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Mark Aceto

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  1. Mark Aceto

    macOS Mojave (10.14) Compatibility

    100% accurate on both points. Meanwhile, Apple keeps sticking higher core/lower base clock speed in their laptops... 🤬 However, the good news is: VW is always rewriting the legacy code that's a huge culprit of causing that SBBOD (particularly single core operations) They can't finish fast enough as that's priority #1 to all of us here VW19 increased many of the previous single-core operations to 4 cores, and that limit is expected anticipated hoped to increase to 8 cores (or more) in VW20 We're due for some Teaser Tuesdays soon The imminent 16" MacBook Pro should have better guts (including thermals) as we exit the dark days of the Jony Ive thin & light (form over function) era Fingers crossed for Threadripper when the Intel contract expires I experienced the same lagginess when I tried VW19 SP3.1 on Mojave 10.14.5 with the same config iMac Pro you have, and rolled back to HS 10.13.6. Hopefully that improved in SP4 because SP5 will probably be the final version of VW19 (notwithstanding any minor point upgrades for Catalina compatibility), and 10.14.6 will be the final version of Mojave, so we're running out of runway... Not for nothing but Mojave just seems/feels like a half-baked transitional release. Catalina looks like the Snow Leopard/iOS 12/"s" for speed/stability version but will undoubtedly take the usual six months to become stable, meanwhile wreaking havoc on VW until it is.
  2. Mark Aceto

    macOS Mojave (10.14) Compatibility

    https://www.3dconnexion.com/cadmouse_pro_wireless/en/ They finally did it: full-size wireless CadMouse!!!!! And it's available for same-day delivery on Amazon! Hopefully, this will get around the T2 issue of having to un/replug the USB after restarting on a Mac...
  3. Mark Aceto

    What mouse do you recommend?

    https://www.3dconnexion.com/cadmouse_pro_wireless/en/ They finally did it: full-size wireless CadMouse!!!!! And it's available for same-day delivery on Amazon! Hopefully, this will get around the T2 issue of having to un/replug the USB after restarting on a Mac...
  4. Mark Aceto

    WWDC 2019 - Mac Pro Hopes

    Apple's Radeon II (aka Radeon VII) isn't capable of ray-tracing, so it can't take advantage of that feature in Epic's new Unreal engine (inside Twinmotion). Also, Ryzen 3000, PCIE 4, Navi... are right around the corner, so this thing's gonna be outdated by the time it's released. At this point, I'm convinced they only made this for the studios creating content for AppleTV+
  5. Mark Aceto

    WWDC 2019 - Mac Pro Hopes

    Won’t be long before we’re leasing them like iPhones...
  6. Mark Aceto

    WWDC 2019 - Mac Pro Hopes

    Exactly why I wish Apple would rip out that 3-year-old $300 GPU, useless 256GB storage, weak CPU, and RAM. Then knock the chassis price down to $3K, and let me install whatever I want with my money. Hence the power to change everything. They backed into a fake $6k price by cheating on components. Either put in the right parts and announce it for the actual $10k cost of the step up config or sell it as a chassis. The pro announcements were all just adding insult to injury. Federighi and Joz wouldn’t even admit how much the wheels cost when Gruber asked them point blank onstage at his podcast show. Guessing those will be $500-1000. Then again, excellent 3rd party opportunity right there (I’ll take some Colsen locking casters please).
  7. Mark Aceto

    WWDC 2019 - Mac Pro Hopes

    Are BMW bikes thermally throttled? Sorry, I get triggered by the BMW comparison because: There was a time when Apple truly made a premium product "that just worked", had NVIDIA GPU's, antiglare screens, functional keyboards, made the best routers (that still beat the current competition six years later), didn't require dongles... and an argument could be made that they truly lived up to that comparison $2500 got us the base model cheese grater 2008 - 2012 that are still in huge demand for good reason $3000 got us the base model trash can in 2013 - 2018 that couldn't be upgraded and still sells with 6-year old components $6000 gets us the base model in 2019 although the SLI GPU's is long overdue Today, a more accurate comparison would be paying BMW prices for Kia performance (sorry, I'm not a motorcycle guy). Cupertino has, once and for all, jumped the shark:
  8. Mark Aceto

    WWDC 2019 - Mac Pro Hopes

    Does riding them pay the bills?
  9. Mark Aceto

    WWDC 2019 - Mac Pro Hopes

    @JuanP are there plans to increase VW font size for 4k displays? Palette fonts have been microscopic for a good 4 years now...
  10. Mark Aceto

    WWDC 2019 - Mac Pro Hopes

    2nd the BenQ 32" antiglare monitors. Been using them for years, and turned many people onto them. That said, my dream monitor would be a 40" curved display because: 32" is not large enough to view at full 4k (see attached screenshot) > 32" you have to physically roll your chair from side to side, so curved is nice (the trick is tilting it exactly 90º to your eyeballs) > 40" starts to pixelate 4k
  11. Mark Aceto

    WWDC 2019 - Mac Pro Hopes

    While that is true, none of the previous Mac Pro's were priced so out of reach for professionals. Rationalizing that this version "isn't for us" is to forget that every prior version was. As someone who's getting ridding of my iMac Pro (all in one is not for me), my options are Mac Pro, Mac Mini, and MistakeBook Pro. So, unless they're about to surprise us with a new modular desktop, they just hosed most of their pro users.
  12. Mark Aceto

    WWDC 2019 - Mac Pro Hopes

    Unless you want an all-in-one, there's a huge gap between the Mac Pro and the Mac Mini. All we wanted was a user serviceable machine that we can upgrade with our own components, including NVIDA GPU's and AMD CPU's. Instead we got a FU on wheels. Clearly, their POV is "if you want to put your own guts in it, we're gonna charge you more for the base. How do you like them Apples?" And the monitor is a joke. So many better options for CAD pro's... Would be nice if they brought back an antiglare screen to the Mac lineup though.
  13. Mark Aceto

    WWDC 2019 - Mac Pro Hopes

    Exactly. The CPU is socketed, so I wish they had a placeholder throwaway option. It's absolutely beyond me--yet so completely inline with Apple nonsense--that they refuse to work with NVIDIA and also insist on using Intel CPU's. Why not just go all-in on AMD? Probably because of some 10-year deal Tim Apple made with Intel 7 years ago... The storage is modular, so we could bring our own... on top of the 6k base price. @JuanP it's probably too soon to tease VW 2020 but: What's the current multi-core limit? Is it still 4 cores? Is there a plan to use Metal? Netmetshek-owned Maxxon/Cinema, Redshift, Epic/Unreal/TwinMotion, and VW competitors like AutoDesk are onboard... I've never pushed VW beyond 12GB of VRAM--any updates to the VGM that will make use of 32GB or more? How's the project of revising legacy code coming along? Is there a target completion date? After dropping $9k on an iMac Pro, and watching the spinning beach ball of death (VW 2018), I'm not eager to drop $10k on a Mac Pro, and get that same sinking feeling of buyer's remorse in the pit of my stomach. That said, VW 2019 made huge strides to improve that, so fingers crossed for VW 2020...
  14. Mark Aceto

    WWDC 2019 - Mac Pro Hopes

    Yes and no.
  15. Mark Aceto

    WWDC 2019 - Mac Pro Hopes

    So... I'll be the first to ask for a status update on VW and Metal. On that note, when will VW's 4-core limit will be increased, and to how many cores? 8? 12? 16? 24? 28? Convection has been around since Newtown but at least we didn't have to sit through Sir Jony Ive mansplaining it to us. Or Phil gaslighting us about how leaving 1micron of space between modules is "courageous" (and won't box them/us in 5 years from now). Except that they pulled their favorite dirty trick of using 256GB storage--same as an iPhone--and a 2-year old budget-GPU in the baseline model, so guess how much those upgrades will be? Based on current pricing models, and a $1k monitor *****ing stand, I'm guessing in the magnitude of thousands, quickly turning the step-up config into a $10k build that turbos at a theoretical 4.4Ghz. Isn't the point of that whole proprietary graphics contraption Apple's version of SLI, enabling 2 cards to be used as 1? Even so, I would be shocked if VW could max out even one of those 32GB cards anytime in the next 5 years (would be an excellent problem to have though). Honestly, what I really want right now is a 2019 iMac without a screen. That would be solid for VW for the next 2 years. The Mac Pro is future-proof in it's modularity but totally over-engineered in ways that won't help us VW users. Plus, who wants to drop $10k on a machine that's still gonna get a spinning beachball of death because of all the legacy code in VW? Now that the cat's out of the bag, and Apple increased the width of something--that overpriced monitor--for the first time in their history, this gives hope for the mythical 16" MacBook Pro in 2020...

 

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