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    Silence is nice ;-) but performance is the key. As far as I saw, the new Mac Pro does not really hold what`s promised. I hope my impression is wrong.
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    Let's put it this way... The new Mac Pro is an amazingly well thought out piece of kit that delivers everything it promised. It comes at a high price tag, but does not disappoint.

    That said, AMD is killing it with their latest CPU offerings and have leaped ahead of Intel. I want a new Mac Pro, I really do, but have to sit this one out for the moment after building a 24-core ThreadRipper system to replace my old Xeon E5v2 Resolve station. It's too bad Apple is locked into Intel for the time being. If they had shipped the new Mac Pro built around the ThreadRipper 39xx CPUs, it would have been perfect. As it is, it's still pretty close, just know that there are better CPUs to be had and regardless of CPU choice, the base price of the new Mac Pro has a $2800 premium on it for being Apple cool.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jeff Kilgroe View Post
    As it is, it's still pretty close, just know that there are better CPUs to be had and regardless of CPU choice, the base price of the new Mac Pro has a $2800 premium on it for being Apple cool.
    We did a ballpark comparison between a $15,000 2019 Mac Pro workstation and a comparable HP z8 Windows workstation last week, and the Mac was about $3000 more expensive (even more for the rackmount). Whether the "Apple Tax" is worth it or not is an individual choice. I could go either way, but there is something to be said about familiarity and ease of use.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Marc Wielage View Post
    We did a ballpark comparison between a $15,000 2019 Mac Pro workstation and a comparable HP z8 Windows workstation last week, and the Mac was about $3000 more expensive (even more for the rackmount). Whether the "Apple Tax" is worth it or not is an individual choice. I could go either way, but there is something to be said about familiarity and ease of use.
    I would be curious to see what specs you are talking about on the Z8, because I don't think that's true is it? The Z8s are only available with the Xeon scalable processors not the Xeon-W right? So quite a lot of additional cost there. The GPU options are also quite expensive for something comparable to the 32GB Vega II, not to mention getting dual 10Gb and 1450w power supply.

    With 28 core (that isn't as good as Xeon W in Mac Pro, 384GB RAM, 2TB nvme storage, dual 10Gb, 1450w power supply, and Quadro 6000 24GB this is the price I am seeing. Which doesn't include any thunderbolt 3 ports among other things.

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    Dropping to a similar but not comparable 24 core CPU on the Z8 saves about $10000 but not really getting you the same CPU performance as the 24 core Xeon W available in the Mac Pro. Not to mention the memory capacity options.

    A similarly spec'd Mac Pro is $22,199 - 28 core (a faster 28 core than the Z8), 384GB RAM, 2TB nvme storage, dual 10Gb, Vega II 32GB GPU, included dual 10Gb and 1400w power supply, as well as a ton of TB3 ports, option for Afterburner, ability to drive 6K HDR display from single TB3 cable, 8TB nvme option, etc. Not including likely business discounts that could be available. The Xeon W's are much better suited to video professionals and VFX than the scalable Xeons available in the Z8. Obviously comparing to a build your own setup it will be more expensive but none of those systems will offer the exact same functionality.

    Dropping the machines down to 16 core and 192GB of RAM, and same other specs as before gets you here:

    Z8: $17545.60

    Mac Pro: $14,199.00

    With the Mac Pro having a better 16 core CPU option.

    Even an HP Z6 with similar specs is $16307.99.

    Accidentally included a 500GB HDD in the HPs so take off $118 from each. Not that it matters.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Marc Wielage View Post
    We did a ballpark comparison between a $15,000 2019 Mac Pro workstation and a comparable HP z8 Windows workstation last week, and the Mac was about $3000 more expensive (even more for the rackmount). Whether the "Apple Tax" is worth it or not is an individual choice. I could go either way, but there is something to be said about familiarity and ease of use.
    I think both Apple and HP(Dell, lenovo, etc..) have a high tax rate on their workstation equipment (for the performance/quality/service they deliver).
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    It would be also interesting to see a 3970X system with 2x 2080Ti price/performance comparison to a 16 core $15K Mac Pro.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hrvoje Simic View Post
    It would be also interesting to see a 3970X system with 2x 2080Ti price/performance comparison to a 16 core $15K Mac Pro.
    DJ has one (with RTX titans) http://www.reduser.net/forum/showthr...nderbolt-3-AMD and is pretty positive.
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    Just got mine. I have to say, the case design is pretty brilliant. Waiting on PCI storage card and a TB3 black magic box and then will put it to work. Pretty stoked to get it dialed in and working.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Thomas Pohl View Post
    Silence is nice ;-) but performance is the key. As far as I saw, the new Mac Pro does not really hold what`s promised. I hope my impression is wrong.
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    If it had been released a year ago, it would fit in with the market. Now though, the CPU war that AMD started has pushed progress at a faster pace than proprietary solutions can keep up with, so the bar has been raised quite a bit, and it's been raised beyond what the new mac pro was designed to compete with.

    Apple (and AMD) both bet on Intel adhering to its roadmap as usual. For Apple since it's riding the Intel horse, that's bad; now it's stuck with a platform that's already outgoing just as Apple launched the new system a year too late, while for AMD it's good because it ignored Intel's missteps in its planning, rather than holding back when Intel started falling behind.

    This time next year if it doesn't get a refresh, Apple will be facing the same complaints about the new mac pro as it did for the old, possibly except for the overheating part as everyone not using a mac starts putting 16-24 core processors in their "budget" workstations. :)
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    Since Apple uses AMD GPUs maybe they should design a TRX40 MB for the Mac Pro and add a little 3rd Gen AMD Ryzen threadripper love. A single 3990x can smoke (2) Dual Xeon Platinum 8280s.

    - AMD 3990x $3990.00
    - Intel Dual Xeon Platinum 8280 $20,00

    If apple could drop the price of the highend Mac Pro by 16k then we would have a winner*.

    Heck with AMD's market cap of 56B Apple should just spend a little petty cash and buy AMD.

    *Of course there is a problem with my math but I'll leave the error for effect:)
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