Thurrott shocked at low price of Apple’s new 8-core Mac Pro

Apple Store“Apple quietly updated its high-end Mac Pro line today, adding 8-core variants,” Paul Thurrott writes for Internet Nexus.

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.”

Full article here.

[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.

Related articles:
Apple debuts 8-core Mac Pro – April 04, 2007

36 Comments

  1. Thurott was referring to the fact that the cheapest you could get a Powermac (with a screen) is roughly $4000. You can get a dell workstation (same box) for far cheaper… albeit with less performance.

    He is criticizing the fact that you don’t have the OPTION to buy cheaper.

    I do however agree that he worthy of attack on several other issues.

  2. “Thurott was referring to the fact that the cheapest you could get a Powermac (with a screen) is roughly $4000. You can get a dell workstation (same box) for far cheaper… albeit with less performance.

    He is criticizing the fact that you don’t have the OPTION to buy cheaper.”

    Why is he criticizing this? You still have the choice to buy the cheaper and inferior Dell product! Don’t be critical of Apple for building higher end devices and charging accordingly.

  3. i tried to configure a dell similar but only an option for 1 x quad cpu, and it still nearly came to the same cost (i felt it only fair to include some form of photo software to counter balance ilife and anti virus (as its useless without lol)

  4. Thuidiot:
    Components
    Quad Core Intel® Xeon® Processor X5355 2.66GHz, 2 X 4MB L2,1333
    Quad Core Intel® Xeon® Processor X5355 2.66GHz, 2 X 4MB L2,1333
    Genuine Windows® XP Professional, SP2 with Media
    512MB PCIe x16 nVidia Quadro FX 4500, Dual DVI or Dual VGA or DVI + VGA
    4GB, DDR2 SDRAM FBD Memory, 667MHz, ECC in Riser (4 DIMMS)
    48XCDRW AND 16XDVD+/-RW, w/Cyberlink PowerDVD™ and Roxio Creator™
    C3 All SATA drives, Non-RAID, 4 drive total configuration
    500GB SATA 3.0Gb/s,7200 RPM Hard Drive with 16MB DataBurst Cache™
    SATA/SAS Integrated Card – For Connecting Internal Hard Drives
    500GB SATA 3.0Gb/s,7200 RPM Hard Drive with 16MB DataBurst Cache™
    500GB SATA 3.0Gb/s,7200 RPM Hard Drive with 16MB DataBurst Cache™
    500GB SATA 3.0Gb/s,7200 RPM Hard Drive with 16MB DataBurst Cache™
    FREE! Dell 19 inch UltraSharp 1907FP Flat Panel
    Accessories
    USB Entry Quietkey, No Hot Keys
    Dell USB 2-Button Mechanical Mouse with Scroll
    No Floppy Drive
    No Speaker option
    Software
    McAfee SecurityCenter 30 Day Trial
    No Resource CD
    Service
    3 Year On-site Economy Plan
    No Onsite System Setup
    Purchase is not intended for resale.
    Also Includes
    None
    Precision 690N 1KW 64Bit
    Genuine Windows® XP Sticker

    From Dell $8,969

    Specifications

    Two 3.0GHz Quad-Core Intel Xeon
    4GB (4 x 1GB)
    500GB 7200-rpm Serial ATA 3Gb/s
    500GB 7200-rpm Serial ATA 3Gb/s
    500GB 7200-rpm Serial ATA 3Gb/s
    500GB 7200-rpm Serial ATA 3Gb/s
    NVIDIA Quadro FX 4500 512MB, Stereo 3D (2 x dual-link DVI)
    Apple Cinema HD Display (23″ flat panel)
    Two 16x SuperDrives
    Both Bluetooth 2.0+EDR and AirPort Extreme
    Apple Keyboard and Mighty Mouse – U.S. English
    Mac OS X – U.S. English
    AppleCare Protection Plan for Mac Pro/Power Mac (w/or w/o Display) – Auto-enroll

    From Apple $8,789

    That XP sticker must be the $200 difference.

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