August 7th, 2006
apple just announced their new towers.
I got drool on my chin. *wipes up*
Dual Xeon's no less, not simply Cores.
Of course the minimal spec. will run you $2.1k, since they are Xeons after all. Ouch.
Ok, I never believe marketroid speak, so I configed them up.
To get an exact (or as close as possible) equal config, you have to add on the 512mb nVidia Quadro FX4500, a $1200 vid card.
Dell 490 nSeries desktop comes out to: $3675.
Apple Mac Pro: $4150.
The Dell comes default with a Quadro vid card, whereas the apple comes with a crappy consumer 7300 card. There's a chunk of that $1k, not sure where the rest went.
Oh, and the Dell comes with a 3year next day on-site warranty. That'll cost you another $250 to add to the Apple, making the difference more than a grand in Dell's favor.
Don't get me wrong, I'd rather have the apple. But they did some SERIOUS spin to get that to come out a grand cheaper.
Which would be why I custom build all my own hardware. I think if Apple would let go of proprietary hardware and let people run OSX on "desktop PCs" they'd be able to claim an even greater chunk of the market-share.
That argument doesn't fly by me. They could offer an "unlocked" version for all platforms at a higher price and continue to sell their own hardware and "locked" version of OSX. If it would bite into their revenue that heavily, than that says something about the hardware they're putting out.
|Date:||August 7th, 2006 08:39 pm (UTC)|| |
That might not fit in with the Apple-as-lifestyle-choice that seems to be one of their main marketing gimmicks.
If they were solely looking for that niche market, then they never would have switched to the Intel chips. Their PowerPC platform kicks every other platform's ass when it comes to photo/audio/video work, but their Intel hardware actually benchmarks slower than a comparable PC when it comes to media work.
But their hardware is just like everyone else's except appearance.
Their only advantages now are software-based.
I think it's time I rob a bank and send the proceeds to Apple.
Now the only question is will they let me use my shiny new Mac in prison?
You mean overpriced Dells?
I don't get it.