In addition to the updated iMacs, Apple also announced updates to the Mac Pro lineup. The professional Mac desktop now includes more power and more options than ever before, including the option for up to 12 cores. I would love to be playing StarCraft II on one of these right now.
The new Mac Pros, which should be available in August, include quad and hexa-core Intel Xeon processors running at speeds up to 3.33 GHz. The base graphics on the Mac Pro is a ATI Radeon HD 5770 GPU which can be upgraded to an ATI Radeon HD 5870, both cards have 1 GB of GDDR5 memory. The quad-core systems can be configured with up to 16 GB of DDR3 ECC memory while the hexa-core system can handle up to 32 GB. Each system starts with a 1 TB SATA hard drive and can be configured up to 4x 2 TB SATA hard drives or 512GB SSD.
“The new Mac Pro is the most powerful and configurable Mac we’ve ever made,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing. “With up to 12 cores, the new Mac Pro outperforms our previous top-of-the-line system by up to 50 percent, and with over a billion possible configurations, our customers can create exactly the system they want.”
The base Mac Pro will start out at $2,499 and work its way up, with a maxed out hexa-core priced higher than I even want to think about.