“There’s no ignoring it, the new Apple Mac Pro (2013) is stunning,” Brian Westover writes for PC Magazine. “Aside from the occasional joke about the resemblance to more mundane objects—garbage cans, coffee makers, wine chillers—the Mac Pro (2013) has been grabbing attention because of it’s complete lack of resemblance to every other boxy desktop on the market. But that distinctive look isn’t the only thing that’s different.”

“The Mac Pro (2013) is a powerhouse in an astonishingly small and compact chassis, with a design that embraces innovations in manufacturing, cooling technology, and embodies concepts that may very well shape the future of the desktop PC.,” Westover writes. “There are plenty of details to discuss, but one stands out—the Apple Mac Pro (2013) is our new Editors’ Choice for single processor workstation desktops, and one of the best premium desktops period.”

“Our review unit of the Mac Pro isn’t the standard pre-built system available for order. The entry-level Mac Pro comes with a quad-core Intel Xeon E5 processor and 12GB of RAM, two FirePro D300 GPUs (each with 2GB of dedicated memory), and 128GB of local flash memory. This is the lowest-tier system in the Mac Pro lineup, but also the most affordable, sell for $2,999. At the other end of the spectrum, a version of the Mac Pro kitted out with the best of everything rings up for $9,566: A 12-core Intel Xeon E5 CPU, 64GB of RAM, two AMD FirePro D700 GPUS, and 1TB of PCIe mounted flash memory,” Westover writes. “Our review unit falls somewhere in between, but decidedly on the more expensive end of the scale. Selling for $6,799 through the Apple Store, our review unit isn’t a standard model, but is instead upgraded to an 8-core Intel Xeon E5 processor (Xeon E5-1680 v2 at 3.0GHz), paired with 32GB of RAM, 1TB of PCIe-based flash storage, and outfitted with two AMD FirePro D700 GPUs (with 6GB of dedicated memory each).”

Much more in the full review here.

MacDailyNews Take: Apple’s new Mac Pro. For when you absolutely, positively have to sequence the human genome before lunch.

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