New 12-Core Mac Pros Now Available for Order

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As announced in July, Apple has started accepting orders for the new 12-core Mac Pros. The Mac Pro configurations now come in 3 different base configurations:

$2499 - (Quad Core) One 2.8GHz Quad-Core Nehalem Processor
$3499 - (8-Core) Two 2.4GHz Quad Core Westmere Processors
$4999 - (12-Core) Two 2.66GHz 6-Core Westmere Processors

Each configuration can be further customized with faster processors, SSD drive options and upgraded ATI Radeon graphics cards. All the changes were previously detailed in the press release of the announcement:

At the heart of the new Mac Pros performance are next generation quad-core and 6-core Intel Xeon processors running at speeds up to 3.33 GHz. These multi-core processors use a single die design so each core can share up to 12MB L3 cache to improve efficiency while increasing processing speed. These systems feature an integrated memory controller for faster memory bandwidth and reduced memory latency; Turbo Boost to dynamically boost processor speeds up to 3.6 GHz; and Hyper-Threading to create up to 24 virtual cores. The Mac Pro now comes with the ATI Radeon HD 5770 graphics processor with 1GB of memory and customers can configure-to-order the even faster ATI Radeon HD 5870 with 1GB of memory.

The new Mac Pros are shipping in 7-10 days.

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Top Rated Comments

LillDrutten Avatar
182 months ago
What a joke. I thought they should release new mac pro's after 500 days. But it's the same. but minor cpu speed increase. Graphics (not really a integrated to the mac) and a substantial price increment. The major flaw with not a multiple of 3 memory slots is still there. The PC's have 6 GB/s sata and usb 3 and costs a third. It looks like we now see the effects of Steve Jobs illness.
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PeterQVenkman Avatar
182 months ago
Yes, but, people who buy workstations would most likely not configure their computers like that. People who buy workstations most likely will need the extra power of a dual hexacore computer and the reliability of Xeon + ECC RAM, which, does cost more.

Not all businesses can afford to drop $5000 on a dual hex core, no matter how sexy that is! ;)


EDIT: Also, it's a mac, and with that comes great customer support, a truckload of apps in Mac OS X that make your life easier, and a case that's designed to be easy to open and mess with, so IMO, you get what you pay for, if your market is workstation-class computers.

Our experience in house is that we use the same apps on mac and windows, so the apps aren't much of a difference. As for support, well, I've gotten some amazingly crappy tech support from India on our iMacs. Nothing like someone you can barely understand telling you to reformat again, and again, and again...
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