Fully maxed-out Apple Mac Pro just $9,600

“The $3,000 entry-level configuration of Apple’s new Mac Pro is nothing to sneeze at — but if you want more horsepower, the price goes up rapidly as high as $9,600,” Stephen Shankland reports for CNET.

“The basic model of the distinctive workstation includes a 3.7 GHz quad-core Intel Xeon E5 processor with a 10MB memory cache, 12GB of 1866MHz DDR3 error-correcting memory, dual AMD FirePro D300 graphics chips with 2GB of video memory each, and a 256GB SSD whose flash memory is connected via the PCI Express bus for faster performance than ordinary SATA-connected SSDs,” Shankland reports. “It’s also got four USB 3.0 ports, six Thunderbolt 2 ports, an HDMI 1.4 port, two gigabit Ethernet ports, 802.11ac and Bluetooth 4.0 wireless networking, a headphone jack, a digital or analog audio output jack, and a built-in speaker.”

Shankland reports, “If you want to go beyond the basics, the sticker shock really kicks in.”

Read more in the full article here.

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    1. An extra 1MB of memory was $1000 an a Pascal development environment another $1000. I bought one site unseen. Subsequent to that I bought several more. One of the best decisions I ever made.

        1. Shankland needs to go back to Maxing-Out-Computers School. I just went throughout he same exercise, and came out with $13,561.00:

          12-core 2.7GHz processor
          64GB RAM
          1TB flash storage
          Dual AMD FirePro D700 GPUs
          Sharp 32″ 4K Ultra HD display
          Apple Magic Mouse
          Apple Keyboard

          No software or accessories, and it still comes out over $13K.

  1. Selling the Mac Pro without any internal expansion space or the ability to upgrade components is like Porsche selling you the 911 without any internal fuel tanks and you had to attach a fuel bowser with it to go anywhere. Yes, the engine has 9000 HP but you aren’t going anywhere fast.

      1. No, no, they’re not gray or beige anymore, they’re black or dark gray, with tons of garish blue blinking lights and shit on them, these days. Vastly improved from what you assert.

    1. Perhaps your knowledge of either product requires a fuel browser; that way you’ll know when you come up short of answers.

      Are you familiar with the aviation term, Bingo? Try it. If it looks like you’re about to run out of knowledge half way through your comment, you’ll at least know when to turn around.

  2. As always Apple is bragging us into the future kicking and screaming. “OMG! nooooo! I can’t fill my machine with hard drives? What is to become of poor unimaginative do things only one way me? Thunderbolt 2? What’s that? There was a thunderbolt 1?”

    1. “Poor unimaginative do things only one way me” — Lord, I wish I had your way with words. I’d be in marble with Emily Dickinson, or maybe P. G. Wodehouse. Seriously.

  3. Did some pricing on my own. Mac Pro vs. buying a PC with same specs:

    The 12 core processor costs on average 2,500.
    The 4×16 memory costs on average 700 bucks
    the 1TB of PCI-e memory costs on average 1,000 bucks
    the 2 AMD Firepro D700’s cost each 3,000 (and i am being generous on that number). Now, you cannot buy a d700, so what has been said is that it is equivalent to the FirePro w9000. All the stats appear to be the same.

    This totals out to 10,200..without buying a chassis, motherboard that supports it all with USB 3.0 and thunderbolt 2, wifi-AC, bluetooth. I have been reading posts everywhere saying the Apple is over-pricing the top end. Unless if you guys can find different, this is probably 1000 cheaper than building your own PC. I can only imagine that Apple somehow talked with AMD about the w9000 and build it the same, but cheaper, and call it the D700.

    1. That is exactly what happened, a sweet deal was struck and the overall price point dropped into the green zone for purchasing agents with any tech savvy whatever. Someone in Apple pulled this off and should get a bonus.

  4. My 9600 DP wasn’t as expensive but it’s pretty close when you factor in my investments like the RAM (1 GB). The 19-inch monitor was the second most expensive thing, followed by the LW IIg.

    The 9600 was the heart of my business in 1997 but Apple stopped producing it a year later. It was also the last time I bought top o’ da line. The 9600 was replaced by G3s.

    For me, Apple’s top of the line product has always existed in rarified air. But not because of its price, but because the sheer expansion of all of its features will never be realized in my hands. Sort of like owning a fine horse but never taking the time to learn to ride it because you’re afraid of them.

    These days, I would love to have a quad-core iMac with more than 4GBs of RAM. These days price matters.

  5. Sounds cheap. I paid $7000 for a **used** Mac II back in 1989. At the time, that was workstation performance with a 24-bit graphics card. Today my iPhone could run circles around that guy (it’s still in my garage).

  6. Considering that the Macintosh Iici intro’d for $6269, I’d say this is a pretty good deal. Lest we forget, that was a 25Mhz 68030, included built-in color display support at thousands of colors (640×480), did not include CD/DVD/SuperDrive, USB, Ethernet, FireWire, ThunderBolt, HDMI, etc.

  7. The specs read almost like the 12 Days of Christmas…

    Six Thunderbolt 2 ports
    Five (something something)
    Four USB 3.0 ports
    3.7 GHz
    Two graphics chips
    And a partridge in a pear tree!


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