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    The GTX 1080s are what I have my eyes on for upgrading my PC desktop to. I’d gladly take one in my Mac Pro too.

    I don’t need multiple GPUs personally. I’m just a software developer who doesn’t do any game work. I just want to ensure that I have the best GPU I can get when I buy this so that I can ensure that macOS performs as well as it can for a few years. No stuttering when I toggle Mission Control!

    Why on earth do you need a 500 $USD video card for alt+tab? There should certainly be an option to include 1 or 2 super expensive quadro video cards, but there should also be an option for a quiet, power efficient GPU for those professionals who don’t have GPU bound workloads.

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      Probably can just do what they do with the laptops today and have an intel onboard video provider, and that would be overridden with a dedicated card.

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        This. I’m a native mac app developer and I’ve been more excited about getting a lighter MacBook with the option of buying an eGPU box if I run into limits (or just want to play games). Its a setup I’ve wanted for years and this seems to be the first year where it’s felt less hackish or bottlenecked.

        Much of the essays problems seemed like they can be solved with such a setup with maybe a home fileserver

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        There should certainly be an option to include 1 or 2 super expensive quadro video cards, but there should also be an option for a quiet, power efficient GPU for those professionals who don’t have GPU bound workloads.

        You mean like this:

        https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814125968&cm_re=rx550-_-14-125-968-_-Product

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        I also don’t see AMD as a viable alternative for CPUs

        And then:

        What I need more than faster CPUs is more cores

        .. Which is exactly what Ryzen delivers.

        And speaking of games, I don’t play them on my Mac. This dream of the Mac ever being a best-of-class gaming platform is long gone

        So he doesn’t play games on his Mac. Not because the GPUs are currently too weak for it, but because “the dream is long gone”. Nevermind that nothing actually prevents Macs from being very good for gaming in the future, if Apples makes it so.

        Ultimately what we want the new Mac Pros to be like doesn’t matter. Whether we’ll like what we get depends mostly on whether Apple will still insist on maintaining ridiculously exorbitant prices for them.