Very interesting specs and design philosophy.
Now, some things I would like to see clarified:
- Does someone know how many memory banks it has/the max amount of supported memory?
- it seems that all the USB ports are on the front, is that really the case?
- how to manage the scratch disk if there is only room for one storage device?
- considering that the accelerated pace of OSX releases does absolutely not match the needs of advanced users, how well does it run windows knowing its heavy reliance on Thunderbolt 2?
- upgradability of GPUs and will they always have to come in pairs?
It would appear to be 4.*
Find out closer to the release date.
All the ports are on the "back" in fact (although there is nothing stopping you making that the "front").
? I wonder about this myself. I, and I assume most photographers, aren't going to require that sort of GPU power. Maybe there will be an option to configure for one? And maybe use the space for another PCI Flash module?
* Obviously the days of everything on the inside (pretty much) are gone. Expansion via TB2 is now the new reality. While at first I wasn't too happy with this approach it does have its advantages. You will no longer be paying (one hopes) for features you might never use (PCI slots perhaps - although I use 2 extra myself). ASSUMING good expansion units are forthcoming, and the very design of the MacPro would seem to guarantee this. Storage, PCI, etc can all be added as required. Maybe even memory (I don't know enough about that to say)? Apple itself might even expansion units available? I can see an integrated, perhaps stackable system? Maybe with some sort of integrated TB connection system?
While I like a clean workspace more than most and would prefer it to be cable free, the massive reduction in size and footprint will free up a lot of area on my desk!
I guess we will see...