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The new Mac Pro: Detailed tech specs

Here's a deep dive into the inner workings of Apple's new Mac Pro.
By Adrian Kingsley-Hughes, Contributing Writer
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The new Mac Pro

Let's take a look at the new Mac Pro that was unveiled Apple's WWDC 2019 developer conference, June 3, 2019.

The new Mac Pro has a starting price of $5999 for the base model featuring:

  • 8-core Xeon processor
  • 32GB RAM
  • AMD WX 7100 GPU
  • 256GB SSD storage

No pricing has been given for other configurations.

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Processor configuration

The Mac Pro will be offered in five different processor configurations:

8-Core

3.5GHz Intel Xeon W
8 cores, 16 threads
Turbo Boost up to 4.0GHz
24.5MB cache
Support for up to 1TB 2666MHz memory

12-Core

3.3GHz Intel Xeon W
12 cores, 24 threads
Turbo Boost up to 4.4GHz
31.25MB cache
Support for up to 1TB 2933MHz memory

16-Core

3.2GHz Intel Xeon W
16 cores, 32 threads
Turbo Boost up to 4.4GHz
38MB cache
Support for up to 1TB 2933MHz memory

24-Core

2.7GHz Intel Xeon W
24 cores, 48 threads
Turbo Boost up to 4.4GHz
57MB cache
Support for up to 2TB 2933MHz memory

28-Core

2.5GHz Intel Xeon W
28 cores, 56 threads
Turbo Boost up to 4.4GHz
66.5MB cache
Support for up to 2TB 2933MHz memory

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Memory configuration

The Mac Pro will be offered in a wide array of RAM configurations:

  • 32GB - Four 8GB DIMMs
  • 48GB - Six 8GB DIMMs
  • 96GB - Six 16GB DIMMs
  • 192GB - Six 32GB DIMMs
  • 384GB - Six 64GB DIMMs
  • 768GB - Six 128GB DIMMs or 12 64GB DIMMs
  • 1.5TB - 12 128GB DIMMs (requires 24-core or 28-core processor)

8-core processor runs RAM at 2666MHz while 12-core to 28-core processors options run RAM at 2933MHz.

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Graphics configuration

AMD Radeon Pro 580X

  • 36 compute units, 2304 stream processors
  • 8GB of GDDR5 memory
  • Up to 5.6 teraflops single precision
  • Two HDMI 2.0 ports on card
  • Four DisplayPort connections routed to system to support internal Thunderbolt 3 ports
  • Support for up to six 4K displays, two 5K displays, or two Pro Display XDRs
  • Half-height MPX Module fits in an MPX bay and enables PCIe slot 2 for additional expansion

AMD Radeon Pro Vega II

  • 64 compute units, 4096 stream processors
  • 32GB of HBM2 memory with 1TB/s memory bandwidth
  • Up to 14.1 teraflops single precision or 28.2 teraflops half precision
  • Infinity Fabric Link connection enables two Vega II GPUs to connect at up to 84GB/s
  • Four Thunderbolt 3 ports and one HDMI 2.0 port on card
  • Two DisplayPort connections routed to system to support internal Thunderbolt 3 ports
  • Support for up to six 4K displays, three 5K displays, or two Pro Display XDRs
  • Full-height MPX Module fills an MPX bay and uses extra power and PCIe bandwidth

AMD Radeon Pro Vega II Duo

  • Two Vega II GPUs, each with 64 compute units and 4096 stream processors
  • 64GB of HBM2 memory (32GB per GPU), each with 1TB/s memory bandwidth
  • Up to 28.2 teraflops single precision or 56.4 teraflops half precision
  • Onboard Infinity Fabric Link connection connects the two Vega II GPUs at up to 84GB/s
  • Four Thunderbolt 3 ports and one HDMI 2.0 port on card
  • Four DisplayPort connections routed to system to support internal Thunderbolt 3 ports
  • Support for up to eight 4K displays, four 5K displays, or four Pro Display XDRs
  • Full-height MPX module fills an MPX bay and uses extra power and PCIe bandwidth
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Power supply

The 1.4KW power supply is capable of outputting the following continuous power:

  • 1280W at 108-125V or 220-240V
  • 1180W at 100-107V
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Expansion slots

Two MPX Modules or up to four PCI Express card slots

Each MPX bay provides:

  • x16 gen 3 bandwidth for graphics
  • x8 gen 3 bandwidth for Thunderbolt
  • DisplayPort video routing
  • Up to 500W power for an MPX Module

Alternatively, each MPX bay can support:

  • One full-length, double-wide x16 gen 3 slot and one full-length, double-wide x8 gen 3 slot (MPX bay 1)
  • Or two full-length, double-wide x16 gen 3 slots (MPX bay 2)
  • Up to 300W auxiliary power via two 8-pin connectors

Three full-length PCI Express gen 3 slots

  • One x16 slot; two x8 slots
  • 75W auxiliary power available

One half-length x4 PCI Express gen 3 slot with Apple I/O card installed

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Afterburner accelerator card

the Afterburner accelerator card is a PCI Express x16 card:

  • Accelerates ProRes and ProRes RAW codecs in Final Cut Pro X, QuickTime Player X, and supported third-party apps
  • Supports playback of up to 3 streams of 8K ProRes RAW or up to 12 streams of 4K ProRes RAW
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Storage configuration

Storage options are as follows:

  • 256GB SSD - One 256GB module
  • 1TB SSD - Two 512GB modules
  • 2TB SSD - Two 1TB modules
  • 4TB SSD - Two 2TB modules

Up to 2.6GB/s sequential read and 2.7GB/s sequential write performance.

Storage is encrypted using the Apple T2 Security Chip.

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Input/output

I/O card installed in the half-length x4 PCI Express slot with:

  • Two USB 3 ports
  • Two Thunderbolt 3 ports
  • Two 10Gb Ethernet ports
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Additional connections

  • Top of the enclosure features two Thunderbolt 3 ports.
  • Built-in speaker
  • 3.5 mm headphone jack
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Physical dimensions

  • Height with optional wheels is 21.9 inches (55.7 cm)
  • The system weighs in at 39.7 pounds (18.0 kg)

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