Apple starts taking orders for 12-core Mac Pro; Radeon HD 5870 upgrade card

“As expected, Apple today started taking orders for the new Mac Pro,” Electronista reports. “The new systems are now known to include three configurations and include not just the 2.8GHz quad-core and 2.4GHz eight-core systems but a third 12-core, 2.66GHz model. It comes outfitted with the same 6GB of RAM, 1TB hard drive and Radeon HD 5770 video but, due to the cost of the more exotic Xeons, starts at $4,999.”

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“As part of the rollout, Apple has also posted a Radeon HD 5870 upgrade card for Mac Pros,” Electronista reports. “The board gives either the new Mac Pros or early 2009 models added speed or a second display without sacrificing video speed. It carries a slight premium over Windows-only cards at $449 but includes both dual Mini DisplayPort outputs and a dual-link DVI connection.”

Read more in the full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Fred Mertz” for the heads up.]

30 Comments

  1. Same on the outside, but very nicely improved on the inside.

    Reminds me of those famous words by Willie Dixon, as interpreted by a guitar slinger named Ellas “Bo Diddley” Bates:

    You Can’t Judge a Book by the Cover (1962)
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    You can’t judge an apple by looking at a tree
    You can’t judge honey by looking at the bee
    You can’t judge a daughter by looking at the mother
    You can’t judge a book by looking at the cover

    Oh can’t you see, oh you misjudge me
    I look like a farmer, but I’m a lover
    You can’t judge a book by looking at the cover

    Oh come on in closer baby,
    hear what else I gotta say!
    You got your radio turned down too low
    Turn it up!

    You can’t judge sugar by looking at the cane
    You can’t judge a woman by looking at her man
    You can’t judge a sister by looking at her brother
    You can’t judge a book by looking at the cover

    Oh can’t you see, oh you misjudge me
    I look like a farmer, but I’m a Lover
    You can’t judge a book by looking at the cover

    You can’t judge a fish by lookin’ in the pond
    You can’t judge right from looking at the wrong
    You can’t judge one by looking at the other
    You can’t judge a book by looking at the cover

    Oh can’t you see, oh you misjudge me
    I look like a farmer, but I’m a lover
    You can’t judge a book by looking at the cover

  2. Will the Radeon 5870 be backwards compatible with the older MacPro1,1? I have a Radeon 4870 in my older Mac Pro and it runs perfectly. Apple neglected to tell people that it was backwards compatible with the older 1.0 standard. Looks like the same thing this time… ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”hmmm” style=”border:0;” />

    Apple, I don’t have $3000 to drop on a damned Mac every time you upgrade. I want to be able to easily upgrade VIDEO CARDS. GIVE US A CHOICE!

    They should partner with BFG Technologies IMO.

  3. @zaphod
    That and $5000 dollars. I don’t think Apple is planning on selling to many of these. $2500 to 3300, sure, but $5000. The tower is no longer being marketed to the graphic professional, it is being marketed to the scientist, 3D studio and video production crowed. Talk about a niche on a niche.

  4. Competitors with similar specs won’t sell it much cheaper. Apple opened all the options. If you’ve got the money and need a kick@$$ computer, the MacPro is It.

  5. I can now play the “what’s the most insane Mac configuration” game.

    Two 2.93GHz 6-Core Intel Xeon “Westmere” (12 cores)… +$1200
    32GB (8x4GB)… +$3550
    Mac Pro RAID Card… +$700.00
    512GB solid-state drive, x4… +$1250 (1st one) +$1400 x3
    ATI Radeon HD 5870 1GB… +$200
    Two 18x SuperDrives… +$100

    Total: $16,199 ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”smile” style=”border:0;” />

    And I did not even include displays, input devices, and other optional hardware/software.

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