Apple adds 3.33 GHz Quad-Core Intel Xeon, up to 8TB hard drive capacity options to Mac Pro

Apple Store“Apple has quietly upgraded its Mac Pro offerings, adding the option of a 3.33 GHz quad-core processor and adding the ability to configure both the quad-core and 8-core models with 2 TB hard drives, doubling the machine’s total build-to-order hard drive capacity to 8 TB,” Eric Slivka reports for Mac Rumors.

“The upgraded processor carries a hefty price tag as a $1,200 option over the base quad-core 2.66 GHz model, or $800 over the upgraded 2.93 GHz processor,” Slivka reports. “Pricing, however, remains well below the company’s top-of-the-line 8-core models running at 2 x 2.66 GHz or 2 x 2.93 GHz.”

Slivka reports, “The 2 TB hard drives are priced at $550 each.”

More info in the full article, including 8-core Xserves with 48 GB of RAM, here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Edward W.” for the heads up.]


  1. They had to do something! There was an iMac out there, costing less than a Mac Pro, that was beating the “Top Of The Line” model in several tests. Half the price and a skinch faster? Can’t HAVE that!
    That’s It?, I thought it was overpriced when I looked, myself. Bought the least expensive, instead. Then my son started looking into i7 PCs. They cost even more than the Mac Pros! Yet the i7 iMacs cost half that and include a BIG, gorgeous screen. Talk about over-priced!

  2. I think Apple will move rather quickly on those 24 logical cores. I am thinking of putting my current Mac Pro on the market, I will as soon as I see these announced.

  3. @That’s It?,

    Really? It’s an underpowered and overpriced piece of ****? Seriously?

    Could you please post a link to a machine that’s superior, that’s also less money, runs Mac OS X in a supported configuration, and that also is available with a 3-year warranty? I’d like to see that.

    Oh, and just for fun, go ahead and post a comparable Windows machine from a major manufacturer with similar specs in a full-supported configuration.

  4. It looks like Apple overshot the iMac specs vs. the Pros, considering the performance levels. I hope Apple jacks up the Pros at a better performance/price ratio instead of having sudden “i7 supply problems” on iMacs.

  5. hi thelonius, TT, and DL…

    have been with you guys for years

    traded in my dual 2.7 heater beast for the 2TB 2.8 Quad i7 iMac…

    (did not need the power of those new macpros)

    and she’s a beaut !

  6. @ That’s It?

    You said: “Underpowered and overpriced piece of ****”

    Have you ever personally compared Apple’s pricing for the exact same processor chips and specs from Dell and other PCs for the high end systems like the MacPro? The non Apple brands are usually thousands of dollars more for similar HIGH END systems.

    I realize low end systems are usually less expensive initially for PCs but I talking about the high end systems.

  7. @TowerTone:

    Same here… took delivery of a maxed-out 2.8GHz i7 a week ago.

    And traded in my G5 Quad [thank you Tekserve for the great price, btw]. The screen on this is amazing and it is very, very quick. Not to mention way quieter than the Quad

  8. @ecrabb

    Macs only come with a 1 year warranty. Dells typically come with 3 year warranty, standard, at least from everything I’ve seen.

    But I agree… every shootout I’ve done with Apple vs. Dell vs. HP, Apple has been the better buy. The problem is, our budgets aren’t that big and I’ve had to settle for a less expensive PC with more configurable options. Apple’s missed out on two or three ‘headless iMac’ type systems in the last few years because of that.


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