SAN JOSE, Calif.—Today, Apple announced a new Mac Pro desktop computer—the first new product in that line since 2013.
The device will start at $5,999 for a configuration that includes 32GB of memory, an eight-core Intel Xeon processor, a 256GB SSD, and AMD Radeon Pro 580X graphics. If that doesn’t make it obvious, this is very much not a device for casual consumers. Apple says it will begin shipping later this fall.
The new Mac Pro offers a vastly different design than the cylindrical “trash can” design of the last Mac Pro, which released nearly 2,000 days ago. This new model has more of a traditional tower design that is a closer analogue to the “cheese grater” Mac Pro models that existed before the latest machine. It has stainless steel handles for moving the device as needed as well as a set of steel “feet” on the bottom. Apple says both sides of the device are openable for user access.
As you might expect from a desktop computer designed primarily for professional needs, Apple is touting the new Mac Pro as “the most powerful Mac [it] has ever created.” The company says it is using a “brand new” Intel Xeon processor with up to 28 cores and six channels of 2933 MHz ECC memory with 12 DIMM slots. The device is configurable with up to 1.5TB of system memory. It can put out more than 300 watts of power and comes with a large heat sink for cooling that Apple says will allow the device to “run fully unconstrained all the time.”
There are eight internal PCI Express slots, including four double-wide slots, three single-wide slots, and a final slot that is populated with an I/O card. That includes two Thunderbolt 3 ports, two 10GB Ethernet ports, two USB-A ports, and a 3.5mm audio jack.
For graphics, the new Mac Pro starts with the Radeon Pro 580X but can be configured with AMD’s new Radeon Pro Vega II, which Apple says carries 14 teraflops of compute performance and 32GB of memory with 1TB/s of memory bandwidth. A model with a Radeon Pro Vega II Duo GPU, which doubles that performance, will be available, as will a configuration that includes two of those Vega II Duo GPUs, which means the machine can max out with 56 teraflops of graphics performance and 128GB of system memory. That is a lot!
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