Items tagged with Mac Pro

One of the disadvantages to buying an Apple system is that it generally means less upgradeability and flexibility than a system from a traditional PC OEM. Over the last few years, Apple has introduced features and adopted standards that made upgrading or using third-party hardware progressively more difficult. Now, with OS X 10.10 Yosemite, the company has taken another step down the path towards total vendor lock-in and effectively disabled support for third-party SSDs. We say "effectively" because while third-party SSDs will still work, they'll no longer perform the TRIM garbage collection command.... Read more...
Microsoft could take a few lessons from BOXX in how to poke fun at the competition in a tactful yet hilarious manner. BOXX, which builds high-end workstations and rendering systems for a variety of applications -- film and television, visual effects, game development, simulation, government and defense, and the list goes on -- decided to compare its own professional workstation with Apple's Mac Pro. The result? A comical YouTube video, for one. Having just purchased a cylindrical shaped Mac Pro, Nate eagerly shows it off to his friend Drew, who is less than impressed with the hardware -- or lack... Read more...
You're not bringing home a Mac Pro for less than three large, and when spending that much on a computer, the expectation is that it will work and work well for a long time to come. Fair enough, but eventually you'll either want or need to dive in; it could be out of sheer curiosity or because a stick of RAM went bad. When that time comes, you'll be happy to know that Apple's cylinder shaped powerhouse is mostly easy to take apart. The folks at iFixIt got their hands on Apple's entry-level model priced at $2,999. This is the configuration that comes with an Intel Xeon E5 quad-core processor with... Read more...
You're not bringing home one of Apple's newly released Mac Pro systems without spending a small fortune -- pricing starts at $2,999 for a quad-core model and $3,999 for a 6-core foundation, both of which are rocking dual graphics cards. There's some seriously powerful hardware inside these machines, but are they worth the asking price? That's up to the buyer to decide, and to help answer that question, Macworld got its hands on an 8-core Intel Xeon E5 (3.0GHz) configuration and put the system through its paces. It also had 32GB of RAM, 512GB of flash storage, and dual AMD FirePro D700 graphics... Read more...
Some big money was raised at a special (RED) charity auction at Sotheby's in New York City over the weekend. One of the hottest items turned out to be a special edition red Mac Pro designed by Jony Ive and Mark Newson, which brought in a generous $977,000. It was the fourth biggest money maker during an auction in which almost $13 million was raised for The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria. The Mac Pro is the same one that Apple will begin selling to the public in December, except it has a red exterior rather than a black one. Non-auction models will have a starting price of... Read more...
If there's one thing Apple has proven to be quite good at, it's design. Love it or hate it, Apple's design chops have drawn all sorts of attention, and the company's latest foray into the waning desktop world has yet again struck a chord. Pundits suggest that the forthcoming Mac Pro looks about like a black trash bucket that you'd find in any home improvement store, while proponents are hailing it as the biggest leap forward in workstation design history. Regardless of your own personal feelings, the new Mac Pro is an eye-catcher, and if you're really (really!) into the design language, there's... Read more...
History doesn't always repeat itself, particularly when you're trying to juggle supply chains across the globe year in and year out, but it seems that 2013 will mirror 2012 in terms of Apple event launches in the fall. Last year, we saw the new iPhone and iPad launched within weeks of one another. This year, it appears that the iPhone 5c and iPhone 5s launch will be followed by a new iPad, a refreshed iPad mini, and perhaps a few other surprises. AllThingsD is reporting that Apple's next iPad will be unveiled at a California event on October 22nd. The focal point will obviously be the iPad, where... Read more...
It's been a good few weeks for AMD. The semiconductor design firm's products are everywhere at E3, even if they aren't always front-and-center on display. AMD's Jaguar CPU core is baked into both the PS4 and Xbox One and its FirePro graphics cards are powering the Apple Mac Pro. Apple isn't giving specs on the cards yet but refers to them as offering up to seven teraflops of procCesing power and 6GB of VRAM. That puts the cards somewhere between W8000 and W9000 GPUs -- the listed configuration is a bit more powerful than the W8000, but the W9000 in pairs would offer 8TFLOP of processing power,... Read more...
Thinking about picking up a Mac Pro? If you can hold your horses for a bit, you may ride off into the Mac OS X sunset with better hardware than what's available now. That's because Apple is rumored to be replacing its Mac Pro machines sometime later this month, though it's unclear exactly what the Cupertino outfit has in store. The rumor originates from a source who spoke with Mac Daily News and who apparently has a positive track record when it comes to "Apple product matters." Unfortunately, he or see was unable to say if the replacement would be another tower, a mini-tower, or something else.... Read more...
Apple Mac Pro users will soon have a new professional level graphics to play with -- the NVIDIA Quadro K5000. The card is based on NVIDIA's Kepler architecture and is purportedly the meanest, baddest, fastest professional-class GPU ever released for the Mac platform, NVIDIA says. The Quadro K5000 is a beast. It has Cinema 4K display support (4096x2160), is capable of driving up to four displays at once, boasts 4GB of graphics memory on a 256-bit bus, has 1536 ALUs, and peak arithmetic rates of 2150 GLOPs for single-precision computation and 90 GLFOPSs for double-precision workloads. "Quadro K5000... Read more...
Wow, a new Mac computer without any fanfare from Apple? That's odd. But this whole situation is an unusual one. Let's start with the departed. Apple has offered a rack-mount Xserve Mac OS X server system for a handful of years now, but they have always felt like an oddball. Apple's not really in the enterprise business, and it was one of just a few enterprise products offered by the company. Now, with their consumer products doing so well, it seems that Apple is shifting their focus. The Xserve has just been killed, with the final sales set to occur at the end of January 2011. So if you want an... Read more...
The new 2010 iMac may be the most consumer-centric piece of Apple's July 2010 hardware refresh, but for power users it's the Mac Pro that'll get the attention. Apple's heavyweight has been refreshed this morning, but as with the iMac, no real major exterior changes are happening. Instead, it's all in the inside. Intel has produced quite a few major chips since the Mac Pro line was last refreshed, and now the machine is finally seeing some of that work integrated into its build-to-order sheet. The new Mac Pro line holds up to 12 processing core and is up to 50% more powerful than the previous generation,... Read more...
Apple users often have to wait longer than us PC folk for top-end upgrades or features to become available, but this time the Macolytes might steal a march on the rest of us. According to rumors on the other side of the pond, the next-generation of iMac and Macbook Pro systems will feature both USB 3.0 and the heretofore dark horse candidate—FireWire 3200 (S3200). This new FireWire interface uses the same cable as the older FireWire 800 but offers four times the bandwidth. FireWire isn't discussed much these days, although the original IEEE1394a (FireWire 400) standard is fairly common, even... Read more...
You know those huge, rugged cases that musicians generally carry their amplifiers and speakers around in? Yeah, those ones that are made to take years of abuse from touring and the like. Turns out there's a need for those kind of cases, but for desktop computers. Crazy as that may sound, CaseCruzer has just introduced its newest (and potentially wildest) product yet: the Apple Mac Pro Tower Case.Anyone who does serious A/V editing will understand that the Core 2 Duo under the hood of the MacBook Pro just can't cut it during crunch time. Serious renders take serious horsepower, and sometimes that... Read more...
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