Apple's new Mac Pro is built on power and configuration

The new Mac Pro... alongside the new 27-inch LED Cinema Display, which will cost you a further $999 USD. Image: Apple.

Whether you’re a longstanding Apple Mac fan considering a hardware update, or an otherwise stalwart PC user drawn inexorably towards Apple’s line of computers, the new Mac Pro line might be about to test your hardware resolve… and your bank account.

Described by Apple as “the most powerful and configurable” Mac Pro the Cupertino tech specialist has ever created, prospected buyers can choose to equip their systems with up to 12 processing cores and up to four 512GB solid-state drives for 50 percent more total performance than the previous Mac Pro.

That performance is powered by a selection of the latest quad-core and 6-core Intel Xeon processors running at speeds up to 3.33GHz, along with Turbo Boost technology to dynamically push speeds towards 3.6GHz.

Oomph is also aided by Hyper-Threading technology to create up to 24 virtual cores, and all-new ATI graphics courtesy of the Radeon HD 5770 or Radeon HD 5870 graphics processor (both with 1GB of memory).

“The new Mac Pro is the most powerful and configurable Mac we’ve ever made,” enthused Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing in an official statement.

“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,” he added. 

Other features and functions packed within Apple’s latest tower include Mac OS X Snow Leopard, the iLife media suite, the Magic Mouse navigator, a dual-link DVI port, and two Mini DisplayPorts for the quick connection of two LED Cinema Displays. 

Prices for the new Mac Pro are, of course, dependent on specific base configuration:

For example, the quad-core system, which comes with a 2.8GHz quad-core Intel Xeon W3530, 3GBs of DDR3, the ATI Radeon HD 5770, and a 1TB hard drive, carries a suggested retail price of $2,499 USD.

Meanwhile, the 8-core system, which offers two 2.4GHz quad-core Intel Xeon E5620 processors, 6GBs of DDR3, the ATI Radeon HD 5770, and a 1TB hard drive, costs $3,499 USD.

There are also myriad other “configure-to-order” options being offered by Apple, if your pocketbook can stretch that far. And by “that far,” we mean $4,999 USD for the 12-core system.

The Mac Pro will hit official Apple Store outlets and authorised Apple resellers from August.

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