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Phanteks offers a cheese grater case for $60

QuizzicalQuizzical Member LegendaryPosts: 24,851
This seems like it might be the most stereotypical Mac vs PC thing ever.

Some months ago, Apple announced their new Mac Pro.  People looked at the case and said, it looks like a cheese grater.  Some reviews of it literally tried to use the case as a cheese grater--and successfully.

Then Apple announced the price tags.  Much of the focus was that fully equipped, it would cost over $50k.  Apple fans defended that on the basis that getting 1.5 TB of memory is going to cost a lot no matter how you do it.  Less defensible was that the base model cost $6000.

Phanteks looked at it and said, we can make a case like that for a lot less than $6000.  Let's insert a decimal point and call it $60.00.  Thus was born the Phanteks Metallicgear Neo Pro, which was first shown off at CES last week.  It is due to launch in March or April.

At this point, Apple fans will point out that comparing a $6000 workstation to a $60 case is not a fair comparison.  $60 doesn't get you a full computer.  Of course, building a gaming PC with specs somewhat comparable to that $6000 base model (8 core CPU, Radeon RX 580, 256 GB SSD, 32 GB memory) would cost about $1000, not $6000.  One could quibble about memory channels, ECC memory, and pro drivers on the GPU, but those don't particularly matter to most people.  And besides, the PC with a Ryzen 7 3800X can offer a significantly faster CPU than the base Mac Pro, as well as PCI Express 4.0.

Apple fans will also point out that Apple's version of the case is higher quality than Phanteks's version.  Apple's is made of aluminum, while Phanteks's is plastic.  That alone adds about $7000 to the value of the case, right?

Apple fans will also point out that Apple offers to attach wheels to the case for only $400 extra.  Phanteks doesn't offer that.  Actually, no, Apple fans will not point that out.  Though I'm sure that some enterprising PC case modder will attach wheels to the Phanteks case for much less than $400.

Still, as the saying goes, imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.  No one wanted to copy Apple's previous Mac Pro case that looked like a trash can.
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