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Monday, June 10, 2013

No I Don't Love it, At ALL ! The NEW iWasteBasket

I love my 27" i7 iMac. Great screen, single unit, enough connectors on it for most people's needs. Its a great machine to download SD cards, sync sound, do rough cuts on. AE CPU rendering is quite respectable, oh and that great screen !  Also great for PS and IL work. Its a fine mid range machine.

Enter iWasteBasket. Innovative ? yes. Remember the very cool G4 based Cube ? is this a Mac Mini on 'roids ? yup. Too bad its an already dated design. It'll be even more dated by the time it ships. If Intel gives Apple any sort of deal, those old CPU chips are still nothing great but wil more than likely drive the price of this to a non-seller. Unless apple is gonna sell a 2 CPU version for well under $2k I can't see ANYONE spending money on this.  Why not i7 6 or 8 core ? or exchangeable CPU module ? How about room for even a pair of 2.5" spinning drives because, hey when it comes to drives space size does matter. Even a single 3.5" SATA drive hole at the borromw would of been fine to stuff a 3 or 4TB drive in. This is a PRO machine, right ? well maybe just serious enthusiast machine. Anemic fixed GPU's by the time this ships. Okay, maybe apple will sell upgrade GPU's down the road for a crazy price. 

Of course I did more or less predict most of the machine a while ago. I fully expected 2 PCIe 16X slots for GPU's or 1 GPU + 1 PCIe card.I did say to expect ThunderBolt to replace most PCIe slots and thats exactly what they did. I'm mostly ok with that as my Matrox hardware could move on with ThunderBolt adapters. My BMD 3D Extreme card is stuck in the tower which is fine because its perfectly good as a second tier machine.

So putting this all together, realistically you still want an iMac. Without real pricing its hard to make an exact comparison but if apple sells this for  $2500 which I think is realistic what would you get ? A 4 ( or 6 core when they happen )  i7 iMac will be  bit faster than whatever base model of the iWasteBasket comes with which will almost for sure be a single CPU ZEON. The iMac will have that nice big screen, enough RAM for most users, but lack the dual GPU. However, given how fast GPU's are advancing an its easy to see an updated next gen iMac easily smacking this machine to the ground... oh and add in a nice 27" screen for free for the same price. If an iMac delivers better value for the same price or less, who wants this ? 

UPDATE

Posted just a little while ago by Grant Petty of BMD

Re: New Mac Pro with AMD GPUs and now?
Mon Jun 10, 2013 7:33 pm

Hi,

We have been testing with DaVinci Resolve 10 builds and this screams. Its amazing and those GPUs are incredible powerful. I am not sure what I can say as I am only going off what Apple has talked about publicly here in the keynote for what I can say right now, however there is a whole new OpenCL and DaVinci Resolve 10 has had a lot of performance work done to integrate it and its really really fast. Those GPUs are very powerful and have lots of GPU memory so this is the Mac we have been waiting for! We have lots of Thunderbolt products too so video in and out is taken care of.

We will have more details once the guys get back from WWDC and we get some more info from Apple on what we can talk about etc.

Overall we could not be happier! 

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Will I get to eat my words ? we'll see ! it just depends on the price :)