One refreshed Mac lineup that we expected to see today regarded the Mac Pros. While Apple did not mention them onstage during its keynote this morning, its website is now updated to include new CPU options for the machine that otherwise appears to remain largely unchanged.
The new $2,499 base model of the Mac Pro will come with one 3.2GHz quad-core Intel Xeon processor, 6GB of RAM, and a 1TB hard drive. You also have the option to upgrade to a six-core 3.33GHz processor for an extra $500. Stepping up to $3,799, that price tag will get you two 2.4GHz six-core Intel Xeon processors with 12GB of RAM and 1TB hard drive. Apple’s server option is listed at $2,999 for one 3.2GHz quad-core processor, 8GB of RAM, and two 1TB hard drives.
The upgrades are a minor refresh. The machine appears to have all the same options as the earlier model including up to 2TB of SSDs, up to 64GB RAM, AMD Radeon HD 5770 and 5870 graphics cards, and the same USB 2.0, Bluetooth, Ethernet, and other ports from the last models. The processors were the main upgrade—stepping up from the previous six-core 2.93GHz chips. Unfortunately, there is no appearance from USB 3.0, Thunderbolt, or the rumored redesigned cases.
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