Yeah, all needs are different. I always needed some outboard gear as well. And putting things in racks make pretty neat solutions. There are small racks that fit on your desk that don't take up more space than the old Mac Pro.
I have a question I'd like to table now, since I'm planning on buying a new MacPro on release.
So far we've had 2 processor options presented-
I know that some applications benefit more from higher clock-speeds and others from more cores.
Knowing that it's certainly going to make a lot of difference to max out the GPU (if fiscally possible), which option would more benefit FCPX and Motion? 12 cores at a slower clock-speed or 8-cores at higher?
12 core will only be ~ 30% faster in transcoding, but likely 2x the price. FCP X and motion should be faster with 8 core for most other instances where usually only a single core is being used. My guess is that it makes way more sense in a $ way to buy the 8 core and if you really need transcoding speed buy two mac pro's.
Sure is a jump in speed, but it doesn't show a stat for how much faster it is at transcoding say for something like pro res to H264. Closest thing is, export a 16bit tiff which is only 1.5X as fast, I'm inferring from this that the CPU in the new mac pro is %50 faster than the old one, that's quite good.
The question for all of us here will be how well parallelized are FCPX and Motion. If the performance benefit is minimal between the 8-core and 12-core CPUs, it could be a nice cost savings offset.
I may wait a week after the MacPro is released to see some software specific benchmarks from someone like Barefeats.
If I had to guess what I'm buying right now, it would be the 8-core, D700, with 32GB of RAM (enough for good performance, but I can upgrade when cheaper 3rd party RAM becomes available later), and a 512GB SSD.
Can't come too quickly though as the old girl has got wind of immanent departure and is now randomly restarting when I'm in FCP X! Anyone else seen this behavior? It's not a kernel panic, the machine (MacPro 2,1) just switches monitors off and reboots.
Sean Lander - Editing since 1982 - AVID 1991 - FCP 1999 - FCPX 2011
Seanus - My MacPro has been doing that since I installed Mavericks. I figured out that it was my NewerTech MaxPower USB Wireless Adapter, which doesn't have a Mavericks update. If I unplug it (the MaxPower Wireless adaptor) the computer restarts, If I try to power the computer down with it plugged in, the computer restarts. So, at the moment (end of the day), I have to unplug the USB Wireless adaptor, let the computer restart by itself, THEN power down without the Wireless adaptor plugged in. Aaarrgghh. fyi (I'm getting cable run to the computer, but that room is not wired yet - i know, i know)