Apple Refreshes Mac Pro Workstations With New Intel CPUs

Apple has introduced an updated Quad Core Mac Pro model as well as a dual socket, Octo-core Mac Pro workstation, both with Intel's new Xeon Nehalem Processors.

The firm claims that the new processors will provide nearly twice the performance of old Mac Pro with 8MB of fully shared L3 cache, an integrated memory controller, and 1066MHz DDR3 ECC memory compatibility. This ensures a 2.4x increase in memory bandwidth while memory latency is almost halved.

The first Mac Pro has a 2.6GHz Quad Core Xeon 3500 CPU, 3GB RAM, 640GB hard disk drive, a Superdrive DVD Writer and a Nvidia GT120 (essentially a Geforce 9500GT) with 512MB GDDR3. It will be available for £1899, which is cheaper than previously.

The more expensive model comes with a pair of slower 2.26GHz Quad Xeon 5500 processors, 6GB RAM (six 1GB modules) with the rest of the specification remaining the same. The Eight-core model will be available for £2499.

A fully kitted Mac Pro with two 2.93GHz Xeon processors, 32GB RAM, 4TB Storage space and four GT120 video cards will cost you a whopping £11,179 without any screens.

Both include free shipping, Mac OS X v10.5 Leopard OS, Bluetooth and use essentially the same aluminium chassis as the previous Mac Pro workstations.

There's also a mini DisplayPort and a dual link DVD port on all graphic cards, dual GbE port, 7 USB 2.0 ports as well as four Firewire 800 Ports. Options include an internal WiFi and a RAID card.

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Our Comments

The Apple Mac Pro range was well due an update. On the face of it, the new Mac pro might look expensive but then you will have to factor in the many small tweaks and improvements that Apple has included. Sure you will be able to buy or build one by yourself but some goodies like the gorgeous Aluminium enclosure.

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