Naina KhedekarOct 23, 2013 09:26:05 IST
After giving us a sneak peek at the Worldwide Developers Conference, Apple has finally launched the new cylindrical-shaped Mac Pro. The all-new Mac Pro is priced starting at $2,999 and will be available in December through the Apple Online Store, Apple’s retail stores and select Apple Authorised Resellers.
The space-saving desktop is just 9.9-inches tall and one-eighth the volume of the previous Mac Pro. Apple has architected it around a unified thermal core that allows the system to share thermal capacity across all the processors. It also gets an innovative fan, which makes it as quiet as the Mac Mini.
Coming in December
Apart from the new design, the Mac Pro packs in the latest Intel Xeon processors with up to 12 cores, dual workstation-class GPUs, six Thunderbolt 2 ports, PCIe-based flash storage and ultra-fast ECC memory. Apple claims that it offers two times the performance compared to its predecessor with the latest Intel Xeon E5 processors, up to 64GB of RAM, dual AMD FirePro graphics chips with up to 6GB of dedicated memory, and up to 1TB of far faster PCI Express solid state storage.
There is no option for expansion with PCI cards or internal storage devices and users will have to rely on the machine’s six Thunderbolt 2 ports and four USB 3 ports to connect peripherals or upgrade the storage.
It can be powered by 4-core, 6-core, 8-core or 12-core Intel Xeon processors running at Turbo Boost speeds up to 3.9GHz. Two workstation-class AMD FirePro GPUs with up to 12GB of video memory provide up to seven teraflops of compute power and up to eight times the graphics performance of the previous generation Mac Pro, says Apple. It is also capable of editing full-resolution 4K video streams and playing them in real time.
It will ship with OS X Mavericks, Apple’s latest computer operating system which has received more than 200 new features including Finder Tabs, Tags and enhanced multi-display support, more. A new self-configuring IP over Thunderbolt software feature in OS X Mavericks provides a fast link between Thunderbolt-enabled Macs.
The base model starting at $2,999 (approx Rs 1,84,528) will include an Intel 3.7GHz Xeon E5 processor, 12GB of RAM, 256GB of flash storage, and two AMD FirePro D300 GPUs (capable of supporting up to three 4K displays). The $3,999 (approx Rs 2,46,058) model gets 6-core 3.5GHz Xeon E5 processor, 16GB of RAM, 256GB of PCIe-based flash storage, and two AMD FirePro D500 GPUs. Users can also opt for configure-to-order options.