Having and using an Apple Mac computer is one of the top objects of desire on my wish-list. I simply love the feeling, the stability, the looks of the interface and their sleek design. Compared to a pc, a Mac is light years ahead! It’s not the i-pod, i-tunes connectivity and all the gimmicks that go with it, it’s the fact that a Mac is a reliable machine and a real pleasure to work with, pure QUALITY, period! And for the amount of time I’m spending in front of a computer screen, I demand that quality.
Fairly recently Apple has released a new model in their Pro series. And that machine is a real monster! On the outside, the design haven’t changed much, but inside things just got hotter. First of all the powerplant of this workstation is 8 powerplants really! Using 2 X Quad-Core Intel Xeon processors up to 3.2GHz you can vaguely begin to imagine the capabilities of this machine! Larger powerplant means that you also need a larger storeroom to support the production volume 🙂 So the new MacPro can have RAM up to a whopping 32GB!!! It comes with only 2GB as a retail standard, but don’t tell me you’re not intrigued with such capacity to order a machine with more RAM!
On the Graphics card front you can either have the default ATI Radeon HD 2600 XT with 256MB of GDDR3 memory, PCI Express 2.0, and two dual-link DVI ports, the card provides great performance for typical creative applications. And you get dual 30-inch Apple Cinema HD Display support out of the box. Your second option and for an extra 160€ is the NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GT with 512MB of GDDR3 memory and latest-generation NVIDIA GPU technology. Closing the package of options comes the real moster of 3D, the one and only NVIDIA Quadro FX 5600 graphics card, which is the ultimate workstation-class graphics card available, with a massive 1.5GB of GDDR3 memory and a 3D stereo port for stereo-in-a-window applications. Pure power overkill, with only one flaw: it costs around 2,500€ more 😦
The cherry on the top is that the interior design of the box is laid out in such a modular way that you can easily access and install / uninstall hardware pieces without having to battle with wires and other electronic components, nor you have to dismantle 3/4 of the machine for a simple installation! Every hard disk comes on it’s own bay, that you simply have to put the HD inside, slide it in and that’s it! It becomes operational on the spot! Same goes for the memory chips, you can pull out 4 bridges with memory chip slots on them, snap the RAM chips on and push back inside! True beauty that comes from those futuristic comic books and movies!
Now all this power needs a good visual output and Apple has gone one step beyond the rest in this section too! A 30inch wide screen is available for your visual joy! Of course you can have more than one screen per single MacPro, in fact you can go up to 8 X 30inch screens per machine!!!…
Are you graphics hungry? I know I am! ANd I’m dying to get one of these in my hands!
So here’s the bad news to cool your hunger down: The MacPro basic model retails at around 2,631€ without a display screen. For that base value you get these specs:
- Two 2.8GHz Quad-Core Intel Xeon processors
- 2GB (two 1GB) of 800MHz DDR2 ECC fully buffered DIMM
- ATI Radeon HD 2600 XT 256MB (two dual-link DVI ports)
- 320GB Serial ATA 3Gb/s; 7200 rpm; 8MB cache
- 16x SuperDrive with double-layer support (DVD±R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW)
- Bluetooth 2.0 + EDR
Which, allow my humble opinion here, if you’re going to have the Mac Pro these specs are way too poor for a machine of such calibre.
Now in order to have a good (but not the top of the range) Mac Pro you would need 4,387€ which would include 8 GB of RAM, an Nvidia 8800GT video card, 2 X 3GhZ Quad Core Intel Xeons and a second HD of 500GB for saving your work files (I always use a two HD configuration on my machines: one for OS and software and another one for saving my files).
Adding up the price of the Apple Cinema HD Display 30” screen which is 1,592€ the total sums up to 5,979€!
And adding up the V.A.T. to that, it brings us up to a grand total of 7115€ !!!!
Well, according to that price, it’s not a fetish anymore, it’s a total rip-off!!!