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April 04, 2007

I Think I Just Felt A The Earth Move

Arik Hesseldahl

In late 2005 I called on Apple to launch a computer that would “make the very firmament rattle and shake” when it enters the scene. I think I finally felt some serious shaking coming from the direction of Cupertino today as Apple unveiled a Mac Pro with a grand total of eight –count ‘em – eight cores on board. Shall I be the first to informally dub it with the nickname Mac Pro Octo-core?

There’s some serious horsepower in this box: Two Intel Quad-Core Xeon chips, each rated at 3.0 Gigahertz. The thought of that much oomph in a Mac almost makes my head hurt just thinking about it. It can also accommodate up to four 750-gigabyte hard drives, for a grand total of 3 Terabytes of storage capacity. Plus there’s room for two optical drives, both of which can be fully-loaded SuperDrives.

It doesn’t come cheap, but then you wouldn’t expect it to. The eight-core configuration starts at $3,997, and If you max out the storage, your talking almost $5,800, and that’s before boosting memory, which starts with one gigabyte standard, but which can be maxed out a stunning 16 gigs – for an additional $4,500. Max everything out, processor, storage, memory graphics (with an Nvidia Quadro FX 4500 card, for $1,649), wireless (Bluetooth 2.0 and Airport Extreme, $79), and you hit a grand total of $12,119. Now I feel my wallet shaking.

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Apple

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3GHz 8-core Mac Pro with 2GB RAM, 250GB Hard Drive, 256MB Video Card, CD-RW/DVD etc etc

$4296

Dell

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2.66GHz 8-core DELL Workstation, same spec as above (ie. no monitor, no floppy).

$5756

The faster Mac Pro is $1500 CHEAPER than the DELL

Creative pros are going to hoover these up with Adobe CS3 in the hundreds of thousands in Q3... Mac sales estimates will need to come up considerably to take this into account, as will Mac ASPs for the quarter, which with the advent of these are likely to sky-rocket.

Posted by: Tommo_UK at April 4, 2007 12:29 PM

What goes better than all that crazy horsepower and a new tuned version of the Adobe suite? Crunchy!

Almost makes me wish I was back in a spot where I a) needed all that wickedness, and b) had someone else's budget to burn.

Posted by: Daniel Gray at April 5, 2007 09:59 AM


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