I run the IT side of a broadcast facility . I'm familiar with what a workstation can be set up as.Ashe37 wrote:Meanwhile, in the pro graphics space, competitors to the Mac Pro can take four graphics cards, one or two PCIe SSDs, and four or more 2.5" SSDs, in addition to not needing to waste a USB port just to have an optical drive.calaverasgrande wrote:I'm running 2 MOTU audio interfaces, a UAD DSP card and a raid array box off of mine, and that is before I get to USB.
The only thing I really see as a PITA on integrating a 2013 Mac Pro into a production environment is the lack of TB to fiber channel. So working with a NAS/SAN using fiber means a pricey TB to PCIE adapter. But then if you are using a fiber storage solution, $1000 for an adapter is a mere collateral expense.
A workstation with 4 graphics cards and multiple SSDs might be good for molecular modeling, medical imaging or advanced CAD CAM. In our workflow, we create motion graphics in C4D and a After Effects with no such frippery. We use a render farm which is more cost effective and does not tie up the user interface while jobs are getting done.
If you need an excuse to hate the new Mac Pro I can furnish a ton. Why no kensington lock slot? Why is the power switch on the back? But comparing it to an absurdly configured Z840 is silly.
The 840 can blow it out of the water, but such a Z840 also costs a ton, weighs a ton and consumes a ton of energy just sitting there. And at the end of the day you are using Avid on Windows, which suuuuuuucks.
The forte of Macs has never been leading edge performance. They are stable and work pretty damn well for content creation.