I find that the Mac Pro got a nice new update and the design is cool.
But at that price, I find it too much for a computer like that.
I’m with you on this. While I applaud the amazing design, the price for something that the company gives me no-to-very little say in how I can upgrade as the times dictate is just not the answer. The way technology is absolutely flying right now, I find it a better answer to build my own stuff. I get what I want at a much lower price, as I can dictate in my own way which technology is fresh and which is following on it’s heels by going with yesterday’s best. While I think it’s a very cool design, it’s at least twice the cost, and a twelve-core powerhouse, to what I can build, myself, as a sixteen-core monster. Since every core counts, when it comes to Carrara, I’ll go with the cheaper sixteen. Or if I’m on a tight budget, like I am now… I’ll take the eight over the six.
The other huge consideration, especially if you’re considering the addition of Octane, is the idea of being locked into only a few choices of graphics upgrades compared to having everything made in the industry at your disposal. I can see Apple’s take, I guess. They want nothing but the best of the best - so that they have less issues in customer service. But that removes me from their system entirely. I need my choices. My darn phone has a dual core proc in it now. Why would I want to spend so much on a six-core as a Carrara render machine? Truth is… I don’t.
Same here. I would love to have one, but on my current budget…not gonna happen. Not for the build I’d want. I hope to retire my 5-year-old iMac early next year. If my choice is a baseline Mac Pro or a completely blown-out iMac for $3300-ish, the iMac wins.
I am 90% sure I am getting the new 2013 Mac Pro! But the question is which configuration? The new AMD/ATI FirePro GPUs are sort of a mystery. I am not sure if the comparisons are accurate but everyone is trying to figure out what a FirePro D300, FirePro D500, and FirePro D700 are?
Here is a question and answer that I got on macrumors.com.
> I can’t find any info on these GPUs on AMD/ATI’s web site?
> Are these totally new cards or reincarnations of AMD/ATI’s existing cards?
Not so much “new” as “custom”/“proprietary”. Apple designed and makes these cards not AMD. Apple has licensed some stuff and buys a few basic components from AMD but it Apple’s card.
> Anyone find anything on the web? My google search yielded nothing.
It will show up once macrumors and other rumors sites get indexed.
D300 approximately a W7000 ( less VRAM 2 versus 4 ) [ approximately AMD HD 7870 ]
D500 approximately a W8000 ( less VRAM and fewer cores and tweaked memory width ) [ approximatel AMD HD 7950 or AMD HD 7870 XT ]
D700 approximately a W9000 [ approximately AMD HD 7970 ]
I know Apple is really going to push OpenCL and with the abundance and volume of the dual FirePro GPUs that are going to be out there I can see a lot of products taking advantage of them via OpenCL.