Apple, during its Worldwide Developer Conference, fulfills the promise of replacing and improving the ‘trashcan’ Mac Pro from 2013 — introducing a powerful, versatile, and an easily customizable desktop, the Mac Pro.
“The Pro’s certainly striking. Looks-wise, it’s a more direct descendent of the shiny metal Power Mac G5 tower of yore than the more recent trashcan Pro. There are plenty of tweaks, of course. It appears a bit smaller than the G5, while the vent holes have been made much larger, for a kind of cheese grater design, at first glance — an effect that’s only enhanced by the prominent handle up top,” TechCrunch describes.
The Mac Pro includes a stainless steal fortified skeletal frame that supports the interior and an easily detachable stainless steel casing —it provides users 360-degree access to different mounting ports for convenient configuration.
There’s also a choice of replacing the standard stationary legs with wheels for people whose work station moves along with them.
Moreover, the Mac Pro comes with new Intel Xeon processors that will have up to 28 cores and can run at maximum frequencies without strain with up to 300W of power.
There is also a six-channel memory across 12 DIMM slots that could potentially provide an impressive 1.5TB of system memory — that is if all slots are filled. Even more, there are eight PCI Express slots, with four of them being double-wide to accommodate larger expansion cards.
Along with this Mac Pro, Apple is launching a custom expansion module called the MPX module that contains 2 GPUs — making it the world’s most powerful graphics cars. If that isn’t enough, it can be paired with AMD’s Radeon Pro Vega 2 or Radeon Pro Vega 2 Duo. These are all customizable depending on user preference. Nonetheless, having the capability to place four GPUs could result in 128GB of HBM2 graphics memory in total.
The MPX Module is a giant quad-wide PCIe card that fits two graphics cards and has its dedicated heat sink, and also has a custom Thunderbolt connector to hook into that backbone.
All of those performance possibilities powered by a supply that maxes out at 1.4kW — all of which are systematically cooled.
Learning from the thermal corner issues from the 2013 Mac Pro, Apple installed three large fans at the front of the 2019 Mac Pro and another blower inside the architecture to pull the heat out. All of which, Apple claims to be relatively quiet.
Lastly, there’s an I/O module that adds two additional Thunderbolt 3 ports, two USB-A ports, and a 3.5mm audio jack. There’s also an optional “Afterburner” that’s targeted for massive video and graphics editing.
Alongside the Mac Pro, Apple is selling a separate monitor called the Pro Display XDR — a 32-inch display and the first 6K monitor screen to hit the market with over 2 million pixels in its arsenal.
The screen has a unique configuration that is covered with a new type of matte coating. It allows more vibrant and high-quality images projected on the screen with over 1000 nits of screen brightness.
Furthermore, the back side features the same cheese grater design found on the new Mac Pro and includes four Thunderbolt 3 ports. But more interestingly, the screen rotates vertically to serve an even wider set of possibilities.
If fully utilized with all of Apple’s recommendations, the Mac Pro could easily become one of the most powerful desktops a user could get their hands on.
The Mac Pro starts at $5,999 and will only go up drastically as you upgrade components — which you’ll need to since the base configuration is relatively underpowered for that price, mainly because these work stations are used for heavy duty processes.
“As it turns out: $33,720.88 is likely the bare minimum — and that’s before factoring in the four GPUs, which could easily jack that price up to around $45,000,” The Verge estimates.
Moreover, if you’re thinking of purchasing the Pro Display XDR, it’s going to cost an additional $5,000 or $6,000 with the optional matte coating. That is with the exception of the stand that costs another $1,000. All in all, the complete set, with the best configurations, would cost you a total of around $50,000.
In the end, Apple remains to be a provider of high-end products that promise great possibilities and performance but also comes with high-end prices.