Mac Pro with 3.7 GHz quad-core Xeon Launches Tomorrow

Apple first introduced us to the Mac Pro back in June. Now, six months later, the Cupertino-based company is getting ready to release its brand new desktop. Set for availability tomorrow, the new Mac Pro features a unique cylindrical design and will cost just shy of $3,000 when it goes on sale tomorrow, December 19.

 

The Mac Pro's glossy, cylindrical design is likely what most will notice first. It's a huge departure from anything Apple has done before and features a 'thermal core' cooling solution in the center. The thermal core is a center component made of a three-sided heatsink, with each side cooling the entire length of each PCB. A single large fan pulls the hot air up and out.

Assembled in the United States, the Mac Pro features a 3.7 GHz quad-core Xeon from Intel. This is working alongside two AMD FirePro D300 GPUs, 12 GB of 1866 MHz DDR3 RAM, 256 GB of PCIe flash storage (read/write speeds of 1.2 GBps/1 GBps) and up to six Thunderbolt 2 ports. Customers can configure their Mac Pro with as much as 64 GB of RAM and 1 TB of flash storage, so while pricing starts at $2,999, you can expect that baseline price to rise if you make changes to the specs.

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  • Grandmastersexsay
    I wonder how many design compromises engineers had to make to please the art major hipster douches running this project.

    It was the functional design of the iPod and iPhone that brought back apple, not this artsy fartsy crap.
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  • rwinches
    Yeah man, So I sold my car so I can get the top model.
    The specs on this are really state of the art, so it will be interesting to see how it plays out in the real world.
    There is a lot of competition in the workstation market and technology doesn't stand still, I hope they are working on the improved model now.
    Might be interesting if they would ever consider an open version.
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  • Grandmastersexsay
    I wonder how many design compromises engineers had to make to please the art major hipster douches running this project.

    It was the functional design of the iPod and iPhone that brought back apple, not this artsy fartsy crap.
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  • bmwman91
    I have to say, I like how much computing power they have packed into such a compact form factor. It is a neat looking product and a really cool idea from a thermal standpoint. Ha, COOL, get it, because it's about the thermals? Anyone? But in all seriousness, it is a neat concept.

    Alas, with the given price, I am not entirely sure who their target market is. Most PD groups that I have worked with, small and large, are rocking "ugly" Dell workstation desktops. For the base price of one of these Mac Pro's, you could get two closely spec'ed ATX towers built. Sure, they would take up 4x the space (or more), but these generally live under the desk anyway.
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