Nice. A far cry from the specs for the decked out 12 core / twin 384bit firepro model that people were rumoring to be in sub $5000 msrp, but...
Really excited to see which apps will make use of the dual (or more) gpu cards in the future.
Btw, with 450W psu / heat dissipation capacity and a 130W xeon, the gpus used are probably low power (mobile ?) Versions. Probably wont be in the exact league with 250W cards. (W9000 Firepro's are rated @ 274W).
Originally Posted by Gaupz
Entry level will cost $3000. What does the best version cost? Guessing near $5000.
Reality check: cheapest 12C Xeon retails @ $2,500.
It is proven that workstation machines sell "upgrades" with a healthy markup - whoever would claim that Apple buys lots of Xeons, thus getting better than $2,500 (ofc, they don't buy retail, duh) and will be selling it for less, are simply naive or never actually checked what companies charge for parts.
High end firepros are also very expensive. The W9000 - the only current AMD card with 384bit and 6GB of VRam, the model the D700 probably will be based on - retails for $3,400 (a piece) and historically mobile / lower power versions of high-end chips are more expensive than retail desktop parts (both AMD + nVidia).
So, we have more than $9,300 in retail value just for the E5-2695 CPU + GPUs (9.7K if you go the E5-2697).
Apple matching that, would be nice...but adding ECC ram and the PCIe SSDs and ofc this pretty elaborate and expensive case will drive cost even further up.
Just as discused in the thread about the MP few months ago...
Originally Posted by TheLAWNOOB
With AMD's 9000 series FX CPUs, the price could be well over 9000.
I wonder how cool and wquiet could it ru with dual 12 core Xeons and Two way Firepros.
FX CPUs - even the wacko priced ones - cannot be used in pairs, and are cheaper than 12C Xeons.
Apple doesn't seem to have plans to offer a 2P Xeon MP. Again, it is difficult in such a small form factor to have multiple full power desktop/server grade parts.Edited by pcfoo - 10/23/13 at 7:58am