But as good as that juiced up Mac Pro Tower is today, I know at
some point, the time will have to come to an end, simply because
Apple hasn’t built a PCIe-based system in many years now. As my
article described, the alternative Mac Pro trashcan is simply not
a solution for our needs, imposing too many limitations combined
with a very high price tag.
The Nvidia GTX 1080 might be the final nail in the coffin. I can
guarantee at this point, we will have to move to a Windows-based
workstation for our main edit suite and one that supports multiple
PCIe slots specifically for the GTX 1080 (I’ll most likely get two
1080s that that new price-point). I’m no stranger to working on
Windows systems (I’ve built my own Windows boxes since Windows
3/NT) and have Windows systems running now in our facility. But
with that said, I do prefer Apple OS X when possible. But with no
support of a modern PCIe-based workstation from Apple, our hands
are tied to move to Windows. […]
With all that said, I see (and have already seen) a huge migration
of longtime Apple users (such as me) going to Windows systems for
their main workstation needs. The sheer power and lower cost is
just too huge at this point. The Nvidia GTX 1080 just compounded
that point exponentially stronger.
This may be a small market, but it’s a lucrative one. Seems shortsighted for Apple to cede it.