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Sneaky Snake

Member Since 28 Jul 2007
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In Topic: MacPro Updated Prediction 2019

07 March 2018 - 10:14 PM

I definitely think that the next Mac Pro will have the option for multi GPU, but I just really hope that they don't make it mandatory like the 2013 Mac Pro.

In Topic: MacPro Updated Prediction 2019

04 March 2018 - 04:51 PM

View PostTetsuya, on 04 March 2018 - 03:57 PM, said:

For gaming, yes.  For production workloads that leverage CUDA and its AMD equivalent, not remotely.  Particularly anything scientific research related, deep/machine learning, etc, multi-GPU is alive and well and is definitely the future.  Remembet that not everyone who buys a “Pro” machine is a graphics professional (where Adobe still has trouble getting Premiere to use more than six cores at all, and the other CS apps are even less MP-aware...).

I was responding to people talking about SLI, which is just gaming.

I think Apple's decision to go multi-GPU ONLY really bit them in the ass. The vast majority of Mac Pro buyers are better served by a faster single GPU instead of 2x slower GPU's. Obviously multi-GPU has its place, but it's pretty niche. None of the clients that I deal with at work who need workstations with dual GPU (engineering firms mostly running various CAD applications). Many of the things you mentioned aren't really done on individual workstations anymore, but rather some sort of render farm (more economical to have 1 machine with 8+ GPU's that staff can share, instead of dual or triple GPU's for each user).

In Topic: MacPro Updated Prediction 2019

04 March 2018 - 02:35 PM

SLI/Crossfire is kind of dead.

Really doubt they will go down that route. The last Mac Pro had dual GPU in every configuration and it seemed to be a bad decision. I think Apple betted on multi GPU being the future, but it just didn't turn out that way.

In Topic: MacPro Updated Prediction 2019

01 March 2018 - 09:56 AM

Dual CPU would be the main way to keep it priced at a premium and clearly superior to the iMac Pro.

8 core iMac Pro starts at $5K. Mac Pro could start with dual 8 core (16 total) at $5K. CPU's don't cost that much (compared to RAM, enterprise storage, workstation graphics, etc.) and the extra 8 core CPU wouldn't really cost them any more then the $5K display which they are including with the iMac Pro.

My prediction for the starting price/specs will be:
  • Dual 8 core (16c/32t total)
  • 32 GB ECC RAM
  • Vega 56
  • 256 GB NVMe SSD
  • 10Gb NIC
  • $5000 USD
  • tower design with upgradable PCIe, RAM, drives, etc.
In regards to upgrades, I imagine there will be option for up to dual 20ish core (40 core total). I haven't looked at Intel's new Xeon-W lineup, but would guess that there is at least a 20ish core option. I would also expect up to 1 TB RAM (16x 64 GB), top end Radeon Pro graphics (beyond Vega 64 - the workstation options with tons of VRAM).

In Topic: The Last Jedi [SPOILERS GALORE]

21 February 2018 - 08:28 AM

View PostThain Esh Kelch, on 21 February 2018 - 01:05 AM, said:

I know I am in a minority, but I would much rather watch the prequels than the last two movies. They are way more entertaining, and way more Star Wars-y. Sure, they have their problems, but their plotlines are much more interesting and well developed than the last two movies.

I think that the context and setting for the prequel movies is amazing: Galaxy at war, Trade Federation/Separatists vs the Republic, a look into the politics and corruption of the day in the Senate/Jedi-Council. It has best backdrop of any Star Wars trilogy.

My issues is just in the execution. There are numerous times I'm literally cringing or laughing at the dialogue/acting (in parts where you are not supposed to be).

Revenge of Sith is a great movie in my opinion, but it is Episodes 1 and 2 that struggle a lot when re-watched with a modern eye.