by Anton Shilov
06/10/2013 | 08:05 PM
Apple on Monday showed a sneak peek into the future of the workstation with a first look at the next generation Mac Pro. The PC introduces a completely new professional desktop architecture and unique design. With next generation Xeon processors, dual workstation-class GPUs, Thunderbolt 2, PCIe-based flash storage, and fast ECC memory, the new 9.9” tall Mac Pro packs unprecedented amount of power into an incredibly small package.
“With the latest Xeon processors, dual AMD FirePro GPUs, ECC memory, PCIe-based flash and Thunderbolt 2, all built around a revolutionary thermal core, the next generation Mac Pro is the most radical Mac yet. All this performance and expandability is packed into a dramatic new design that’s one-eighth the volume, and best of all, it will be assembled here in the USA,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of worldwide marketing.
The next generation Mac Pro is architected around a unified thermal core that allows the desktop to efficiently share its entire thermal capacity across all the processors. The result is a pro desktop with breakthrough performance packed into a design that is one-eighth the volume of the current Mac Pro. Next generation Intel Xeon E5 processors with up to 12 core configurations deliver double the floating point performance. With two AMD FirePro workstation-class GPUs, the all-new Mac Pro is up to 2.5 times faster than the current Mac Pro and delivers up to 7TFLOPS teraflops of compute power. The new Mac Pro also features PCIe-based solid-state storage that is up to 10 times faster than conventional desktop hard drives and includes the latest four-channel ECC DDR3 memory running at 1866 MHz to deliver up to 60GB/s of memory bandwidth. With all that power, the new Mac Pro lets you seamlessly edit full-resolution 4K video while simultaneously rendering effects in the background.
The next generation Mac has six Thunderbolt 2 ports that can deliver up to 20Gb/s of bandwidth to each external device. Mac Pro is perfect for connecting to external storage, multiple PCI Express expansion chassis, audio and video breakout boxes, and the latest external displays, including 4K desktop displays. Each of the six Thunderbolt 2 ports supports up to six daisy-chained devices, giving you the ability to connect up to 36 high-performance peripherals. Thunderbolt 2 is completely backwards compatible with existing Thunderbolt peripherals, and allows to transfer data between Macs faster and easier than ever.
The next generation Apple Mac Pro will be available later this year.