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post #11 of 17
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On the other hand you get quite a few disadvantages due to their push for thunderbolt display connectivity (limiting choices to Apple displays - doh, how original and revolutionary), or the use for adapters that will make the small size even more irrelevant.

"Thunderbolt combines PCI Express and DisplayPort into one high-speed, versatile I/O technology."
-- Apple, Mac Pro webpage


That means you can still use DisplayPort monitors too, just like you do with existing Apples that have Thunderbolt ports. There's no need for adapters either, just a mini-DP to mini-DP or DP cable. In fact you can even use mini-DP to DVI cables (I'm literally doing it right now).
post #12 of 17
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"Thunderbolt combines PCI Express and DisplayPort into one high-speed, versatile I/O technology."
-- Apple, Mac Pro webpage


That means you can still use DisplayPort monitors too, just like you do with existing Apples that have Thunderbolt ports. There's no need for adapters either, just a mini-DP to mini-DP or DP cable. In fact you can even use mini-DP to DVI cables (I'm literally doing it right now).

If that's the case, I stand corrected. thumb.gif
post #13 of 17
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http://forums.macrumors.com/showpost.php?p=18358499&postcount=99

http://www.tonymacx86.com/graphics/115593-amd-radeon-hd-7970-shows-firepro-d700-10-9-mavericks.html

I have a feeling Mac Pro "Hackintoshes" will be using R9 270X / R9 270 /7870 to replace Firepro D300 ; HD7970 6GB to replace D700
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post #14 of 17
I agree with everything you have posted. However, in my eyes the real question is how they're offering two W8000s for $6000. It just doesn't add up. I am a custom computer manufacturer and I know how much these parts cost on wholesale, and even with volume discounts. The answer must be that AMD has either found a way to manufacture a better graphics platform for cheaper, or AMD is ripping us off more than we realize (and that includes me, a reseller!).
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Being small is not an advantage, We aren't talking about mobile computers here.

Sure it's an advantage. It is for those that have limited space.
    
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Anyone who can make use of two Firepro cards is surely going to be hooking the Mac Pro up to a 30in+ monitor, most likely 3 or 4 of them, not to mention a few TB of storage. Space really isn't an issue, since you need a lot of space for a Digital Workstation anyway. it's more about looks.

Does it look "cool to have a boring, square tower in your encoding / rendering / 3D design room or does it look "cool" to have a little black cylinder trash can looking thing...

I think the people who will be spending $3k+ on one of these stupid things will care more about looking cool than what it actually does.
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Anyone who can make use of two Firepro cards is surely going to be hooking the Mac Pro up to a 30in+ monitor, most likely 3 or 4 of them, not to mention a few TB of storage. Space really isn't an issue, since you need a lot of space for a Digital Workstation anyway. it's more about looks.

Does it look "cool to have a boring, square tower in your encoding / rendering / 3D design room or does it look "cool" to have a little black cylinder trash can looking thing...

I think the people who will be spending $3k+ on one of these stupid things will care more about looking cool than what it actually does.

Somehow I agree with this biggrin.gif. Although we enthusiast can build a system of this caliber, would I buy one? Probably not, my CrossfireX 7970's say hello... biggrin.gif
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