Apple launches 8-core Mac Pro
Apple’s US website is showing details of the new 8-core Mac Pro, and the new products will appear on the UK Apple Store later on – perhaps this evening, Macworld has learned.
Apple has also reduced prices on its range of Cinema Displays, though once again the UK position remains unclear at present.
The Mac Pro is now available in configurations that include two Quad-Core Intel Xeon 5300 series ‘Clovertown’ processors running at 3.0GHz, as well as the original two dual-core Intel Xeon ‘Woodcrest’ processors. It is possible to configure 2.0GHz, 2.66GHz, or 3.0GHz versions. In total, Apple says that there are 33 million possible configurations.
The 8-core Mac Pro comes with 8MB of L2 cache per processor (16MB total), 667MHz DDR2 ECC fully buffered DIMM memory, eight FB-DIMM slots on two memory riser cards (four slots per card) supporting up to 16GB of main memory and 1.33GHz, 64-bit dual independent frontside buses.
The pro-powerhouses host a PCI Express graphics slot with the option to install an NVIDIA GeForce 7300 GT with 256MB of GDDR2 SDRAM, one single-link DVI port, and one dual-link DVI port; an ATI Radeon X1900 XT with 512MB of GDDR3 SDRAM and two dual-link DVI ports; or an NVIDIA Quadro FX 4500 with 512MB of GDDR3 SDRAM, two dual-link DVI ports, and one stereo 3D port.
The systems have support for up to eight displays and digital resolutions up to 1920 by 1200 pixels; dual-link DVI ports support up to 2560 by 1600 pixels. Analog resolution support is up to 2048 by 1536 pixels. They offer both Bluetooth 2.0 and are AirPort Extreme ready.
Mac Pro accommodates up to four drives and 3TB of storage and is available now, according to Apple.
Apple confirmed prices for the UK market last night, these are available here.