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Apple Mac Pro orders go live

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Thu Dec 19 2013, 11:37
The Mac Pro desktop

HARDWARE DESIGN FIRM Apple has started taking orders on its newly polished Mac Pro personal computer.

The black, bucket-like computer has had a rather obvious redesign and is brimming with new technology, including an Intel Xeon processor, PCIe-based flash storage, and two workstation-class – according to Apple – GPUs.

The "most-radical Mac ever" – again these are Apple's words – was introduced to the market in October. Now officially ready for order it has a starting price of £2,499.

"The new Mac Pro is our vision for the future of the pro desktop, everything about it has been reimagined and there has never been anything like it," said Philip Schiller, Apple's senior vice president of worldwide marketing in October.

"The new Mac Pro packs up to 12-core Xeon CPUs, dual FirePro GPUs, ultra-fast ECC memory, new PCIe flash storage, Thunderbolt 2 expandability and more into a radical new design that is one-eighth the size of the previous generation Mac Pro."

Apple today announced that the all-new Mac Pro will be available to order from Thursday 19 December. The new-look design is not just a fashion statement, Apple says it has designed the bucket around a thermal core. The Mac Pro has an aluminium casing and stands at just under 10in high.

Off-the-shelf versions are available and Apple bods can order custom setups too. The Mac Pro has 4-core, 6-core, 8-core or 12-core Intel Xeon processors running at Turbo Boost speeds of "up to 3.9 GHz", six Thunderbolt ports, and up to 12GB of video memory.

The most pricey of the off-the-shelf options has a £3,299 price tag. That will get you dual AMD FirePro D500 GPUs with 3GB of VRAM each, 16GB of memory, and 256GB of PCIe-based flash storage.

Bespoke options include the AMD FirePro D700 GPUs with 6GB of VRAM and up to 64GB of memory. µ


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