Let’s look at new macpro

Let’s look at new macpro, thanks The Verge and Apple for pics of it.

1) The processor and RAM. There is only one CPU, and 4 ram slots around it, ram seems to be easily accessible.

Mac Pro processor

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2) The disk. Their so called pci-e ssd is…. looks like some macbookpro ssd.

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3) The GPU. There is two of them, you can see their backplates on sides of MacMiniPro

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These things don’t look changeable.

Hence you will be able to upgrade memory and disk, but nothing else, sounds like mac mini.


  1. Nisse
    June 11th, 2013 | 12:58 pm

    My first thought directly, just a mac mini where you have to change the entire “can” instead of being able to do upgrades.

    And since they left out the price, i can imagine it will be VERY pricey.

    Sorry but this just validates hackingtoshes even more…

  2. alienallan
    June 11th, 2013 | 9:17 pm

    its really hard to be more disappointed.

  3. zarac
    June 12th, 2013 | 12:02 am

    Was anyone actually expecting Apple releasing an upgradeable machine? LOL!

    But I am not disappointed at all. It is a powerful 12-core machine with dual professional GPU. And a silent one.

    Of course I won’t be buying it, they cost double the american price in my country, but looking forward to working with it in a professional environment. Three 4K displays – yay!

    And please, don’t compare it to mini. Its like comparing a netbook to alienware because “you can only replace hard drives and ram.”

  4. Pedro
    June 12th, 2013 | 12:24 am

    I thought cpu and gpu would be upgradeable, but it seemed not user-friendly. It may turn into a more DIY type of thing, but it still may be possible.

  5. laserbeak
    June 12th, 2013 | 1:31 am

    After my Mac Pro 3,1 gives out looks like I’ll be looking to build a Hackintosh. I’d rather buy a genuine Apple, but this is NOT what a Mac Pro should be. 🙁

  6. a Martin
    June 12th, 2013 | 3:21 pm

    While you can’t upgrade the internals very much there’s quite a lot of options that I guess will become available with Thunderbolt 2. I guess graphics cards connected to TB2 should work pretty well?

  7. Roy1971
    June 13th, 2013 | 1:04 am

    Amazing! I can’t believe it how Apple can do a Mac so ugly, It’s like a expensive trash can! I’m sure that will be pure power, but I do prefer a hackintosh + Macbook Pro when I’m out of home or work.

  8. June 13th, 2013 | 1:34 am

    “I guess graphics cards connected to TB2 should work pretty well?” – NO, the entire Thunderbold (1 or 2) is off 4x PCIe 2.0.
    But if you have two pro graphic cards, what do you want more?

  9. Ben
    June 13th, 2013 | 8:49 am

    Has anyone used a PCIe external chassis with Thunderbolt? Any performance benchmarks you can share?

    Thunderbolt 2 is 20Gbps vs 128Gbps for PCIe 3.0 x16 – if the external card is just for gaming or driving a display I’m sure Thunderbolt will be fine but for GPU processing needing more I/O I am guessing Thunderbolt will be a bottleneck 6x slower than if they’d added direct PCIe 3.0 slots.

  10. nuvo
    June 13th, 2013 | 2:32 pm

    correction there Ben as you can see in a the next post by netkas

    PCIe 1.x PCIe 2.x PCIe 3.0
    x1 250MB/sec 500MB/sec 1GB/sec
    x2 500MB/sec 1GB/sec 2 GB/sec
    x4 1GB/sec 2GB/sec 4GB/sec
    x8 2GB/sec 4GB/sec 8GB/sec
    x16 4GB/sec 8GB/sec 16GB/sec

  11. Badmin
    June 14th, 2013 | 3:01 pm

    nuvo Ben is right, it’s 128Gbps which is equivalent to 16GB/sec for PCIe 3.0 x 16.

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