If there is any truth to this report then it could be a real good news/ bad news deal. It Apple truly goes this direction with the Mac Pro...... :frown:a new and improved Mac Pro :smile:
If there is any truth to this report then it could be a real good news/ bad news deal. It Apple truly goes this direction with the Mac Pro...... :frown:
Final Cut Pro X and now this? I mean, I knew it was coming, but gee whiz....no expansion?If there is any truth to this report then it could be a real good news/ bad news deal. It Apple truly goes this direction with the Mac Pro...... :frown:
The main issues with the scenario you describe are cost and clutter.On the other hand, using thunderbolt implies that all expansion could easily be external. If there are multiple thunderbolt ports, the process of adding peripherals (video capture, advanced sound options, optical drives, additional storage, eSATA, etc) would be a much more user friendly process than opening up a case and adding cards. The obvious gap here is the current lack of thunderbolt peripherals, but even that is currently mitigated by the Sonnet thunderbolt breakout box (although not cheap).
Though only rampant speculation, this would also imply strongly the lack of need for a "big box" type case. A box big enough to hold a dual processor mobo, cooling, and a PSU plus a few ports (USB, thunderbolt, presumably video via hdmi, sound out and in) and essentially you're looking a bigger version of a Mac mini. Any other expansion via thunderbolt and USB 3 would literally be a plug and play procedure.
Based on Apple's "keep it simple" philosophy, this makes perfect sense, and actually sounds like an appealing option for the vast majority. Granted, one might lose the ability to crack open the case and add a new video card, but if you're using a breakout box like the Sonnet for such a device, that's still an option. There's also the fact that the impending Intel Haswell chips are implementing video technology equal to mid-line graphics cards currently available (eliminating their need for all but hardcore gamers and professional video editing and the highest end CAD 3D software). The upcoming desktops would certainly implement the higher end Haswell processors.
Computers are undergoing a pretty major evolution right now. Better hang on tight!
I'd also add that Intel has stated that they will be moving away from user replaceable CPUs. The did say they would continue to build such chips for the enthusiast crowd, basic computers will be going back to the old soldered in component model of years back. The evolution of far more powerful chips required very low power really do create the ability to make very small, yet still very powerful machines that will require upgrading less frequently (ideally). My guess is, though, that the the phrase "enthusiast crowd" will be synonymous with "very expensive". Time will tell.
It is not difficult but it is not something I would do more than once because of the potential for damaged cable connectors (they are quite small and not designed for multiple insertions). Contrast that with the easy pop-out/pop-in of drives in the Mac Pro (and the availability of expansion slots), all with multiple insertions in mind.Was the mini 2nd drive really extensive surgery? The video @ macsales.com looks doable. Sure, you have to disassemble the entire mini, but it looks straightforward. I have been thinking of doing this myself.
Yes. Boots fast. File transfers are fast. Most apps run about the same. Some, like PS CS6, seem a bit snappier when dealing with ludicrous-size images (layers add up :biggrin but that could be wishful thinking on my part.Thanks Doug!
Finally.. was the improvement worthwhile?