Ramblings from another nerd on the grid
I don't have a Mac although I've been tempted on occasion to see how one might work in my life. Are they really better for website and video editing, or anything else for that matter? I have no clue but I have friends that swear by them.
The folks at Wired, or specifically the Cult of Mac blog at http://blog.wired.com/cultofmac/2007/01/running_vista_o.html recently did a review of Windows Vista running on a Mac Pro.
I just couldn't believe the quote, "The Mac Pro is a very fast and capable OS X machine, but it’s an even faster Windows Vista machine."
Now granted the Pro in question has "two dual-core 2.66GHz Xeon chips; 3GBs of RAM; and a medium-range NVidia GeForce 7300 GT graphics card."
Windows Vista had better fly on a machine like that. The review is mostly anecdotal so people will tear it to shreds, but what the heck, it's still an interesting data point.
So what does a Mac Pro with two 2.66GHz Dual-Core Intel Xeon "Woodcrest" processors, 1GB memory (667MHz DDR2 fully-buffered DIMM ECC), NVIDIA GeForce 7300 GT graphics with 256MB memory, 250GB Serial ATA 3Gb/s 7200-rpm hard drive and a 16x double-layer SuperDrive go for??? Click the pic above.
The obscenity of that pricepoint speaks stronger than this paltry comment could.
I find it difficult to justify paying that kind of money for a branded Mac when I can buy essentially the same hardware for less. Sure, I cant really run OSX on my usual whitebox x86 or x86-64 PC but if I was going to run vista on the [expensive] mac anyway, why does it matter?
I actually didn't think the price point was THAT obscene. I know from looking at the cases and engineering, that it appears to be engineered very well.
Most Mac Pro owners will likely wait for Parallels to release the next round of code to run Windows Vista in a VM. That's where the smart money is for running both OS X and our goodies.
There are other benefits from an ergonomic perspective. It'll be super quiet. And like Keith said, the case is very well designed and upgradeable too. I have friends that spend around $150 just to get a good case.