The Mac Pro, Apple’s recently refreshed dream machine with up to twelve processing cores, can now be ordered from Apple. The online Apple store estimates up to ten days delivery time for the pricey desktop and users can configure the system with high-end graphics from ATI.
Announced on July 27, the new Mac Pro is available in quad-core, eight-core, and twelve-core flavors, beginning at $2,499, $3,499, and $4,999, respectively. The quad-core model sports a single 2.8GHz quad-core Intel Xeon W3530 processor, 3GB of 1066 MHz DDR3 ECC SDRAM memory (expandable up to 16GB), and a 1TB Serial ATA 3Gb/s hard drive (7200 rpm).
The 8-core model features two 2.4GHz Xeon E5620 quad-core processors and 6GB of RAM while its twelve-core counterpart boasts two 2.66GHz six-core CPUs. Early CPU benchmarks released last November indicated that a Mac Pro fitted with two six-core processors brings a 50 percent speed boost over the previous-generation flagship model.
Unlike previous Mac Pros that offered the choice of either Nvidia or ATI graphics, all new models feature exclusively the ATI Radeon HD 5770 graphic card that comes with 1GB of GDDR5 memory, two Mini DisplayPorts, and one dual-link DVI port. Build-to-order options include two of these in parallel to power up to six displays simultaneously for visualization projects and large display walls or the high-end ATI Radeon HD 5870 with 1GB of memory in exchange for $200.
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