According to reports, the processor in the new top-of-the-line MP is the new Intel Xeon W-3275M (Cascade Lake)...MSRP $7453...which wouldn’t leave that much for ‘lots of ram and storage’ if your budget is $10k.Also.. for 10k, you can probably have the 28 core Xeon-W, with lots of ram and storage and maybe a sample library on the side.
Personally, I think there’s a lot to like about the new MP, and it seems Apple actually listened to what pro users want (actual pro users that is, not prosumers who’re unfortunately left in the cold for now).
As someone working in audio post for a major broadcaster, the pros and cons are as follows:
Most powerful workstation processor on the market
Lots of RAM
Video accelerator card
Plenty of PCIe slots (HDX6, yay!)
(Probably) a smart integration of TB via the MPX modules
Pro Display XDR seems amazing for editors/colorists. Getting 3 of these plus a BM Teranex Mini SDI to DisplayPort 8K will come in at a price similar to or less than *one* of our current broadcast monitors (even including the overpriced stand, lol), so if it can hold its own as a broadcast monitor it’s a no-brainer for the next upgrade cycle.
Say what you will about the aesthetics of the new case, the inability to open it without disconnecting all cables is a major downside. Hoping the rack one is better in this regard.
Lack of internal drive bays/SATA connectors...might be somewhat mitigated by MPX modules that allows for internal storage (like the Promise RAID module already announced) but what if you went all-in on the graphics cards?
Only AMD/ATI options for graphics. Hopefully Apple will allow NVidia into the fold again.
Rumors of soldered SSDs. Please allow these to be upgraded with 3rd party parts.