What's up with new Mac Pro

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by Beiteltjie, Aug 4, 2010.

  1. Beiteltjie macrumors newbie

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    So Apple announced the new Mac Pro. I need to buy the entry level quad core, but the specs seem to have stayed the same since 2006. Is this the "new" mac pro announced or is there going to be another announcement re. the quad and 8 core mac pros? Confused, don't know if I should wait for a while.
     
  2. THX1139 macrumors 68000

    THX1139

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    If you wait 512 days, Apple will be releasing new Mac Pros that are based on 2004 versions.
     
  3. Umbongo macrumors 601

    Umbongo

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    The new one announced isn't the one in the store, though it is barely better. They will have a 2.8GHz 4-core processor and a better graphics card in the Radeon 5770. You can see the specifications here: http://www.apple.com/macpro/specs.html

    Apple changed the Mac Pro line up from the base model being dual processors (originally dual 2-core, then dual 4-core) to using a single processor in 2009, that's why it seems similar. These newer processors are quite superior though, but you don't get the same value for money that you previously did.

    Prices are likely to be the same as now for the three single processor options, $3,499 for the 8-core, $4,999 for the 2.66Ghz 12-core and $5,999+ for the 2.93GHz 12-core.
     
  4. Chupa Chupa macrumors G5

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    '06 $2400 model was a dual dual-core 2.66 Xeon "Woodcrest." w/ 1GB RAM and a video card (forget which one) w/ 256MB VRAM.

    '10 $2400 model is a single quad-core 2.8 Xeon"Nehalem" w/ 3GB RAM and 1TB VRAM

    I'm not suggesting the '10 MP is a bargain or even a "good value", it's not, but it's not exactly 2006 specs as you contend. The stock '10 would smoke the '06.

    If you go the the MP tech specs @ Apple.com there is a chart w/ the various quad, 6-core, octo, and 12-core base and CTO upgrade configurations.

    You can only buy what is available. If you can afford to wait then you don't need a new machine. If you wait long enough you'll be able to get your 2.93 12 core for $2400. It might be 2033, but you'll eventually get it.
     

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