Mac Pro and Xserve go bump in the night

Mac Pro and Xserve go bump in the night

Summary: Apple speed bumped its Mac Pro towers and Xserves under the cover of darkness. Should you care?

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http://metropolitician.blogs.com/scribblings_of_the_metrop/_macpro_images_index_tower20060807.pngApple quietly bumped the specs on its Mac Pro desktops last night to include an optional 3.33GHz quad-core processor. It also added optional 2TB hard drive configurations to the Mac Pro, doubling the maximum hard drive capacity from Apple to 8TB. The Xserve also gets the option of 2TB drives for a 6TB maximum.

The upgraded processor in the Mac Pro is a $1,200 upcharge over the base model quad-core 2.66GHz tower and a $800 premium over the 2.93GHz model. At $3,699 the 3.33GHz quad costs $400 more than the company's 8-core Mac Pros which start at $3,299 (2 x 2.26GHz).

What's a shame is that Apple is charging $350 to upgrade from the standard 640GB HDD to 2TB on the Mac Pro. On the Xserve Apple is charging $550 for 2TB drives, because none are included by default. That seems excessive to me given that 2TB raw drives can be found for around $150 online.

Apple is also rolling out 4GB RAM modules pushing the maximum RAM to 32GB (8x4GB) in the Mac Pro (an extra $3,700) and 48GB (12x4GB) in the Xserve ($5,850).

Tip: MacRumors

Topics: Processors, Apple, Hardware

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  • That's cool for breaking your bank. :)

    (Just joking, but I can't afford a $500 Mac Mini...)

    I still already have Ubuntu netbook with the look and feel of Mac OS X without propriety applications. :)

    http://sourceforge.net/projects/mac4lin/
    http://www.ubuntugeek.com/gnome2-globalmenu-global-menu-bar-for-gnome.html
    Grayson Peddie
  • Just wondering - Were they ever able to fix this in the meantime?

    It has been quite some time since [b]this[/b] fiasco but I am just wondering whether Apple has been able to figure out how to do multithreading in the meantime...

    http://www.anandtech.com/mac/showdoc.aspx?i=2520&p=5

    Does anyone have newer benchmarks?
    Qbt
    • Maybe

      Would have to see the benchmarks for Snow Leopard to find out how much difference GCD makes in those scenarios.
      Lester Young