updated 11:31 am EST, Tue December 31, 2013
SSDs linked to videocards
Repair firm iFixit has published a teardown of the 2013 Mac Pro, following in the steps of a another teardown conducted by OWC. iFixit describes the machine as highly repairable, thanks to a lack of proprietary screws and tool-free access to RAM. Such design approaches also make the Pro relatively easy to upgrade, particularly the socketed CPU.
iFixit notes that one of the computer's twin graphics cards also plays host to a slot for the SSD. The company suggests that higher-tier configurations may make use of two SSD-capable cards, allowing doubling storage capacity. User upgrades of storage are said to be problematic though, limiting people to expensive external Thunderbolt drives.
The 2013 Pro is a major redesign, abandoning the PC-style tower of its predecessors for a compact cylinder. While this offers size and portability advantages, upgrade makers may have to custom-tailor some of their parts to support it, and some changes -- like installing internal HDDs -- are of course impossible.