The new Mac Pro it landed yesterday in the United States and it certainly became the hot topic for the second time this year (the first was last June, when it was announced). As widely reported, the new (and expensive) workstation Apple is the most powerful Mac ever – all that power, however, must also generate a lot of heat.
Thinking precisely about the best functioning of the Mac Pro and Pro Display XDR, Apple engineers needed to find new ways to deal with the heat and prevent overheating (something that could significantly disrupt the performance of the two new sensations of the moment), which were revealed by Apple executives John Ternus and Chris Ligtenberg to Popular Mecanics.
In fact, we already know that some features of the design of the Mac Pro and the new Apple display were made with the use of these products in mind, not aesthetics. In this sense, the machine’s chassis is directly related to temperature management – and, in the Pro Display XDR, to the fact that it can be used both horizontally and vertically, inhibiting orientation from interfering with ventilation, as Ternus said:
[O padrão] gives us a lot of surface area, which is extremely beneficial. [Para o display], we wanted a flow [de ar livre] through the channels, regardless of orientation.
Such a change in the Mac Pro’s external design was also necessary because the previously typical solutions (such as the cylindrical shape of the workstation launched in 2013) were not enough, according to Ligtenberg:
It is very easy to trap air in the channels. A common solution, passively, is to have a finned case, a heat sink. This was not possible [no novo Mac Pro].
The external design of the Mac Pro works alongside another component of the machine: the fans. There are small fans both in the workstation and the Pro Display XDR to cool certain components. Combining thermodynamic design and fans, the new Mac Pro has a 20% higher airflow than the previous model, keeping it as quiet as thanks to the redistribution of the blades in terms of GMP, describes Ligtenberg:
Years ago, we started to redistribute the blades. They are still dynamically balanced, but are actually randomized in terms of GMP. So, you don’t get huge harmonics that tend to be super irritating.
With that, it is possible to say that the new Mac Pro is a machine as powerful as it is functional, because all the details were really “thought for the expansion”.
Mac Pro support documents
With the start of sales of the new Mac Pro, Apple started sharing the machine’s support documents, which range from installing and replacing parts for the machine. workstation recommendations for using graphics cards, such as Afterburner.
Apple warns that damage caused by failure to follow these instructions provided for replacing Mac Pro components is not covered by the warranty. Therefore, if you paid R $ 429 thousand for your machine and do not want to have to take it to third-party technical services, it is better to follow the guidelines below.
There are also new support documents for the Pro Display XDR:
Still about the Pro Display XDR, here’s a (necessary) curiosity: if you chose the display with nanotexture glass (which costs R $ 54,000), it is essential to use the special microfiber cloth that comes with the product to clean the screen.
Apple warns that display owners to Never use other cloths to clean the glass (even the standard) and, if the microfiber cloth that comes with the Pro Display XDR is lost, the user must contact Apple support to send another one; however, it is not known how much the company will charge for the exclusive cloth that cleans the display.
What sets it apart from other microfiber cloths? We don’t know, but you won’t want to bet to see it, will you?
via AppleInsider; MacRumors: 1, 2 | image: Australian Online News