Apple Reveals New Mac Pro

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Earlier this week at WWDC Apple has revealed their updated product lineup. The likely most interesting one is the new Mac Pro, which starts at $6,000.

They have ditched the Trashcan design and went back to a more traditional PC case design with a cheese grater-looking grille. Featured above, you can view the reveal trailer for the new hardware.

One of the biggest changes is that Apple promises the ability to easily upgrade hardware in order to keep the product for long term use.

Let’s drop the tech specs and get down to it.

  • 3.5GHz Intel Xeon W
    • 8 cores, 16 threads
    • Turbo Boost up to 4.0GHz
    • 24.5MB cache
    • Supports 2666MHz memory
  • 3.3GHz Intel Xeon W
    • 12 cores, 24 threads
    • Turbo Boost up to 4.4GHz
    • 31.25MB cache
    • Supports 2933MHz memory
  • 3.2GHz Intel Xeon W
    • 16 cores, 32 threads
    • Turbo Boost up to 4.4GHz
    • 38MB cache
    • Supports 2933MHz memory
  • 2.7GHz Intel Xeon W
    • 24 cores, 48 threads
    • Turbo Boost up to 4.4GHz
    • 57MB cache
    • Supports 2933MHz memory
  • 2.5GHz Intel Xeon W
    • 28 cores, 56 threads
    • Turbo Boost up to 4.4GHz
    • 66.5MB cache
    • Supports 2933MHz memory

Configurations range from 32GB to and insane 1.5TB of memory, as well as options for dual graphics cards which when using the AMD Radeon Pro Vega II Duo you can have 4 GPUs in Quad Crossfire.

Which, for video editors, 3D renders and other GPU intensive apps is key, and allows up to 64GB of VRAM for each card. The other options allow for either a Radeon Pro 580X which is similar to the consumer RX 580 though designed for professional workloads.

The new Mac Pro also features up to 4TB of SSD storage and 10Gb Ethernet. For more info be sure to check the product page here.

Niche Gamer’s Take: While not for standard users this is is a step in the right direction for Apple for professional users who will appreciate the ability to upgrade, and self service most parts to maintain the systems longer despite the higher upfront cost which starts at $6,000 but could be up to 8-10 times that for the fully specced out 28 core, quad Vega II, 1.5TB of RAM system.

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