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.