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Mac Pro with 3.7 GHz quad-core Xeon Launches Tomorrow

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Just in time for the holidays.

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 , December 18, 2013 10:54 AM
    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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    Grandmastersexsay , December 18, 2013 10:54 AM
    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 , December 18, 2013 10:58 AM
    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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    JD88 , December 18, 2013 11:14 AM
    The specs are pretty modest for the money, but people will pay just to have access to Mac software. I guess everyone is pretty much used to Apple charging about double what something is worth.
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    cburke82 , December 18, 2013 11:15 AM
    I cant find the AMD FirePro D300 on any site as far as specs go. Is this a custom part? Anytime a super expensive computer comes out I like to see how much the parts cost to see what I could built the same rig for myself minus the cool design. I have a feeling you could make the same speced computer for well under $2000. And having 2 fire pro cards makes me wonder why Apple is targeting the workstation crowd because you could most likely get 1 AMD/Nvidia card meant for gaming to out perform those 2 cards in anything other than workstation type tasks.
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    burkhartmj , December 18, 2013 11:20 AM
    Quote:
    I cant find the AMD FirePro D300 on any site as far as specs go. Is this a custom part? Anytime a super expensive computer comes out I like to see how much the parts cost to see what I could built the same rig for myself minus the cool design. I have a feeling you could make the same speced computer for well under $2000. And having 2 fire pro cards makes me wonder why Apple is targeting the workstation crowd because you could most likely get 1 AMD/Nvidia card meant for gaming to out perform those 2 cards in anything other than workstation type tasks.


    D300 and D700 are both custom parts that are essentially scaled down versions of current FirePro cards. A similar computer to the starting model of this would be around 2500 assuming you hit all points. The unusually high PC price is because we're talking workstation and server class parts here, not your standard off the shelf i7 and geforce card.

    Also, yes, a gaming card would outperform a workstation card in gaming, but considering this is a workstation computer meant for things like audio/video production and CAD, I'm not sure gaming performance is a relevant benchmark.
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    lamorpa , December 18, 2013 11:21 AM
    So it will make a big difference to the dust mites in the carpet on the floor where it sits under your desk? I'd have more fun buying a workstation with equivalent power and taking the other $1,500, converting it to dollar bills and throwing them up in the air on a windy day.
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    Paul Connell , December 18, 2013 11:21 AM
    3 grand for a single quad core? Ouch. Love that it's so small, but that's a lot of money for a system running that CPU.



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    bee144 , December 18, 2013 11:22 AM
    @cburke82... The AMD FirePro D300 is the AMD W7000 with half the VRAM. It's a $700 card... So $300 away from being 1/3 the price of the computer.
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    burkhartmj , December 18, 2013 11:25 AM
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    "It was the functional design of the iPod and iPhone that brought back apple, not this artsy fartsy crap."
    You sound uneducated or you actually don't know, dude. Most music recording industry, movie, graphic animation and such played on iPod and iPhone and other media players..are made using Mac software and computers.


    He was referring to system design, not software design. Whether or not people use Macs in making stuff is completely irrelevant to what he said. On the flip side, I don't completely agree with him. Apple learned the marketing game early and played it incredibly well. Don't forget, the first iPhone didn't even release with third party app support. Compared to palm, Blackberry, and Windows mobile, it was a joke in regards to functionality. But it was pretty and intuitive, and Apple played that up as much as possible.
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    clonazepam , December 18, 2013 11:31 AM
    The only thing that really matters is the software that run on it, that it works, it talks to the thingies connected to it, and feels snappy, all while looking sexy.

    Hopefully, the cylinder doesn't crack with constant heating and cooling cycles. I'm not looking up what materials are actually used.
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    vmem , December 18, 2013 11:33 AM
    I honestly don't know who they're marketing to either. most design firms I know run so many of these workstations that they could careless about what it looks like as long as it's reliable, functional, and cost efficient.

    while these mac pros may be reliable, they are only functionally efficient if you take into account their small foot-print, and hardly cost efficient...
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    darrinps , December 18, 2013 11:38 AM
    A quad core 3.7Ghz for $3,000? My gosh they must sure be proud of that case. I just built an eight core 4.0Ghz machine with a better graphics card and more memory for about half of that. Sad fact is there will be lemmings lining up to buy these thinking they are awesome at any price.
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    lamorpa , December 18, 2013 11:43 AM
    It's just to unbelievably round!
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    tom2u , December 18, 2013 12:06 PM
    Its Apple. Logic flew out the window a long time ago. People buy Apple products primarily out of emotion, not logic. Use average quality parts, market it to people with limited amounts of judgment, and push the price up so your profits make you the hero of Wall Street. Most people that buy iMacs are completely ignorant of any knowledge of computer hardware: Hence the choice. In every field there are dullards: This is the computer world. No Apple product holds up to its competition. Because there are enough stupid people out there blindly willing to pay more to support Apple. You have this in many other industries worldwide.

    People should design stuff to improve the world. Sadly, this is the last of Apple's aims. Its an embarrassment to American ingenuity. A total disgrace to the nation. Happily there are other companies that have their priorities on a much higher plain where they aim to do good first, then wait for the profits. And if they do well the profits will come. As they should. Nobody needs a $20,000,000 house. Yet millions strive for outlandishly priced goods just to look good to those around them. Sadly they are just as discontented with their lives as before. Actually, much more so because of all the worry relating to losing their new found wealth.
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    Innocent_Bystander , December 18, 2013 12:11 PM
    "A quad core 3.7Ghz for $3,000? My gosh they must sure be proud of that case. I just built an eight core 4.0Ghz machine with a better graphics card and more memory for about half of that. Sad fact is there will be lemmings lining up to buy these thinking they are awesome at any price. "

    Good for you. The lemmings will most likely be movie studios, post production houses, music industry types, graphics designers, engineers, mapping services, you know, the people that this computer is (gasp!) aimed at.

    Go back to Battlefield 4.

    IB
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    dextermat , December 18, 2013 12:17 PM
    Why not put gold in a turd and put the apple logo on it and sell it for 3k.... wow
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    darrinps , December 18, 2013 12:23 PM
    Quote:
    "A quad core 3.7Ghz for $3,000? My gosh they must sure be proud of that case. I just built an eight core 4.0Ghz machine with a better graphics card and more memory for about half of that. Sad fact is there will be lemmings lining up to buy these thinking they are awesome at any price. "

    Good for you. The lemmings will most likely be movie studios, post production houses, music industry types, graphics designers, engineers, mapping services, you know, the people that this computer is (gasp!) aimed at.

    Go back to Battlefield 4.

    IB


    My point being they are paying far more than they should just to have the little Apple logo.

    BTW, I don't play Battlefield 4. I'm a software engineer, not a gamer so I know a thing or two about relying on your computer to do actual work.
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    red77star , December 18, 2013 12:29 PM
    Maybe they meant 4 physical CPUs?
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