For a long, long, looooooong time, Apple’s professional user base has been waiting for any sort of update to the Mac Pro. For a while, they were Apple’s bread and butter, but then Apple started selling iPads and iPhones by the crate. No more. The Mac Pro is out today… and a fully loaded one will cost ya.
The Ultimate In Looking-Like-An-Ashtray Technology
First of all, yes, we know the case was designed to evoke a jet turbine. It still looks like you fill the top with sand and stub butts out in it. But, even at its lowest specs, it’s still a monster; a 3.7GHz Quad-Core Intel Xeon E5 processor, 12GB of memory, and 256GB PCIe-based flash storage, which… actually seems like a design misstep, although we suppose this thing is going to be hooked up to a RAID anyway. But that will run you “only” $3,000. What about the full boat?
Cutting-Edge Technology, Used Car Prices
Well, let’s see here… 2.7GHz 12-core processor with 30MB of L3 cache… 64GB of RAM… Two AMD FirePro D700 GPUs with 6GB of VRAM apiece… two monitors, a Thunderbolt display and a Sharp 27″ monitor. Yeah, that should run you about… $14,000! Just for contrast, here, there are cars you can buy, new, for that kind of money. So, yeah, you may want to consider an iMac if you’re looking for a desktop to play games and browse your email on.
Pro Grade Gear
That said, this was really designed for the industrial uses people put Macs to; high-grade photography editing, film editing and effects processing, CAD work, and other industrial workflows. For that level of consumer, $14,000 (a fair chunk of which are the monitors, let’s be honest) is pretty cheap for what you get. Nonetheless, don’t expect to see too many of these tucked under desks at work.
Dan Seitz is an obsessive nerd living in New England. He lives in the Boston area with a fiancee, a dog, a cat, and far too many objects with processors.