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Apple Unveils Redesigned Mac Pro Desktop and Pro Display XDR at WWDC

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Sooo... What do you guys think the odds are that we can get the Afterburner card to work in our Hackintoshes?

Well who can really say? There is no real information available right now so until someone goes out and buys one to test there will be folk asking if it might work. I would guess that Apple will somehow have it locked down to only work in the new Mac Pro. The Apple PCIe connector could have a different configuration to standard PC hardware.
 

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Quinn Nelson is saying that you can use standard "off the shelf" AMD cards that require 8 pin power to operate. Whether they will fit without modification is another question. It may be that that standard PCIe brackets do not fit properly. He is also saying the the Xeons to be used are the new Cascade Lake versions.

 
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My current Macs have 10 times more power than what I will need for the future. I have a 12 core MacPro 2010 that needs to go to one of the family. I haven't started it in 6 months. I will buy one of these used, when it is 5 years old.
 
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Even the entry-level new Mac Pro is not that expensive comparing to other workstations. However, many of professional customers do not need that spec, or do not have much money to buy. Apple still has not satisfied the potential customers between iMac and iMac Pro/Mac Pro.
 
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If there's one thing that the world needs more of, it's proprietary connectors and SSDs.

I find it baffling that Apple wouldn't just go with established M2/NVMe for OS and the secondary storage. Also too bad that there's not an option to BTO a version without a GPU so that one could slip in at least one unmodified off the shelf AMD or NVIDIA PCIe card.

Someone else wrote an interesting idea that "...this Mac Pro should have its own OS..." -That would be cool: No social media apps, no News, no Games, no Reminders, no Launchpad, etc. "You want fun? Work. That's your fun." You have to say that last part in a Don Draper-like voice.
 
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Dont forget pci e slots can accommodate tge 4x nvme slots in a raid config. Thise cards were brriefky shown during the presentation. You have have 4 of the 2tb samsung 970 pros on a pci e slot in raid or a few of them. Would suck up the pci e slots tho
 
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I like to know if the new monitor is really comparable to pro displays for 45.000 $. These kind of monitors have a bunch of inputs. For post production this might be a point.
For photo editing I always though you need an external calibration for the LUT. Like the device in Eizos 4K Monitor. Apple calibrates only in the factory? Is this really pro or pro marketing?
 
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Even the entry-level new Mac Pro is not that expensive comparing to other workstations. However, many of professional customers do not need that spec, or do not have much money to buy. Apple still has not satisfied the potential customers between iMac and iMac Pro/Mac Pro.

I think right now apples current lineup hits every level of customer from the bottom to the top. The new iMac runs the gambit from non 4k 21 inch 7 gen cpu with intel graphics, all the way up to a 9th Gen I9 with Vega 48 Graphics. I can not say for sure but I would guess performance from the I9 is similar to that of the base 8 core xeon that is in the iMac Pro. Placing the top of the line iMac right below the iMac Pro. I get it you feel cheated that they produced this crazy powerful system that only big budgets pros can afford, and it is the only Mac that is an upgradeable tower. But it is not though they left a huge gaping hole between iMac --> iMac Pro.... Unless you just have to have a tower no matter what. Since apple users are 10% of the computer populations I would guess of that only .5% just have to have a tower no matter. It is kind of like Revit for Mac there just is not enough people to justify its existence. I am guessing the cost of the case is what is causing the high price and pushing the base system out of reach for the average pro user.
 
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I'm curious about that TB pci card , would be nice to get it separately for a Hackintosh and to work OOB.
 
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The New Mac Pro has optional wheel$, have to pay extra.
From my experience Xenons processors has quad channels memory and support more PCIe than a regular i5-i7 processor.
 
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