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Mac Pro Now on Sale But Current Ship Date is February

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Apple first unveiled its Mac Pro earlier this summer, at WWDC in June. Now, six months later, the desktop computer is finally available for order online. Apple today opened up Mac Pro orders via its online store. Unfortunately, though the device is now on sale, your new computer won't arrive before the holidays are over. Tim Cook announced on Wednesday that his company would start accepting orders for the Mac Pro today, December 19. Right now, the website states orders won't ship until February 2014.

 

Earlier today, the order date was listed as December 30, and then January. So it looks like first day orders are pushing the ship date considerably. Assembled in the United States, the Mac Pro features a 3.7 GHz quad-core Xeon from Intel. This is teamed with 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.

One of the most notable things about the Mac Pro is the design, which is completely different to the last generation of Mac Pro desktops. For this generation, Cupertino has opted for a sleek, cylindrical design with a cooling solution called the 'thermal core.' This thermal core is a three-sided heatsink that cools the entire length of each PCB, and a single large fan pulls the hot air up and out.

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    iknowhowtofixit , December 19, 2013 1:13 PM
    Looks like a fancy garbage can.
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    owens , December 19, 2013 1:20 PM
    But I want my fancy garbage bin before Christmas in peak ordering season! this is unacceptable!!!
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    nikoli707 , December 19, 2013 1:27 PM
    only an ignorant person would want an overpriced piece of ancient technology like this. by feb 14 there will be much better technology out making this piece even more obsolete.
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    overclockingrocks , December 19, 2013 1:49 PM
    I think I can speak for most of the Tom's audience when I say MEH! NEXT!
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    Quarkzquarkz , December 19, 2013 1:55 PM
    The real question is, is it faster than an i7 3770K + Geforce 670 in SLI? ^_^
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    HumdrumPenguin , December 19, 2013 2:01 PM
    Gotta be kidding me with the price and the specs. Not to mention it's probably going to run hot like hell. If you really need all that mac osx features to work on your programs (nothing that windows software can't do... but well), I'd just get an iMac instead and spend the rest on something else. Not to mention it's a pre-order.
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    cburke82 , December 19, 2013 2:02 PM
    Looks like Apple is only making desktops for workstation users now. If you look at the price of the cards they are using the value is there but this is not a computer any regular person would need at all.
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    infernocy , December 19, 2013 2:03 PM
    a fool and his money are easily separated , now in garbage can form and gold xbox
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    dextermat , December 19, 2013 2:16 PM
    I'd like to be so rich to be able to take a dump in a 3k black toilet :p 
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    jn77 , December 19, 2013 2:21 PM
    I think my Alienware M17xR4 has more power than that thing and it looks better too.
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    ssalim , December 19, 2013 2:35 PM
    $3000??????????????
    Before reading article, I was thinking "watch this, it's going to be $1700 or more" -- whoops was I wrong.
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    ap3x , December 19, 2013 4:31 PM
    You guys are so predictable. This is a workstation class machine. It's direct competitor is not your gaming machine that you build for 800 bucks.

    Here is the HP lineup that competes with this machine.

    http://shopping1.hp.com/is-bin/INTERSHOP.enfinity/WFS/WW-USSMBPublicStore-Site/en_US/-/USD/ViewStandardCatalog-Browse?CatalogCategoryID=x.IQ7habXDwAAAFCulgtkXzC&jumpid=cp_r163_us/en/pc_comm/workstations/wsfamily/buynow
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    warezme , December 19, 2013 4:51 PM
    Who new it took so long to build a garbage can.
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    wemakeourfuture , December 19, 2013 5:06 PM
    Anyone who compares this to a garbage can fails to realize their desktop box is a million times less aesthetically pleasing than this.
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    bmwman91 , December 19, 2013 5:29 PM
    I typically love to rag on Apple products that don't really bring a decent value proposition to the market. My initial reaction to this was that it was going to be another easy target. However, it is actually fairly reasonable for a workstation product with its given specs. Yes, you can easily get 75% of the same performance from Dell, HP or Lenovo for about half the price. Generally these options will a CPU in the same performance class, but with a single workstation GPU with close performance to a D300 (FirePro W7000 equivalent).

    However, if you actually want dual high performance GPUs that are in the W7000 level, you are looking at $3000. I just priced the options out on Dell's site. In fact, it could come in costing more for a Dell or HP box depending on the options you pick. Considering that they are much larger devices, this Mac Pro is in fact not such a terrible thing.

    Yes, the lack of upgradability may seem like a big minus, but this thing is not being marketed to the PC enthusiast / hobbyist crowd. It is targeting the same users as other workstation class products, but it looks pretty so I think that people get confused.

    All in all, I would say that this thing, while unconventional in appearance, is definitely not BAD. It isn't exactly world-shaking innovation, but it is pretty neat and not really all that absurd in its price. $3k is what a workstation machine, Apple or otherwise, will cost a company that wants these specs.
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    ericburnby , December 19, 2013 6:24 PM
    I've read Tom's for as long as I can remember, mainly because I started building my own rigs since the 486 came out. I always counted on Tom's for news and reviews on the latest CPU's, GPU's and other components.

    Because of this I expect Tom's posters to be tech literate, but after reading this thread I'm disappointed. I would think people know the difference between workstation or server class machines from what Mose people have at home. Or the difference between a gaming GPU and a workstation GPU.
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    iknowhowtofixit , December 19, 2013 6:33 PM
    Quote:
    I've read Tom's for as long as I can remember, mainly because I started building my own rigs since the 486 came out. I always counted on Tom's for news and reviews on the latest CPU's, GPU's and other components.

    Because of this I expect Tom's posters to be tech literate, but after reading this thread I'm disappointed. I would think people know the difference between workstation or server class machines from what Mose people have at home. Or the difference between a gaming GPU and a workstation GPU.


    This isn't the same Tom's Hardware as it was 10 years ago... The site and the audience are both quite different now.

    Be that as it may, I can build a workstation (with ECC rated parts) for way less and even install OSX if I wanted to. However, that doesn't change the fact that Apple designed workstation that doubles as a place to put your dirty tissues.
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    jasonpwns , December 19, 2013 6:44 PM
    Work class or not BMW the upgrade factor is still a major knock. On most workstations you can easily upgrade the graphics cards. Say your company just got an excellent deal on better workstation cards. On a non mac pro you can easily upgrade to those better cards. On a mac pro you have to buy a new macpro.
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    nikoli707 , December 19, 2013 6:58 PM
    quad 7970's will tear absolutely demolish dual firepros/quadros for just over $1000. workstation gpus are for dedicated hardware rooms where cooling is an issue and you have limited cooling options.... not a desktop where you have near unlimited options. we already know that a titan offers all the performance of the k20's but lacks only a few very rarely used instruction sets. if you have this kind of money... you also have the money for newer full feature software that will take advantage of normal gpu instruction sets thus making workstation gpu's unnecessary unless... again your working with a dedicated hardware room where cooling options are limited.
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    wemakeourfuture , December 19, 2013 7:19 PM
    Quote:
    iknowhowtofixit
    This isn't the same Tom's Hardware as it was 10 years ago... The site and the audience are both quite different now.

    Be that as it may, I can build a workstation (with ECC rated parts) for way less and even install OSX if I wanted to. However, that doesn't change the fact that Apple designed workstation that doubles as a place to put your dirty tissues.



    Please spec out your server parts and prices and show us.

    Make sure you're listing comparable hardware. Can't add any 256 SSD, need to add one with comparable speed. Also, make sure it fits in the same size as the Mac Pro, or lets see what you can create and the dimensions and lets compare.

    Also, you want to put OS X on it? Yah, great job, lets tell companies to put together a bunch of parts throw OS X, with no official support and see how willing they're gonna go for that.

    Also, you mock Apple's design, please do show us what amazing design you're cheaper workstation will be really interested in the unique, innovative design you're going to come up with.
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