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Sneaky Snake

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Vmware Fusion 10 coming this fall

22 August 2017 - 09:00 AM

Looks like the rumours of VMware Fusion's demise were greatly exagerrated. Fusion 10 comes out this fall with support for High Sierra, including Metal 2 support/optimization.


The State of Mac Gaming in 2017 (Ars Article)

14 July 2017 - 09:25 AM


Interesting article with a lot of good information.

iMac Pro with up to 18core Xeon and Vega graphics coming in December

07 June 2017 - 07:16 AM

Apple is releasing a Pro version of the 27" iMac this fall. It will have the following specs:
  • Up to 18 core Xeon (upcoming Skylake-X generation, the same architecture the upcoming Core i9 CPUs are using)
  • Up to 128 GB ECC RAM
  • Up to 4 TB NVMe SSD
  • Up to AMD Vega Pro 64 GPU with 16 GB HBM2
  • 10 Gb Ethernet NIC
  • 4x TB3
  • 5K Display with P3 color
  • Same dimensions as current 27" iMac, but with revamped internals for better cooling
  • Space Grey color
Full pricing is not known at this time, but the base configuration will be $4,999 for the following:
  • 8 core Xeon
  • 32 GB ECC RAM
  • 1 TB NVMe SSD
  • AMD Vega Pro 56 GPU with 8 GB HBM2
The pricing seems very competitive. PC Gamer just published an article seeing if they could beat it for the price, and they only ended up being $300 cheaper with a custom build.

macOS 10.13 - High Sierra

05 June 2017 - 08:08 PM

Apple previewed macOS 10.13 today called High Sierra. Release in the fall.

Major updates:
  • Apple File System (APFS) replacing HFS
  • Software support for HEVC, and hardware optimized HEVC in newer Mac's (late 2015 and newer)
  • Updated graphics API: Metal 2
  • Various updates to Apple applications such as Photos and Safari
More info: https://www.apple.co...sierra-preview/

iMac Pro with Xeon coming (Rumor)

06 April 2017 - 08:14 PM

Apple is rumored to be including Xeon E3 processors in their "iMac Pro" coming this fall.


Personally, I'm not very impressed with the decision. The only tangible benefit that the Xeon E3 CPUs are going to bring is ECC memory, which only benefits a very small subsection of the pro-market. It will still be a 4c/8t CPU, same as the existing i7 option in the current iMac, meaning it won't actually be much more powerful (like 5-10% tops).

A Ryzen R7 1700 would have made a lot more sense, as it has lower thermals and power consumption, while also having vastly better productivity performance due to it being an 8c/16t CPU (50-100% better productivity performance over the 4 core i7's).