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

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    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.

    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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  2. SandboxGeneral Moderator emeritus


    Sep 8, 2010
    At the entry level price point, I'm even tempted to get one. Just need a nice display to go with it.
  3. keysofanxiety macrumors G3


    Nov 23, 2011
    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.
  4. milo macrumors 604

    Sep 23, 2003
    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.
  5. paulrbeers macrumors 68040

    Dec 17, 2009
    I wish I could get one with a single GPU rather than the dual to save myself $300-500 and dump that cash into CPU upgrades, but $3K is not a bad starting point....
  6. blesscheese macrumors 6502a


    Apr 3, 2010
    Central CA
    Let others complain, this is a great computer, for a good price.

    I just never buy version 1 of *anything*.;)
  7. george-brooks macrumors 6502a


    Oct 31, 2011
    Brooklyn, NY
    Pretty happy with the base price, but not looking forward to see what the 6 and 8 cores with a decent ssd are gonna cost.

    Also, I must say, I'm not terribly happy with the color. Before, it looked like a nice clean black. Now, in the videos from today, it looks more like a highly reflective black chrome. Tacky tacky tacky!
  8. puckhead193, Oct 22, 2013
    Last edited: Oct 22, 2013

    puckhead193 macrumors G3


    May 25, 2004
    Happy about the price however, December!!! So much for the fall...:rolleyes:
    No new displays?
    edit anyone else notice on apple's site on specs in the box, its just the computer and power cord... no keyboard or mouse... :(
  9. DrFreeman macrumors member

    Apr 9, 2010

    I am a bit surprised, the CUDA by NVIDIA is something that is being used widely in the industry and I am a bit baffled that they went for ATI ........
  10. 2Turbo macrumors 6502


    Feb 18, 2011
    Without a new Apple display, this is useless to me. :confused:
  11. Grimace macrumors 68040


    Feb 17, 2003
    with Hamburglar.
    It doesn't come with a keyboard and mouse for $3000?????
  12. petsounds, Oct 22, 2013
    Last edited: Oct 22, 2013

    petsounds macrumors 65816

    Jun 30, 2007
    I like how Apple's endorsement guy for audio recording said, "It's quiet!" Please. :rolleyes: I had hoped for an Open CL focused version of Logic, but it appears Apple doesn't care. I'm sad to say, I don't see much justification to buy this machine for audio work. They've left the FirePro cards completely useless with audio, and thus you're spending lots of money on something left unused.
  13. Xerotech macrumors 6502

    Jul 22, 2011
    Yeah, coming fall meant the announcement to announce the Mac Pro in December.
    Yes yes yes yes. I have been waiting for them to announce or at least reference to a 4K display. It can drive 3 4k displays, but what do you recommend us buying Apple? Dell. :rolleyes:
  14. alvindarkness macrumors 6502a

    Jul 11, 2009
    I agree. If anything I'd go further and say that for the hardware inside, they are good value, irrespective of who is making it.
  15. Grimace macrumors 68040


    Feb 17, 2003
    with Hamburglar.
    Looks like you can add RAM yourself after the fact. The base model has only 3 slots filled.
  16. Perfect Score macrumors member

    Perfect Score

    Aug 15, 2013
    Toronto Canada
    I like the design a lot. Actual form improvement! Imagine that!

    Although not including display and inputs at this price point is not a good strategy.. Oh well, gotta pay to play I guess.
  17. kylepro88 macrumors regular


    Jul 30, 2006
    This has been known for months...why are you surprised now?
  18. AtariMac macrumors regular


    Mar 10, 2004
    Southeastern, PA
    You do realize that fall goes to December 20th?

  19. NewbieCanada macrumors 68030

    Oct 9, 2007
    I doubt it's being bought by many first time computer buyers. No more reason it should come with those than with a monitor.
  20. jdblas69 macrumors regular

    Aug 15, 2012
    Online store is back up at least in Canada

    Only shows price to go up to 6 core also get more ram and better GPU for now.
    Can also be upgraded to 8 and 12 core, no pricing on those configs
  21. DrFreeman macrumors member

    Apr 9, 2010
    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...
  22. macpro2000 macrumors 6502a


    Apr 20, 2005
    I second this. In December they will announce a PreSale.
  23. ericinboston macrumors 68000

    Jan 13, 2008
    ...that you can order months from now and get sometime in January likely. Apple's been holding this carrot out since when, June? Sheeeez.
  24. iBug2 macrumors 68040

    Jun 12, 2005
    I wonder what the performance of these AMD cards are. We need some benchmarks ASAP when we figure out which chipsets they use. Really thinking about the 4core model with the dual d700 setup and 32 GB's of RAM.
  25. paulrbeers macrumors 68040

    Dec 17, 2009
    Ummm, 70% of December is still Fall....

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