12:15 PM – In a press release this morning, Apple has announced that it will make the new fully-redesigned Mac Pro available to everyone starting tomorrow. If you’ve been waiting for Apple to make the Mac Pro available for you to purchase, starting tomorrow, you will be able to. This move comes at perfect times as Christmas is just upon us. While this machine is quite expensive and starts at $3,000, it can still be made as a great gift.
Apple’s new Mac Pro packs quite the guts in terms of pure power. For starters, it has enough power to drive up to three 4K displays or six thunderbolt displays, thanks to the dual AMD FirePro graphics chips with up to 6GB of VRAM. The base model of the Mac Pro starts at $3,000 but it still packs quite a lot under the hood at that price. Of course Apple has made customization easy for those looking to add more power to it.
Here’s what Tim Cook had to say on his Twitter:
We have begun manufacturing the Mac Pro in Austin. It’s the most powerful Mac ever. Orders start tomorrow. pic.twitter.com/Jrd1Gic3Ya
— Tim Cook (@tim_cook) December 18, 2013
Now moving onto more in-depth details of the Mac Pro…
The base model comes with 3.7 GHz Quad-core Intel Xeon E5 with 10MB L3 cache and Turbo Boost up to 3.9GHz. It is configurable up to 3.5GHz 6-core processor with 12MB L3 cache, 3.0GHz 8-core processor with 25MB L3 cache, or 2.7GHz 12-core processor with 30MB L3 cache. It comes with 12GB (three 4GB) of 1866MHz DDR3 ECC memory that is configurable to 16GB (four 4GB), 32GB (four 8GB) or 64GB (four 16GB). For graphics processing, it has the previously stated dual AMD FirePro D300 graphics processors with 2GB of GDDR5 VRAM each and is configurable to dual AMD FirePro D500, each with 3GB GDDR5 VRAM or dual AMD FirePro D700, each with 6GB of GDDR5 VRAM.
Now for the upper model, which starts at $3,999 packs even more power. It comes with 3.5 GHz 6-Core Intel Xeon E5 with 12MB L3 cache and Turbo Boost up to 3.9GHz. Processing power is configurable to 3.0GHz 8-core processor with 25MB L3 cache or 2.7GHz 12-core processor with 30MB L3 cache. For RAM power, it comes with 16GB (four 4GB) of 1866MHz DDR3 ECC memory that is configurable to 32GB (four 8GB) or 64GB (four 16GB). For graphics power, baseline, it has Dual AMD FirePro D500 graphics processors with 3GB of GDDR5 VRAM each, and configurable to dual AMD FirePro D700, each with 6GB of GDDR5 VRAM.
Storage wise, both come with base 256GB PCIe-based flash storage that is configurable to 512GB or 1TB. You can also add your own storage of course with an external hard drive if you wish. There’s also other solutions such as DropBox that can be used for storage so you don’t have to always use your Mac Pro’s storage space.
Here’s a video you can watch to see the making of the Mac Pro:
Finally, below is the the press release you can read for more information.
Apple's Press Release For Mac Pro
All New Mac Pro Available Starting Tomorrow
CUPERTINO, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Apple today announced the all-new Mac Pro® will be available to order starting Thursday, December 19. Redesigned from the inside out, the all-new Mac Pro features the latest Intel Xeon processors, dual workstation-class GPUs, PCIe-based flash storage and ultra-fast ECC memory.
Designed around an innovative unified thermal core, the all-new Mac Pro packs unprecedented performance into an aluminum enclosure that is just 9.9-inches tall and one-eighth the volume of the previous generation. Mac Pro features 4-core, 6-core, 8-core or 12-core Intel Xeon processors running at Turbo Boost speeds up to 3.9 GHz and two workstation-class AMD FirePro GPUs that deliver up to eight times the graphics performance of the previous generation Mac Pro.* PCIe-based flash storage delivers sequential read speeds up to 10 times faster than conventional desktop hard drives, and ECC DDR3 gives the new Mac Pro up to 60GBps of memory bandwidth for seamlessly editing full-resolution 4K video while simultaneously rendering effects in the background. With an incredible six Thunderbolt 2 ports, each with up to 20Gbps of bandwidth per device, the new Mac Pro completely redefines desktop expandability with support for up to 36 high-performance peripherals, including the latest 4K displays.
Pricing & Availability
The Mac Pro is available with a 3.7 GHz quad-core Intel Xeon E5 processor with Turbo Boost speeds up to 3.9 GHz, dual AMD FirePro D300 GPUs with 2GB of VRAM each, 12GB of memory, and 256GB of PCIe-based flash storage starting at $2,999 (US); and with a 3.5 GHz 6-core Intel Xeon E5 processor with Turbo Boost speeds up to 3.9 GHz, dual AMD FirePro D500 GPUs with 3GB of VRAM each, 16GB of memory, and 256GB of PCIe-based flash storage starting at $3,999 (US). Configure-to-order options include faster 8-core or 12-core Intel Xeon E5 processors, AMD FirePro D700 GPUs with 6GB of VRAM, up to 64GB of memory, and up to 1TB of PCIe-based flash storage. Additional technical specifications, configure-to-order options and accessories are available online at www.apple.com/mac-pro.
The all-new Mac Pro will be available to order starting Thursday, December 19 through the Apple Online Store (www.apple.com), Apple’s retail stores and select Apple Authorized Resellers.
*Testing conducted by Apple in October 2013 using preproduction Mac Pro 12-core 2.7 GHz units with 1TB flash storage and AMD FirePro D700 graphics, and shipping Mac Pro 12-core 3.06 GHz units with 512GB SSD and ATI Radeon HD 5870 graphics.
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