I've been oogling the Mac Pro from Apple with loaded specs. Check it here if unfamiliar.
I'm curious to hear anyone's thoughts of the computer for deep learning/machine learning applications vs cloud based computing. Obviously, a flexible solution on GCP or AWS has the ability to scale and therefore produce results faster. However, I'm mostly interested to hear thoughts on the economics of purchasing the machine vs renting a cloud based machine.
If we assumed something like a 5 year lifetime of the Apple Mac Pro for this type of computing (before the chips/processors become immensely slower than the newest chips used in the cloud), that would be like $1000 per year amortized using the Mac Pro. Does it make more sense to rent from AWS/GCP for \$1000 per year as a renter instead? I don't have much experience in the cost of AWS/GCP so I'm looking to here an answer from anyone well versed in cloud computing.