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The New Mac Pro

The New Mac Pro
RM Downey
  • On June 11, 2013
  • http://www.connectedtimes.com

mac-pro-1The New Mac Pro is an entirely new spin on the workstation class tower from Apple. Finally media professionals, developers and designers will have access to USB 3.0, Thunderbolt 2, expanded memory, dual graphics chips and much more.

So much has changed since the last major release of Mac Pros several years ago, although small improvements were made intermittently, a real big refresh was in order and that is what we have.

Professionals finding themselves settling for a Windows workstation will find Apple has finally paid attention to their spec wishlist and has taken it even further with an innovative design. Take a look at the specs here.

Tech Specs

Dimensions

  • Largest 9.9 inches
  • Middle 6.6 inches
  • Smallest 6.6 inches

Processor (Up to 2X Faster)

  • Intel Xeon Processor
  • Up to 12 Cores
  • Up to 40GB / second

Memory (Up to 2X higher bandwidth than former Mac Pro)

  • 1866MHZ ECC DDR 4 Memory
  • 60GB / second Memory bandwidth

Graphics (Up to 7 Teraflops of computing power, Featuring Two Discrete Workstation class cards)

  • AMD FirePro Discrete Graphics (2)
  • 6GB Dedicated VRAM
  • Supports for 4K Video
  • Connect up to 3 HD, 4K Displays

Hard Drive, Storage (10 times faster than any drive in a Mac before)

  • Next Gen PCI-Express Gen 3 SSD
  • Up to 2.5 times faster than SATA SSD drives

Ports (Finally USB 3.0 and Thunderbolt)

  • USB 3.0 (4)
  • Thunderbolt (6)
  • Gigabit Ethernet type 10/100/1000 (2)
  • HDMI (1)

Internet, Connectivity

  • Wi-Fi AC
  • Bluetooth 4.0

Cooling

  • Unified Thermal Core
  • One large fan, above the cylinder design, sending air up and out

The New Mac Pro is certainly overdue and have many media professionals excited. With the absolute cutting edge specifications, professionals will find they will get the maximum amount of longevity on this investment. The price still remains in question, but it’s target “prosumer” base will absolutely lineup for one of the most innovative Apple products in years.

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