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Apple accepting orders for new Mac Pro

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It won't be there in thme for Xmas, but it will get to you close enough, as long as you order your beloved Mac Pro today. Apple is offering two configurations, one with a quad-core and the second one with a six-core Intel processor, both featuring two AMD FirePRO graphics cards.

The cheaper one features a 3.7 GHz Xeon E5 quad-core, 12GB 1866 MHz DDR3 ECC memory, 256 GB PCIe based flash storage and dual AMD FirePro D300 cards with 2GB GDDR5 RAM. It starts starts at $2,999. The six-core version, featuring a 3.7GHz Xeon E5 quad-core, 16GB 1866MHz DDR3 ECC memory, 256GB PCIe based flash storage and dual AMD FirePro D500 graphics with 3GB GDDR5 RAM starts at $3,999.

You get the box with a power cord and you even have to buy a keyboard and a mouse.

Once we packed the machine with the best parts available, including a 2.7GHz 12-core processor with 30MB of L3 cache, 64GB 1866 memory 4x16GB configuration, 1 TB PCIe flash storage, Dual AMD FirePro D700 GPUs with 6GB of GDDR5 VRAM each and the Apple wireless keyboard and Magic mouse we ended up at $9,737.00. Adding a Sharp 32" PN-K321 - 4K Ultra HD LED Monitor gets you to $13,332.00, which is enough to buy a decent entry-level car in many parts of the world.

However, the bucket shaped Mac Pro is probably the most innovative and the most original desktop PC to emerge in years and many will be happy to own it, especially universities, as they like to blow their budget, along with many small and medium businesses in creative industries.

This Mac Pro is a big win for AMD as it is the only available graphics card supplier this time around. It is quite odd given the fact that Nvidia owns a majority of the workstation and professional market that makes movies, designs cars or searches for oil deep in the Earth’s crust.

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Last modified on 19 December 2013
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