Apple's new Mac Pro available as of tomorrow starting at $2,999

By on December 18, 2013, 4:00 PM
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Apple has said their new Mac Pro will hit the market tomorrow, December 19, making good on the promise of a December ship date announced back in October. If you still have a lot of wiggle room on your holiday wish list this year, the high-end cylindrical computer could make an excellent last-minute addition.

The machine is the first major upgrade for the Mac Pro line since 2010 if you don’t count last year’s minor spec bump. What’s more, it’s the first major design update since the Intel-based Mac Pro hit the scene in 2006. It was clearly time for a redesign and Apple hasn’t disappointed.

The base model is priced at $2,999 and includes a 3.7GHz quad-core Intel Xeon E5-1620 v2 processor, 12GB of 1866MHz ECC DDR3 RAM, a 256GB PCI Express solid state drive and two AMD FirePro D300 graphics cards, each with 2GB of GDDR5 memory. For a bit more coin ($3,999), you can order a system with the following upgrades: Intel’s 3.5GHz six-core Xeon E5-1650 v2 chip, 16GB of memory and two FirePro D500 GPUs with 3GB of GDDR5 RAM each.

The chassis looks unlike anything we’ve ever seen, which isn’t a bad thing unless you’re the type that likes to upgrade your own hardware down the road. Apple managed to get the Mac Pro down to just 11 pounds by getting rid of things like PCI Express expansion slots and extra internal hard drive bays. Users should, however, be able to upgrade the RAM and PCI Express SSD without incident.




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ikesmasher said:

I would get one simply because it (VAGUELY) looks like r2d2.

Guest said:

Your computer looks better?

Guest said:

My two year old computer is better and it cost me a little less than 3k (2 years ago...). And I can max out any game at 2560x1440. Anyways, Apple may as well charge $4,999, isuckers will pay anything.

JC713 JC713 said:

If this had dual CPUs, it would be a really good deal. Too bad it only has a quad core and only 256GB of storage.

VitalyT VitalyT said:

If this had dual CPUs, it would be a really good deal. Too bad it only has a quad core and only 256GB of storage.

It is configurable all the way to 12-core and 1TB of storage.

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Julio Franco Julio Franco, TechSpot Editor, said:

Correction: It is configurable all the way to $10k and up

JC713 JC713 said:

It is configurable all the way to 12-core and 1TB of storage.

Yeah but what about the price tag xD? I can build a dual Xeon E5 workstation for about 4-5K. I wonder if it is about the same.

Guest said:

All that money spent and it still cant run quake live anymore.

davislane1 davislane1 said:

I wonder if this will be displayed in showrooms with a price tag of "LOL"

VitalyT VitalyT said:

I would wait till tomorrow when it is announced, before making final judgements.

There was a rumour that they might announce a 4K monitor at the same time, because if they don't, this whole new bucket won't be worth a spit, since it is primarily targeted at graphics designers and editors. Their major AD claim is support for 3 x 4K monitors, without which it turns into a charade.

Guest said:

Looks like the automatic trashcan I own.

9Nails, TechSpot Paladin, said:

I'm with those who say that it looks like a trashcan. It's embarrassing to admit that because the design is pretty clever, and the way it moves heat through the device is certainly unique. I don't know how efficient or functional that cooling design will be, but I could appreciate how quiet they claim it to be at idle. And I like that they offer 802.11ac WiFi plus 2 ea. 1 Gbps Ethernet ports. But personally, I would have liked to see a single GPU option and something in the $1.5 - 2K price range.

The 450W power supply looks small for four GPU's and one full sized CPU.

Tekkaraiden Tekkaraiden said:

I'm curious if it sounds like a jet engine when the fan is going at full speed.

Acespaces Acespaces said:

Damn this will cost a pretty penny. 300,000 pennies and it doesnt even include a mouse, monitor or keyboard. Not only if buy quality speakers with this bad boy to! Your looking at a final price point of about 3,400 Doll hairs.

Guest said:

Dear Steve Jobs,

Apple's new mac doesn't look premium. It looks like a shitty capsule with a nuclear reactor inside.

Your fan,

Pewdiepie

Forg0t2 said:

Dear Steve Jobs,

Apple's new mac doesn't look premium. It looks like a shitty capsule with a nuclear reactor inside.

Your fan,

Pewdiepie

I don't think Steve Jobs will ever be able to read that tho -.-'

Guest said:

To all the haters. Have you actually go through the components to see how much they cost from a store like amazon?

And those saying its an ashtray, they managed to build those components in such a small factor with noise reduction (im still wating on that though), and that's what you come up with? An ashtray? Lol seriously try harder.

For the components inside and the form factor, the price is actually ok.

And no, I don't own any mac. I just like to see a company trying to do something unique (given that its good and functional) .

Blue Falcon said:

No one is buying this to play games. It's aimed at professionals and small to medium-sized businesses that perform audio/video and rendering work. Also, given that Apple products are notorious for keeping their resale value very high even 3-4 years out, it's an expensive investment upfront but over time, it is rather cheap if you can manage to resell it. Secondly, people who buy these computers and own their own businesses tend to write off computer equipment anyway, which further reduces the cost of ownership.

Skidmarksdeluxe Skidmarksdeluxe said:

To all the haters. Have you actually go through the components to see how much they cost from a store like amazon?

And those saying its an ashtray, they managed to build those components in such a small factor with noise reduction (im still wating on that though), and that's what you come up with? An ashtray? Lol seriously try harder.

For the components inside and the form factor, the price is actually ok.

And no, I don't own any mac. I just like to see a company trying to do something unique (given that its good and functional) .

The next time Apple comes up anything unique on their own it'll be the first time. There isn't an idea, design or patent they haven't copied (or stolen) from someone else first.

Forg0t2 said:

It really depends on the type of work you do for a living and whether you feel comfortable with apple's OS or MS's OS... Computers like these always cost alot of money and I would like to say the next thing about the unique stuf etc. etc.

I rather see it as a "stolen" or "copied" which works fantastic than a fresh and unique idea full of plants and bees (Bugs). Because when I decide to buy something like this its work related and I dont want to spend too much time fixing bugs or calling the company to solve them for me instead of doing my work.

2 people like this | ikesmasher said:

Dear Steve Jobs,

Apple's new mac doesn't look premium. It looks like a shitty capsule with a nuclear reactor inside.

Your fan,

Pewdiepie

lies. all lies.

ryan29121 said:

"It was clearly time for a redesign and Apple hasn't disappointed."

-The design looks awful. Looks like a trash can.

Camikazi said:

To all the haters. Have you actually go through the components to see how much they cost from a store like amazon?

And those saying its an ashtray, they managed to build those components in such a small factor with noise reduction (im still wating on that though), and that's what you come up with? An ashtray? Lol seriously try harder.

For the components inside and the form factor, the price is actually ok.

And no, I don't own any mac. I just like to see a company trying to do something unique (given that its good and functional) .

I did check actually and a very quick run through put it at around $500 less than Apple, that is with some parts being better like the GPU since the W7000 has more RAM than their version and the MB being dual CPU and 3 PCIe x16 slots since I couldn't find a good one that is single slot and dual PCIe x16. I am sure if I tried for more than 5 minutes I could do even better. I will say it took more than one store to get the parts, but overall not difficult.

OliTheG OliTheG said:

To all the haters. Have you actually go through the components to see how much they cost from a store like amazon?

And those saying its an ashtray, they managed to build those components in such a small factor with noise reduction (im still wating on that though), and that's what you come up with? An ashtray? Lol seriously try harder.

For the components inside and the form factor, the price is actually ok.

And no, I don't own any mac. I just like to see a company trying to do something unique (given that its good and functional) .

Well, the parts they use are about 1-2 years out of date. They then want an extra £700 for 4GB of RAM and 1GB of Vram per card. That, on a custom built computer may JUST about set you back £200, if you buy the first thing you see.

Oh yes, and the parts themselves (minus the pretentious looking case and incapable power supply) would come out at not even half that price.

Hold on, I'm going on PCPartPicker.

Just a few notes. The 4930k is more powerful than Apple's E5 Xeon.

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2mMs6

This. Will. DESTROY the Mac Pro. More upgradable. Probably quieter. More powerful. More efficient. Better looking. Better warranties. Better range of software.

cliffordcooley cliffordcooley, TechSpot Paladin, said:

This. Will. DESTROY the Mac Pro. More upgradable. Probably quieter. More powerful. More efficient. Better looking. Better warranties. Better range of software.
For a $900 dollar price bump, I would hope so.

Camikazi said:

This. Will. DESTROY the Mac Pro. More upgradable. Probably quieter. More powerful. More efficient. Better looking. Better warranties. Better range of software.
For a $900 dollar price bump, I would hope so.

That one he linked has better just about everything than the Mac as well as a 4TB mechanical HDD to compliment the SSD, can't compare the base model to it.

Guest said:

A brand new vacuum cleaner. Cool. I need one to suck up all the cat and dog hair in my room.

Guest said:

Well, the parts they use are about 1-2 years out of date. They then want an extra £700 for 4GB of RAM and 1GB of Vram per card. That, on a custom built computer may JUST about set you back £200, if you buy the first thing you see.

Oh yes, and the parts themselves (minus the pretentious looking case and incapable power supply) would come out at not even half that price.

Hold on, I'm going on PCPartPicker.

Just a few notes. The 4930k is more powerful than Apple's E5 Xeon.

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/2mMs6

This. Will. DESTROY the Mac Pro. More upgradable. Probably quieter. More powerful. More efficient. Better looking. Better warranties. Better range of software.

Think about the performance boost you get if you submerge that into oil and cool it to -200 degree. Over clock it to 10 ghz!

Forg0t2 said:

I did check actually and a very quick run through put it at around $500 less than Apple, that is with some parts being better like the GPU since the W7000 has more RAM than their version and the MB being dual CPU and 3 PCIe x16 slots since I couldn't find a good one that is single slot and dual PCIe x16. I am sure if I tried for more than 5 minutes I could do even better. I will say it took more than one store to get the parts, but overall not difficult.

Apple has always been expensive. Seems like putting an Apple on the back of the device makes it worth at least double the amount it should. All apple users know that but they accept those prices because the OS just works better for them and I can't blame them...

cliffordcooley cliffordcooley, TechSpot Paladin, said:

Think about the performance boost you get if you submerge that into oil and cool it to -200 degree. Over clock it to 10 ghz!
Making it sound as if that could be done and only with this setup. Good luck getting the temperature that low and the clock speed that high, regardless of cooling methods. I kinda doubt you would be taking the risk after paying Apple's premium. Especially when the same could be done, without purchasing into this case design.

ikesmasher said:

Think about the performance boost you get if you submerge that into oil and cool it to -200 degree. Over clock it to 10 ghz!

You probably couldnt get it stable at 10GHZ with friggin liquid nitrogen, let alone mineral oil.

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