Tuesday, October 22nd 2013

Introducing the All New Mac Pro-The Most Radical Mac Ever

Apple today redefined pro computing with the launch of the all-new Mac Pro. Designed around an innovative unified thermal core, the Mac Pro features the latest Intel Xeon processors with up to 12 cores, dual workstation-class GPUs, six Thunderbolt 2 ports, PCIe-based flash storage and ultra-fast ECC memory. Packing amazing performance in a stunning new design, the all-new Mac Pro starts at $2,999 (US) and will be available in December.

"The new Mac Pro is our vision for the future of the pro desktop, everything about it has been reimagined and there has never been anything like it," said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. "The new Mac Pro packs up to 12-core Xeon CPUs, dual FirePro GPUs, ultra-fast ECC memory, new PCIe flash storage, Thunderbolt 2 expandability and more into a radical new design that is one-eighth the size of the previous generation Mac Pro."

“From the blazing fast performance of DaVinci Resolve to real-time video capture with UltraStudio 4K, Mac Pro is a revolution in pro desktop design and performance,” said Grant Petty, CEO of Blackmagic Design.

“With the Mac Pro’s dual workstation-class GPUs, we’ve seen MARI run five times faster, creating a fluid painting experience that’s unlike anything we’ve seen. This kind of performance is a digital artist’s dream,” said Bill Collis, CEO of The Foundry.

“At 20Gbps, Mac Pro’s Thunderbolt 2 blows away anything on the market and completely changes the external storage landscape,” said James Lee, CEO of PROMISE Technology.

The all-new Mac Pro is architected around a unified thermal core that allows the system to efficiently share thermal capacity across all the processors. An innovative fan draws in air incredibly efficiently and makes the new Mac Pro as quiet as a Mac mini. The result is a pro desktop with unprecedented performance packed into a design that is just 9.9-inches tall and one-eighth the volume of the previous Mac Pro.

Reinvented from the inside out, Mac Pro is designed to tackle even the most demanding workflows. The new Mac Pro features 4-core, 6-core, 8-core or 12-core Intel Xeon processors running at Turbo Boost speeds up to 3.9 GHz that deliver double the floating point performance of the previous generation Mac Pro. Two workstation-class AMD FirePro GPUs with up to 12GB of video memory provide up to seven teraflops of compute power and up to eight times the graphics performance of the previous generation Mac Pro. OpenGL and OpenCL are optimized in OS X Mavericks to leverage the full computing power of the Mac Pro CPU and dual GPUs.

The new Mac Pro features PCIe-based flash storage that delivers sequential read speeds up to 1.2 GBps and is up to 10 times faster than conventional desktop hard drives. ECC DDR3 running at 1866 MHz, with a four-channel memory controller, gives the new Mac Pro up to 60GBps of memory bandwidth, twice that of the previous generation Mac Pro. The spectacular power and bandwidth of Mac Pro means you can seamlessly edit full-resolution 4K video streams and play them in real time.

Featuring an incredible six Thunderbolt 2 ports, each with up to 20Gbps of bandwidth per device, the all-new Mac Pro completely redefines desktop expandability. Thunderbolt 2 ports support up to six daisy-chained devices each, giving pros the ability to connect up to 36 high-performance peripherals—from external storage devices, to multiple PCI expansion chassis, to audio and video breakout boxes. Thunderbolt 2 uses existing copper or optical Thunderbolt cables and is completely backward compatible with existing Thunderbolt peripherals and cables, and also supports the latest 4K displays. A new self-configuring IP over Thunderbolt software feature in OS X Mavericks provides a fast link between Thunderbolt-enabled Macs.

The new Mac Pro provides unparalleled power for Apple’s professional apps, including Final Cut Pro X, Logic Pro X and Aperture. Final Cut Pro X has been optimized to support dual GPUs for improved real-time playback performance, faster rendering, quicker export, and 4K video monitoring through Thunderbolt 2 and HDMI. Flash storage makes importing and exporting thousands of high-resolution images faster with Aperture. Logic Pro X takes advantage of flash storage for incredibly fast project load times and Thunderbolt 2 for a high number of channels of ultra-low latency audio I/O without the need for add-on PCI cards.

The new Mac Pro ships with OS X Mavericks. Mavericks is the 10th major release of the world’s most advanced operating system and is available for free from the Mac App Store℠. In addition to more than 200 new features, Mavericks introduces features for power users including Finder Tabs, Tags and enhanced multi-display support, as well as new core technologies for breakthrough performance such as Compressed Memory to keep your Mac fast and responsive. Mavericks also delivers significant performance enhancements for systems with dual GPUs through optimized OpenGL and OpenCL. For more information or to download Mavericks visit apple.com/osx/.

Mac Pro meets stringent Energy Star 6.0 requirements and achieves an EPEAT Gold rating. Mac Pro uses up to 70 percent less energy than the previous generation, is constructed with 79 percent less aluminum and uses 80 percent less packaging material than the current Mac Pro. Mac Pro contains no brominated flame retardants, is PVC-free and uses highly recyclable materials and features material-efficient system and packaging designs.

Pricing & Availability
The all-new Mac Pro will be available in December through the Apple Online Store, Apple’s retail stores and select Apple Authorized Resellers. The Mac Pro is available with a 3.7 GHz quad-core Intel Xeon E5 processor with Turbo Boost speeds up to 3.9 GHz, dual AMD FirePro D300 GPUs with 2GB of VRAM each, 12GB of memory, and 256GB of PCIe-based flash storage starting at $2,999 (US); and with a 3.5 GHz 6-core Intel Xeon E5 processor with Turbo Boost speeds up to 3.9 GHz, dual AMD FirePro D500 GPUs with 3GB of VRAM each, 16GB of memory, and 256GB of PCIe-based flash storage starting at $3,999 (US).

Configure-to-order options include faster 8-core or 12-core Intel Xeon E5 processors, AMD FirePro D700 GPUs with 6GB of VRAM, up to 64GB of memory, and up to 1TB of PCIe-based flash storage. Additional technical specifications, configure-to-order options and accessories are available online here.
Add your own comment

38 Comments on Introducing the All New Mac Pro-The Most Radical Mac Ever

#1
1d10t
MacPro getting more expensive each year :ohwell:

by: repman244
I'm just wondering tho....is there a need to use FirePro's on a Mac?
Seeing as most of the CAD work is done on windows.
Shared workload is horrible on Windows platform,I choose this anytime over any windows offering.

by: hckngrtfakt
Not everyone works in the "CAD" industry,
There's applications out there purposely written to run ONLY on/with firepros
(PACS, SPEI, DICOM, gamification, data acquisition & analysis, simulation, etc)
which is quite certainly the type of pros apple is targeting with this machine.

I know people say is better or more cost efficient to build one from the ground up
perhaps even a pre-built one from a large vendor but, there's mission critical deadlines
that you simply dont have the time to be dealing with and/or handling a build, tweak, or troubleshooting.

(HP workstation division is the worse, even if you purchased large scale blade-based infrastructure,.... compare this versus walking to the nearest apple store and simply saying "here... fix this for me or give me a new one") :D
Well said :toast:
Even FirePro "lackluster graphical performance" in some benchmark out there,they perform nicely in EDS,assembling database and other specific data migration and analytic displaying.

HP is the worst considering Dell at the same price,but they have vast amount of workstation and server related peripherals.So it's down to your own if you decided to choose them or building your own ecosystem :)
Posted on Reply
#2
Solaris17
Creator Solaris Utility DVD
wait did the os x 10.9 release get slipped into this article? because I havent heard anything about it. my mind is kinda blown i think i need a min.
Posted on Reply
#3
MxPhenom 216
Corsair Fanboy
Thanks Apple, Now I have a convenient trash can to toss my apple cores into.

Its a computer and a trash can at the same time. :laugh:
Posted on Reply
#4
ensabrenoir
For the Alpha male in us...

...gotta admit that thing is cool. Symbolically.... its a phallus..... Buy one today....subjugate the office tomorrow.....
Posted on Reply
#5
Wile E
Power User
I really like this as a desktop, but not as a Workstation. Workstations need more room internally for expansion.
Posted on Reply
#6
Solidstate89
I still have to see what the temps are - I just refuse to believe one central chamber and a unified heatsink is a good idea. Most companies have stopped doing that for laptops with a dedicated GPU because they learned long ago that placing one fan on a unified heatsink that is supposed to cover both the GPU and the CPU was a stupid idea and lead to tons of overheating.
Posted on Reply
#7
repman244
by: hckngrtfakt
Not everyone works in the "CAD" industry,
There's applications out there purposely written to run ONLY on/with firepros
(PACS, SPEI, DICOM, gamification, data acquisition & analysis, simulation, etc)
which is quite certainly the type of pros apple is targeting with this machine.

I know people say is better or more cost efficient to build one from the ground up
perhaps even a pre-built one from a large vendor but, there's mission critical deadlines
that you simply dont have the time to be dealing with and/or handling a build, tweak, or troubleshooting.

(HP workstation division is the worse, even if you purchased large scale blade-based infrastructure,.... compare this versus walking to the nearest apple store and simply saying "here... fix this for me or give me a new one") :D
That's what I wanted to know, thanks!

It is cost efficient for 2-3 machines but not when dealing with 50+ or semi HPC machines - like you said you don't have the time or the knowledge do deal with it alone.

I didn't have bad experience with HP's workstation department yet (the consumer is a different story).
Depends who you're dealing with I suppose, and you don't even have to go anywhere since you have on-site support/replacement ;)
Posted on Reply
#8
Prima.Vera
How's the expansion and upgrade capabilities on this one??

Ah, sorry I forgot is an Apple....
Posted on Reply
#9
tigger
I'm the only one
If I was loaded I would buy this as a desktop ornament.
Posted on Reply
#10
Frick
Fishfaced Nincompoop
by: Solidstate89
I still have to see what the temps are - I just refuse to believe one central chamber and a unified heatsink is a good idea. Most companies have stopped doing that for laptops with a dedicated GPU because they learned long ago that placing one fan on a unified heatsink that is supposed to cover both the GPU and the CPU was a stupid idea and lead to tons of overheating.
I actually think it'll work fine. They now how to build stuff at that place. Yes they've had things in the past that overheated like dogs of the female persuasion in heat, but the past tense is the key statement there.

We will have to see it in action before knowing for sure though. :D
Posted on Reply
#11
tigger
I'm the only one
by: Frick
I actually think it'll work fine. They now how to build stuff at that place. Yes they've had things in the past that overheated like dogs of the female persuasion in heat, but the past tense is the key statement there.

We will have to see it in action before knowing for sure though. :D
The machine itself is a smooth cylinder that emits almost no noise at all. The dim rush of air being expelled from the circular vent hole on top was nearly impossible to hear over the demo room noise. And it was warm enough to take the chill of the cool October air out of my hands as I hovered them over the vent. The sides were on the hotter side of warm but not unpleasant to the touch. It’s such a small package that the heat has almost nowhere to go. It’s a testament to the vent system with an intake underneath and port on top that it’s as cool as it is.
from-
http://techcrunch.com/2013/10/22/hands-on-apples-new-mac-pro-is-an-insanely-quiet-thermal-wizard/
Posted on Reply
#12
buildzoid
by: Frick
I actually think it'll work fine. They now how to build stuff at that place. Yes they've had things in the past that overheated like dogs of the female persuasion in heat, but the past tense is the key statement there.

We will have to see it in action before knowing for sure though. :D
My mac book averages 85c running minecraft with the fan at 100% so no they have no idea how to make coolers. Apple chassis on the other hand are pretty good for looks.
Posted on Reply
Add your own comment