The Apple Mac Pro “How it could work for you”. The final installment of the 3-part series that I only intended to be only one posting!
I intended this posting to be released last week. But I really had lots to think about it. Who really benefits from a machine like this. Let’s remember some simple facts:
- According to PrimateLabs Mac Benchmark reports, CPU performance of the base Mac Pro is marginally better than a Macbook Pro. The base Mac Pro is only about 15% better than a top end Mac Mini.
- Macbook Pro is portable. You get almost-Mac Pro performance on the road.
- Mac Mini is a 3rd of the price. Next version of Mac Mini will probably include Thunderbolt 2.
- iMac is a great performer and cost a nice amount less than a base Mac Pro. But the glossy screen definitely bothers many professionals.
But there are two features that the Mac Pro that all these Mac models can’t touch:
- Memory. Only the iMac goes above 16GB. While 32GB is a good deal, video types can use more if they can get it.
- Thunderbolt 2 Ports. To drive a 4k display, you must use a Thunderbolt 2 port. Not even the first version of Thunderbolt can support a 4k display. I haven’t seen a Thunderbolt 2 dock yet. But even if you did, there is usually only one Thunderbolt 2 cable connecting it to the main computer. So even if you have the dock, you have that one cable limiting your bandwidth.
Bottom line: The Mac Pro is for you if you’re going to do lots of video and will get a 4k monitor sooner rather than later. Especially if you’re going to get a couple of 4k monitors and high-end peripherals.
As a photographer. If you have a nicely equipped 4-core Mac, be happy with that for now. The only reason I’d buy a 4-core Mac Pro is if I was going 4k right now and needed a new desktop computer. I don’t see myself getting a 4k display until 2015 and by then, I would probably buy a 8-core Mac Pro.
And it will be a bit cheaper by then too!