After teasing it at the WWDC, in June, Apple has finally unveiled the all-new Mac Pro computer.
The Mac Pro features the latest Intel Xeon processors with up to 12 cores, dual workstation-class GPUs, six Thunderbolt 2 ports, PCIe-based flash storage and ultra-fast ECC memory. The new Mac Pro starts at Rs. 2,29,900 and will be available in December.
“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. “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.”
The new Mac Pro has been designed around a unified thermal core that allows the system to efficiently share thermal capacity across all the processors, according to Apple. A fan draws in air and makes the new Mac Pro as quiet as a Mac mini, the company claims.
The new Mac Pro features 4-core, 6-core, 8-core or 12-core Intel Xeon processors running at Turbo Boost speeds up to 3.9 GHz that deliver double the floating point performance of the previous generation Mac Pro. Two workstation-class AMD FirePro GPUs with up to 12GB of video memory provide up to seven teraflops of compute power and up to eight times the graphics performance of the previous generation Mac Pro, as per Apple.
The professional grade computers also feature PCIe-based flash storage that delivers sequential read speeds up to 1.2GBps and is up to 10 times faster than conventional desktop hard drives. ECC DDR3 running at 1866 MHz, with a four-channel memory controller, gives the new Mac Pro up to 60GBps of memory bandwidth, twice that of the previous generation Mac Pro, allowing users to edit full-resolution 4K video streams and playing them in real time, says Apple.
The new Mac Pro computers feature six Thunderbolt 2 ports, each with up to 20Gbps of bandwidth per device. The computers also feature Thunderbolt 2 ports that support up to six daisy-chained devices each, giving professionals the ability to connect up to 36 high-performance peripherals–from external storage devices, to multiple PCI expansion chassis, to audio and video breakout boxes.
The new Mac Pro ships with OS X Mavericks, the 10th major release of Apple’s desktop operating system that offers more than 200 new features including Finder Tabs, Tags and enhanced multi-display support, as well as new core technologies for enhanced performance such as Compressed Memory to keep the Mac fast and responsive. Mavericks also delivers significant performance enhancements for systems with dual GPUs through optimised OpenGL and OpenCL.
The Mac Pro will be available with a 3.7 GHz quad-core Intel Xeon E5 processor with Turbo Boost speeds up to 3.9 GHz, dual AMD FirePro D300 GPUs with 2GB of VRAM each, 12GB of memory, and 256GB of PCIe-based flash storage starting at Rs. 2,29,900 inclusive of VAT (Rs. 2,18,536.12 excluding VAT); and with a 3.5 GHz 6-core Intel Xeon E5 processor with Turbo Boost speeds up to 3.9 GHz, dual AMD FirePro D500 GPUs with 3GB of VRAM each, 16GB of memory, and 256GB of PCIe-based flash storage starting at Rs. 2,99,900 inclusive of VAT (Rs. 2,85,076.05 excluding VAT).
Configure-to-order options include faster 8-core or 12-core Intel Xeon E5 processors, AMD FirePro D700 GPUs with 6GB of VRAM, up to 64GB of memory, and up to 1TB of PCIe-based flash storage.
The new Mac Pro will be available in December through select Apple Authorised Resellers.