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Mac Pro: Most Radical Ever?

By Oonagh Reidy | Wednesday | 23/10/2013

Up TO 12 cores, 2 x GPU workstations - meet the the all-new Mac Pro.

This potent machine has the latest Intel Xeon processors (up to 12-core), dual FirePro workstation GPUs, six Thunderbolt 2 ports, core PCIe-based flash storage and an ultra-fast ECC memory. 

The all-new Pro, announced overnight in the US starts at A$3,999 in December.

The Pro workhorse features 4-core, 6-core, 8-core or 12-core Intel Xeon processors running at Turbo Boost speeds of up to 3.9 GHz, two workstation-class AMD FirePro GPUs with up to 12GB of video memory that provides up to seven teraflops of computing power. 

It is ideal for digital designers, with up to eight times the graphics performance of the previous gen Pro's.

The remastered Pro is one-eighth the size of the previous generation Mac Pro, at 25.1 cms tall. 

The remastered Pro is Apple's vision for the future of the pro desktop, everything about it has been re-imagined, said Philip Schiller, Apple's senior VP Worldwide Marketing. 

The new Mac Pro is architected around a unified thermal core to efficiently share thermal capacity across all the processors. 

A fan draws in air, making it as quiet as a Mac mini. 

Thunderbolt 2 ports support up to six daisy-chained devices each, allowing users to connect up to 36 high-performance peripherals. 

The new Mac Pro ships with OS X Mavericks with 200 new features. 

Mavericks introduces features including Finder Tabs, Tags and enhanced multi-display support, as well as new core technologies for breakthrough performance such as Compressed Memory to keep your Mac fast and responsive. 

Mac Pro meets Energy Star 6.0 requirements and achieves an EPEAT Gold rating, and uses "up to" 70 percent less energy than the previous generation Macs. 

The all-new Mac Pro will be available in December with a 3.7 GHz quad-core Intel Xeon E5 processor $3,999; 3.5 GHz 6-core Intel Xeon E5, 16GB of memory, and 256GB of PCIe-based flash storage starts $5,299 

"With the Mac Pro's dual workstation-class GPUs, we've seen MARI run five times faster, creating a fluid painting experience that's unlike anything we've seen. This kind of performance is a digital artist's dream," said Bill Collis, CEO of The Foundry. 

"At 20Gbps, Mac Pro's Thunderbolt 2 blows away anything on the market and completely changes the external storage landscape," said James Lee, CEO of PROMISE Technology.

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