- Oct 4, 2018
- Gigabyte C246-WU4
I suppose it's the non-upgradable nature of (most) Macs, which forces to take tough decisions from the start, and nudges towards overspending "for safety", compared with upgrading a PC as time goes. The latter may well end up costing more than buying a high-end Mac but the spending is spread over years.I don't understand why so many people complain about the price of maxed out configs of Macs. Honestly, how many people bought fully maxed out MacPro7,1s or got the 8TB option on their Mac Studios?
Part of the whine may also be related to comparing the price of Macs with the price of consumer/gaming PC parts, from a home build, rather than with the price of complete Xeon/Threadripper workstations from Dell/HP/Lenovo/Puget Systems—which would be a more appropriate professional reference.
Fair point!In 3-5 years when I feel the upgrade itch, it shouldn't be too hard for me to sell my Mac Studio on eBay for decent money.
It looks like a nice pick, but that's probably splitting the PCIe3.0x4 Thunderbolt link into four x1 links to each drive, and I see it uses an Alpine Ridge controller, which is now reported to cause issue when connected to Maple Ridge hacks.
Setting up a NAS with 10G networking is probably safer and more flexible than any directly attached enclosure. Especially for sharing with multiple systems at the same time. As pointed out by @Middleman, maximal speed is only useful for local editing, while maximal capacity can be offloaded to somewhat slower storage.
Or just a motherboard with a x16 PCIe slot which can bifurcate to x4x4x4x4…I was unable to find the WD SN850 in any capacities higher than 2TB... So, if you want 8TB, you'd have to find a motherboard with four Gen4 NVMe slots...
Also have a look at U.2 and AIC drives: The form factor gives them better cooling, and better performance, than corresponding M.2 drives.