Meet the latest addition to the Mac Pro family: The world’s first 3.0GHz, 8-core Intel Xeon-based Mac Pro. Consider the bar officially raised.
Opt for the 8-core Mac Pro and you get the power of two Quad-Core Intel Xeon “Clovertown” processors running at 3.0GHz.
Thurrott writes, “It’s hard not to look at that and just think, ‘yikes.’ $4000 to start.”
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[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “iBulb” for the heads up.]
MacDailyNews Take: Thurrott’s “yikes” is an expression of shock that the price is extremely low, lower than Dell or any other Windows box assembler’s comparably spec’d unit, right?
Apple’s 8-core Mac Pro with two 3.0GHz Quad-Core Intel Xeon adds a rather economical $1498 extra. For example, taking the pre-built base unit and maxing out the processors results in total of $3,997:
• Two 3.0GHz Quad-Core Intel Xeon 5300 series “Clovertown” processors
• 1GB (2 x 512MB)
• 250GB 7200-rpm Serial ATA 3Gb/s
• NVIDIA GeForce 7300 GT 256MB (single-link DVI/dual-link DVI)
• One 16x SuperDrive
• Apple Keyboard and Mighty Mouse – U.S. English
• Mac OS X – U.S. English
We can’t seem to spec out a Dell, for example, that even comes close to the Mac Pro’s specs for any price near $3,997. Plus, only Apple’s Mac runs Mac, Linux, and Windows software – the world’s largest software library – natively. “Yikes,” indeed, for the Dells of the world, that is.
MacDailyNews Note: Of course, Apple’s Mac Pro models start at only $2,200 with two 2.0GHz Dual-Core Intel Xeon “Woodcrest” processors.
Apple debuts 8-core Mac Pro – April 04, 2007