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The Power of the (2009) Mac Pro

Black Pixel’s Daniel Pasco rediscovers the power of a 2009 Mac Pro:

This eight year old machine is a beast. It is everything that I have been missing. It embodies the zenith of industrial hardware design. It is literally bristling with ports, has four internal drive bays, and can support TWO of the most cutting edge graphics cards available on the market today. I’m ditching my 5k iMac.

Pasco’s not the first person I’ve heard from with high-end Mac needs who has shopped for the last generation “cheese grater” Mac Pro enclosure; with spiffy new storage and video cards, it’s amazing that an eight-year-old system can put modern Macs to shame.

I don’t quite agree with Pasco that Apple should just bring the last old Mac Pro back into production—it’s worth Apple building a new enclosure that will last another 10 or 15 years and isn’t designed with optical drive bays in mind. But he’s dead on about the fact that it doesn’t take huge innovation to get Apple back in the high-end computer game—the company just needs to take a few steps back in order to go forward.

[via Dave Mark]