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Apple Updates Mac Pro With Up to 12 CPU Cores

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The Mac Pro has gotten some spendy hardware updates.

Apple today unveiled a new Mac Pro line with up to 12 processing cores and up to 50 percent greater performance than the previous generation, thanks to the use of Intel's quad-core and 6-core Xeon processors (up to 3.3GHz), all-new ATI graphics and the option for up to four 512GB solid state drives.

The Mac Pro now comes with the ATI Radeon HD 5770 graphics processor with 1GB of memory, and customers can configure-to-order the faster ATI Radeon HD 5870 with 1GB of memory.

Apple also updated its all-in-one iMac line with the latest Intel Core i3, Core i5 and Core i7. The dual core chips run up to 3.6 GHz, while quad-core speeds are up to 2.93 GHz. Discrete graphics include the ATI Radeon HD 5750.

The new Mac Pro will be available in August and the iMacs are available now. Check out the prices and configs for the Mac Pros below:

The new quad-core Mac Pro, with a suggested retail price of $2,499 (US), includes:

one 2.8 GHz Quad-Core Intel Xeon W3530 processor with 8MB of fully-shared L3 cache;
3GB of 1066 MHz DDR3 ECC SDRAM memory, expandable up to 16GB;
ATI Radeon HD 5770 with 1GB of GDDR5 memory;
two Mini DisplayPorts and one DVI (dual-link) port (adapters sold separately);
1TB Serial ATA 3Gb/s hard drive running at 7200 rpm;
18x SuperDrive® with double-layer support (DVD±R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW);
four PCI Express 2.0 slots;
five USB 2.0 ports and four FireWire® 800 ports;
AirPort Extreme® 802.11n;
Bluetooth 2.1+EDR; and
Apple Keyboard with numerical keypad and Magic Mouse.

The new 8-core Mac Pro, with a suggested retail price of $3,499 (US), includes:

two 2.4 GHz Quad-Core Intel Xeon E5620 processors with 12MB of fully-shared L3 cache per processor;
6GB of 1066 MHz DDR3 ECC SDRAM memory, expandable up to 32GB;
ATI Radeon HD 5770 with 1GB of GDDR5 memory;
two Mini DisplayPorts and one DVI (dual-link) port (adapters sold separately);
1TB Serial ATA 3Gb/s hard drive running at 7200 rpm;
18x SuperDrive with double-layer support (DVD±R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW);
four PCI Express 2.0 slots;
five USB 2.0 ports and four FireWire 800 ports;
AirPort Extreme 802.11n;
Bluetooth 2.1+EDR; and
Apple Keyboard with numerical keypad and Magic Mouse.

Configure-to-order options include:

one 3.2 GHz Quad-Core Intel Xeon W3565 processor for the quad-core Mac Pro;
one 3.33 GHz 6-core Intel Xeon W3680 processor for the quad-core Mac Pro;
two 2.66 GHz 6-core Intel Xeon X5650 processors (12-cores) for the 8-core Mac Pro;
two 2.93 GHz 6-core Intel Xeon X5670 processors (12-cores) for the 8-core Mac Pro;
two ATI Radeon HD 5770 cards with 1GB of GDDR5 memory;
one ATI Radeon HD 5870 card with 1GB of GDDR5 memory;
up to 16GB of DDR3 ECC SDRAM memory for the quad-core Mac Pro;
up to 32GB of DDR3 ECC SDRAM memory for the 8-core Mac Pro;
up to four 512GB solid state drives (SSD); or
up to four 1TB or 2TB Serial ATA hard drives running at 7200 rpm;
Mac Pro RAID card;
dual-channel or quad-channel 4Gb Fibre Channel card; and
up to two 18x SuperDrives with double-layer support.

Accessories include: Magic Trackpad, Apple Battery Charger, wired Apple Mouse, wireless Apple Keyboard, Mini DisplayPort to DVI Adapter, Mini DisplayPort to Dual-Link DVI Adapter (for 30-inch DVI display), Mini DisplayPort to VGA Adapter, the AppleCare® Protection Plan; and pre-installed copies of Mac OS X Snow Leopard Server; iWork®, Logic Express 9, Final Cut Express 4 and Aperture 3. Complete options and accessories are available at www.apple.com/macpro.

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    welshmousepk , July 28, 2010 8:02 AM
    But i can buy a windows system thats more powerful, for less cash, right?

    how are people still buying these things...
  • 31 Hide
    proxy711 , July 28, 2010 8:33 AM
    wow a $2500 dollar computer with 3gbs of ram....that's not even the standard.
  • 29 Hide
    back_by_demand , July 28, 2010 11:24 AM
    I went to the Apple online store and configured the following options:-

    Two 2.93GHz Quad-Core Intel Xeon
    12GB (6x2GB) (not greedy, just being realistic)
    2TB 7200-rpm Serial ATA 3Gb/s (just 1 HDD, and no SSD)
    ATI Radeon HD 4870 512MB (a 2 year old card)
    One 18x SuperDrive
    Ordinary mouse & keyboard
    No software, no care plan, no raid card, NO MONITOR!!!!

    Grand total? £5373 ($7500)
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  • 35 Hide
    welshmousepk , July 28, 2010 8:02 AM
    But i can buy a windows system thats more powerful, for less cash, right?

    how are people still buying these things...
  • 31 Hide
    proxy711 , July 28, 2010 8:33 AM
    wow a $2500 dollar computer with 3gbs of ram....that's not even the standard.
  • 15 Hide
    Agges , July 28, 2010 9:11 AM
    Ummmm looking at configurations on Apple's website it seems they forgot hardware that is newer than two years - except the processor.. Hold on, $3000+ what?
  • 23 Hide
    lordcrazex , July 28, 2010 9:16 AM
    welshmousepkBut i can buy a windows system thats more powerful, for less cash, right? how are people still buying these things...

    bull's eye!!~~ :D 
  • 28 Hide
    L0tus , July 28, 2010 9:17 AM
    $2500 for an HD5770 + ~i5-ish build!? Epic rip-off.

    The IQ of Mac customers seriously worries me.
  • 15 Hide
    hardcore_gamer , July 28, 2010 9:19 AM
    welshmousepkBut i can buy a windows system thats more powerful, for less cash, right? how are people still buying these things...


    macmaniacs :p 
  • 14 Hide
    wittermark , July 28, 2010 10:11 AM
    lol apple is stupid
  • 17 Hide
    del35 , July 28, 2010 10:14 AM
    "But i can buy a windows system thats more powerful, for less cash, right? "

    You have to be technologically illiterate and logo-desperate to buy the kind of crap Apple puts out.
  • 16 Hide
    Anonymous , July 28, 2010 10:20 AM
    They still donõt use USB3, eSATA... stupid!
  • 21 Hide
    r3t4rd , July 28, 2010 10:33 AM
    All the Macs listed above:
    $600-$900 for everything inside the MAC
    $1500 - $2300 for the shiny case and Logo

    Bout sums it up in hardware cost......

    Damn I wish I had Apple's Marketing Genius.....I'd be ripping people off too. You gotta admit...Apple's Marketing team is 1337!!!
  • 16 Hide
    Anonymous , July 28, 2010 10:34 AM
    I'm from Canada and this is the cheapest Mac Pro on their website

    One 2.66GHz Quad-Core Intel Xeon
    3GB (3x1GB)
    640GB 7200-rpm Serial ATA 3Gb/s
    NVIDIA GeForce GT 120 512MB
    One 18x SuperDrive
    Apple Mouse
    Apple Keyboard with Numeric Keypad (English) and User's Guide

    For only $2,899.00 CAD or approximate $2800.00 USD. YES ONLY
  • 29 Hide
    back_by_demand , July 28, 2010 11:24 AM
    I went to the Apple online store and configured the following options:-

    Two 2.93GHz Quad-Core Intel Xeon
    12GB (6x2GB) (not greedy, just being realistic)
    2TB 7200-rpm Serial ATA 3Gb/s (just 1 HDD, and no SSD)
    ATI Radeon HD 4870 512MB (a 2 year old card)
    One 18x SuperDrive
    Ordinary mouse & keyboard
    No software, no care plan, no raid card, NO MONITOR!!!!

    Grand total? £5373 ($7500)
  • 9 Hide
    Anonymous , July 28, 2010 11:38 AM
    POS!
  • 28 Hide
    silentq , July 28, 2010 12:17 PM
    can Tom maybe do a benchmark price comparison?
    $2500 Mac Pro vs $2500 Windows based system
    anyone dare to post the results on Apple forums?
  • 3 Hide
    prince_david , July 28, 2010 12:20 PM
    Good for final cut pro
  • 3 Hide
    Anonymous , July 28, 2010 12:27 PM
    Now price a PC with similar specs and see who can get the lowest price. Winner gets free couch insurance!!
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    thebigt42 , July 28, 2010 12:36 PM
    Does it even have 6gig sata? Only a complete moron would get a new system with out the newest connections on the MB (even if your not going to use them right away)
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    Computerrock1 , July 28, 2010 12:51 PM
    At that price I can buy the same thing and put the Mac OS for more than 1/2 the price! Woot! But I'll stick with my windows that is completly customizable, can be troubleshooted without a genius bar, and can actually play games!
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    Anonymous , July 28, 2010 1:05 PM
    2500 Linux vs 2500 Windows vs 2500 mac!
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