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Apr 12, 2001


Apple today announced an update to its Mac Pro line, offering up to 12 cores of processing power for up to 50% greater performance than the previous generation. The new Mac Pro also ships with new ATI Radeon HD 5770 graphics hardware, with the Radeon HD 5870 available as a build-to-order-option.

Also available for the first time are standard display connectivity of two Mini DisplayPorts and one dual-link DVI port, as well as build-to-order options for 512 GB solid state drives (SSD).

Base configurations include:

- $2499: 1x 2.8 GHz Quad-Core / 3GB RAM / 1 TB HD
- $3499: 2x 2.4 GHz Quad-Core / 6 GB RAM / 1 TB HD

12-core options at either 2.66 GHz or 2.93 GHz push the starting price to $4999. All models are set to begin shipping in August.

Article Link: Apple Announces New Mac Pros With Up to 12 Cores, SSD Options


macrumors 68000
Sep 12, 2007
Wow, amazing, my predictions of only a CPU and GPU bump with the same price was correct.

Hey, maybe I should predict these things more often!?


macrumors 6502a
Jan 28, 2010
Woo hoo finally!

But $4999? Dang man. That's a lot of cash.

This was long over due.

Do they have the rumored USB 3.0?


macrumors member
Oct 22, 2009
I'm a little disappointed the low end Mac Pro didn't really get that great of a refresh. I guess I wanted the low end to have six cores @ $2499 and the high end to have 8 @3499 with a BTO option of 12 cores. That would have been a much better value.


macrumors 68040
Feb 9, 2005

Phew. Now I have no excuses to not buy a Pro.

But I really wish they would have done just a little something to tweak the external design. It isn't timeless, it looks just like what it is - 7 years old. Oh well.


macrumors 603
Jan 8, 2009
Up for sale

2008 Mac Pro 3,1
Argggh now I have a decision to make. No USB 3 or possibility of lightpeak, higher prices for an 8 core (I won't go down to a quad core system), the graphics card is great, but overall undecided.

2.8 8 core Xeon
8 GB RAM (expandable to 32 GB)
1 TB SATA drive, expandable to 8 TB internal SATA drives
ATI Radeon HD 4870 512 GB, minidisplay port and DVI
SATA optical super drive
Wireless keyboard and Magic Mouse
BRAND NEW LOGIC BOARD (nothing faulty, a plastic place holder for the graphics card broke off so they replaced it)
Hmmmm, Blu Ray drive

I'll even through in adobe CS5 Mastee Collection, Snow Leopard, iLife '09, iWork '09

Thinking $2500?


macrumors 6502
Dec 20, 2006
No USB3, that means ill sit this on out

Very disappointing there is no USB3 or new Fire wire connections, not going to buy this generation.

Btw, if i go to the online store now and try to configure a 12 core machine i cant, is the store updated at all?
Don't see any SSD options either.


macrumors 68000
Jun 19, 2005
Minneapolis, MN, USA, Urth

Top end is too rich for me. Glad I went with Corei7 iMac last month.

But I'd love a 12-core Mac Pro just to play with. I'd be spoiled for life in terms of what it could do. I predict lots of dissappointed folks though. They want a built-in holodeck and massively changed exterior for no good reason.
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