Vita Rara: A Life Uncommon

Apple Mac Pro

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Today I went to the Apple Store to see if they had a new Mac Pro. Low and behold they did. In the past our local Apple Store has not had the new machines this quickly. It was nice to see that Apple said it was shipping, and they had them in the stores. According to the sales lady they received them on Tuesday, just one day after the announcement. Good going Apple.

First impressions... It's hard to tell it apart from a G5 PowerMac. The give away is the FireWire 800 port on the front. There was little software on the machine with which to test it. I tried MS Office, which needs to use the Rosetta translation, and it was utterly imperceptible. I might even venture to say that it felt crisper in performance than Office does on my G5 Quad running native code. It doesn't make much sense to me, but there you have it.

The internal layout is very slick. I really like the hard drive carriers, and the ability to have four (4) internal drives. The inside doesn't seem as cramped as the G5. There are no monstrous heat sinks taking up lots of space. In fact the CPU's are tucked away under a panel. You can't even see them. The risers for the memory seem very neat and easily removed and replaced. I was a bit skeptical about that design decision, but seeing it in person has changed my mind. It's a good implementation.

I will be doing a full test of the system with our Java tool chain in the next few weeks. I'll report back once I've done that. I have a good feeling that I will be impressed.