Robert_Charlton - 9:41 pm on Jun 11, 2013 (gmt 0)
A critical look at the new Mac Pro
A graphics pro breaks down Apple's new machine.
ArsTechnica - June 11 2013
You get the feeling that the designers sat around coming up with ideas for the new Mac Pro and said, "If Darth Vader edited video, what would his computer look like?"
The article provides what appears to be a balanced view of design considerations. The computer is a radically new design, built around a central thermal core, with motherboard elements facing out for accessibility. I find the idea appealing, with some reservations because of limitations the design imposes.
While Apple touts the Mac Pro's expandability, the article describes it in more ambiguous terms...
A truly epic lack of expandability
The article considers trade-offs with regard to possible hard-drive setups, eg, and likely costs of various options. Depends, it seems, on what kinds of work you do, what your legacy hardware is, and what your legacy media is on.
Other limitations discussed include small number of USB ports, no optical drives, and GPU limitations.
Your view of some of these considerations may depend on your view of the future, on your business model, and again on legacy issues. I see many graphics companies (software and hardware) betting on the cloud, and I've got to confess that that makes me uneasy. I'd relate some of Apple's design decisions to analogous decisions Apple made with FCPX.
And some of the design decisions may be prioritizing form over function... There are only so many considerations you can satisfy and keep it sleek.
Aside from that, it looks like a beautiful machine that's likely to influence future designs and perhaps to prompt some alternatives.