Apple releases octo-core Mac Pro

Apple releases octo-core Mac Pro

Summary: Although it was expected to take a bow at next week's National Association of Broadcasters convention in Las Vegas (NAB) Apple took the wraps off the new 8-core Mac Pro a few days early.Appearing this morning on Apple.

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Mac Pro Octo CoreAlthough it was expected to take a bow at next week's National Association of Broadcasters convention in Las Vegas (NAB) Apple took the wraps off the new 8-core Mac Pro a few days early.

Appearing this morning on Apple.com was the refresh of the company's most powerful desktop class computer, the Mac Pro. The new tower comes with either dual quad-core CPUs (for a total of eight cores) or dual, dual-core CPUs (for a total of four):

Opt for the 8-core Mac Pro and you get the power of two Quad-Core Intel Xeon "Clovertown" processors running at 3.0GHz. Or choose a quad-core Mac Pro featuring two Dual-Core Intel Xeon "Woodcrest" processors and decide how fast they fly: 2.0GHz, 2.66GHz, or 3.0GHz. At 3.0GHz, the quad-core Mac Pro runs up to 2x faster than the Power Mac G5 Quad. 

In addition to the new silicon, the new Mac Pro features:

  • Room for up to four drives and 3TB of storage
  • Eight DIMM slots to fill with up to 16GB of RAM
  • Up to two SuperDrives
  • Four PCI Express slots
  • Three graphics card options

A quick jaunt to the Apple online store reveals that the new beasts are shipping now. Pricing starts at US$2,499 (two 2.66GHz dual cores) and rockets to US$12,427 fully throttled with two 3.0GHz quad cores, 16GB RAM, 3TB, NVIDIA Quadro FX 4500 512MB, dual SuperDrives, Bluetooth, Airport Extreme, Wireless keyboard and Mighty Mouse and AppleCare.

Adding a pair of (newly lowered) 30-inch Apple Cinema HD Displays (for US$1799 a pop) bringing my new dream Mac to a princely US$16,025.

Is anyone else disappointed that they didn't update the enclosure? 

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  • I've got two of those on order now!

    j/k
    glocks out
    • Yeah if..

      You can get two nicely configured for about $10,000.
      bobiroc
  • Video Editors wil love these

    Video editing software can take advantage of those extra 4 cores and can really cut down rendering times. Make it worth the extra 700 bucks over the 3GHz quad.
    Stuka
    • Gimmicky Sales

      Granted 8 cores really is alot of power. But this isn't really an "octo-core" setup. It is two CPU's each being quad core. They're definitely not the first kids on the block to be doing that. I have one and it isn't even a Macintosh.

      "Video editing software can take advantage of those extra 4 cores and can really cut down rendering times. Make it worth the extra 700 bucks over the 3GHz quad."

      The above statement proves how gimmicky the name is. Stuka thinks this is an actual octo-core as proven by his statement of "over the 3ghz quad."

      Apple, just say it for what it really is. Two quad-core cpu's in the box. It is still very impressive! AND truthful.
      yyuko@...
      • No lies..

        There is without question 8 cores in the box if configured as such. Whether or not there are 8 on a single die is irrelevant unless Intel offers 8-core CPU's.

        Nobody said Apple was first on the block either.
        People
      • Two times four equals?

        Eight, right?

        Just checking.
        msalzberg
        • Tricky math

          Yes 2 times 4 = 8

          However 2 times quad-core does not = octo core. It equals two separate 4 cores totalling 8 cores on two separate cpu's.

          An octo-core implies there are 8 cores on a single cpu. To the unsuspecting buyer, they assume oooh we get this super duper powerful cpu that no other OEM has. When in fact, it is imminent that other OEM's are about to release the same configuration. And they will bill it as two quad-cores, not an octo core.
          yyuko@...
          • Octo core means eight cores...

            For all I know, they could be on eight CPUs. Eight means eight.
            msalzberg
      • no difference

        What's the problem. There is no practical difference between 8 single cores, 4 dual cores or 2 quad cores. It's all the same.
        tbcass
      • Eight is Eight!

        You are really looking stupid here
        Reverend MacFellow
    • Pity. Adobe abaonded Apple with their 'Premiere' video editing suite...

      ...a LONG time ago.

      So, buy the "Mac", reformat the hard drive with Windows, and use it. Except now it's a Windows PC for a double-premium price (one for a logo, the other for technology that will become reasonably priced within 18 months anyway.)
      HypnoToad72
      • Guess you've never heard of ......

        Final Cut Studio or Final Cut Pro.

        I know, It isn't used for much, just things like the following

        Office Space (1999)
        George Washington (2000)
        Full Frontal (film) (2002)
        The Rules of Attraction (2002)]
        Spellbound (2002)
        Intolerable Cruelty (2003)
        Cold Mountain (2003)
        Napoleon Dynamite (2003)
        Open Water (2003)
        A Day Without a Mexican (2004)
        Dead Man's Shoes (2004)
        The Ladykillers (2004)
        Shaun of the Dead (2004)
        Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow (2004)
        Super-Size Me (2004)
        What the Bleep Do We Know!? (2004)
        Corpse Bride (2005)
        Dreamer: Inspired by a True Story (2005)
        Gunner Palace (2005)
        Happy Endings (2005)
        Jarhead (2005)
        Little Manhattan (2005)
        Conversations with God (2006)
        Me and You and Everyone We Know (2005)
        Hoot (2006)
        Trailer Park Boys: The Movie (2006)
        Inland Empire (2006)
        300 (2007)
        Zodiac (2007)
        Reign Over Me (2007)
        The Flock (2007)
        Reflections (2007)
        A Controversy of Art (film)
        "Watercolors" (2007)
        Youth Without Youth (2007)
        No Country For Old Men (2007)
        middle of nowhere
      • Link?

        Where can I get that Windows machine for half the price and the same speed,
        software, etc?
        mlindl
      • Puh...leeeeeez! Have you even used a Mac before?

        Apple has some of the most powerful, robust and full featured audio & video apps
        that anyone who knows anything about editing film or is involved in professional
        level digital content creation knows that Final Cut Pro can hold it's own against all
        but the most highend 30k+ Avid editing suites, etc. Plus the Final Cut Studio suite
        is tuned to run run flawlessly on Mac OSX which is IMHO a heck of a lot more
        stable and responsive then Windows 2000/XP. I use both Mac & WinXP so I know
        what I'm talking about here. For CAD and 3D I use my custom built XP machine
        but for everything else, I clearly use my beloved Powermac Dual Processor
        machine. Adobe Premiere 5.5 was the last video tool I used on my Mac and Final
        Cut Pro is much more advanced and intuitive and I was able to learn more in using
        FCP in just 3-4 weeks then I did using Adobe Premiere for over 3-4 months. Apple
        not only makes great computers but their Pro software titles are some of the
        easiest and yet highly capable professional applications out there today.
        BillyB40
      • Guess you missed Adobe's announcement

        Premier and After Effects CS3, as well as other Adobe
        apps, will all be Mac compatible ? on intel macs.

        Adobe was losing too much business and had to bring
        them back after skipping a totla of ONE version.
        j.m.galvin
  • Half the price actually

    248.99 - sata 750gb
    248.99 - sata 750gb
    248.99 - sata 750gb
    248.99 - sata 750gb
    33.21 - dvd+rw
    134.00 - pc2-6400 ddr2-800 2gb
    134.00 - pc2-6400 ddr2-800 2gb
    134.00 - pc2-6400 ddr2-800 2gb
    134.00 - pc2-6400 ddr2-800 2gb
    134.00 - pc2-6400 ddr2-800 2gb
    134.00 - pc2-6400 ddr2-800 2gb
    134.00 - pc2-6400 ddr2-800 2gb
    134.00 - pc2-6400 ddr2-800 2gb
    1543.57 - quadro fx 4500
    1236.01 - Quad-Core X5355 2.66GHz
    1236.01 - Quad-Core X5355 2.66GHz

    According to the Apple config site, adding a 750 gig HD costs $500 more each. The quado adds $1,649. And 16 Gigs of Ram adds $4500!!! I could only find 2.66 GHZ quad-cores for sale, but apple doesn't even tell you the exact model number anyways. The final total comes to only $6,125 compared to Apple's $11,941 for a pretty comparable setup. The $6,125 is not including software. All prices were taken from PriceWatch.com -Bob
    BebopBob
    • your forgot...

      Guesstimates as to prices...

      The motherboard ($300), powersupply ($150), cables ($25), case ($100), mouse ($50), keyboard ($50), warranty ($250), and OS ($400 if you compare it to VistaU).

      That brings it up to $7450. I still see your point though. Does anyone know why the price seems so high...$4500 difference?
      lawryll@...
      • One World

        Apple....Because of they extrem low sale, apple must make up with extrem grossly inflated price. If some people with way more money then brain want to be different, built you own PC and install linux on it, instead of giving your money to a company with only one thing to sell: HYPE.

        Please note: Windows or MS is not of any revelance to this post. This post is about morons who pay almost double price for PC hardware with a shiny apple logo on it, while they can get a lot better and cheaper with a linux machine (OS X is nothing more the a very bad imitation of Linux). Opps. i forgot that the typical Mac user is overwhelm is the mouse as more the 2 button or when there is more then 3 cable to plug....
        Mectron
        • Several words "Dells current situation"

          Seen their stock price of late? Dell is having what was inevitable. Go for the
          lowest price kindom and well you end up the low price king. Low margins and any
          change in sales volume means you suffer badly. Dell is in a fix of her own making
          and because most of the PC industry followed Dell to the gutters they aren't doing
          all that well either. Apple has the largest margins per sale and it's a sound
          economic stradegy. Have the resorces to do R&D be able to aford to take risks
          and fail because if you do it right the winners will eclipse the loosers ie iPod and
          iTunes vs Newton. If you do it right you even learn a few things from the loosers
          as well.

          I'm so very tired of those like you Mectron. We know you don't like to spend more
          than what Dell or home made offers OK I get it!!! I'm convinced this is your
          preference and you have every right to be this way...but take it from me a guy who
          bought Apple at $12.00 for the past few years I've been very happy with Apple's
          products (I own a couple) and her stock price. i think Apple has got a winning
          formula. Not to be number one in market sharre heck even Dell is finding that a
          diffucult crown to hold on or is it HP now? I forget nor do I care......

          To finish this up I get it Mectron you don't like Apple's pricing and or business
          methods....FIne, now please move on.

          Pagan jim
          Laff
          • Several words "Dells current situation"

            trust me a home build is better than anything apple could ever put out just because you seem to be terminologically challenged and run a mac witch is your right does not mean the parts in your computer is any better than the parts i buy...

            and as far as lasting i see old 486 PC's running just about everyday why anyone would want to run it i don't know but they do...

            but back to my point just because i can build a box that is the same or more powerful for in most cases 1/3 the price means i am a better shopper and know what i want and am not locked into old technology like the video cards mac is putting in to these high end computers...

            and for 5 or 6k i could blow this 12k box out of the water

            just incase you forgot or did know know to begin with apple started in a garage or home built as you call it

            so in short yes you can get a box with just as much power as this new mac from an OEM for about 2/3 apples and home build it for i would say around 1/2 the price
            SO.CAL Guy