The new Mac Pro packs an unprecedented amount of power in an unthinkable amount of space. A big reason we were able to do that is the ingenious unified thermal core. Rather than using multiple heat sinks and fans to cool the processor and graphics cards, we built everything around a single piece of extruded aluminum designed to maximize airflow as well as thermal capacity. It works by conducting heat away from the CPU and GPUs and distributing that heat uniformly across the core. That way, if one processor isnâ(TM)t working as hard as the others, the extra thermal capacity can be shared efficiently among them. No computer has been built this way before. And yet it makes so much sense, itâ(TM)s now hard to imagine building one any other way.
Isn't that what laptops do? Are they not computers for the purposes of this conversation?
The only reason no one else does a "unified thermal core" for desktops is because industry standard motherboard layouts are not compatible with such a design.
From tabbing back and forth through the interactive swf, it looks like the layout is a triangle, with the 'mainboard' and two graphics cards making up the legs.
The "unified thermal core" is a hollow triangular heat sink running down the center, with a copper mating point on each face.
It also looks like the flash drive is mounted directly behind the core of one graphics card, which should do wonders for its lifespan.
There's also a 'daughter' board in the base of the case, with some undocumented chips on it.
The CPU can be replaced without complete disassembly.
You will have to remove the 'mainboard' though.
Technically impressive. Completely non-standard.
It's interesting that Apple believes 1 CPU and 2 GPUs is the future of professional computing.