Apple’s new Mac Pro arrives in December

Apple’s Mac Pro workstation
Power inside: Apple’s Mac Pro workstation. Picture: Apple

Apple has confirmed specifications and pricing for its long-awaited Mac Pro professional workstation.

The new computer offers options of up to 12-core Intel Xeon E5 processors, running at up to 3.9Ghz, and up to 64GB of memory, for built to order configurations. For the first time for an Apple desktop machine, the Mac Pro comes with dual graphics cards, and these can be specified up to AMD FirePro D700s, with 6GB of video memory – adding up to 12GB of VRAM in all. Internal storage runs up to 1TB, in an all-flash format.

The standard configuration of the Mac Pro also includes dual GPUs, and six Thunderbolt 2 ports, giving bandwidth of 20Gps. The ports support existing Thunderbolt equipment via copper cables, or Thunderbolt 2 over fibre connections. As Thunderbolt 2 allows daisy-chaining, the Mac Pro can support up to 36 external devices, such as drives or capture cards.

All the internal storage in the Mac Pro is flash based, with bandwidth of up to 1.2Gps, and main memory bandwidth of 60Gps. Together, Apple claims this allows for full-resolution, 4K video editing and playback. The Mac Pro can support three 4K displays.

The new computers will go on sale in December, and will come installed with OSX Mavericks (Mac OS 10.9). The base level computer is a quad-core model with 3.7Ghz processors, dual D300 GPUs, 12GB of memory and 256GB of storage, for £2082 ex VAT, or $2999 in the US. A six-core model with AMD FirePro D500s and 16GB of memory will cost £2750 ex VAT ($3999), with build-to-order options ranging up to the 12-core system.

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