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Mac Pro Launching in December with Xeon Processors, Dual FirePro GPUs and PCIe Flash Storage

At today's media event in San Francisco, Apple announced the release window, specs and pricing for the long-awaited update to the Mac Pro. The Mac Pro, which will be released by the end of the year, is Apple's first computer in many years to be assembled in the United States. During the event, Apple noted that more than 2,000 people in 20 states are involved in the Mac Pro's development and assembly.

The new Mac Pro is a complete and radical redesign of the tower/workstation design that Apple has used since the G5 tower was introduced in 2003. The tower includes a unique cylindrical design that wraps all of the machine's components around a unified thermal core which absorbs heat from throughout the machine and disperses it through a vertically-oriented fan that draws air in from the bottom of the machine and vents it out through the machine's top.

The Mac Pro features the latest Intel Ivy Bridge E Xeon processors with up to 12 cores, dual AMD FirePro GPUs, six Thunderbolt 2 ports, and PCIe-based flash storage with ECC memory, USB 3.0, and faster 802.11ac Wi-Fi.

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"The new Mac Pro is our vision for the future of the pro desktop, everything about it has been reimagined and there has never been anything like it," said Philip Schiller, Apple's senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. "The new Mac Pro packs up to 12-core Xeon CPUs, dual FirePro GPUs, ultra-fast ECC memory, new PCIe flash storage, Thunderbolt 2 expandability and more into a radical new design that is one-eighth the size of the previous generation Mac Pro."
In the United States, pricing for the Mac Pro begins at $2,999 for the entry-level model, with a number of additional build-to-order components available at an additional cost. The Mac Pro will begin shipping in December.


Apple gave an unusual sneak peek at the redesigned Mac Pro earlier this year at WWDC, after promising a year earlier that a redesign was forthcoming. The redesigned Mac Pro is the first update the product has seen in more than three years.

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12 months ago

I can't see why anyone who buy this thing?


Well, you're in the wrong forum and on the wrong site.
Rating: 27 Votes
12 months ago
It doesn't come with a keyboard and mouse for $3000?????
Rating: 15 Votes
12 months ago

I can't see why anyone who buy this thing?


Yes it is useless for just web surfing and making forum posts. But they got YOU covered, notice the iPad they announced. Get one of those and save $2,500.

If you can't figure out why someone might want this you don't need one.
Rating: 13 Votes
12 months ago

At the entry level price point, I'm even tempted to get one. Just need a nice display to go with it.


Right you are! The Xeons are hyperthreaded, right? I'm interested to see what sort of benchmarks the quad-core one would get. The price seems fairly okay for what you get, to be honest. The Apple tax isn't that high in this instance.
Rating: 12 Votes
12 months ago
You do realize that fall goes to December 20th?

Happy about the price however, December!!! So much for the fall...:rolleyes:
No new displays? ...fail
edit anyone else notice on apple's site on specs in the box, its just the computer and power cord... no keyboard or mouse... :(

Rating: 12 Votes
12 months ago

...that you can order months from now and get sometime in January likely. Apple's been holding this carrot out since when, June? Sheeeez.


People complain when Apple announces things in the last minute and they complain when they actually announce beforehand.
Rating: 10 Votes
12 months ago
At the entry level price point, I'm even tempted to get one. Just need a nice display to go with it.
Rating: 9 Votes
12 months ago
So much for the predictions that the base model couldn't possibly start any less than $6000. I'm dying to see the full price list of the 6, 8, and 12 core versions.
Rating: 8 Votes
12 months ago

Because it is still a bit odd that they did not give an option even for Nvidia! MATLAB, Cadence and other important industry/research tools all support Nvidia CUDA...



This box is for running Apple Pro Apps. They are all OpenCL based. Actually I think the world is moving to OpenCL.
Rating: 7 Votes
12 months ago
I guarantee someone's friend will throw their empty can of soda down the top of this thinking it's trash.
Rating: 7 Votes

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