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Apple's New Mac Pro to Ship in December at $2,999

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Apple's cylindrical desktop now has a price and a release timeframe.

Back in June, Apple offered us a quick look at a new breed of Mac Pro. Though the company was more than happy to talk about the computer's innovative design, we didn't get a whole lot of information regarding the guts of the machine. At its event today, Apple went into a lot more detail about what's under the hood on the new Mac Pro.

 

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 1866MHz 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.

Read all about the Mac Pros CPU: Intel's 12-Core Xeon With 30 MB Of L3

 

The Mac Pro's glossy, cylindrical design is drastically different than anything Apple has done before. Apple's marketing chief Phillip Schiller called the center of the Mac Pro's design a "thermal core" back in June. The cooling solution is certainly innovative, featuring a center piece 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.

Apple is promising a December ship date, though the company didn't specify whether the Mac Pro would enjoy a global rollout.

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    fyend , October 22, 2013 11:39 AM
    Mac Pro brought to you by Dyson.
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    cmi86 , October 22, 2013 1:05 PM
    Looks the trash can in my office lol. Can I play basketball with this too?
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    fyend , October 22, 2013 11:39 AM
    Mac Pro brought to you by Dyson.
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    therogerwilco , October 22, 2013 11:45 AM
    The components add up to about 1000-1200$. Fools and their money will soon be parted.
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    wolley74 , October 22, 2013 11:46 AM
    can anybody find anything on the GPUs in it? i cannot find a single thing called AMD FirePro D300 anywhere on any website
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    realibrad , October 22, 2013 12:01 PM
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    The components add up to about 1000-1200$. Fools and their money will soon be parted.


    I hear there are people who pay for large black things. I have even seen vids of women enjoying them.

    You may not want to pay a premium of $1,000 but its a cylinder, so it totally could go for more.

    Cylinders, they are the new cubes...
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    santiagoanders , October 22, 2013 12:26 PM
    The D300 is about equivalent to a FirePro W7000 (given the number of shaders, compute power, and memory bandwidth). But it looks like they skimped on VRAM - the FirePro W7000 has 4GB per card, not 2GB.
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    ap3x , October 22, 2013 12:50 PM
    "The components add up to about 1000-1200$. Fools and their money will soon be parted."

    Please explain your math? Using the exact same parts. Xeons and everything, next tell me how much it cost to support this $1200 machine for one year, keep in mind that you also need to include the cost of software and lastly, find a workstation class board that has 6 thunderbolt 2 ports on it and provide that as well.

    I think you will find that what you just mentioned does not exist and a comparable machine from another manufacturer costs fairly close to this machine if not more.

    Also, Workstation class machine, not a gaming machine. The differences is productivity + making money vs wasting time + loosing money.
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    cmi86 , October 22, 2013 1:05 PM
    Looks the trash can in my office lol. Can I play basketball with this too?
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    g-unit1111 , October 22, 2013 1:46 PM
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    Mac Pro brought to you by Dyson.


    It does look like a vacuum cleaner doesn't it? :lol: 
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    del35 , October 22, 2013 2:01 PM
    Waooo, Apple is soooooooooo innovative! Surely morons will be lining up to buy the piece of crap.
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    colson79 , October 22, 2013 2:37 PM
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    The components add up to about 1000-1200$. Fools and their money will soon be parted.


    The 2 CPU's and GPU's alone cost over $1200.
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    bemused_fred , October 22, 2013 3:59 PM
    Quote:
    The D300 is about equivalent to a FirePro W7000 (given the number of shaders, compute power, and memory bandwidth). But it looks like they skimped on VRAM - the FirePro W7000 has 4GB per card, not 2GB.


    Sweet merciful lord, I hope not. A quick check of scan computers tells me that those cards have a maximum TDP of 150W each. Combined with that CPU (which Tom's review tells me draws 125W at a high load), that's a single 12cm-ish fan trying to dissipate almost 500W of heat from one, rather large and inefficient heatsink. If anyone tries using that power CPU-GPU combination to its full potential, their new toy is going to turn into a hairdryer/paintstripper combo.

    Of course, this probably won't be too much of a problem, since most macs are used as $2000 facebook machines, but ho well....
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    caustin582 , October 22, 2013 7:13 PM
    The problem isn't the pricing vs the components. The problem is with the target audience. This is the classic issue with Mac Pros. Who actually needs what this thing contains, at this price point? What sort of home user needs a Xeon with dual Firepros? What sort of business that ACTUALLY needs setups that contain Xeons with dual Firepros would turn to Apple to provide individual units for them instead of just coming up with their own solution and building it into server racks, rather than purchasing a ton of these weird cylinders?

    Apple, as usual, is marketing high-end hardware that is truly only suitable for business solutions, to mainstream consumers. The way they package it makes it unusable for businesses (imagine a room full of 1000 of these things) and the hardware included is pointless for the vast majority of individual users. It's a vanity item, nothing more.
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    rsktek , October 22, 2013 7:16 PM
    Looks more like a space heater... I'd buy a space heater
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    graveyard pit , October 22, 2013 11:30 PM
    So apple makes air spring for trucks now...
    http://www.contitech.cn/pages/presse/img/20130508_ct_bus_trucks_components_1b.jpg
    It's so beautiful!
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    bemused_fred , October 23, 2013 12:01 AM
    Quote:
    So apple makes air spring for trucks now...
    http://www.contitech.cn/pages/presse/img/20130508_ct_bus_trucks_components_1b.jpg
    It's so beautiful!


    Now that's just spooky....
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    Pyree , October 23, 2013 12:47 AM
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    Mac Pro brought to you by Dyson.


    It does look like a vacuum cleaner doesn't it? :lol: 


    The main function of a vacuum cleaner is to... implying... :ouch: :D 
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    spookyman , October 23, 2013 5:48 AM
    I wonder if this will have overheating issues like the Mac Mini did?
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    Ryan Klug , October 23, 2013 7:26 AM
    "Can't innovate anymore, my ass!" - Apple's Phil Schiller
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    jl0329 , October 23, 2013 9:49 AM
    Personally, I love the new look. It's freaking slick and stylish. Well, everyone has a different sense of fashion. For me, this looks pretty good. If I am a professional that need a workstation, I wouldn't hesitate to get it. However, I have no use for such high end workstation. But it's still a cool machine to look at :) 
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    beggerking , October 23, 2013 10:52 AM
    mid end compared to PC standard.

    and 2x more expensive.

    pass.
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