updated 11:21 am EDT, Fri October 25, 2013
System otherwise tightly integrated
Despite using an extremely compact and integrated design, the video card on the 2013 Mac Pro may be upgradable, a French site suggests. Mac4Ever writes that based on a hands-on look, the GPU appears to be located on a daughter card. While Apple is using a proprietary connector, the card should be removable, in theory allowing third parties to make and sell replacement options. A source at Apple allegedly echoes this view.
Previous Pros were built more like standard Windows PCs, giving owners the option to replace just about any part so long as there was a Mac-compatible version. The 2013 edition is built more like iMacs and MacBooks, sacrificing upgrade freedom in exchange for benefits like a compact shape and reduced noise.