Mac Pro Build-to-Order Upgrade Pricing Revealed

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Late last week, we noted that Apple's business sales staff have been offering customers price quotes for build-to-order configurations of the new Mac Pro, providing the first glimpse at what these machines will cost beyond the $2999/$3999 base configurations shown on Apple's site.

    Since our initial report, we've heard from a few other business customers who received price quotes, and that information has helped us to piece together what we expect retail pricing to be for the various upgrades. Due to varying discounts for business customers included in the quotes and in some cases currency conversions that we have attempted to take into account, we consider our listed prices to be estimates, but they should be very close to Apple's retail pricing for U.S. customers.

    For upgrades beyond the $3999 high-end stock configuration, here is our estimated pricing (all prices relative to the stock model):

    CPU (Stock: 3.5GHz 6-Core Intel Xeon E5)
    - 3.0GHz 8-core: +$1500
    - 2.7GHz 12-core: +$3000

    Graphics (Stock: Dual AMD FirePro D500 with 3GB GDDR5)
    - Dual AMD FirePro D700 with 6 GB GDDR5: +$600

    RAM (Stock: 16GB 1866MHz DDR3 ECC - 4x4GB)
    - 32GB (4x8GB): +$400
    - 64GB (4x16GB): +$1600

    Flash Storage (Stock: 256GB PCIe-based)
    - 512GB: +$300
    - 1TB: +$800

    As an example, for a customer looking to buy an 8-core Mac Pro with 32GB of RAM and 512GB of storage, the machine would cost $3999 base + $1500 processor upgrade + $400 RAM upgrade + $300 storage upgrade, yielding a total price of $6199.

    At the lower end, Apple's $2999 base Mac Pro model carries a quad-core Intel Xeon processor, 12 GB of RAM, and dual AMD FireCore D300 graphics, compared to the $3999 high-end stock configuration with 6-core processor, 16 GB of RAM, and D500 graphics.

    We have not seen any exact breakdowns of how much each of those changes contributes to the overall $1000 price difference between stock configurations, but expect roughly half of the price difference to be represented by the processor upgrade, a somewhat smaller amount for the graphics upgrade, and a relatively nominal amount in the range of $100 for the bump in RAM.

    The new Mac Pro remains scheduled to launch sometime this month, but Apple has yet to announce an exact date for either initial orders or availability.

    Article Link: Mac Pro Build-to-Order Upgrade Pricing Revealed
  2. 9947273 Suspended

    Oct 28, 2012
    I really wouldn't be surprised if Apple waited until December 30th to release this thing.
  3. Spontida macrumors regular

    Aug 7, 2011
  4. needfx macrumors 68040


    Aug 10, 2010
    macrumors apparently
    Lou Borella will be overexcited with the news!
  5. rosalindavenue macrumors 6502a


    Dec 13, 2003
    Virginia, USA
    Meanwhile I'm agonizing over $300 bucks on storage and RAM for a macbook air. Not even a Mac Pro rounding error.
  6. tkatz macrumors regular

    Dec 14, 2009
    Pretty much what I expected.

    Now, just need a place to put my credit card # to secure myself a fully loaded model. Knowing apple the D500 model will ship immediately, and the D700 will be like 3-4 weeks though.
  7. mozumder macrumors 6502a

    Mar 9, 2009
    Not me. This is about right price for workstations, and similar to prices of previous Mac Pros and other workstation vendors like HP.

    Remember, these use Xeon-class CPUs - ECC memory, ECC cache, etc.. They're high reliability devices to protect against soft bit errors. These aren't desktop CPUs at all.

    I still use my old PowerMac G5 from 12 years ago.
  8. TechZeke macrumors 68020


    Jul 29, 2012
    Rialto, CA
    The GPU prices(and the upgrade options in general) are actually not bad, but those CPUs cost as much as a decent used car. Goodness gracious. Then again, this isn't consumer level hardware. Even as an engineer, I don't think I'll ever need something as powerful as this, unless I start doing 3D stuff I guess.
  9. jetjaguar macrumors 68030


    Apr 6, 2009
    was planning on getting the 6 core model .. wondering if its worth it to pay 600 for the d700s:confused:
  10. mozumder macrumors 6502a

    Mar 9, 2009
    I noticed. The GPU prices seem cheaper than FirePro series. I expected the D700 GPU upgrade to be around $3-4k.
  11. macs4nw macrumors 601


    I believe the concept is forward looking, but let's put these machines through their paces, and we'll let the pros decide if we have a winner on our hands.

    4k monitors please.
  12. Heltik macrumors 6502

    Jul 16, 2002
    As a "prosumer" this really takes the MacPro out of range. I wonder how much of this price is a result of "made in America".
  13. mediacomposer macrumors newbie


    Jun 21, 2010
    Boston, MA

    Do you mean the $3k stock model or $4k stock model?
  14. MacVista macrumors 6502

    Jun 18, 2007
    So that's is how overpriced looks like! (sorry for my $6,199.02 cents) :D
    I hope apple will offer i7's for the prosumer market. It would be an awesome value at $1,500.
  15. NachoGrande macrumors 6502a

    Mar 30, 2010
  16. jetjaguar macrumors 68030


    Apr 6, 2009
    the d700 upgrade price is from the 3999 model
  17. leftywamumonkey macrumors 6502a


    Jun 23, 2010
    Well. I just hope Apple can make a consumer level desktop box. That's just as powerful as the highest end iMac, just without the display. But that won't happen anytime soon as long as the iMac still exists. :(
  18. Lesser Evets macrumors 68040

    Lesser Evets

    Jan 7, 2006
    I'll take a dozen of the ones in black and… do you have a half-dozen in teal?

    WHAT?? NO TEAL?!?

    Cancel my order.
  19. thekev macrumors 604


    Aug 5, 2010
    They wouldn't have really sold at at that price. Also bear in mind you're already paying to get to the D500. That price is to go from D500s --> D700s. I suspect this is predominantly branding.
  20. larrylaffer macrumors 6502


    Aug 1, 2009
    Los Angeles
    Apple charging a nominal amount for RAM? Thanks, I needed a chuckle.
  21. wwinter86 macrumors newbie


    Aug 13, 2009

    So will these upgrade prices be the same in the UK (i.e. $600 = £600) or will they translate correctly (i.e. $600= £368)?
  22. thevofl macrumors regular

    Aug 7, 2006
    $10,000 for it maxed out. Count me in for at least three. ;)

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