys on Apple versus what you could buy/build on Wintel. The economies of scale alone are hugely in Windows favor. Building a Hackintosh is a huge headache too, every OS update seems to break it. Who needs that hassle.
This post has been edited by ingus: 04 March 2013 - 08:51 AM
Posted 04 March 2013 - 09:04 AM
For a simple hard drive, yep. But Thunderbolt can also do video, faster networking, and the like, and you can daisy-chain over Thunderbolt.
Posted 04 March 2013 - 09:09 AM
Posted 04 March 2013 - 09:25 AM
There are probably two reasons for the delay - Intel manufacturing suitable Xeon parts in suitable numbers - Apple may be demanding something a little custom (4 x cpu for 32/64 cores?) and the need for deep OpenCL integration by co-operation with Nvidia. The Mac Pro needs to be at the top of the performance league or there is simply no point.
My personal ideal for video/3D/music/photography: 32 cores, 8 RAM slots, 2 full graphics card slots (you can't extend graphics card slots via Thunderbolt), 1 fusion drive, two standard drives, one swappable SDD slot, 8 USB, 2 FW800, 4 Thunderbolt. 18" x 5.25" x 14" deep to allow rack-mounting.