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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.

https://www.macrumor...erra-touch-bar/

The State of Mac Gaming in 2017 (Ars Article)

14 July 2017 - 09:25 AM

https://arstechnica....-of-mac-gaming/

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.

https://www.macrumor...d-late-october/

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).