Could the most expensive Apple Mac Pro be surpassed by this 128-core AMD Epyc workstation?

Quite a few scaled-down workstation distributors are rushing to fill a really profitable niche the likes of Coreto, Scan, Velocity Micro and Boston have a very small window of chance before the computer system giants (Lenovo, HP and Dell) leap on AMD’s EPYC bandwagon.

The EPYC 7702 is at this time the ideal solution out there if you might be looking for the pinnacle of desktop performance – place it this way, you won’t obtain everything from Intel that will even arrive shut to what AMD’s Rome series CPU has to offer you.

Rome presents sixty four cores and 128 threads, and you can pair two alongside one another to get the form of processing ability that was located in supercomputers only a couple of a long time ago.

At $fifty one,399, the Apple’s Mac Professional has “only” 28 cores (Intel Xeon W-3275M) and accommodates up to one.5TB memory, two Radeon Professional Vega II Duo (that’s 4 GPU and 128GB HBM2 memory) and an 8TB SSD.

How does that assess to, say, an a-X2 from Mediaworkstations containing the EPYC 7702?

For a start out, the a-X2 is a minimal additional highly-priced at just above $fifty three,000 (around £41,500 / AU$eighty one,800). Even so, you get two sixty four-core processors, 2TB of memory, a pair of Nvidia Quadro RTX 8000 GPU with 48GB GDDR6 memory, and eight.68TB value of large speed storage. For peace of mind, a 3-12 months warranty with subsequent organization working day onsite services is also thrown in.

It really is true, the casing (adorned by two 200mm front ingestion admirers) is not as alluring as the Mac Pro’s aluminium housing, but you get so a great deal additional for your income.

Note, even though Mediaworkstations ships internationally, you may well have to pay out extra tax dependent on your area.