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Apple’s Mac Pro is no longer the company’s star product, and for a time some fans wondered if it might be discontinued entirely. Instead, Apple surprised everyone by heavily revising the system for a new century. The older model’s big silver enclosure has been exchanged for a small, futuristic, glossy-black cylinder that is small enough to be easily moved, yet large enough to accommodate powerful hardware.

Putting powerful components in a small case usually bumps up the price, however, and the Mac Pro is no exception. The most basic quad-core version is $2,999 and stepping up to six cores adds another grand. That’s a lot of money, but is this new Mac reasonably priced when compared to a PC you can build yourself, or is the “Apple tax” in full effect? Let’s find out.

Examining The Base Model

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The base model of the new Mac Pro 10 Hilarious Images That Mock The New Mac Pro Design 10 Hilarious Images That Mock The New Mac Pro Design Can't innovate anymore , my ass -- those were the words uttered by Phil Schiller, senior vice president of worldwide marketing at Apple Inc. during the unveiling of the new Mac Pro at WWDC '13.... Read More is equipped with an Intel Xeon E5 quad-core processor boasting a maximum clock speed of 3.7 GHz which is paired with 12 gigabytes of 1866 MHz DDR3 RAM and 256 gigabytes of PCIe-based flash storage. Two AMD FirePro D300 graphics cards act as the cherry on top, providing two gigabytes of GDDR5 RAM each.

How much does it cost to put together a roughly similar build yourself? Let’s find out. To the Internet, Batman!

Add all of this together and you come to a price of… $3,680.

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Wait – what? Isn’t putting your own system together supposed to be less expensive? With a typical consumer desktop that is usually true, but the Mac Pro is a different beast. Many of the components in it are not usually purchased by consumers and, as such, are available only at very high prices from just a handful of retailers. The processor, for example, is far more expensive than an equivalent Intel Core product, but serious workstations demand Xeon because they promise maximum reliability under intense workloads.

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There are a few inconsistences worth mentioning. The most important is the combination of video cards, which doesn’t match that of the Mac Pro because Apple uses customized hardware. The FirePro W7000 cards listed in the custom build use the same architecture and have similar specifications, but come with two additional gigabytes of memory each. That makes the theoretical performance of the custom build a bit higher than the base Mac Pro.

We also cannot, of course, precisely price the enclosure and power supply Apple uses. The new Pro is a mere 9.9 inches high, 6.6 inches wide and weighs eleven pounds. I’ve seen cans of oatmeal larger than the new Mac Pro, and it’s not possible to replicate its size with off-the-shelf parts. For some people this might no matter, but for others the small size of the Mac will be an important advantage.

What About The Upgraded Version?

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The more expensive $3,999 configuration of the Mac Pro replaces the quad-core processor with a six-core Xeon E5-1650. RAM is bumped up to 16 gigabytes, and the FirePro cards are upgraded to the D500, which offer three gigabytes of GDDR5 RAM each. What does a theoretical custom build cost when the upgrade’s hardware used?

Add all of this together and you come to a price of $5,020. That’s quite astounding, as the $1,000 upgrade seems to net you components worth $1,500.

The qualifier, once again, is the video card. The performance of the upgraded Mac Pro’s pair of FirePro D500s probably would not quite match up to a pair of W8000s because the D500s offer less RAM and about 15% fewer stream processors per card. On the other hand, though, the D500 has a 384-bit memory interface while the W8000s have a slower 256-bit interface.

Where’s The Apple Tax?

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There’s not much room for interpretation here. While the Mac Pro is no doubt expensive, it’s actually less expensive than a similar system would be if you put it together yourself. You might be able to beat Apple’s price if you ordered all your parts off eBay or settled for gently used components The Top Three Places To Buy Refurbished Mac Laptops [Mac] The Top Three Places To Buy Refurbished Mac Laptops [Mac] Read More , but buying new hardware from established retailers is going to blow your budget.

And don’t forget what you lose by building your own computer. You’ll have limited support and while warranties will apply, you may have to remove and send back a component if it’s broken, putting your entire system out of commission. Apple’s retail locations and excellent customer support AppleCare: What Are Your Options & Is It Really Worth It? AppleCare: What Are Your Options & Is It Really Worth It? High customer satisfaction ratings and a large network of stores capable of performing certain repairs on-site give AppleCare the edge over the average warranty - but are the benefits really worth the price? Read More makes it less likely you’ll see significant downtime.

You can gain similar protection by purchasing from HP or Lenovo, but these pre-built PC workstations fare even worse in terms of value. Some can match or exceed the Mac Pro’s processor, while others can offer more storage, but none can match the combination of CPU, GPU and hard drive performance that the new Mac Pro provides at a similar price.

Conclusion

Despite complaints about its price, the Mac Pro looks like a pretty good deal. Yes, you can get carried away with the options, potentially resulting in a system that costs $10,000 or more, but that’s true of many high-end computers. The pre-configured versions will do nicely for many buyers.

What do you think of the new Mac Pro? Is it worth the money, or would you rather have a PC-based workstation? Shout out in the comments!

Image Credit: Tech Report/Geoff Gasior

  1. Jason
    March 2, 2015 at 10:35 am

    This's all good to know...I'd love to buy this but for years now, the Mac Pro has not been worth the money.

  2. Mr. Snuggles
    December 26, 2014 at 4:17 pm

    Macs are trash.

  3. c
    January 23, 2014 at 10:08 pm

    Stop wasting money, now Linux and Steam...lol

  4. himagain
    January 23, 2014 at 4:44 am

    What I as a non-techhead always find interesting is that unless you intend playing competitive games(Big Time), or designing a space-shuttle (originally done on today's equivalent of a home PC), there isn't much justification for going beyond a $500 Asus Portable with an extra keyboard and #2 Monitor for those rare ocassions (High q. porno mass events).
    But Apple Inc. is a marketing tour de force. Brilliantly targeted to that magic 7% of any market who will buy the "in" product of the month.
    Some real computer users scoff at the Apple repair turnaround times and incredible charges, without understanding that the *whole* (brilliant) idea is for you to upgrade, not repair.
    Apple Inc., is the ultimate marketing machine!

    They don't invent or make anything, all the components are off the shelf from the very few actual component makers everyone shares.
    AND even their new "secret" Operating System" X" was the simply brilliant adoption of Linux when their always faulty operating system (multi-user disaster)couldn't hack it in the real world and they brazened it out, knowing full well that virtually nobody in that 7% of Fashionistas would catch on, anyway.
    A friend of mine - a top exec - who was thus naturally given a high-end Mac, was near hysterical when he found out that it was going to be "sometime in the New Year" when his machine would be repaired and no, he was not allowed to supervise the safety of his Hard Drive with all its corporate secrets.
    (In the real world of serious users, a tech comes in, fixes whatever and leaves without a copy of all your files - in 30 minutes)

    He was absolutely stunned when I organised him a sub-$500
    ASUS. (It did have Widows 8.1 on it, thrown in, but as I am unfamiliar with the Apple front end, I put Linux Uberstudent on it in VBox and gave him a quick 3 hour induction lesson. (He kept asking about Manuals at first).
    Right up till now , he was a complete victim of the Apple pitch.....

  5. Charles
    January 21, 2014 at 3:30 pm

    Just built 10 SuperMicro 5037A-i based AutoCAD workstations
    $3,269 each

    Super X9SRA MB
    INTEL XEON E5 1650 V2
    32GB RAM
    DVDRW
    NVIDIA QUADRO K2000 2GB DDR5
    W8PRO
    3 Intel 240gb SSD’s RAID 1 w/hot spare

    And, yes, it will run Windows, Linux (like a cheetah) or OS X. I doubt anyone, other than users working on advanced 3D rendering or lengthy film editing projects, could detect a humanly perceptible difference.

  6. Jimmy
    January 21, 2014 at 12:54 am

    Lets put aside the PC vs. Mac hate for a sec and think about this just as a machine that does big things fast. This thing is tiny! And I think that is something that is being overlooked here. Imagine stuffing three of these things under a desk daisy chained together and having a render farm on a 20Gb/s thunderbolt network. No rack, No wires, no switches, no routers. Just think about that for a minute. You could put that in your desk drawer for christ sake! Thats awesome! Not to mention the entire setup would be under Apples warranty, and could all be covered by Apple care. I'm not hating on pcs or anything but it would be pretty tough to beat that package in terms of size, coverage and it's about as close as you can get to a no fail guarantee.

  7. Josh
    January 18, 2014 at 8:59 pm

    Giving up on Apple's "excellent customer support".... serious?!?!?!?!?!
    With a PC it's a breeze - you go to the shop, get the part you like, go home and stick it in the machine!
    With a mac, you have to give it up for 2-3 weeks. Does that make sense to you nowadays, huh?!?!?
    And then, if it's not a replacement, but an upgrade, they'll charge you twice it's normal cost. Are you stupid?
    Some people, including myself, don't replace broken components in the mac just for coz of the 2-3 weeks wait. I have a hard disk, burner, keyboard and mouse connect via usb.
    These are part of the reasons I'm never buying anything from them again!

  8. Pete S
    January 14, 2014 at 2:08 am

    Don't Apple specifically like to use hardware components that are slightly off the beaten track so they can keep the 'Hackintosh' builders at bay?

  9. Viktor
    January 7, 2014 at 10:34 pm

    Article is right.. Mac Pro is actually cheaper buying it then building Yourself similar at home :) Tweeted

  10. Tudor Bertea
    January 6, 2014 at 12:00 am

    You may all be right. I say this new Mac Pro is spectacular. Expensive? Sure, but it looks good, very sexy. I find it very hard to believe there still are people truly believing some DIY box comes close to this. In my books, there's no contest as to whether or not Apple makes impeccable design for their whole line of products. And the markets are confirming the fact according to which Apple Rulz.

    • highks
      January 9, 2014 at 8:11 pm

      I agree that the design of this MacPro is kind of perfect. Especially the cooling system design is what fascinates me - they manage to get one hot cpu and two even hotter gpus into such a small space and cool it all with just one large fan. As a pc builder/modder (but also professional apple/fcp user) I have to say it has been a long time since somebody has come up with such a groundbreakingly new cooling design! I really appreciate it, and I am going to get one for work. I will not get one for myself because I don't need a machine like that at home.

  11. Tom W
    January 4, 2014 at 12:21 am

    When MUO posted the specs for the new Mac Pro a few weeks ago, I was surprised that there seemed to be very little Apple tax on it. I only did some rough calculations, based on identical or near-identical hardware. I would have liked to see this article focus on matching power, rather than hardware, to see if that brings the price down.

  12. Kevin M
    January 2, 2014 at 7:08 pm

    I am not the same Kevin M that posted above...;)

  13. Kevin M
    January 2, 2014 at 7:08 pm

    First of all let me say, its obvious Steve is gone looking at this joke! The idea that to build something better would lead me to EBay for part is an insult to system builders everywhere. Its obvious with that comment alone you fear the challenge. I could without a doubt build a better computer and even have some left over for dinner for two at Apple bees!

  14. Phil N
    January 2, 2014 at 5:53 pm

    Of course even if you somehow got one of these mac pros cheaper than the PC equivalent you still have to deal with the huge lack of software and osx environment.

    • SPI
      January 3, 2014 at 12:58 am

      Um...what? Most of the software folks run on these types of workstations are readily available on OS X (Adobe Premiere, Photoshop, etc., Pro Tools, graphics programs, etc.), and the OS X environment is actually way better than Windows 7 or 8 (particularly 8).

      Folks are also going on about expansion, but with the six thunderbolt 2 ports there are options (or should be) for expansion, whether they be additional GPUs or whathaveyou.

    • BooYaa
      January 5, 2014 at 4:24 am

      Still so much better than dealing with windows. The worse OS ever.

    • Phil N
      January 5, 2014 at 4:32 am

      lol that's why almost everyone uses it. "This thing is horrible! I'm buying another one!"

    • highks
      January 9, 2014 at 8:00 pm

      I work with OSX a lot, but I also work with Windows and sometimes Linux.
      In my experience, people who think windows is bad, have never worked on a high quality system running windows. If all you ever had was some discount-pc with the shittiest hardware, of course you are going to hate "windows". Actually you hate the shitty hardware.
      I acknowledge that it is pretty hard, almost impossible, to get a pc with really good hardware when you can't build one yourself. Because if you build pcs yourself (or work on one that was built by someone who knows what they're doing) you're gonna realize that windows runs just fine, and there's not much difference to osx for the normal user.

  15. Martijn
    January 2, 2014 at 3:15 pm

    It's a different graphics card than the one Apple uses. I bet the one Apple uses is cheaper (checking... well, the D300 doesn't appear in our pricewatch even. So Apple again uses something weird, nice going).

    Also, there are MUCH cheaper options for PCIe-based SSD's (apart from the fact that you don't notice any difference in speed as compared to a SATA SSD).

    Also, why choose such a rediculously expensive motherboard? X79 boards cannot be more expensive than $200, such as the Asus P9X79 LE.

    Lastly, the CPU is not that expensive. Amazon is clearly not the go-to store for computer parts.

  16. Márcio G
    January 2, 2014 at 11:53 am

    Can we adress in this discussion other assemblers? I was told that there were some other companies assembling that could get us this specs and, if so, lower prices, since they have not the «Apple Tax». I eard of SGI and BARCA, does anyone know this guys? Do they still exist?

    Cheers from Portugal and a great 2014 to all of you! And by the way, for several months I could not open my MUO account... until today! Hurray!

    Márcio Guerra

  17. Lupica George
    January 2, 2014 at 10:37 am

    I do like the fact that Apple have a hint of value in their product. It might have killed some people hoping to sell their current gear, but it does show that they can still be competitive in this market.

    What i'm slightly surprised is at their marketing. It seems a bit underwhelming compared to what they usually do. Still, this might be a move towards cutting back on the premium paid on some PC components from the higher end of the market.

  18. othniel
    January 2, 2014 at 6:17 am

    At the end of the day, what really matters is what do you really need based on what you can afford.

  19. velinn
    January 1, 2014 at 6:11 pm

    tl;dr - servers aren't meant to be gaming machines, and it's silly to even mention games with this caliber of equipment, regardless of whether it's made by Apple, IBM, or Sun.

    For those that well reasoned answers:
    " ... thinking that this computer from apple that is called a mac (childish to think it’s not also a pc and it’s in a different league) shows signs that you are not the type of person who would fiddle with his hardware. "

    False. The first PC I ever built was a 286. The last I've built was a c2quad (will move to an i-series eventually). A Mac is (now) PC hardware, but I don't think I ever made any distinction about hardware, only software (eg, Wintendo). Personal attacks/assumptions aside, none of this has any bearing on what this machine is, or was built to do though.

    You wouldn't buy an industrial strength server from IBM to play COD on, and you wouldn't buy this from Apple to do that either. That is not what they're designed for. What is so annoying is that every gamer wants to bash Apple because they can't fiddle with a Mac Pro like they can a hobbyist machine they threw together for $1000. This isn't a hobbyist machine - it's built and designed for business use. Saying "lol my games are in Windows" is just childish when talking about this type of machine, and no, not because it's an Apple product; it would be just as silly whether it's made by Apple or IBM or Sun. This is a workstation, not a gaming platform.

    And your last point: "You are still better off making your own machine" is what this entire article is about. If you did make your own machine, you'd pay more if you bought the same parts as the Mac Pro has. The parts the Mac Pro has, as of now, are extremely advanced. I've seen an entire recording studio based on one old G4. Imagine what this machine is capable of in the same scenario. -That- is the purpose of this computer. Not to sit under your desk with wurring led fans playing COD at 2am.

    • trobert
      January 2, 2014 at 10:42 am

      I apologize sincerely if you think it was a personal attack.
      I was defending the hobbyists because of the knowledge you get from hacking your own machine.
      To regards of the software/hardware naming "convention", why doesn't anyone take the time to name the pc's "Linux machines" or "Windows machines", etc?
      This apple product still has a major flaw and it applies to servers, not only gaming machines. No matter how advanced they are, you still need expansion. If you want horizontal expansion, this is not a viable solution.
      Software wise (this is just an opinion, although I believe it is shared among dev/ops) I wouldn't install a product in my data center that doesn't let me choose easily my OS.
      Thank you for the reply, I enjoy talking about this subject and I apologize again if this sounds personal.

    • Matt F
      January 4, 2014 at 12:19 am

      tl;dr maybe people are confused about why they are spending 4 grand on a unconventional computer with very specific specs when they could spend less than half to get a easier machine that will do their day to day stuff (apple isn't clear in their marketing what this is for). The business world isn't a new master race of PCs your "high end" hardware is just as "high end" as a 4k gaming computer the money is just spent in other places. You are sounding just bad as all the "trolls" did you even look up the parts? or do any amount of research before you posted all that? (i really suggest you read all of it though)

      "tl;dr – servers aren’t meant to be gaming machines, and it’s silly to even mention games with this caliber of equipment, regardless of whether it’s made by Apple, IBM, or Sun."

      people aren't calling these gaming machines they are questioning why they exist for a pretty good reason im a gamer I love my 1500$ build i made myself which also isn't hacking hacking is when you take something and use it a way its not supposed to be used so when you buy a gaming graphics card its for gaming no hacks or extra work involved on top of me loving my 1500$ gaming rig i can also process word docs and many other business applications for what i need just fine that being said I understand why this machine exists to make graphs and do large calculations etc. the point i'm making is unless you are apple, microsoft, Sun, IBM there isnt much of a need for this thing i can run multiple monitor on my gaming rig if i really wanted to i could probably edit videos too im not saying that this mac pro is useless just an odd product to sell to the masses how many people want to drop 3 to 5 grand for BASE MODLES you can max these things out at like 10k easy and finally what do you mean by "this caliber of hardware"? for one you dont even know what model is in there is just a Xeon quad core at 3.7 GHz to me that is a joke and all of apples products are like this there is a difference between for example a i7 950 (the cpu in my current rig) and a i7 3770k (the current gen i7) same goes for the ram it just says 16GB at 1866 but it dosnt say that its Kingston or any other brand name nor does it say how many sticks that in i dont want to buy some super computer running 8 2gig ram sticks point being apple is just looking to keep there pockets full and if i had a business that needed to have a machine like this my network admin would be making it himself or 1000% sure that there is no better option out there because with not understanding much about what a business PC needs i can tell you already you can build it for MUCH cheaper just like Kevin M said the cpus in the article aren't available to the public anymore not being made i could go on ebay and buy a WD caviar HD from like 2000 for a lot more than its worth jsut because i spent the extra money dosnt make it better

  20. velinn
    January 1, 2014 at 12:37 pm

    lol @ gamers commenting about Pro-level business machines. Hey kids, not everyone uses a computer to play COD and Battlefield. Not everyone cares in the least about frames per second. There are a whole lot more people in the business world who care about what this machine can do as opposed to whether it can play your game. Back in the day we said PC's ran Wintendo. It seems it still does, since all anyone can talk about is whether they can play a game on an advanced workstation like this.

    This is a business machine, not a desktop computer. Hacking some parts into a case so you can play a game is not even in the same league with what this machine is built to do. It's so absurd that people honestly believe the worth of a machine comes down to playing a video game.

    • trobert
      January 1, 2014 at 4:09 pm

      "Hacking some parts into a case" is what makes you capable of making the choices you need for your machine. Calling gamers that know what they are doing with their parts kids and thinking that this computer from apple that is called a mac (childish to think it's not also a pc and it's in a different league) shows signs that you are not the type of person who would fiddle with his hardware. The gamers that you are referring to, are. The future of apple may be in "value for money" but it is still not the case. This machine was built to sell, not to help you work better. That is it's main purpose. You are still better off making your own machine, if you have the proper knowledge and resources.

    • the_Z
      January 2, 2014 at 10:35 am

      i don't think that you know what you're talking about, to do gaming pro gaming you need a powerful machine which mean top notch hardware, same goes with doing graphic work it's the same exact thing, so i don't why you're calling him kid ... at least his known what all this about and you obviously don't.

    • Phil
      January 2, 2014 at 2:11 pm

      I don´t think you should insult people comparing this to gaming hardware.. in the end it IS the same.. it is all about performance and cost-efficiency soo there is no point in making some comments like talking to little kids playing daynightlong.. if you ask some of this "gaming kids" to build a workstation for you with your user requirements specification they will also do their research on how to build one and actually build a stable one .. a workstation is not rocketscience.. And Kevin M made the best point! The components like the Processor used in the apple machine are little outdated and because of that they are overpriced... look up for a newer xeon cpu with little better benchmarkresults and you will definitly get it cheaper..

    • Phil N
      January 2, 2014 at 5:57 pm

      Of course even for business you'd do better with a PC. Coming from a pro 3D artist.

    • highks
      January 9, 2014 at 7:53 pm

      You can build a pretty neat machine using "gaming hardware". Professional graphics cards that cost some few thousand dollars are often slower in CUDA than a top-level gaming card that costs less than a thousand dollars.
      It's the companies ripping off the pros, charging five times, six times more for "professional" components that are basically the same hardware with maybe a firmware or driver better suited for CAD programs.

      All gaming or consumer hardware is available in high quality, too. Intels normal i7 cpus are just as high quality as their xeons. Only the i7 don't support multi-processor systems and ecc ram. However I have never needed ecc ram, I don't know why I would need it.

      Don't get me wrong, I like Apple hardware and I like the new MacPro. I am going to get one for work, actually. I don't have to pay for it though ;)
      No really, for a business, just spend the money.

      However for myself at home I have an i7 "gaming" system for editing, and it is a good system, running at 4.3GHz overclocked but rock stable (24 hour prime stable to be exact). I wouldn't want to run prime for 24 hours on an imac btw, the monitor might catch fire or something.

    • Anonymous
      April 23, 2014 at 2:25 pm

      jesus christ, at least be quiet - many people use custom PC workstations for professional work (me myself for audio production and recording) - for their living! they don't support the developer, they just want best performance - I wonder if Hans Zimmer built his PCs for games...

      Im writing this from my MacBook, sitting beside my 2 custom built PCs - I own both platforms, both of which have cons and pros, but your comment is just silly

  21. Kevin M
    January 1, 2014 at 6:55 am

    Those processors are already ancient and not available, that's why you got the inflated prices online. The new processors are cheaper.

    You can't really compare those processors as they aren't available for consumers to buy, only to OEMs by the tray.

    What you should have done is benched the hardware used in the MacPro and then found a Xeon based system that benched higher for cheaper.

  22. Derrick S
    January 1, 2014 at 4:16 am

    So all my games are still on PC thanks but no thanks.

    • Matheus P
      January 1, 2014 at 1:45 pm

      I'm not an Apple fanboy (I've owned PC/Windows my entire life and I'm writing this on my Win7 laptop) but I have to say: you still can run pretty much every game you had on Windows through Bootcamp.

  23. GD
    January 1, 2014 at 4:04 am

    Wowzers! Really expensive.
    Build a gaming PC all the way.
    http://stickystatic.com/build-a-gaming-computer.php

    • Alexander S
      January 1, 2014 at 8:45 am

      This isn't for gaming. This is for work.

    • BooYaa
      January 5, 2014 at 4:23 am

      'cept that windows is the worse OS ever conceived of.

    • anonymous
      January 15, 2014 at 11:44 pm

      'cept that OSX is the worse OS for a lot of pro soft's, like.. Acad? 3ds max?
      'cept that OSX isn't used in corporates, but rather windows/linux.
      Did you ever wondered why the old windows classic theme is applied in most corporations, and not the aero glass? 'Cause it's faster for the computer, clear and not disturbing. No shiny windows, no hideous skeuomorphism and no slow animations.

      But seriously, what about the heat (and noise)? My workstation laptop goes at 80° while rendering on acad (100% cpu usage, intel i7 4700 @3.4GHz OC'ed), and it's much bigger than this mac, with much more free space inside... And probably a better air flow. A 3.6 GHz CPU on a can, throttling at 2.6 'cause of excessive heat won't be useful, even if it's a xeon. Should we fear overheat with those very powerfull components in a so small space?
      And what about nvidia gpu? Or high-end gaming GPU (sometimes less powerfull, but cheaper)? Are they cheaper/more powerfull? (I've seen -forgot where- that highest-end GTX gpu have the bests bench in some apps like maya/ds max than quadro and firepro...)
      Maybe apple hasn't added their tax, knowing not many people are going to buy it. Next step is to make laptop WS able to beat PC price. The lower mac book pro (why pro???) is still more expensive than high-end PC laptop workstations, but without any dGPU, and a shitty cpu. And even the best macbook only has a GT750m 2Gb (it must be heated as hell in a so flat case :D)

      One last thing: have you considered the price of the windows full licence, in case you need windows OS to use some apps? 200-300$ more for the mac. Still cheaper?

  24. likefunbutnot
    January 1, 2014 at 3:23 am

    An off the shelf Xeon system can live in a chassis that actually support expansion. Yes, that's a pro-level workstation that's presumably designed to live someplace with ample non-local storage, but anyone thinking about DIY using dual Xeons is probably also thinking about what else needs to be plugged in to keep all those CPU cores fed, and they may also want/need GPU configurations that Apple isn't providing.

    It's also worth noting that Apple doesn't update the Mac Pro very often. That system is a good value RIGHT NOW as the fastest Apple-blessed hardware capable of running OSX, but that'll only continue to be true if Apple stays on top of whatever improvements come to CPUs, GPUs and SSDs. The previous model was massively overpriced at the end of its life.

  25. Ro Atkinson
    December 31, 2013 at 10:03 pm

    Considering what I have heard about the upgradeability of these I think that this might be evidence that Apple is beginning to slide towards value for money.

    • george
      January 1, 2014 at 12:25 am

      Baloney is an Oscar Meyer product--Apple is a Money Pit-and of course its YOUR business how and where YOU spend yours LOL

    • george
      January 1, 2014 at 12:32 am

      Baloney is an Oscar Meyer product--Apple is a Money Pit-and of course its YOUR business how and where YOU spend yours LOL

  26. Daniel Gully
    December 31, 2013 at 8:18 pm

    Stuff overpriced hardware into a trash can and you have a Mac.

    • Alexander S
      January 1, 2014 at 8:44 am

      You didn't even read the article, you idiot.

    • mash
      January 5, 2014 at 1:25 am

      Did you just get finished yelling at the kids to get off your lawn? Or were you out cruising in your Camero? Your comment is so 1990's.

    • BooYaa
      January 5, 2014 at 4:21 am

      h8ters gonna h8t.
      OSX run so much better than windows every will.

    • steve
      January 19, 2014 at 6:58 am

      Very correct (Crap in a can) as the pricing of the PC hardware shown is way off base http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820227967 only $159 per 256 OCZ SSD so its all Bullshit prices listed to try and fool people into bying over priced crapware

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