Are you a high-end user looking for ultimate performance with ample storage?
Iif you need a solution now, why wait?
Apple might release a new Mac Pro in late March/April, or maybe it will be August. Or maybe. something else. See Buy Mac Pro Now, or Wait?.
New options for SSD
Sometime soon I will be testing the OWC PCIe SSD card, which will open up even more options for Mac Pro users for ultra-high performance internal storage in a PCIe slot. Or more than one PCIe slot. Very exciting stuff.
I am hearing that there will be versions with 2 daughtercards or 4 daughtercards, and I believe the 2-card version will be bootable.
I like the self-contained PCIe card idea; no SATA cables or power supplies or RAID cards with noisy fans to deal with. The self-contained card hits a terrific sweet spot; even with 2 daughtercards, that’s 960GB, which is plenty of space for a very large and ultra-fast working volume; any overflow of image files or video can be migrated as they age out of the workflow onto high capacity hard drives.
Of course, nothing precludes installing more than one PCIe SSD card other than having available slots.
Finally, no iMac takes PCIe cards— another reason a Mac Pro is a far better investment for professionals.
MPG Pro Workstation
- 6-core or 12-core Mac Pro at up to 3.46 GHz.
- 48GB memory (6-core) or 96GB memory (12-core), using 16GB memory modules.
- 4 X 3TB hard drives in standard drive bays.
- One or more OWC PCIe SSD cards with up to 1.92TB each.
- OWC Mercury Extreme Pro 6G SSD (240GB or 480GB), in lower optical bay.
- High-end video card.
Assuming OWC loans me the parts, I’ll build up of these puppies using my existing 12-core 3.33 GHz Mac Pro.