Electronista: New Mac Pro is something special; as innovative as anything Apple has ever done

Electronista and MacNN has its hands on one of the eagerly sought after (but hard to find) Apple Mac Pro units,” Electronista writes.

“Ours is the high-end stock configuration, which is powered by an Intel Xeon 6-core matched with 16GB of RAM and paired with dual AMD FirePro D500 GPUs,” Electronista writes. “While Apple may have dropped ‘Computer’ from its corporate name in 2007, the Mac Pro is a bold statement that Apple and computers remain synonymous even if it has broadened its. Further, it is a stark reminder that Apple still makes computers for the professional market, although no one has ever seen a professional workstation like this before.”

Electronista writes, “What may have been lost in terms of internal expandability has been returned with the inclusion of absolutely cutting edge technology and extensive external expandability. There is little doubt that the Mac Pro is something special and is as innovative as anything Apple has ever done.”

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14 Comments

  1. Nothing is lost in expandability. People need to stop thinking “in the box” so to speak.

    You can expand memory. You can upgrade graphics cards. You can upgrade processor. You can add multiple monitors. You can at up to 36 external Thunderbolt devices. Most expandable MacPro ever.

    1. Heck, you can toss the whole thing in the landfill and buy a new one. Ultimate in upgradeability!

      Seriously now… You can add memory capacity, but you’ll never upgrade to DDR4 memory, which is coming onto the market.

      There is no GPU upgrade available, and probably never will be.

      You can upgrade the processor, as long as it fits in the same socket and uses the same DDR3 SDRAM, which means at most you might buy a slightly faster version of the same Xeon.

      So, get real. Your internal upgradeability argument is complete and utter BS.

      1. LOLZZZZ
        You are so funny Gary, you just mimic those boys who ask tons of features out os a Mac and still there is no single PC in the planet that can do what they are asking for (like changing the memory of a DDR2 computer with DDR3 or 4 memory when the pinout is not even compatibles much less the clock).
        Thanks gary, that was so laughable to remember those dorks trying to trash a Mac when their PC are way at the bottom of the trash already.

      2. Sorry Gary. Troy is right. All the upgrades you are asking about are pretty far-fetched. You have to change out the motherboard in order to get updated RAM slots such as DDR4. There is upgradeable GPU, its called the D700’s and they rock as hard as any video card out there now. In 2 years time of course that will change, which i am sure a newer Mac Pro will reflect, and there is still no word out that you couldn’t update the current one…so hold ya tongue on that. And then there is the processor, which is basically the same story as the RAM, you have to upgrade your motherboard. Which at the heart of an apple computer, is the motherboard (logic board), it’s one of the main reason’s mac computers work better than PC’s, also what makes them more expensive…..around 700 bucks.

        At the end of a day, if you are buying a computer like this..you will really only want to keep it for 5 years max…because past that there is better technology that you are going to want. So upgradability is really not that important. The only thing that needs a upgrade component to it is the SSD…because 1TB is just not enough.

      3. Isn’t this Mac Pro going to contain last years tech once its released? It’s going to need to be refreshed before it hits the streets..
        By the time it’s released for real I fear it will be leapfrogged by other boxes. Not saying its not great but it was announced in July 2013.

  2. Electronista: New Mac Pro is something special; as innovative as anything Apple has ever done

    To be fair, not as “anything” but as the very best examples of what Apple has ever done.

  3. One of the Mac Pro’s best assets is how quiet it is making it so much nicer for video and audio work. I’m sure quieter than any PC as well . My old G5 Mac Pro was ridiculous in the amount of fan noise it put out at maximum performance levels. Quiet is an enormous virtue and probably an innovation all in itself.

  4. The Mac Pro is an absolutely gorgeous creation in compactness. I’m curious to see how the Windows desktop PC makers are going to attempt to copy it. They’re definitely going to try to duplicate that tri-core CPU/GPU design but I wonder if they’ll just put it into a regular rectangular tower case. It could be done that way and still have room for the usual storage peripherals. I find it almost inconceivable Windows PC manufacturers will come out with a similar trash can-styled case. That would be just too laughably obvious.

    Maybe I’m way off-base and Windows PC manufacturers might not want to copy such a design because standard multiple PCI card mobos are much more flexible for upgrades. However, if Mac Pro sales become very high, I think Windows PC manufacturers would have no choice but to practically duplicate the Mac Pro but add a few more bells and whistles to say their product is much better.

    1. One problem that PC assemblers will face in trying to copy the Mac pro form factor is getting a motherboard of a suitable size and layout. If they try to create their own motherboard, that will involve a great deal of expense with no guarantee of sufficient sales to offset the cost.

      The other problem will be trying to sell the concept of expansion outside of the box to customers who tend to be very conservative.

      PC sales are so sluggish that I would expect that most manufacturers would not try to copy the Mac pro as it would present too many problems.

    2. It won’t take long for some no-name box assembler to make a $500 Windows computer that has the same shape as the Mac Pro on the outside.

      They can sell them in the vending machine at my local pizza place. 😉

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