If you haven’t already heard, Apple recently announced the 2019 Mac Pro. Besides the base model being insanely expensive, there are also a few other things you should be aware of before you consider buying the 2019 Mac Pro.
Now, don’t get me wrong, I have been using Apple products for over 10 years, and the thought of editing videos and images on a Windows computer isn’t all that exciting. Unfortunately, it seems that Apple may have gone too far by upsetting their pro and prosumer user base with their latest announcement.
Yes, the 2019 Mac Pro is labeled as a pro machine, but that doesn’t have to mean that the base model also has to be ridiculously overpriced and underpowered. For example, for $6,000, you get a two-year-old graphics card that retails for less than $300.
Why would you put a two-year-old, underpowered graphics card in a pro machine? How does that make any sense at all? Not to mention, only 32 GB of ram and a tiny 256 GB hard drive. If you want to edit 4K video, you will be better off with a minimum of 64 GB ram and the Vega II graphics card.
So, you are most likely looking at $8,000-10,000 for a Mac Pro that will handle 4k to 8K footage, and that price does not include a monitor. Of course, you can get the new 32-inch 6K Apple monitor for $5,000, but you will also have to purchase the stand for an additional $1,000. Imagine a $5,000 monitor that doesn't come with a stand and paying as much as the price of an iPhone for a monitor stand.
If that isn't bad enough, what about the Mac Pro using PCI Express 3? PCI Express 4 will be available in July with AMD’s new Ryzen 3 Processor as well as AMD’s next generation Navi graphics technology. AMD's new technology will be in the next PlayStation 5 and the upcoming Xbox.
In July 2019, you will also find affordably priced motherboards that support PCI Express 4, which is twice as fast as PCI 3, which you will find in the new Mac Pro in the fall. It seems like the new Mac Pro will be out of date the day it arrives.
Perhaps Apple made a mistake early on when they choose to go with Intel for the Mac Pro processor, which doesn’t support PCI Express 4 along with AMD graphics cards that are based on the previous generation AMD Vega architecture, not AMD's next-generation Navi graphics.
Let me know what your thoughts are in the comment section below. Has Apple gone too far in their pursuits of profits? Is the Mac Pro already obsolete before it even comes out?