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Old Jan 29th, 2014, 10:57 PM   #1
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Touring MacPro

We've set aside one of the new towers for clients to "taste" for a couple of days in their own work environment.

Has been popular tho supply of the 6core and up is frustrating.

If you are curious and in the GTA contact us about a test run.
Be warned you have no choice but to be on Mavericks.



They ae pretty slick machines tho the older MacPros are still exceptionally popular.

For some users it's just what is needed and with the concentration on GPU acceleration in some apps....the gain is substantial.
This client was trying a 2.6 Retina 2012 - no slouch on it's own.
Geekbench 3 (64): 12428

Then tried the Quad MacPro.
Geekbench 3 (64): 14601

not even 20% more processing but his rendering times dropped in half or more thanks to the big gun cards.
We don't think the new tower will have as wide an application range as previous but no question for some it's terrific - we were already talking with some about racks and many like the portability - big power in a small footprint.

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Vast difference. Did same rendering tests as the other day. Times were less than half. More importantly, the GPU renderings actually looked amazing. So full settings GPU renderings that look great in under 30 seconds is something I can definitely work with. And to drop the anti-alias setting a bit to have almost instantaneous renderings for client meetings still produces fantastic images.
He's an architect and takes the machine to clients and makes changes in real time so the extra speed makes his presentations flow.

We were however surprised to note the Haswell 2.6 retina has the same benchmarks

Geekbench 3 (64): 14596

as the quad macpro ...a very decent GT750m 2 gb video card
twice the drive space ( unreal fast 800 mps ), more ram and a gorgeous Retina screen for $200 less and will drive twin big screens as well.

We think the entry tower should really be at $2500.

The 6 core tho looks to be good value ....40% more speed, more ram and better video cards for $1k more - what's not to like.

Geekbench 3 (64): 20626

Apple pretty much has it's ducks in a row from Retina 13 up through the towers tho the top end towers per usual are a lot of money that is not proportional to the gain

The all around media pro winner we think is the 2.3 Retina or the 2.6 Retina. Big power, brilliant connectivity and screen and very easy to handle.

With a 4k screen and Applecare the 2.3 Retina is under $3500.



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Old Feb 5th, 2014, 09:17 PM   #2
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i'm still dying to see one in person.. just to fondle it ! =)

next year, sell my hardware (see my sig) and get one of these puppies! will look great along side my ultrawide 29" LG monitor!
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Jezzy, the pics by Apple have been misleading. The Mac Pro looks more pewter than black and is certainly glossy.Totally different from the pics. And it's surprisingly heavy/solid. I do wish they have made a black one, but but it still looks great.
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I actually would like a gun metal / pewter finish.. ive come close to putting my hardware for sale this week and invest in a 6.1. Damn close!
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Finally saw a used one on kijiji. The look of the unit, replete with cables, is not too handsome:
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I'd still take it!!
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I'd still take it!!
It's still for sale at $3,800:

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I'll continue to dream and enjoy my 09 Mac pro for now until prices become affordable!
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for many people you can spend a few bucks on an 09 and absolutely juice the RAM, add a PCI express SSD...really trick it out for around $1200 or so.
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I've already added 2 pcie ssd's and a gtx 680 card. It runs great! Love my 09 mp!
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