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Apple's New Mac Pro Gets High Repairability Score 234

Posted by Soulskill
from the less-filling-tastes-great dept.
iFixit has posted a teardown of Apple's new soda-can-shaped Mac Pro. Despite the unusual form factor, it earned a relatively high repairability score: 8/10. iFixit said, "For being so compact, the design is surprisingly modular and easy to disassemble. Non-proprietary Torx screws are used throughout, and several components can be replaced independently." They say it's easy to access the fan and the RAM slots, and while the CPU is buried a bit more deeply, it's still user-replaceable. The Mac Pro doesn't get higher than an 8 because its uses some proprietary connectors and the cable routing is cramped. They add, "There is no room, or available port, for adding your own internal storage. Apple has addressed this with heaps of Thunderbolt, but we'd personally rather use the more widely compatible SATA if we could."
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Apple's New Mac Pro Gets High Repairability Score

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  • by mozumder (178398) on Tuesday December 31, 2013 @04:07PM (#45831925)

    Right now Apple is making the most innovative computers in the market. Nothing else comes close. All of these other vendors are basically the equivalent to home-brew junk.

    It's amazing that no one else in the world can make an uncompromised workstation-class product that uses only 1 fan. THAT in itself is some amazing engineering right there.

    It will be a long time before anyone else even comes close, perhaps another 10 years if at all. I suspect PC vendors are going to die off while still clinging to the AT case design from 30 years ago.

    Until then, we will be stuck with the whining from the Windows/Linux fanboys always trying to explain how their 12-fan monstrosity is somehow superior.

  • by Holi (250190) on Tuesday December 31, 2013 @04:39PM (#45832183)

    And no chance of adding a 10gbe card so Video editing off a SAN is ridiculous.

  • by JDG1980 (2438906) on Tuesday December 31, 2013 @08:33PM (#45833811)

    Perhaps the most surprising thing to me when reading the iFixit article was that their Mac Pro's PSU was only 450 watts. Granted, most enthusiast PSUs are way over-specced (a hangover from the days when even major manufacturers blatantly lied about their wattage ratings), but that still sounds much smaller than I'd expect for a dual-GPU system. The FirePro D300 is basically a professional version of the well-known Radeon HD 7870 gaming card, and that card has a TDP of 175 watts. This one may be clocked lower, as is the case with the FirePro W7000 based on the same silicon, so let's say 150 watts maximum. Take 300W for both GPUs, and another ~125W for the Xeon CPU, and you're pretty close to the limit.

    This also implies that upgraded Mac Pros must have a different, larger PSU. No matter how good Apple's engineering is, there's no way they managed to fit a 12-core Xeon and two power-hungry Tahiti GPUs within a 450W envelope. So if someone is thinking about saving ~$1000 by buying the cheapest Mac Pro and adding the Xeon 12-core themselves, it might not be such a good idea.

    Overall this is a very clever and efficient design. Hopefully it will get some PC manufacturers thinking about alternatives to the absurdly outdated ATX form factor. There is no reason aside from inertia (and patents?) why DIY PC parts could not be oriented around a unified thermal core design. You'd have to come up with a new standard for motherboards, graphics cards, interconnects, and PSUs... but it could be done.

  • by smash (1351) on Wednesday January 01, 2014 @03:15AM (#45835337) Homepage Journal
    Given the orientation of the heat-sink and airflow arrangement and the low speed the fan generally runs at, i suspect this machine could run fanless (via convection) well enough to alert you to the fact that the fan has failed and/or throttle itself until you fix it.

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