Apple’s new cylindrical Mac Pro starts at $2,999
The circular design Mac Pro was first announced at WWDC 2013 but Apple did not reveal any release date or pricing then. The company has just revealed, during the iPad media event earlier this week, that the Mac Pro 2013 will hit stores in December
Mac Pro 2013 features the latest Intel Xeon processors, dual workstation-class GPUs, six Thunderbolt 2 ports, PCIe-based flash storage and ultra-fast ECC memory, which Apple claimed would provide breakthrough performance at just one eighth the volume of current Mac Pro.
Let’s take a closer look at the new Mac Pro.
The new Mac Pro features Intel Xeon E5 Ivy Bridge processors that support up to 12 cores and delivers double the CPU performance of the current generation of Xeon processors. Dual AMD FirePro workstation-class GPUs with up to 12GB of video memory will provide up to 7 teraflops of computer power, and able to run up to three 4K displays at once. Apple said that it should be able to “seamlessly edit full-resolution 4K video while simultaneously rendering effects in the background.”
Apple is outfitting the new Mac Pro with PCIe-based flash storage that delivers sequential read speeds up to 1.2GBps and is up to 10 times faster than conventional desktop hard drives. The Mac Pro will feature fast ECC DDR3 RAM running at 1866MHz, and provides four slots for adding more RAM.
Around the back, there’s six Thunderbolt 2 ports that will support six daisy-chained devices each, four USB 3.0 ports, two Gigabit Ethernet jacks, and HDMI output. The Mac Pro’s ports are completely backwards compatible with existing Thunderbolt connections. Normally the ports and connections are covered, but the port panel will light up when you open the cover, allowing for easy access.
The new Mac Pro will be available in 4-core, 6-core, 8-core or 12-core Intel Xeon E5 processor with Turbo Boost speeds of up to 3.9 GHz.
- 3.7 GHz quad-core Xeon processor with Turbo Boost speeds up to 3.9 GHz, 12GB of RAM, dual AMD FirePro D300 graphics, and a 256GB of SSD storage will cost $2,999
- 3.7 GHz 6-core Xeon processor with Turbo Boost speeds up to 3.9 GHz, 16GB of RAM, dual AMD FirePro D500 graphics, and a 256GB of SSD storage will cost $3,999
There will be options to include the faster 8-core or 12-core Xeon processor, up to 64GB of RAM, AMD FirePro D700 graphics, and system storage bump up to 512GB or 1TB SSD.
Apple announced at its October 22 event that the new Mac Pro will be available in December, in time for the holiday season, through Apple Online Store, Apple retail stores and selected Apple Authorized Resellers.