See the large number of recent articles on the new Mac Pro for context (most prefixed with “2013 Mac Pro”), in particular Thoughts on a Switchover from Existing Tower.
It would be funny if it weren’t conceptually fugly. And at least it is bear-proof.
If anything, this visualization might understate the problem, at least for me. I can’t know for sure what products will happen, but the pile and cable mess won’t be small. The following come to mind right off the bat:
- External DVD burner.
- Where to house 4 X 4TB drives.
- Where to house 3 X 480GB SSDs and 1 X 960GB SSD.
- Where to house 2 X 960GB PCIe SSDs.
- eSATA connectivity for my large collection of backup drives.
- Need for additional USB 3 ports if to be used as eSATA supplement.
There are multiple-drive enclosures, but all of the above add up to a lot of external gear making the pile below not far off my actual needs.
Not every user needs a DVD or BluRay burner and all those drives. Nor does it make sense to stack up single drive units as shown (use a 4-bay unit for example). But in my case I have some expensive SSDs and also big hard drives that need a “home” and so my “pile” won’t be small. And I’ll need more USB3 ports and while I rarely burn DVDs, I do need to do so occassionally.