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The Mac Pro is not literally dead. At least not yet. But I predict that its days are numbered. Read on to find out why...
Why It's Gotten Straight Stupid to Buy a Mac Pro
Never before has it been so apparent that a power tower—pretty much the laziest design in the computer industry—is being sold by a design-centric company with neither design nor power.
And I'm not sure that the solution is just a refresh away.
The Mac Pro was once the only viable option for a OS X lover in need of serious horsepower for tasks like editing media. Now, with the new iMac? I think it's straight up stupid to buy a Mac Pro.
The $2,500 Mac Pro, desperately in need of a refresh, gives you a 2.66GHz Quad-Core (i7), 3GB of RAM (triple channel, but seriously?), 640GB hard drive (again, seriously?) and a nominal graphics card. Spend $800 more and you'll get a another processor and 3GB more RAM.
The $2200, 27-inch iMac obviously includes a screen, plus you get a 2.8GHz Quad-Core (i7), 1TB drive, 4GB of RAM and a nominal graphics card.
But beyond those clock speeds, the Mac Pro's i7 processor is the more premium Bloomfield edition, while the iMac uses the Lynnfield. (More on those differences here.)
Still, the bottom line is that the iMac's Lynnfield processor is newer, and it shows in performance.
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It's stupid now, but when the pros are refreshed maybe not.
The issue I have with the iMac is the all in one design. Last year, we had 3 monitors and 2 optical drives fail. Simply plugged in a spare monitor and chugged away, and spent $25 at newegg for new burners. If we had iMacs we'd have been SOL.
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I read the next MacPros will have Intel i9s and each CPU will have 6 cores... so a dual MacPro would have 12 cores... serious stuff even for professional like video, 3D animation, and CAD designers etc.
IF so, there;d still be a big gap bewteen a quad core iMac and a 6 or 12 core MacPro.
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