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The top-specced Mac Pro could cost around $45,000

The top-specced Mac Pro could cost around $45,000

Apple has unveiled the new Pro Display XDF.

The new Mac Pro can be upgraded to as much as 1.5 terabytes, that's 1,500 gigabytes, of total system memory.

The new Mac Pro boasts PCI expansion, and a lot of it, with 8 internal PCI slots, including four double-wide slots, three single-width slots, and a half-width PCI slot that is used for I/O ports. Its housing is largely made of aluminum, with stainless steel handles for moving the device as needed as well as a set of "feet" on the bottom.

And there's also a Afterburner ProRes and ProRes RAW accelerator card for boosting the processing of different codecs and playback of up to three 8K streams. The company says it is using a "brand new" Intel Xeon processor with up to 28 cores and six channels of 2933 MHz ECC memory with 12 DIMM slots.

The Mac Pro will start at $US5,999 for an eight-core Intel Xeon processor, 32 GB of RAM, an AMD Radeon 580X graphics card, and a 256 GB SSD. In terms of ports, the Mac Pro has two USB-C ports and two USB-A ports right there on the front. You know, just like any normal PC does nowadays. The device is configurable with up to 1.5TB of system memory. The CPU will be accompanied by a "massive heatsink" for optimal thermal cooling.

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The 2013 "trashcan" Mac Pro was roundly criticized for a complete lack of upgradeability.

All of this huffing and puffing, according to Apple, is quiet enough to be nearly silent under normal workloads. The 28.2 Teraflops of graphical performance are ludicrous: for example, it is more than 4 Microsoft Xbox One X, the current most powerful gaming console, combined. What kind of monitor will you hook up to it?

"There was an audible reaction in the whole audience when Apple announced that they are charging $999 for the Mac Pro Display "stand", wrote @GlitchComputer on Twitter. The monitor can produce 1000 nits of full-screen sustained brightness and, for peak conditions, can go as high as 1600 nits.

Bottom line: Yesterday saw Apple unveil its new Mac Pro at the WWDC event. With the activation lock turned on, nobody will be able to use a stolen Mac ever, until you input your credentials.

AI isn't the workload that Apple is pushing for the new Macs, though. The starting price tag is $5,999, steep even without all the extra bells and whistles. Not only that, the True Tone-capable display also comes with several reference modes that users can choose to tune the Pro Display XDR to match the assignment that they are working on, or they can also craft their own custom reference modes. And the Mac Pro will support two MPX modules, potentially letting you outfit one Mac Pro with four Radeon Pro Vega II cards for unprecedented graphics power.


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