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Apple has refreshed its Mac Pro, giving the desktop workhorse up to 12 processing cores for a top speed of 3.33GHz, boosting performance by up to 50 percent. The refresh also provides users the option of four 512GB solid state drives.
“The new Mac Pro is the most powerful and configurable Mac we’ve ever made,” said Phil 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.”
Along with new quad-core and six-core Intel Xeon processors, the unit also includes a new L3 cache design enabling the chips to share up to 12MB. Also, the device sports an integrated memory controller for speedier memory transfers and Hyper-Threading with 24 virtual cores. Like the iMac refresh, the new Mac Pros include the ATI Radeon HD 5770 graphics processor with 1Gb of memory.
Also available are two MiniDisplayPorts and one dual-link DVI port. The connections permit LED Cinema Displays to connect without needing another graphics card and supporting the DVI-based Cinema Display’s 2560×1600 resolution.
The new quad-core 2.8GHz Mac Pro has a suggested price of $2,499, while the eight-core 2.4GHz Mac Pro lists for $3,499. The machines are available in August.