“Yesterday, I took delivery of a new Mac Pro. Replacing a Mac mini, about two and a half years old, this is only the second time that I’ve opted for Apple’s top-of-the-line computer,” Kirk McElhearn writes for Kirkville. “Back in 2006, I bought the first Mac Pro, and kept it for more than two years. I especially liked that computer because it could hold four hard drives and two optical drives.”

“But, today, with Thunderbolt and USB 3, there’s only a small advantage to having internal storage. With an SSD for startup disk, and all my files that aren’t documents – my music and video files – on external disks, I don’t need the speed of internal hard drives,” McElhearn writes. “The Mac pro is a small but hefty device. As always, Apple’s packaging is up to the standards of their design. The compact box contains the computer, and a rolled-up power cord, and a few bits of paper: there’s a brief quick-start document, and some guarantee papers. And, you get black Apple stickers with the Mac Pro.”

“When running, the Mac Pro is essentially silent. It makes about the same amount of noise as my Mac mini, which is a very quiet computer, but what impresses me is that, even when the Mac Pro is working hard with all eight cores, the fan noise is barely noticeable. Compare that to the Mac mini, which sounds like an exhaust fan when it’s working hard,” McElhearn writes. “The Mac Pro is also quite cool; it gives off less heat in normal operations than my Apple 27″ Thunderbolt display.”

Read more, including how McElhearn’s new Mac Pro has something wrong with the Thunderbolt interface on my Mac Pro and he’ll be getting a replacement from Apple ASAP, in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: If you’re going to replace a Mac mini, you might as well go all the way!