Mac Pro build-to-order upgrade pricing revealed

“Late last week, we noted that Apple’s business sales staff have been offering customers price quotes for build-to-order configurations of the new Mac Pro, providing the first glimpse at what these machines will cost beyond the $2999/$3999 base configurations shown on Apple’s site,” Eric Slivka reports for MacRumors.

“Since our initial report, we’ve heard from a few other business customers who received price quotes, and that information has helped us to piece together what we expect retail pricing to be for the various upgrades,” Slivka reports. “For upgrades beyond the $3999 high-end stock configuration, here is our estimated pricing (all prices relative to the stock model):”

CPU (Stock: 3.5GHz 6-Core Intel Xeon E5)
– 3.0GHz 8-core: +$1500
– 2.7GHz 12-core: +$3000

Graphics (Stock: Dual AMD FirePro D500 with 3GB GDDR5)
– Dual AMD FirePro D700 with 6 GB GDDR5: +$600

RAM (Stock: 16GB 1866MHz DDR3 ECC – 4x4GB)
– 32GB (4x8GB): +$400
– 64GB (4x16GB): +$1600

Flash Storage (Stock: 256GB PCIe-based)
– 512GB: +$300
– 1TB: +$800

Read more in the full article here.

31 Comments

    1. Not! 9,900 for a maxed out pro is darn cheap. Ask those of us that have needed and used high end configurations for decades. The graphics alone 5 years ago would have run the better part of this. I have a hard time with the idea that 64 gigs of the speediest RAM will go for 600 or was that the flash pricing. Anyways it looks very good to me.

        1. Not so much, remember this is DDR3 1866mhz ECC RAM
          And, also be aware RAM (like CPU’s) come off the line in a range of qualities. Apple tends to (and has the cash and buying power to do so) cherry-pick the best quality (like they do in display panels) leaving the lessor items for the bargain hunters. Yes you might could save $400-$500 (on 64GB) by going to a discount outlet for your RAM. But do you really need to save $400 on a $5k-$10k workstation, particularly on something like RAM? (which can result in difficult to diagnose errors & aberrant behavior)

  1. Much, much cheaper than I expected. Who says this is expensive should see two facts: the power you get for the money, and that there is absolutely no competitor at this price point.

    If you had a chance to get these specs from Dell, you would have to pay twice the price, for a much worse design, for Windows problems, and so on.

    Very, very well done. A low price for such a pro machine. Will sell like hell.

    1. Mac Pro machines have offered good value for many years. I have seen quite a few cost comparisons over the years, and the name brand Windows PC workstations were always substantially more expensive when configured similarly.

      I am a bit concerned about the custom aspects of the new Mac Pro configuration that may limit upgradeability. And you can reasonably criticize the incremental cost of RAM and SSD upgrades (keeping in mind that the RAM is ECC). But the stock versions for $2999 and $3999 are no slouches, even without the upgrades. A fairly recent article featured on MDN assessed the costs of the CPUs, AMD FirePro cards, and other components and came to the conclusion that the stock Mac Pro was a relative bargain. For people who need the power of the Mac Pro and value their time in hundreds of dollars per hour, it is an incredible bargain.

  2. The on things here that is Shockingly Expensive is the 12 core chip and the 64gb ram upgrade. The 8 core is a bit high but… The SSD’s are about right. You have to remember they are running a PCIe speeds not SATA speeds and still only a dollar a gig. The video cards are very reasonable and the 32gb ram is high but not by much. Again you have to remember that this is EEC ddr 3 1866 mhz memory not your normal ram.

    1. Meh.
      I remember paying $1,600 for a 16MB (that’s “M”, not “G”) upgrade to my “Wicked Fast” Mac IIfx many years ago. $1,600 for a thousand times as much memory? Seems like a deal to me. As for $800 for the 1TB (well, technically 768 GB upgrade)? Gee, my first 5MB hard drive (that’s with an “M”, not a “G” or a “T”) for my Apple II was $2,500.

      Someday, a Mac machine with a PB of storage and a TB of RAM will be selling for $10,000 and people will be commenting on how ridiculously expensive it is…

  3. My computers always used to cost in the range of $6k. Sounds like these will be similarly priced.
    Anymore, though, the iMac serves my needs very well. I found myself needing the power of the Pro less and less.
    For those who need the horses, the Pro remains a good deal. But get your RAM from a third-party.

  4. The Fanbois are out in force today. Any critique gets hammered and any support gets starred.

    Posted From a REAL Mac Pro that does not look like a Japanese designer trashcan.

  5. I’m surprised that anyone is surprised. This is a tad more expensive but basically inline with any other pro workstation config option pricing. Where Apple screws the pooch is its decision to offer way fewer user configuration options.

    … and no, you really can’t directly cross-shop Wintel machines and the new Mac Pro because “old school” workstations simply give the user so much more in the box. To achieve equivalent peripheral content and expandability, the Apple becomes significantly more expensive, and a big PIA to configure. It’s almost like Apple _wants_ to drive users to buy 3rd party keyboards, trackballs, external drives, etc.

    Although Dell and others still bundle Windows, at least the prospective buyer can order EXACTLY the hardware one wants, typically with lesser markups for RAM. The Hackintosh crowd may not be the majority, but Apple seems to push more and more users in that direction.

  6. $10,000 for the fully loaded Mac Pro:
    – 2.7GHz 12-core Intel Xeon E5 processor
    – Dual AMD FirePro D700 with 6 GB GDDR5 VRAM each
    – 64GB (4x16GB) 1866MHz DDR3 ECC memory
    – 1TB PCIe-based flash storage
    Plus all of the standard goodies.

  7. Cost:
    The base model is $2,.999
    The High end model is $3,999
    Maxed out High end is $9,999

    I live chat’d with Dell this is what they’re giving me as their closest.
    Precision T7600, Here are the specs:
    Processors: Two Intel® Xeon® Processors E5-2667 (Six Core, 2.9GHz, 15M, 7.2 GT/s, Turbo)
    Memory: 64GB, DDR3 RDIMM Memory, 1600MHz, ECC (8 x 8GB DIMMs)
    Boot Hard Drive: 512GB, 2.5″ SATA 6Gb/s Solid State Drive
    2nd Hard Drive: 512GB, 2.5″ SATA 6Gb/s Solid State Drive
    8X DVD+/-RW SATA
    Graphics: 6.0GB NVIDIA® Quadro® 6000, Dual MON, 2 DP & 1 DVI

    $10,330 (comparable with mac cost)
    While spec’ing out the T7600 on their website the cost was $10,961.
    If anyone could go into the specific differences in the computer specs, I would appreciate it.

  8. The prices are more or less reasonable for a workstation, although there’s an extra hit for total cost of ownership in terms of adding external components – PCI boxes, external drive boxes, thunderbolt cables, blu-ray drive, etc. for the people that need them (it all used to go in the workstation box), and a small inconvenience factor regarding the fact that this thing will sit like the head of an octopus with those arms.

    And I suppose it will be a little awkward with all the ports on back – you’ll need some kind of expander box as well if you want to conveniently use it for a consumer desktop machine – that was one of the conveniences of the old Mac Pro – front ports for camera/phone/headphone hookups. Yeah, I know the new one swivels – but I’d fear pulling out some of the cables unless they’re kept extra long or slack.

    1. “And I suppose it will be a little awkward with all the ports on back – you’ll need some kind of expander box as well if you want to conveniently use it for a consumer desktop machine”

      And why would you want that? No sane person would want this for a consumer machine, only people who have no real understanding of what they are buying other than a brand or consumers with too much money to spend.

      As a professional work station, who the hell cares where the slots are…. All that matters is speed and workflow, and since the external drives will just be sitting there 95% of the time, you can easilly adjust to it.

      1. You misunderstood me – I should have been more clear. It can serve some perfectly sane people, professionals and small businesses who want or need a more robust machine as their only computer – which means they might want to use it for functions that are typically ‘consumer’ or ‘prosumer’ – attaching iPhones, iPads, cameras, optical drives, portable hard drives and other peripherals conveniently to the accessible front of the device.

        People who want a computer faster or more robust than a Mac mini and who already have displays (and therefore don’t want an iMac) are currently SOL for desktop upgrade options other than the Mac Pro.

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