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Mac Pro 2019: Apple is proving that a professional product doesn't need to be beautiful, it is good to use it


"Looks like a cheese grinding grater", "What kind of Apple stuff is that bad?", Etc. and clouds … Those are the complaints of our brothers and sisters read on Facebook after the introduction of Mac Pro version 2019 last night. Apple's. At first I would like to admit, I am one of the brothers who criticized the new Mac Pro. But at the same time, I understand two things. One, I don't need Mac Pro, you make videos, music or professional graphic people. Two, ‘bad’ (based on common Apple products), but Apple wants it to work perfectly, running 24/24 as required by all professional users.




Why? I will analyze the design changes of the Mac Pro through the most recent generations, to explain why Apple must return to the design of the old Mac Pro, add some aesthetic details and increase the convenience used as steel frame cum handle, 4 feet fitted with wheels …

Cheese grinding

In terms of design, Mac Pro 2019 (3rd generation) is not much different from the first generation Mac Pro launched in 2006, based on the Power Mac G5 model. The radiator grille on the front and back is very large, almost occupying the surface of the shell to create the coolest airflow possible. Any workstation or PC nature, air cooling for the system is almost the most important thing to keep the overall system performance intact.



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Just because the front is so full of holes that 500 brothers on the internet compare the Mac Pro with the cheese grater. To be fair, now a lot of PC cases for PC players also have the same structure, "open" both front and back, and even open the top surface to mount the fan. , radiance cool for CPU and graphics card water dispersion, thereby creating a cool space inside the machine, from which to play or do anything is not afraid to affect performance.



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You make a light search on Google with the keyword "gaming PC", most of the cases of hardware-based gaming games now have the same texture, even more terrible than the Mac Pro when installed. 3 to 4 front fans, 2 to 3 fans above, in general, it is no different from your own personal air conditioning system. In terms of design, the Mac Pro loses to every current gaming computer case in part… the RGB lights flicker, while the texture and performance are the same:



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Go back to the machine that came out last night. Previously when developing the Apple II, Steve Jobs insisted on opposing the idea of ​​installing a fan for the computer's source, thinking it was noisy and very frustrating. This is an old legend. The time of Mac Pro 2019 is designed with 3-fan exhaust system and passive heat sink as you have seen, perhaps, is the most reasonable direction for professional users, especially with music brothers. and movies. Their need is that the machine is as strong as possible, but at the same time it must be as smooth as possible.

You try to imagine, a machine at making music, listening to the melody from the speaker to mix the song like that, from where the loud howl of the fan system in the computer radiator into the ear, anyone not irritated?

And then, back in time, we can't ignore the second generation of the Mac Pro, the …

Recycle bin

After "cheese grinding" is to Apple "trash", launched in 2013. When it came out, I still do a lot of games, not write anything related to technology like now. But my first thought when Apple introduced the 2nd generation Mac Pro was: Why did Apple try to apply the consumer technology design philosophy to 97% of its customers to 3% of professional customers? ? Agree, Mac Pro 2013 has the beauty of a Jet Black iPhone, looking in photos to life is always beautiful, but that beauty must be exchanged with the price that no professional user wants: Performance and upgrade ability.



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Apple's idea was to create a machine that could cool with a central system, called the unified thermal core in the middle of the bin. The air is sucked in from the bottom and blows hot air through the roof. But inside the machine is the second most powerful hardware in the current market, a suction fan is not a reasonable solution, especially for the main customers of Mac Pro, who turn on the machine 24/24 to work. They generate huge amounts of heat inside the engine with much smaller capacity than the first generation Mac Pro. The radiator fan itself with a noise level of 12 to 17 dB is also a clear plus for brothers as music.



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The knowledge when developing the MacBook Pro, iPhone, iPad was taken out by Apple to develop Mac Pro 2013. The difference between the MacBook Pro and Mac Pro is what created the most obvious drawback of this machine: Upgrade space . Unlike ordinary users, using a MacBook for a few years, selling it for life, businesses or studios will choose a cheaper option when shopping for workstations, which is to find options that allow them to upgrade their hardware when needed. , from CPU, GPU to RAM to serve the work requirements.



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A simple comparison, the 2018 Radeon RX Vega II professional GPU is almost twice as powerful as AMD FirePro D700 equipped in Mac Pro 2013 in some tasks. The Mac Pro 2019 also has the option of mounting the RX Vega II Duo, two GPUs on a graphics processing PCB for ‘to dock’. In 5 years we have made great strides in the graphics industry, both in hardware and software. Of course, the reasonable choice is to buy a workstation with the ability to upgrade, the West brothers call "future proof", which is always a more reasonable choice than buying the most powerful machine of the time but not lifting. granted. Because of the "lame" design of Mac Pro 2013, finding hardware to upgrade it is an arduous journey. In addition to upgrading RAM, you use the Mac Pro almost all options.



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Mac Pro 2013 hardware is still strong compared to current standards, but for professionals, time is money. They are not afraid to spend the latest hardware upgrades to serve their needs. New hardware, their task processing time will be reduced, thereby facilitating more work.

And so, Apple is back with …

Cheese sharpener (but larger hole)

Many people believe that, with the Mac Pro 2019, Apple uses a new design language. Reality is not. It was a language that Apple temporarily put aside to perform a test called Mac Pro 2013, where they tried to balance performance and design but were not as successful as their predecessor in 2006. Each line The definition of the new Mac Pro remains as industrial and minimalist as any other Apple product, only they have more details to best serve the heat dissipation needs.



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The steel frame is covered with a milling aluminum shell, opened with a very handy screw lock. Inside the machine, the hardware system is divided into modules, power, RAM mainboard, and then PCIe ports to plug Mac Pro Expansion Module, according to Apple call. Everything is neat, tidy, in place, just like when opening an iPhone or MacBook Pro to see the internal hardware. They are designed for the most efficient cooling air flow, three front-suction fans, through MPX cooling modules for graphics cards, SSD or other hardware, and exit on the back of the case. The ancient solution is always complementary.



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Perhaps what caught you most was the pile of holes on the front and back of the case. You believe that is what makes the Mac Pro box so ugly. But that's what Apple calculates most, according to his opinion. Big hole then small hole and then to exhaust fan, this design solved two problems. The big hole is not afraid of dust closing the air intake holes of the machine, and the small hole helps the dust to not reach the inside of the cabinet and covers the passive cooling sink slots of MPX Module. The reality is how to experience the details, but this solution, according to Apple, is more reasonable than the tiny screen mesh that fights like many current computer cases. Using 1 year size is easy to clean the machine, remove the aluminum cover to get the blower to clean the dust.



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Long talk, ultimately just to prove the title line of this article. Apple doesn't need their professional products to be as glamorous as the iPad Pro or iPhone XS Max, but they need it to work at their best, best serving customers who buy Mac Pro. I think that, for every 1000 people who criticize Mac Pro today, there are 998 people who don't need to use the Mac Pro. Two of the remaining 1000 people will appear in the comment section below to explain why they criticized. But in the end, the only thing that makes the professional ripple about this machine is only the price.

In terms of design, it is in the middle of existing Windows workstations currently on the market, and popular products that Apple is selling. It is reasonable, because the audience of Apple does not really need a beautiful machine with no dead corners, but instead has to possess the necessary and sufficient capacity for professional tasks.



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