Apple on Tuesday disclosed that it would start selling its unique and long-awaited Mac Pro high-end desktop starting this December. The new workstation from Apple comes in minimal size, but it can pack ultimate performance with up to twelve-core Intel Xeon, two AMD FirePro graphics cards and up to 64GB of memory. Unfortunately, ultimate speeds come at ultimate price that starts at $2999.
“The new Mac Pro is our vision for the future of the pro desktop, everything about it has been reimagined and there has never been anything like it. The new Mac Pro packs up to 12-core Xeon CPUs, dual FirePro GPUs, ultra-fast ECC memory, new PCIe flash storage, Thunderbolt 2 expandability and more into a radical new design that is one-eighth the size of the previous generation Mac Pro,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of worldwide marketing.
The new Apple Mac Pro features 4-core, 6-core, 8-core or 12-core Intel Xeon processors running at Turbo Boost speeds up to 3.9GHz that deliver double the floating point performance of the previous generation Mac Pro. Two workstation-class AMD FirePro D700 GPUs with up to 12GB of video memory provide up to 7TFLOPS of compute power and up to eight times the graphics performance of the previous generation Mac Pro. OpenGL and OpenCL are optimized in OS X Mavericks to leverage the full computing power of the Mac Pro CPU and dual GPUs. The new Mac Pro ships with OS X Mavericks. The all-new Mac Pro starts at $2999 and will be available in December.
The new Mac Pro features PCIe-based solid-state storage that delivers sequential read speeds up to 1.2GB/s. ECC DDR3 memory running at 1866MHz, with a four-channel memory controller, gives the new Mac Pro up to 60GB/s of memory bandwidth, twice that of the previous generation Mac Pro.
The new Mac Pro also features six Thunderbolt 2 ports, each with up to 20Gb/s of bandwidth per device. Thunderbolt 2 ports support up to six daisy-chained devices each, giving pros the ability to connect up to 36 high-performance peripherals – from external storage devices, to multiple PCI expansion chassis, to audio and video breakout boxes. Thunderbolt 2 uses existing copper or optical Thunderbolt cables and is completely backward compatible with existing Thunderbolt peripherals and cables, and also supports the latest 4K displays. A new self-configuring IP over Thunderbolt software feature in OS X Mavericks provides a fast link between Thunderbolt-enabled Macs.
The power and bandwidth of Mac Pro means users can seamlessly edit full-resolution 4K (3840*2160) video streams and play them in real time.
The all-new Mac Pro will be available in December through the Apple online store, Apple’s retail stores and select Apple authorized resellers. The Mac Pro is available with a 3.7GHz quad-core Intel Xeon E5 processor with Turbo Boost speeds up to 3.9GHz, dual AMD FirePro D300 GPUs with 2GB of VRAM each, 12GB of memory, and 256GB of PCIe-based flash storage starting at $2999; and with a 3.5GHz 6-core Intel Xeon E5 processor with Turbo Boost speeds up to 3.9GHz, dual AMD FirePro D500 GPUs with 3GB of VRAM each, 16GB of memory, and 256GB of PCIe-based flash storage starting at $3999.
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.