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post #81 of 426
Trashcan, really? More like time capsule.

It really amazes me how people can sit here and bash Apple for this wonderful work of engineering while they talk about how "awesome" those mini-itx cases are...

This has lots of power and reliability and it is very expandable, all in a compact form. It's not designed for the consumer or even prosumer market, it's for professionals who have no issue paying for expensive Thunderbolt cables and accessories. The 6 thunderbolt connectors can be used for very large RAID systems and displays.

Here's a real photo:

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I wish it was metal, but then again, I'm never gonna buy this thing.

All aluminum.

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Only 1P? I would be disappointed if I was interested in one. Mac Pros have always been 2P. All you're getting if you upgrade from an older 2P system is the higher IPC of Ivy Bridge, and I'm sure at least a part of that is negated due to what I presume are lower clock speeds.

GPUs are nice.

PCI-E SSD is really nice, though probably really expensive.

The design is kind of nice and definitely interesting, though it clearly throws upgradeability out the window.

What irritates me is the specs they decided to give out. "12 core Xeon"... ok, could've been more clear. "Dual AMD workstation GPUs with 528GB/s memory bandwidth"... out of all the information they could've given about the GPUs, they decide to give us the memory bandwidth?? I mean, sure, there's only one AMD workstation GPU with 264GB/s memory bandwidth (W9000, basically a 7970 but with the fancy workstation drivers that are supposedly worth around $3000), but come on... couldn't they have said something like 8TFLOPs, or anything actually indicative of the performance class of the part? "PCIe flash"... clear enough, though I hate how they use "flash" as a buzzword instead of simply calling it NAND or an SSD. "1866MHz DDR3"... I was laughing until I realized it has ECC and therefore that speed is actually pretty good, though I'm not sure how much it matters, especially since they didn't give timings (could very well be CAS 10+, in which case 1600MHz CL <9 would be similar or hell even better).
I doubt the clock speeds are lower. Also they did say about the GPUs that they're 7 TFLOPS (total, I believe.)
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post #84 of 426
The guts are absolutely brutal, and the engineering job to fit them inside that case is even more beastly.

But man, does it look aesthetically unpleasant.
   
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post #85 of 426
Hideous aesthetics and it's probably going to be hotter than the surface of the sun if the target market gets their hands on it. The Xeon and the two GPUs are going to have to get cozy in there
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post #86 of 426
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I doubt the clock speeds are lower. Also they did say about the GPUs that they're 7 TFLOPS (total, I believe.)

This isn't much more than speculation, but I doubt Intel's going to manage to release a 12-core IB with clocks exceeding 3GHz, at least not without a >150W TDP. Their current 8-core can't match the 2.93GHz of the previous 12-core Mac Pro without going up to 150W; even on 22nm I doubt the situation will be much different with 50% more cores.

B-b-but... two W9000s should be capable of around 7987GFLOPs... if I was trying to sell the damn thing I'd say 8 TFLOPs, not 7.
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Their website is pretty Specific guys. With the top single Sata III SSD's out today transferring data near 500+ GB/s the image explains exactly the targets they are talking about. Granted now I'm looking for sizes they plan to offer this Flash Storage in. I would assume decently large 500G and 1TB, and insanely expensive.
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We’re talking storage that’s up to 2.5 times faster than the fastest SATA-based solid-state drive and up to 10 times faster than a 7200-rpm SATA hard drive.

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I wish it was metal, but then again, I'm never gonna buy this thing.

All aluminum.

dsc00052.jpg

Well, I wish I saw that first.
    
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Did Apple Steal It’s Design Ideas From Braun?

http://www.mudflowermedia.com/blog/?p=168

Did Braun make a trash can?
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I'll be honest, but the fact that they managed to squeezed all those components to such a tiny and elegant case.
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