Apple Reveals new Mac Pro at WWDC 2013

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  06 June 2013
I'm guessing the cards will be from the current AMD FirePro range, with the the W9000 being the very top end (Apple mention the 6GB VRAM) with a few options lower. That'll probably add to a scary price unless Apple get a very good deal, currently it's ~$3,400 each for a W9000 retail.

They don't specify exact CPUs apart from being 12 cores so if it's the current 2011 socket, probably 2x E5-26xx Xeons (the top E5-2667 retails for ~$1500 each) or hopefully ones from the newer IB-E architecture, which would make sense given the releases being around the same time.

I'm expecting it to be quite expensive, here's to hoping for you guys. Still very impressive engineering to get in such a tight form factor!

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  06 June 2013
Originally Posted by DutchDimension: According to the Mac Pro page on the Apple website:
"Not only does it feature a state-of-the-art AMD FirePro workstation-class GPU with up to 6GB of dedicated VRAM — it features two of them."

So I'm guessing there's 12GB of VRam to play with on a fully specced out BTO.


i'm guessing that is theAMD FirePro W9000 or maybe an unreleased card.
 
  06 June 2013
I'm pretty sure they'll be Ivybridge based since they've been on the market now for a bit. Haswell architecture is only used for the E3 range so far but you aren't missing much other than power savings. In the restricted space of this new Mac Pro that might mean future versions with 16-cores if Intel produce a Haswell-based E5 that runs cool enough to not overwhelm the ventilation system. AMD are on a roll lately, scoring big wins for the Playstation 4, EX-BONE, and now this thing. God knows they need the cash.
 
  06 June 2013
lol.. this is utterly mad, they've made a bin.. a bin with an apple logo on it
are they deliberately trying to make macs easier to parody?
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  06 June 2013
From the presentation it looks as if it only features a single SSD drive connected via PCIe. No Optical drive and no option to add any internal masstorage device.
I will be interested in what Apple will offer to those that need more than half a TB of diskspace in a graphics workstation.
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  06 June 2013
Lol! I thought this was a joke at first. Very interesting and eye catching design, but I get the feeling this will really annoying in the long run.
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  06 June 2013
Hehe, yeah this is the world's most expensive overdesigned trashbin ever seen by a human eye and it comes filled with overpriced electronics.

I'm sorry to say that this major designfailure will be joked with so much hehe.

/ Magnus
 
  06 June 2013
Thunderbolt-based peripherals, with that clumsily over-engineered and expensive proprietary interconnect. Still, it'll be ridiculously fast - just won't look pretty on your desktop with a spider-web of cables everywhere.
 
  06 June 2013
Originally Posted by Srek: From the presentation it looks as if it only features a single SSD drive connected via PCIe. No Optical drive and no option to add any internal masstorage device.
I will be interested in what Apple will offer to those that need more than half a TB of diskspace in a graphics workstation.


small, useless case = lots of external devices to clutter your desk, more wires, more plugs needed
 
  06 June 2013
Originally Posted by Srek: From the presentation it looks as if it only features a single SSD drive connected via PCIe. No Optical drive and no option to add any internal masstorage device.
I will be interested in what Apple will offer to those that need more than half a TB of diskspace in a graphics workstation.


USB drives, Thunderbolt drive racks, SANs, etc.
 
  06 June 2013
you price a SAN that's fast enough to do proper 1080p editing? fucker's expensive.
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  06 June 2013
Not directly related to the mac pro discussion, but OSX Mavericks is confirmed to support OpenGL 4.0.

About time.
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  06 June 2013
outstanding performance and vintage design, I love it!

 
  06 June 2013
Originally Posted by Telemachus: I'm pretty sure they'll be Ivybridge based since they've been on the market now for a bit.


It won't be Ivybridge which is more consumer it'll be Ivybridge-E if it's not current gen which are Sandybridge-E based (LGA2011).
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  06 June 2013
Engadget video of the prototype as displayed at WWDC. Crazy how small it actually is.
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