Originally Posted by ImmortalKenny
Can we just drop the whole "well it's not really made in the USA" thing?
Yeah. Also, you have to think about what the professional really wants and what they really need. What they really need is something like this that you can literally chuck in a suitcase with a monitor or two and take it to the filming site to edit footage on the go. Everything is solid state, so there's no worrying about hard drive issues.
Also, the average professional does not constantly upgrade like we do. They buy an expensive machine, wait until it doesn't do what they need it to anymore, than buy another one. The upgrading thing is purely an enthusiast thing. If you think that your average producer or post production manager is going out to buy the latest FirePro and Xeon every 10 or even 20months, you clearly have no experience with professionals. They use their rigs into the ground, then they buy a new one. What they want is durability and spatial conservation.
I am a PC guy, though, to anyone who doubts me. I want to see a build log cutting windows in the side and filling the thing with mineral oil to reduce temps.
In addition to that, with people who are saying that they aren't stackable, they take up too much extra space as circles, etc, first off, they're not meant to be servers. They're meant to be workstations. Second of all, there may also be a vent on the bottom, meaning they can be stacked and the fans will pull up air through the stack.
A 12-core Xeon and two FirePros is a lot of compute power. The Thunderbolt 2 ports have 20GBps theoretical throughput and I think that is enough for graphics cards if you need them, especially with the optical Thunderbolt demos we've been seeing lately.
This thing is a stunningly functional work of art that packs a workstation into the size of your compact Cuisinart countertop coffee maker. (the small kind) Quit trying to make it do stuff it's not meant to and instead admire and puzzle over how in the world they managed this.
Again, I believe people are overestimating the size. It is a cylinder with a base diameter of 6.6" and is only 9.9" tall. I don't know where Usario got his numbers, but the Newegg specs for the SG09 say it is roughly 9*11*13. Since it is a cylinder, we can say that it is roughly 6*6*9. (though less than that, that includes square corners) That is almost exactly half as wide or deep or tall as the SG09 is.