Apple has just debuted its new Mac Pro, the latest update on its flagship desktop computer (last updated in 2013 Yikes!). It was announced on June 3rd at Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) in San Jose. It is now currently available for $5,999 with shipping starting this fall.
The design is both intriguing and memorable. Housing a stainless steel frame with a pair of steel handles and latticed front and rear ends curved at the edges for that sleek design. There are no corners to the aluminum sheath apparently (which you can actually slide off). Although it still looks like the company’s previous ‘cheese grater’ design, it is far more elegant and powerful. Apple claims the new Mac Pro holds ‘the world’s most powerful graphics architecture’. The new Radeon Pro Vega II graphics processor and graphics card, Apple Afterburner which can process more than 6.3 billion pixels per second.
Specifications you ask? Here we have listed what has been revealed about the specs for the 2019 Mac Pro so far.
- Stainless steel frame offering a 360-degree interior access
- 28-crore Intel Xeon processors withholding up to 300 watts of power
- Up to 1.5 TB of system memory (the most ever been available in a Mac)
- 8 PCL-E expansions slots
- Radeon Pro Vega II Duo/Radeon Pro 580X Graphics Card
- It can support for up to 2 MPX modules which features Thunderbolt support and up to 500 watts of power
- The Afterburner graphics ASIC which can process 6.3 billion pixels per second. (It can playback 3 streams of 8k RAW)
- It has Two Thunderbolt 3 ports
- It holds two USB-A ports
- It has a 3.5mm audio minijack
- Holds a PCL-E, DisplayPort and power
- Consists of two built-in 10 GB Ethernet ports
Apple claims the Mac Pro is easily the most powerful computer Apple has ever sold. “We designed Mac Pro for users who require a modular system with extreme performance, expansion, and configurability. With its powerful Xeon processors, massive memory capacity, groundbreaking GPU architecture, PCI-E expansion, Afterburner accelerator card, and jaw-dropping design, the new Mac Pro is a monster that will enable pros to do their life’s best work,” said Phil Schiller (Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing) “Pro Display XDR is the world’s best pro display and the perfect companion to the all-new Mac Pro. With Retina 6K resolution, gorgeous color, extreme brightness and contrast ratio, and highly functional design, Pro Display XDR delivers the most comprehensive set of features ever offered on any display at this price point.”
The ‘World’s Most Powerful Graphics Architecture’:
Graphics performance is probably the most important factor in animating 3D films, building complex 3D environments etc. This is why the Mac Pro is bringing the world’s most powerful graphics card with up to 56 teraflops of graphics performance in a single system. The use of Apple’s MPX Module which features Thunderbolt integration and over 500 W of power is what makes it to powerful. The MPX module is also cooled by the Mac Pro system thermals for super quiet operations.
The graphics choices begin with the Radeon Pro 580X. As for the Radeon Pro Vega II which features up to 14 teraflops of computer performance and 32 GB memory with 1TB per second memory bandwidth. Also introduced was the Radeon Pro Vega II Duo, featuring Vega II GPUs for up to 28 teraflops of graphics performance and up to 64 GB memory. That is what makes it the world’s most powerful graphics card.
Apple’s 2019 Mac Pro is indeed one of the most ‘pro’ computers they have ever released. We thought it would end with the iMac Pro but it seems Apple had something else up its sleeve. Apple has not only delivered power and performance but compelling design and that is probably why even you would want to own a Mac Pro one of these days.