Submitted by abstractrude on Fri, 01/03/2014 - 8:14pm
Confirmation came from OWC today, you can indeed swap processors with the new Mac Pro. This is huge once these prices start falling down the road. They used an Intel E5–2667, this is interesting as upgrade options will be very interesting when these chips prices drop in a few years.
Submitted by abstractrude on Fri, 01/03/2014 - 2:45am
Apple has updated their ProRes white paper with information on bandwidth for 4K and 5K video streams. You find the whitepaper here.
Submitted by abstractrude on Fri, 01/03/2014 - 2:14am
The new Mac Pro has already seen a ton of reviews and information. Here is a collection of a few great links.
Probably the best technical review from AnandTech. For a less geeky review, there is a good general review from Macworld, which helps explain why the 8 core chip is probably the best bet for most users. If you want to dive deeper into the different CPU configuration options and what they mean, check out this post from iOS Dev Marco Arment. Understanding the Turbo feature on these new chips is really important. There have been some reviews critical of the new machine, Dave Girard at Arstechnica has some interesting points.
Finally, for those of you interested in future upgrade/exapandibility of the Mac Pro. Check out this great teardown from iFixIt.
Submitted by aaron on Thu, 01/02/2014 - 10:43pm
Submitted by aaron on Thu, 01/02/2014 - 10:35pm
From Apple KB http://support.apple.com/kb/HT6099
Although the Mac Pro (Late 2013) is designed to operate in an upright position, you can also use it on its side.
The Mac Pro (2013) has a fan system capable of cooling the computer in a vertical or horizontal orientation as long as you follow these guidelines.
- Provide enough space at each end of the computer for unrestricted airflow into the base and out the exhaust at the top. Make sure that the air intake and exhaust ports are not covered.
- When using multiple Mac Pro (Late 2013) computers, do not direct the exhaust at the top of one Mac Pro towards the intake of another system. Place the computers side by side with a gap of at least several inches between them.
- When on its side, secure the Mac Pro (Late 2013) to be sure that it doesn't roll. Place the computer on a protective surface that will not scratch or damage the enclosure. Note: The Apple Limited Warranty does not cover cosmetic damage to the enclosure.
- Orient the computer so that the Input/Output (I/O) panel remains accessible during use.
Submitted by aaron on Sat, 12/28/2013 - 2:45am
We've been able to migrate the eight years (eight years!) of legacy Xsanity posts/stories over to our new site. Comments, too. And now it is certainly bedtime.
Please keep the suggestions and comments coming.