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Photos: Apple's Xserve & Mac Pro

Just before Macworld, Apple has unveiled a Mac Pro with eight processor cores and a new system architecture. Apple said its two 45-nanometer Intel Quad-Core Xeon processors running at up to 3.2GHz will double the power of its predecessor.

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The new Mac has a 1600MHz frontside bus (FSB) and accommodates up to 32GB of 800MHz memory. It comes with an ATI Radeon HD 2600 XT graphics card with 256MB of video memory. The standard 8-core Mac Pro will cost AU$3,999 (inc. VAT).

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The new Mac Pro has four internal hard drive bays that can each hold a 1TB Serial ATA hard drive for up to 4TB of internal storage.

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The Mac Pro comes with a new PCI Express 2.0 graphics slot that can hold the latest video cards from ATI or Nvidia. It can drive up to eight 30in. displays.

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Apple says it has doubled the power of its Xserve server by boosting its memory bandwith with a 1600MHz system bus and 800MHz memory. It also boasts 8-core processing power with Intel Xeon 'Harpertown' 5400 chips, 3TB of internal storage and 32GB of 800MHz memory.

The standard Xserve will cost AU$4,499 (inc. VAT).

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The revamped Xserve includes an unlimited client licence for Mac OS X Server Leopard. The design takes up little space in a rack.

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