They give off an oniony air? :D Why they make you cry?!
Take a look at the dimensions listed for the new MP and think about this for a second: The "thermal core" is dissipating heat from not one, but two CPUs, and two additional GPU cards inside a trash can. Now, have you ever
known a Xeon CPU to run cool under anything but the most hideously large heatstink designs? The new MP isn't much bigger than the actual heatsink for a single
CPU in my current MP. Those poor puppies are going to be thermally throttled like it's going out of style.
I'm glad they're introducing dual GPU support into OS X (it only took them what, twelve years to figure out how to do that?), but FirePro
cards? I've never been impressed by the FirePro series when it comes to games. In fact, well, let's just say they've been on par with the nVidia Quadro line, if that says anything.
Oh, and you get what appears to be a single mini-PCIe slot for flash storage. So that's costly, not exactly abundant, and still relatively proprietary. And no internal storage options. You're stuck paying the Thunderbolt Tax on external peripherals, which is going to cost you more money on top of absurdly priced cables.
Oh, and if they aren't using dual PCIe controllers in that thing, that TB2 array will eat 8 lanes of your PCIe bandwidth. Keep in mind that each FirePro card would (hopefully) use 16 lanes for a total of 32 lanes. Add in TB2 and that brings the count to 40 lanes, the maximum for any single controller. The mini-PCIe connector is another lane, likely two (unless they want to cripple the SSD onboard).
The machine appears to have four
USB3 ports. That's cool. Until you realize that they're sitting very very close to the wireless card. Apple hasn't exactly inspired its users with its ability to properly shield those USB3 ports thus far (no Mac with them is properly shielded as wireless mouse uses can attest as they have to use extension cables to get their dongles away from the USB3 ports).
I can get the lack of an optical drive, but that's just more space on my desk that I have to give up too, in addition to the RAID tower or external drive enclosure if I want something more spacious than the SSD blade inside.
This thing is like a bastard child from the mating of an iMac with a Mac Mini.
It also looks like one of those ash tray trash cans you see in front of businesses everywhere.
I like how the cross section of the heatsink array looks like it's straight from Darth Vader's helmet, but I'm not convinced of this thing's ability to avoid thermal throttling with just one heatsink "core" dissipating for two CPUs and two GPUs plus internal components, especially without revving up the fan to the point where this could double as an engine replacement for the Dreamliner.
All in all, it's the iMP of throwaway machine designs.
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