Tuesday, March 3rd 2009

Apple Launches Core i7 Powered Mac Pro

Apple just introduced the new Mac Pro featuring Intel “Nehalem” Xeon processors. Thanks to the new 8-core Intel architecture running at speeds up to 2.93 GHz, the new Mac Pro delivers up to twice the performance of the previous generation Mac Pro. It also features the latest graphics from both NVIDIA and ATI - the system can be purchased with either GeForce GT 120 with 512 MB of GDDR3 memory or Radeon HD 4870 with 512 MB of GDDR5 memory. The new Mac Pro also supports up to 32 GB of DDR3 ECC SDRAM and up to 4 TB of internal storage in four hard drive bays. Additionally the 45nm Mac Pro comes with revised interior that makes expansion even easier than before. Available next week, the new Mac Pro starts at $2,499. Visit Mac Pro web page, for more information.

Source: Apple
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76 Comments on Apple Launches Core i7 Powered Mac Pro

#1
Ravenas
by: TheMailMan78
You apparently I have no idea what I do for a living or what pros need.
We understand man, a Mac Pro priced at $22,000 dollars with 2 Xeons with 8 running cores, 32 GB of ram, 4 graphics cards, 4 TB of space, and some of the best editing software on the planet isn't professional enough for you.
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DrPepper
The Doctor is in the house
by: Ravenas
We understand man, a Mac Pro priced at $22,000 dollars with 2 Xeons with 8 running cores, 32 GB of ram, 4 graphics cards, 4 TB of RAM, and some of the best editing software on the planet isn't professional enough for you.
It only has one gpu asfaik.
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TheMailMan78
Big Member
by: Ravenas
We understand man, a Mac Pro priced at $22,000 dollars with 2 Xeons with 8 running cores, 32 GB of ram, 4 graphics cards, 4 TB of RAM, and some of the best editing software on the planet isn't professional enough for you.
4 TB of RAM?
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#5
Ravenas
by: TheMailMan78
4 TB of RAM?
Corrected for your professional forum needs.
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#6
DrPepper
The Doctor is in the house
Oh you can have 4 gt120's or one 4870 I thought it was one or the other. Whats with the quote about the two quad core xeon's.
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#7
TheMailMan78
Big Member
by: Ravenas
Corrected for your professional forum needs.
Well if you're going to be a smart ass at least get the insult right. ;)
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#8
Ravenas
by: DrPepper
Oh you can have 4 gt120's or one 4870 I thought it was one or the other. Whats with the quote about the two quad core xeon's.
Thought I read CPU :laugh: This has been a great day for me!
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#9
DrPepper
The Doctor is in the house
by: Ravenas
Thought I read CPU :laugh: This has been a great day for me!
:laugh: We all have them.
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#10
Braveheart
OH MY GOSH now i can create a fake website with iweb and play with photos of myself with iPhoto AT THE SAME TIME!
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#11
TheMailMan78
Big Member
by: Binge
Most gaming production machines are not apple computers. In fact most companies will use proprietary software. This apple will be good for a... student trying to go pro.
But don't tell the fan boys that. It might upset their dreams.
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#12
wolf
Performance Enthusiast
by: Ravenas
We understand man, a Mac Pro priced at $22,000 dollars with 2 Xeons with 8 running cores, 32 GB of ram, 4 graphics cards, 4 TB of space, and some of the best editing software on the planet isn't professional enough for you.
its probably not so much that as there is waaaaaay better value to be had, and you could build it yourself and put windows on it.

not to mention how unnecessary some of the extras really are, ie, 16GB ram should be enough, as should 2tb, and one i7, then you can also build it on an X58 for a bigger graphics subsystem with more card choice.

then you can devote more GPGPU power to your photoshop etc, admittedly not as much cpu power but you can always overclock a rig you build yourself ;)
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#13
Ravenas
by: wolf
its probably not so much that as there is waaaaaay better value to be had, and you could build it yourself and put windows on it.

not to mention how unnecessary some of the extras really are, ie, 16GB ram should be enough, as should 2tb, and one i7, then you can also build it on an X58 for a bigger graphics subsystem with more card choice.

then you can devote more GPGPU power to your photoshop etc, admittedly not as much cpu power but you can always overclock a rig you build yourself ;)
I totally agree, I build all of my rigs.

However, that doesn't escape the fact that the Mac Pro is a beast and is professional by any means.
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#14
TheMailMan78
Big Member
My favorite part is the fact Wifi is extra. You would think for 2k starting it might be wireless :laugh:
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#15
Ravenas
by: TheMailMan78
My favorite part is the fact Wifi is extra. You would think for 2k starting it might be wireless :laugh:
Would you have rather them have thrown it in and charged you more for the machine?

I think choice is always a better option. I can't remember the last time I ever had the urge to use WiFi on my desktop.
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#16
DrPepper
The Doctor is in the house
I'd love to get one of these cases though. Even though it looks like a cheese grater I like the inside of it.
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#17
Jizzler
So after all this bitchin' what do you guys want in it? :D
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#18
TheMailMan78
Big Member
by: Ravenas
Would you have rather them have thrown it in and charged you more for the machine?

I think choice is always a better option. I can't remember the last time I ever had the urge to use WiFi on my desktop.
No I would rather them charge me a fair price for the hardware to begin with. Also I get reps. come in all the time with files I have to look at and a USB cord isn't alway handy. Wifi is a great tool to have and for 2k it should have it!

Also no self respecting professional would waste company money requesting one of these. It could cost them their bonus at the end of the quarter. I mean its cost 15,000 dollars loaded. What jackass would pay that for a desktop?

Just to let you know I work for a VERY large company and chances are you have something I created in your closet. Trust me I am not talking out of my ass here.
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#19
DrPepper
The Doctor is in the house
I thought with everything as expensive as you could make it, it was 22grand. Anyway what have you created because there is a cupboard next to me and I'm curious :p
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#20
TheMailMan78
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Disney, Warnner Bros, Nick, NFL, NHL, MLB, NBA, MLS, NASCAR, CLC and MANY others.
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#21
DrPepper
The Doctor is in the house
by: TheMailMan78
Disney, Warnner Bros, Nick, NFL, NHL, MLB, NBA, MLS, NASCAR, CLC and MANY others.
Whats your job title though?
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#22
TheMailMan78
Big Member
by: DrPepper
Whats your job title though?
Art Director.
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#23
DrPepper
The Doctor is in the house
by: TheMailMan78
Art Director.
Awesome
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#24
Ravenas
by: TheMailMan78
No I would rather them charge me a fair price for the hardware to begin with. Also I get reps. come in all the time with files I have to look at and a USB cord isn't alway handy. Wifi is a great tool to have and for 2k it should have it!

Also no self respecting professional would waste company money requesting one of these. It could cost them their bonus at the end of the quarter. I mean its cost 15,000 dollars loaded. What jackass would pay that for a desktop?

Just to let you know I work for a VERY large company and chances are you have something I created in your closet. Trust me I am not talking out of my ass here.
I'm not saying you're talking out of your ass but just because you feel that way and you have "professional" experience doesn't mean you're anymore credible when it comes to these machines.

1st... if you're in office I assume you're machine is going to be connected to the network. If your machine is connected to the network, I also assume you will have some form of sharing setup.

The only thing WiFi provides for a desktop is convenience at minimal times and shitty bandwidth for desktop standards.

2nd... if you think corporations don't use these machines, or home consumers for that matter, then in my opinion you're dead wrong.

These machines find their way to being used for home users, xserve purposes, and all the way to extreme editing.
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#25
wolf
Performance Enthusiast
by: Ravenas
I totally agree, I build all of my rigs.

However, that doesn't escape the fact that the Mac Pro is a beast and is professional by any means.
no doubt man, this is a sexy sleek beast, and ive done professional video editing before on a dual Xeon Mac that was damn beefy.

pity about the OS tho :laugh: it and i have a disagreement.

It thinks its funny to reboot during my editing projects.

And i disagree.
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