by Anton Shilov
03/09/2013 | 02:31 PM
To make its forthcoming high-end desktop computers even more advanced and desirable, Apple plans to equip its Mac Pro desktops with massive solid-state storage. The new SSDs should offer extreme performance and reliability accompanies by extensible storage space.
The new SSDs for the forthcoming Mac Pro desktops are already in test production. According to BrightSideOfNews web-site, they feature 3.5” form factor, which clearly points to extreme capacity point, as well as Serial ATA connector. The Mac Pro solid-state drives have capacities of up to 2GB, which clearly distinguishes them from solid-state storage of MacBook Pro that has capacity of up to 750GB.
With 2TB 3.5” SSDs Apple will be able to provide 8TB or even more of solid-state storage space for its Mac Pro workstations. While at a hefty price, this will be the world’s highest and therefore an option that Dell and HP will have to follow.
Even though Apple Mac Pro is among the worst-selling product lines of the company, the high-end desktop remains an ideal choice for companies requiring professional software, high-performance and Apple Mac OS X platform. While current Mac Pro still remains the highest-performing Macintosh ever made, it is based on outdated microprocessors and graphics cards and therefore it is time for a refresh.
At present there are no details available about the new Mac Pro desktop, but everything points to the fact that the new workstation from Apple will be based on Intel Corp.’s forthcoming Xeon E-series and W-series processors powered by Ivy Bridge-EP design as it is simply illogical for the company to utilize last year’s Intel Xeon E5 based on Sandy Bridge-EP technology. Since Intel is expected to introduce the Ivy Bridge-EP only in Q3 2013, actual availability of the new Mac Pro may be delayed. It is also logical to expect the new Mac Pro to utilize latest graphics cards from AMD or Nvidia as well as new breeds of high-end solid-state storage solutions.
Apple did not comment on the news-story.