Originally Posted by ownage
yeah, they come with a hefty price tag. But if you are going to get Xeons, i would get a Mac Pro just because it comes with two 5160s and it looks really really nice.
i do 2d/3d work and the mac pro is a huge dissappointment, the video card options are so limited the fb-dimm ram is another huge issue, even if the woodcrest xeons are faster than the conroe quad core cpus, id go with the conroe because then you dont have to spend a billion dollars on crappy fb-dimm ram and get really amazing ddr2 ram for less!.
ram is so crucial (no pun intended) in workstations/servers and the fb-dimm tech is complete crap, it is not even supported by most companies. overall the extra money you'd have to spend on getting a dual socket woodcrest motherboard, fb dimm ram, and the higher priced xeons would not be justified by the price difference.