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Old 23rd April 2017
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New Modular Mac Pro - your requirements specification

Apple plans to release a new modular MacPro.
https://www.macrumors.com/roundup/ma...or_the_mac_pro

What would be (y)our requirements for building real pro Audio Workstations?
Let´s make a specification sheet.

PCIe slots? HD bays and/orFLASH slots? Connectivity?
Just similar to the old 5.1 MacPro or a completely revolutionary design?
Old 23rd April 2017
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it kinda all depends on the form factor they want. I honestly do not even know what "modular" is supposed to mean.

PCi is one thing that will determine the size, no? What role do PCi play anymore? I personally have a feeling that going to a 5.1 form is going backwards and that is something Apple does not do.

I think the number 1 thing is connectivity. If modular means 'flexible' I am all for it.
Old 23rd April 2017
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PCi is one thing that will determine the size, no? What role do PCi play anymore?
I think that´s key question which has to be answered at first.
PCI solutions like ProTools HDX or on the windows side Pyramix have their advantages regarding DSP Power for audio and latency. Even a Dante PCI card is faster and more powerful than the Dante software card.

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I personally have a feeling that going to a 5.1 form is going backwards and that is something Apple does not do.
Probably right.
Old 23rd April 2017
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It is interesting how in 2004 I used all the available ports on my G5 (with lots of expansion required filling all available PCI expansion slots) along with WiFi, Bluetooth and Optical Drive, and how I barely use any of the included connectivity on my 2009 Mac Pro (only USB and Ethernet), none of the WiFi, Bluetooth or Optical Drives, and mostly use the PCIe expansion slots (all slots are full) for what isn't provided (40GbE and 100GbE).

In 2018, Apple could simply forego all standard connectivity ports (i.e. Thunderbolt, Firewire, USB, SPDIF Audio I/O) and other features (WiFi, Bluetooth, Optical Drive, Audio speaker), and simply provide the following on the rear of the case:
4x 1GbE ports
4x 40GbE ports over Fiber
4X 100GbE ports over Fiber

All my connectivity needs to peripherals would be covered, including NAS and LTO storage, Dante/Ravenna/AES67 Audio Network, 4K and 8K video streams, graphic displays and projectors, keyboard, mouse, and pen/tablet.

Doubt many users here would be happy with this configuration though.
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Old 23rd April 2017
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Please no trashcan or other weird " let's make a statement " design ethos... unfortunately I have a feeling "Modular" means plugging in adapters in Apple vocab... However that was one of the biggest drawbacks from the trashcan so I really hope they have learned from that poor design / implementation
Old 23rd April 2017
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Basically, if they took older MacPro with internal drive bays, PCIe and M.2 slots.. add few TB3/USB-C ports and make it lower to fit 19" rackmount shelf for horizontal mount, then I'd consider to use it again for professional projects.
Modularity means for me, the user can choose any peripheral he want and can put it to the case (no external "thingies" with wall-warts), be it video I/O, multiport 10 gig, fibre channel card, SAS RAID card, digital audio interface.. dual super duper VGA.. nothing mentioned have to be on-board, because it would unnecessarily increase its base price and flexibility and reliability is the key aspect in this computer segment.. just manage to have enough space, power and PCIe lanes for that.

That would qualify it as a workstation for me.. no compromises for art directors, workstation belongs under desk or to some machine room others can get some iMac.

Michal
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