The Mac Pro makes quesadillas again


It seems appropriate on the verge of the Blackbird's release that Apple would release the new "throwback" Mac Pro, back in a new smaller cheesegrater case that looks like a Power Mac G5 with an eating disorder. The "basic" eight-core system with 32GB of RAM, 256GB SSD and a Radeon Pro 580X will set you back $6000 plus tax and shipping. Funny, my eight-core Talos II with 32GB of RAM, a 500GB NVMe SSD and an AMD WX 7100 card shipped to my door cost me around $7300. Which would you rather buy? Which one would be a computer you actually, you know, own and can trust from the silicon up? Meanwhile, which one's OS is slowly moving to merge with its mobile version? Which one makes security choices for you? Do you want Raptor's T2 ... or Apple's?

Don't get me wrong: this is heaps better than the trash can, and might make a liveable system if I were still in the market for a Mac. But if you're actually considering buying one of these yet you think the Talos II is overpriced, I'm not sure what to tell you, plus you really have no excuse not to consider the Blackbird which can also offer a comparable loadout likely for less. My Blackbird arrives today after an untimely delivery exception, so I'm hoping to finish the review this week.

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  1. I just read thought on Virtually Fun weblog, how is it interesting, that there haven't been any actual multiprocessor Macs since 2013. Is it because "one CPU with many cores" is what in mobile phones is and XNU is therefore optimized for that?

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    1. Interesting thought though I don't know how much different that looks at the kernel level.

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  2. Well, they are both hella expensive, but I can still understand that with Talos, whereas Apple is much more clearly price gouging on this.

    BTW you should compare the thing to Raptor's Talos Lite - it is single socket only, even if the PCIe connectivity is probably better than Talos Lite. But proprietary PSU nightmare and so on, bleh.

    At least the case legs are in the base price, eh? :)

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