Apple announced yesterday its most powerful computer yet and while the 2010 version of the Mac Pro workstation won't be available till August 2010, we can already virtually tear it down, compare it to its Windows-based counterparts and estimate how much it costs to build.
The cheapest Mac Pro will cost £1999 and feature the following parts; we have guesstimated the prices of the components based on what we believe is the nearest equivalent.
Bear in mind though that comparing Macs to PCs is like comparing Apples to Oranges since some components like Apple's Magic Mouse or the Mac Pro disctinctive casing cannot be purchased elsewhere.
- A Quad-core Intel Xeon W3530 running at 2.8GHz with 8MB L2 cache (£237 at Lambdatek (opens in new tab))
- 3GB DDR3 ECC 1066MHz Kingston memory modules (£86.55 at Ebuyer (opens in new tab))
- 1TB SATA2 Hard disk drive (£48.17 at Ebuyer (opens in new tab)), ATI Radeon 5770 with 1GB GDDR5 (£134 at Ebuyer (opens in new tab))
- 18x DVD writer (£13.99 at Ebuyer (opens in new tab))
- Motherboard with at least four PCI Express slots & two GbE ports (£270.43 at Ebuyer (opens in new tab))
- Bluetooth 2.1+ EDR (£2.99 at Ebuyer (opens in new tab))
- 802.11n Wi-Fi (£15.98 at Ebuyer (opens in new tab))
- Four Firewire ports (£15.40 at Ebuyer (opens in new tab))
- Stylish tower casing with 1Kw PSU (£91.94 (opens in new tab) and £148.60 (opens in new tab) at Ebuyer)
- Apple Mac Box Set (£89.89 (opens in new tab) at Amazon), eye catching space saving wireless keyboard and mouse (£50.27 at Ebuyer (opens in new tab)).
In total, we found out that the cost of the components should we build an equivalent PC would possibly be just short of £1200 using components available on the market and we're certain that Apple could go much lower than that, possibly under £1000, around half the SRP of the Mac Pro.
However, it accounts only for part of the equation and does not include the following; transport and packaging, cost of development, labour, other accessories, logistics, licensing, royalties, marketing, advertising and other ancillary costs.