Putting In Perspective Just How Crazy Small The New Mac Pro Is [Image]

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The new Mac Pro is tiny. How tiny? It’s only slightly bigger than a roll of paper towels. And yet inside it is the power to render, I dunno, a jillion 3D models of them.

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  • joewaylo

    I think most actually prefer the behemoth over the new one. Mostly for one main reason. You can buy separate Hard Drives, Video Cards, and RAM and upgrade it constantly.

    The little can doesn’t look very upgradeable anymore. I’m sure some power users will miss adding upgrades constantly like removable drive bays.

  • extra_medium

    I think most actually prefer the behemoth over the new one. Mostly for one main reason. You can buy separate Hard Drives, Video Cards, and RAM and upgrade it constantly.

    The little can doesn’t look very upgradeable anymore. I’m sure some power users will miss adding upgrades constantly like removable drive bays.

    They’re going to push external upgrades/addons through thunderbolt I’m pretty sure. Hopefully the market for these products gets a little bigger. Still we can look forward to paying at least 50% more for those extra drives.

    But yeah, I think most pro users could care less how big or small the thing is. In this case function should trump form and it doesn’t seem to be how they approached it.

  • Obsidian71

    Power users today have external arrays and fast networks. The ones whining about internal expansion are the “champagne taste on a beer budget” kind of user. There are numerous benefits to having your storage be external (management, backup, cooling etc).

    All storage vendors need to do now is deliver a nice Thunderbolt SAN and we’re off to the races.

  • bdkennedy

    I don’t mind the external expansion but the price of the computer better reflect it the lack of internal components.

    Power users today have external arrays and fast networks. The ones whining about internal expansion are the “champagne taste on a beer budget” kind of user. There are numerous benefits to having your storage be external (management, backup, cooling etc).

    All storage vendors need to do now is deliver a nice Thunderbolt SAN and we’re off to the races.

  • jdr0dn3y

    With the components listed, I wouldn’t be surprised to see a 5 or 6k starting point. Unless they offer an option with half the components (6 core instead of 12, 1 GPU instead of 2).

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