Published: Wed, June 05, 2019
Tech | By Anita Cain

The 2019 Apple Mac Pro, a Super-Pricey, Mega-Configurable Xeon Workstation

The 2019 Apple Mac Pro, a Super-Pricey, Mega-Configurable Xeon Workstation

During today's WWDC conference, Apple announced a new feature called Sidecar, which allows users to connect their iPads to their Mac and use it as a secondary display. To show off the new Mac Pro's power, Apple's presenter loaded up a thousand audio tracks into Logic Pro, and the machine didn't even flinch.

Prices start at $5,999 for an 8-core Xeon, 32GB of RAM, 256GB SSD, and a Radeon Pro 580X GPU. The puns practically write themselves.

The new Mac Pro comes with a design that focuses on modularity and flexibility.

While many on Twitter are envisioning using the hard drive to sprinkle Parmesan cheese on their dinner, others have their sights set on summer.

Speaking of memory, the Mac Pro comes standard with 32 GB of RAM (courtesy of four 8 GB DIMMs), but a high-end Mac Pro with a 24-core or higher processor can support as much as 1.5 TB of RAM in the form of 12 128 GB DIMMs.

Specs aside, the new Mac Pro and Pro Display XDR can be described in two words: very hole-y. And if you're feeling lucky, you can add up to two Radeon Pro Vega II Duos, which will give you quad GPUs maxing out at 56 TFLOPS.

Apple has dubbed the monitor the Pro Display XDR, and it's possible to connect up to six of these displays to one Mac Pro. But my thanks goes out to Apple for planning ahead and shipping the 2018 Mac mini-in recognition of this precise customer dilemma. Owners can also add Apple's custom-made Afterburner video-editing card-another modular component-which can let you play back three 8K video streams simultaneously.

Apple designed the Mac Pro to address any and all needs from professional users, such as software engineers, graphic designers, and data scientists. Its groundbreaking graphics expansion architecture, the Apple MPX module, features Thunderbolt integration and over 500W of power, both firsts for any graphics card.

So if you have a need for that kind of computing power, a 6K display, and like $15,000, Apple's got the goods.

Sometimes, Apple's product release cycle seems opaque.

"Pro Display XDR is the world's best pro display and the flawless companion to the all-new Mac Pro", said Phil Schiller, Apple's senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. A Pro Stand (sold separately) is also available with tilt and height adjustments, along with a rotation option for orienting the display in portrait mode.

If you need the Mac Pro, you're already planning to buy one.

The Pro Display XDR is also not for the budget-conscious: it will start at $4,999, with the Pro Stand that attaches to it (itself a high-tech marvel) running another $999.

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