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[Updated] Apple to Unleash "Mac Gamer" Desktop PC With GTX Titan Graphics Card!
Steve Jobs famously was against creating any sort of gaming PC, but now that he's long gone, the company's outlook has inevitably changed direction, especially with the recent tanking of their share price and continuing collapse of the (in)famous Jobs "reality distortion field". In short, the current CEO, Tim Cook, is looking for ways of keeping Apple relevant in today's increasingly competitive market.
An Apple insider has apparently claimed that the Mac is superior to the PC in every way (well he would) but has lagged in this one area, which it will now conquer. We'll see.
What we're hearing is that Apple is now finally looking to make a gaming PC for its loyal, but game-starved customers. As usual, it will be a high end product too, costing thousands. Preliminary details indicate that the new gaming PC will be called the Mac Gamer and sport some very impressive specs:
- NVIDIA GTX Titan graphics card + SLI support
- Intel i7-4770K CPU
- 16GB RAM as standard (expandable to 64GB)
- 512GB SSD (probably not from Samsung)
- High end multi-channel sound
- Latest Mac OS X version, especially tweaked for enhanced gaming performance
Being a 4000-series Intel CPU, this means that it's the upcoming Haswell range, which has some nice improvements over the current Ivy Bridge. Now, that 'K' suffix is especially interesting, because it implies that Apple will allow overclocking of their rigs, something they've never done before. It will also be interesting to see if they will allow the Intel integrated GPU to be used.
The Mac Gamer is going to be based on the Mac Pro, which is already a high end PC, so tweaking the design to support high end graphics isn't really all that difficult. The main issues that Apple must address are the power supply and cooling requirements, along with a new motherboard to support four-way SLI and operating system support to make it all "just work", Apple style.
While this development may seem surprising at first, it's not really when you think about it. For some time now, PC gaming's number one game delivery platform, Steam, has supported the Mac, with more action titles coming out all the time. Therefore, it's not hard to see that Apple sees an opportunity here to enter a new market segment. We just hope that Apple will also release a cheaper version of this PC, making the Mac gaming platform affordable to more people.
Finally, there's no word on whether Apple will be making an AMD version of the Mac Gamer, using AMD graphics cards and perhaps processors.
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