Mac Setup: The Mac Pro Desk of a President

Mar 3, 2013 - 36 Comments

The Mac Pro setup of a CEO

This weeks awesome Mac setup is truly that, awesome. Coming to us from Ben K., he is the president of a company and uses all the power shown in this triple-screened Mac Pro workstation to get the job done.

We pulled this one from our Facebook page submissions so we didn’t get a traditional hardware list (yet), so we’re going to have to take a bit of a guess at what’s included here, but you can scan the pictures and find the following:

  • Mac Pro
  • Triple Apple Cinema Displays
  • MacBook Pro 15″ with matte display
  • MacBook Air 11″
  • iPad
  • iPhone 5

The Apple Cinema displays are attached to three separate M8 Monitor Mounts & swiveling arms. Some serious speakers surround the setup though we’re not quite sure what they are, and we know there’s a beefy graphics PC mixed in there too. If you were wondering like us, the thing in front of the chair is a foot massager, perfect for long days sitting at the desk.

Triple screen Mac Pro setup

We hope to update this with more information as we get it from Ben, but in the meantime, enjoy the awesome setup pictures!

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Posted by: William Pearson in Mac Setups

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  1. Carbon says:

    Wow. I want that.

  2. wow says:

    i think i just shot my load
    beautiful

  3. great says:

    LOL the hive

  4. Matt says:

    Notice the Louis Vuitton bag and the Hermes shoes at the bottom right of the first photo!

    Wonder what company this guy is the president of!

  5. Ed says:

    Too bad his OS-software is not up-to-date.

  6. Ben Kraus says:

    Speakers are the definitive technology mythos towers (retail $1999 each) and emotiva stereo amplifier xp-2
    And emotiva digital signal processor. I’ll send the full specs when I get the chance. Graphics cards in the pc you are referring to are two nvidia 690gtx cards by gigabyte running quad SLI. 64GB of RAM. Intel i7 extreme edition (3970). 4x 512GB vector SSD with high point technology RAID/SAS card adaptor (Rocket RAID 4520) running a RAID 0 stripped array 2TB SSD drive. Storage is 4x 4TB Western Digital Black Caviar HHDs for total storage of 16TB. Motherboard is ASUS Rampage Extreme IV.

    And it’s a Macbook pro 17 and 8 core 2.8GHz Xeon Mac Pro (Late 2008) with 24GB of buffered EEC memory. Those are 30″ Apple cinema displays. On the table is a macbook air 11″ fully optioned out. Wacon cintiq S4 wireless tablet .

  7. Emil says:

    Wow. This is the best one I’ve seen yet. Beautiful. Just beautiful. I’ve never seen a mac pro positioned like that – at the back of the table. Kinda hard to get to the CD/DVD though.

  8. gepp says:

    You forgot to mention the twin Dyson vacuum-cleaners and the Herman Miller Aeron chair.
    This looks like the workstation of someone seriously lacking self-esteem: in my professional experience as a Mac technician, I’ve yet to see someone who might need more than 2 screens for serious work, let alone 3.
    This is a gaming setup.
    Also, I never quite get the reason for owning 2 notebooks: one is usually enough, especially when coupled with a powerful workstation.
    One more thing…
    CEOs tend to meet people in their offices: I wouldn’t like my customers to see my spare shoes and vacoom cleaner. I gather they were put there for the pictures. But where are the chairs for your clients?

    So lame!

  9. MacPaul says:

    But sitting in front of a window that blinds him. Stupid…

  10. Mr. Hilarious says:

    This is ridiculous, who needs such speakers in the office, who needs such speakers at all, we live in 2013.

  11. Benjamin Kraus says:

    I work from home. My company mines bitcoins and other digital crypto currencies. This photo was taken in NJ and was just a testing house to deploy proof concept… The photos are 3 years old. The Hive is in the process of being relocated to a penthouse in the State Tower overlooking the Chao Prayah river in Bangkok, Thailand. This work station is about excess. It’s never been about necessity in my book. I spend my investors money on this stuff just because I can and I enjoy the overkill it represents. It’s not about filling some self esteem void, it’s about pushing the envelop on what can be done money be damned. If you don’t like it, that’s OK. No one is telling you to go out spend your hard earned cash on it but there is no need to hate on it just because. Oh and I forgot to mention, it is only the access point to a data center built into my house full of SHA-256 ASICs and Tesla GPU accelerated super computers.

    More pictures at the original facebook post at (My FB is public and always has been): https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.110907119000695.20763.100002442238107&type=3

  12. Benjamin Kraus says:

    Mr. Hilarious, I’m curious as to how living in 2013 precludes having such speakers. These speakers won a CES innovation award back in 2011 and until 2012 were the best bang for your buck according to sound and vision magazine. People with discerning ears and a desire for audio fidelity not seen in any commercially available PC speakers continue to buy tower AV floor standing speakers. For $4000, these speakers rival the sound quality and fidelity of those in the $40-60,000 price range. They compact in size and made of aircraft grade aluminum and they sound amazing. Like I said, nobody NEEDS to have these speakers, nobody NEEDS to have a Mac. …but it sure is nice having and enjoying this hardware on a daily basis.

  13. Misha says:

    Aren’t your employees jealous you spent al the hard earned money in trivial things? Do you really need al this (speakers cheap at $4000…!? My god) to get through the day..? I bet the people who sold you all that stuff said so….

  14. waran says:

    Nice set_up !

    Some recall = this is not an Wacom Cintic ! it’s an Wacom Ituos 4 or 5….

  15. Kevin B. says:

    “This work station is about excess. It’s never been about necessity in my book. I spend my investors money on this stuff just because I can and I enjoy the overkill it represents. It’s not about filling some self esteem void, it’s about pushing the envelop on what can be done money be damned. If you don’t like it, that’s OK. No one is telling you to go out spend your hard earned cash on it but there is no need to hate on it just because.”

    Wow, I’m stunned. Maybe we should all work together to find this guys’ investors and let them know how he feels about *their* money…

    Kevin B.

    • Ben Kraus says:

      My investors are perfectly aware of my set up, it is a big selling point for me to get additional investors. It has a “wow factor” that I cannot yet put a price on. I recently raised $76,000 in start up capital in 3 days without a business plan based on my set up and the confidence I bring to the table. This set up has payed for itself many times over. It’s a good investment that keeps giving back everyday. I only can do this because I there are few people out there that can provide over a 6000% return on their investment within the first year. So yes, my investors know money means nothing to me but its that ability to disregard it that allows me to invest without getting emotional.

  16. Username Isntrelevant says:

    I enjoyed looking at this setup, until I saw that Ben Kraus is basically the rear admiral in the douchecanoe navy.

  17. Dookie Howsre says:

    Killer set-up. Anyone that disses it is just crying because they really wish they had it. Who cares if someone has their shoes in their home office picture? Wieners.

    • Pau says:

      Agreed. This is an amazing Mac setup, and this thread is about Mac setups. Personally, I think there is some jealousy in the comments, because frankly not all of us can afford such a killer workstation and that may rub some people the wrong way.

  18. frappedia says:

    “This work station is about excess. It’s never been about necessity in my book”.
    ” money means nothing to me but its that ability to disregard it that allows me to invest without getting emotional.”
    Totally agree with you Ben.
    All this jealousy is laughable.
    Beautiful setup btw.

  19. G says:

    Haters! So what if he has this type of set up! This site is about posting setups, and he did, and I like it.

  20. R says:

    Funny, before reading the comments, I was thinking the speakers (while fantastic for a computer setup) are kind of on the low end of audiophile scale, and are more geared towards home theater. I use TAD CR-1′s – but that my own audio obsession/problem… I love the monitor mounts – will have to look into those. I also use a 30″ ACD – but mine is a little long in the tooth with intermittent green sparklies – I wish Apple would release a new 30″ with the new Mac Pro (I use the Mac pro 1.1 in a professional video environment with a 24″ sitting to the left and a professional Sony multiformat TV monitor – so I also have a 3 monitor display.

    I build my own desk for my particular ergonomics and to house a sony HDV deck, JL Cooper MCS color correction trackballs, Never Portico and RME audio gear and a Mackie MCU pro mixer surface.

    Wish I could invest in Ben’s fund myself – need to buy some additional gear. Any info on it?

  21. macphreak says:

    What kind of foot massager is that? And does it work? Nice setup!

  22. Anne says:

    It was all very meh for me – until I saw the duck! SOLD! :P

  23. Monique says:

    Would love to have this as my work set up

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