Apple Introduces Mac Pro With Up to 12 Processing Cores

Apple today unveiled a new Mac Pro line with up to 12 processing
cores and up to 50 percent greater performance than the previous
generation. Featuring the latest quad-core and 6-core Intel Xeon
processors, all-new ATI graphics and the option for up to four 512GB
solid state drives (SSD), the new Mac Pro continues to deliver amazing
performance and expandability for the most demanding consumers and
professionals.

“The new Mac Pro is the most powerful and configurable Mac we’ve ever
made,” said Philip 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.”

At the heart of the new Mac Pro’s performance are next generation
quad-core and 6-core Intel Xeon processors running at speeds up to 3.33
GHz. These multi-core processors use a single die design so each core
can share up to 12MB L3 cache to improve efficiency while increasing
processing speed. These systems feature an integrated memory controller
for faster memory bandwidth and reduced memory latency; Turbo Boost to
dynamically boost processor speeds up to 3.6 GHz; and Hyper-Threading to
create up to 24 virtual cores. The Mac Pro now comes with the ATI
Radeon HD 5770 graphics processor with 1GB of memory and customers can
configure-to-order the even faster ATI Radeon HD 5870 with 1GB of
memory.

For the first time, Mac Pro customers have the option to order a 512GB
SSD for the ultimate in reliability and lightning fast performance. With
the ability to install up to four SSD drives in the system’s internal
drive bays, the new Mac Pro can provide ultra high-speed disk bandwidth
and random disk performance, two times faster than the average
performance of a standard disk drive. Mac Pro also now features two
Mini DisplayPorts and one dual-link DVI port. The additional Mini
DisplayPort output allows customers to connect two LED Cinema Displays
without an additional graphics card or adapter and the dual-link DVI
port supports legacy DVI-based displays up to a resolution of 2560 x
1600 pixels. 

Every Mac Pro comes with Apple’s innovative Magic Mouse and customers
can also order Apple’s new Magic Trackpad as an option. The Magic
Trackpad brings the intuitive Multi-Touch gestures of Mac notebook
trackpads to the desktop. With its glass surface, the wireless Magic
Trackpad allows users to scroll smoothly up and down a page with
inertial scrolling, pinch to zoom in and out, rotate an image with their
fingertips and swipe three fingers to flip through a collection of web
pages or photos. The Magic Trackpad can be configured to support single
button or two button commands and supports tap-to-click as well as a
physical click. Magic Trackpad is available separately for $69. 

Continuing Apple’s commitment to the environment, Apple’s desktop lineup
is a leader in green design. The Mac Pro meets stringent Energy Star
5.0 requirements and achieves EPEAT Gold status. The Mac Pro
enclosure is made of highly recyclable aluminum and the interior is
designed to be more material-efficient. The Mac Pro uses PVC-free
internal cables and components and contains no brominated flame
retardants. The new Apple Battery Charger provides a convenient and
environmentally friendly way to always have a fresh set of batteries for
your Magic Trackpad, Magic Mouse and Wireless Keyboard. The Apple
Battery Charger is available as an option for $29 and comes with six
long shelf life rechargeable batteries.

Every Mac also comes with Mac OS X Snow Leopard, the world’s most
advanced operating system, and iLife, Apple’s innovative suite of
applications for managing photos, making movies and creating and
learning to play music. Snow Leopard builds on a decade of OS X
innovation and success with hundreds of refinements, core technologies
and out of the box support for Microsoft Exchange. iLife features
iPhoto, with breakthrough ways to organize and manage your photos by
who appears in them and where they were taken; iMovie with powerful
easy-to-use features such as Precision Editor, video stabilization and
advanced drag and drop; and GarageBand which offers a whole new way to
help you learn to play piano and guitar.

Optional Apple professional applications include Aperture, Final Cut
Express, Final Cut Studio, Logic Express and Logic Studio.

Pricing & Availability

The new Mac Pro will be available in August through the Apple Store
(www.apple.com),
Apple’s retail stores and Apple Authorized Resellers.

The new quad-core Mac Pro, with a suggested retail price of $2,499 (US),
includes:

  • one 2.8 GHz Quad-Core Intel Xeon W3530 processor with 8MB of
    fully-shared L3 cache;
  • 3GB of 1066 MHz DDR3 ECC SDRAM memory, expandable up to 16GB;
  • ATI Radeon HD 5770 with 1GB of GDDR5 memory;
  • two Mini DisplayPorts and one DVI (dual-link) port (adapters sold
    separately);
  • 1TB Serial ATA 3Gb/s hard drive running at 7200 rpm;
  • 18x SuperDrive with double-layer support (DVD±R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW);
  • four PCI Express 2.0 slots;
  • five USB 2.0 ports and four FireWire 800 ports;
  • AirPort Extreme 802.11n;
  • Bluetooth 2.1+EDR; and
  • Apple Keyboard with numerical keypad and Magic Mouse.

The new 8-core Mac Pro, with a suggested retail price of $3,499 (US),
includes:

  • two 2.4 GHz Quad-Core Intel Xeon E5620 processors with 12MB of
    fully-shared L3 cache per processor;
  • 6GB of 1066 MHz DDR3 ECC SDRAM memory, expandable up to 32GB;
  • ATI Radeon HD 5770 with 1GB of GDDR5 memory;
  • two Mini DisplayPorts and one DVI (dual-link) port (adapters sold
    separately);
  • 1TB Serial ATA 3Gb/s hard drive running at 7200 rpm;
  • 18x SuperDrive with double-layer support (DVD±R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW);
  • four PCI Express 2.0 slots;
  • five USB 2.0 ports and four FireWire 800 ports;
  • AirPort Extreme 802.11n;
  • Bluetooth 2.1+EDR; and
  • Apple Keyboard with numerical keypad and Magic Mouse.

Configure-to-order options include: 

  • one 3.2 GHz Quad-Core Intel Xeon W3565 processor for the quad-core
    Mac Pro;
  • one 3.33 GHz 6-core Intel Xeon W3680 processor for the quad-core
    Mac Pro; 
  • two 2.66 GHz 6-core Intel Xeon X5650 processors (12-cores) for the
    8-core Mac Pro;
  • two 2.93 GHz 6-core Intel Xeon X5670 processors (12-cores) for the
    8-core Mac Pro; 
  • two ATI Radeon HD 5770 cards with 1GB of GDDR5 memory;
  • one ATI Radeon HD 5870 card with 1GB of GDDR5 memory;
  • up to 16GB of DDR3 ECC SDRAM memory for the quad-core Mac Pro;
  • up to 32GB of DDR3 ECC SDRAM memory for the 8-core Mac Pro; 
  • up to four 512GB solid state drives (SSD); or
  • up to four 1TB or 2TB Serial ATA hard drives running at 7200 rpm; 
  • Mac Pro RAID card;
  • dual-channel or quad-channel 4Gb Fibre Channel card; and
  • up to two 18x SuperDrives with double-layer support.

Accessories include: Magic Trackpad, Apple Battery Charger, wired Apple
Mouse, wireless Apple Keyboard, Mini DisplayPort to DVI Adapter, Mini
DisplayPort to Dual-Link DVI Adapter (for 30-inch DVI display), Mini
DisplayPort to VGA Adapter, the AppleCare Protection Plan; and
pre-installed copies of Mac OS X Snow Leopard Server; iWork, Logic
Express 9, Final Cut Express 4 and Aperture 3.

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