Gallery: Apple's new Mac Pro

Gallery: Apple's new Mac Pro

Summary: Let's take a look at this new king of Macs and see what makes it tick.


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    A system like the new Mac Pro needs something special when it comes to storage, and Apple hasn't disappointed us. Rather than go for hard drives (HDDs) or solid state drives (SSDs), Apple has instead chosen next-generation PCIe flash storage, which is up to 2.5 times faster than the fastest SATA-based solid-state drive, and up to 10 times faster than a 7200-rpm SATA hard drive.

    The PCIe storage offers up to 1,2GB/s reads, 1.0GB/s writes, and up to 1TB of storage.

    This means that the new Mac Pro will have the fastest storage available to a desktop workstation.

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    Thermal core

    Because the Mac Pro packs so much computational power into such a small space, it needs an effective way to deal with that heat. To effectively cool the system, Apple has built the entire system is built around a thermal core. This, according to Apple, not only simplifies the design but also improves cooling.

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    Workstations are traditionally noisy because of all the fans needed to keep them cool. With the new Mac Pro Apple has opted to aim for simplicity and gone with a single fan design.

    The single, larger fan pulls air upward through a bottom vent, absorbing heat heat as it goes before it is vented put of the top. The fan features backward-curved impeller blades that run at fewer revolutions per minute, drawing air more efficiently as it spins, and creating less noise.

Topics: Hardware, Apple, Processors, Storage

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  • Embedded journalism

    Embedded reporting hype duly noted.

    In reality, it's being almost universally compared to a bin, and the specs are unremarkable and merely what we'd expect at this price range.
    Tim Acheson
    • Uh, there is no listed price.

      Looks fantastic.
      Luke Skywalker
      • Fanboys are out

        I bet if any other company built it you wouldn't even notice.
        Jordan Burke
        • Oh...they would notice.

          And we know what they would say.

          This whole agument over "looks" is pointless. This new Macbook Pro does look...err...different. And it will surely appeal to Mac users as an example of Apples bleeding edge ideas on modern design.

          It wouldnt matter much how it looked if it wasnt an Apple product, only those who liked a round black tube look would like it. If it wasnt an Apple product there is no reason to expect Apple enthuiasts would have anything good to say about its looks.

          History has proved at least that much.
          • I don't care who made it.

            Cayble has a point there.

            The problem isn't that it's made by Apple, it's the fact that the design itself isn't that great.

            It's supposed to be a WORKSTATION, a tool for PROFESSIONALS.

            I don't care about the form-factor, but the fact that they dropped the PCI and PCIE slots for Thunderbolt ports was an extremely stupid idea.

            Apple had an advertisement once, comparing their iMac to a Dell, which had a bunch of dummy ports plugged in.

            What does having external everything do? It invokes WIRING HELL.

            I HATE wiring hell, and I'll bet that many people do.

            Even worse is, they'll have to buy external enclosures just to USE their current cards.

            What does that invoke? MORE wiring hell.

            (Some subjective points would be the exclusion of a switchable GPU, but the biggest problem would be with Apple using AMD instead of Nvidia, which has CUDA.)
          • No CUDA but it has OpenCL

            As you say, CUDA is tied to one vendor's hardware (Nvidia) whereas OpenCL is a higher-level language supported by an array of companies, including AMD, Apple, ARM, Nvidia, Intel, IBM, etc.

            The open source world (e.g. Mesa) is behind OpenCL, as are many scientific and numerical package coders from both the open source and proprietary arena (e.g. Mathematica).

            Why would you want an Apple computer that specifically required CUDA support?
        • An adult would think...

          That any variant of Windows or Linux could be installed on the latest greatest equipment, that your budget permits. The marketing hype is all due to Apple packing such great technology into such a small pretty little can. We all know the technology was there, but it once again takes Apple to actually package it, and stick a price tag on it. Why does everyone have to be such a complainer? I can remember ogling Falcon Northwest and Alienware (before HP bought them) and only hoping to mimic the origami of fine modded wiring techniques with the latest technology and prices anywhere between 3 and 10 thousand dollars for them. Nobody was complaining and everybody wanted that Falcon or that wonderful "Aurora" Alien rig. Apple comes along with something to replace a stagnant cheese grater with 12 cores, oodles of ram and dual GPU's promising 4K resolutions (all extreme specs) and loads it into a 10" X 6" dia. can., impressive YES, and if it was a Falcon or an Alienware it would still be impressive. It's time to grow up and give some credit where it's due. The consistent flaming is juvenile.
          • Oh and if the 10x6 can becomes a common case....

            I'd Stick a mini-ITX Asus board in it and make either a beautiful gamer or media center.
          • This is...

            ....the sexiest coke can looking computer I have seen in my life.
          • I think the word "sexy" for hardware is going too far....

            and why most people think tech people are geeks who live in their mom's basement.
            There is nothing "sexy" about it. It would have been well received by the ancient Egyptians perhaps.
          • Of course…

            … the word "adult" is subjective. Just because they are adults, doesn't mean they can think like one. In fact, it seems a conditioned response. People essentially behaving like a pavlovian dog as the scientist rings the food bell. They hear the word "Apple" and "ding", they go into a frenzied Jihad or Inquisition. "Apple is the Devil! They must die!"

            One of things I say is… Hey, it's not the 90s anymore, it's time to move on from the antiquated thought process and find something better to do.

            It's great design, a great operating system, etc, etc. If you don't like it, don't buy one. But, partman1969 is right, if you behave a certain way, you're being juvenile.
          • Heh heh...

            It's been obvious for a while, that whenever certain key tags are used >> Apple, iPhone, iPad, now the new MacPro, etc etc...that the average poster's IQ coincidently falls off a cliff.
            No matter, Apple uses it to its advantage and sincerely thanks the demented for their continued support in keeping Apple's name front and centre.
          • Newly named

            Allpe Can
          • Alienware is a Dell company.

            Even so, they dropped in quality once they were bought out.
      • Base Price

        Supposed to start around $2,500.
        • Nope...

          Starting at $2,999 with 12 GB Ram and 256GB SSD.
          Thomas Kolakowski
          • Price?

            So much for the "Death of the PC". At this ridiculously low price. Watch for the immediate resurgence of the desktop PC, NOT. But, then again, I'm sure many of the Apple Fan-Boys that claimed the problem with the Surface Pro was the high price, will run out and charge another $3,000+ to their Credit Cards, just so they can say; "Looky here what I got!"
          • You make a good point. The market for this is very small.....

            in this era of tablets and mobile platforms, a workstation like this one has a very limited market. Perhaps it will be well received by research facilities and the like but the mainstream appeal will be limited to Apple devotees who must have every piece of hardware from Cupertino as some sort of status symbol or strange fanboism.
          • Built for Graphic Designers?

            Given the dual GPU specs and I/O speeds (both memory and flash), it seems like it's built for folks who move a lot of bits around in the graphics world.

            I actually think the cooling design is the most interesting aspect. I also think it looks pretty neat and if someone breaks into your house, they might not steal it since it looks more like one of those infomercial air cleaning devices than a professional workstation. (That's not a knock, I like the way it looks.)
      • Left Out Price "Range"... So What?

        We all know that the only people that'll be able to afford this Google Black Orb like failure will be Elitists and those like AKH above. Who couldn't afford to buy if he wasn't being paid to hype it up and get a Freebie Demo for a week or two, to write his oh so glowing review and it ain't even out yet. By the time it is...... the Chinese will already have a more powerful clone on the market!!! ;-P .....and it'll probably be made with many of the same parts in a Foxconn factory no less!!! :D