Review: Apple’s $3999 6-core Mac Pro is an impressive computer

“It took some time, but Macworld Lab finally got a stock configuration Mac Pro. This new Mac Pro has a single 6-core Xeon processor running at 3.5GHz, with 256GB of flash memory, 16GB of RAM, and dual AMD D500 graphics,” James Galbraith reports for Macworld. “With a $3999 price tag, it’s $1000 less than our previously tested custom Mac Pro, and this stock model held up well in our benchmarks.”

“The new Mac Pro redefines Apple’s highest-end system,” Galbraith reports. “Lacking the internal expansion that once drew advanced hobbyists to the line, the new Mac Pro is truly a workstation-class computer designed to shave minutes and hours off projects that video, audio and programming pros run day-in and day-out.”

Much more, including many benchmark results, in the full review here.

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18 Comments

    1. Apparently by your calling solid works, solid work, you have absolutely no idea who or what dassult (or their software) is, or what it does.

      Concentrate on your schoolwork rather than trolling Apple news forums, I guarantee it will benefit you as an adult.

        1. He was spewing the BS in an attempt to crap on OS X, (and the new Mac Pro) I simply called him on it.

          If you call not suffering fools gladly being a dick, then I guess I plead guilty.

  1. Yes, and the “Available to ship:” is April. So, once again, Apple can state that “We would have shipped more if we could have made more.” Tim, “MAKE MORE” We are told this is your greatest skill and we have a lead time of April? Apple showed off this Mac Pro in June, 8 months ago. If only Apple had a few billion to move this along a little faster.

    1. With US production you can’t simply hire people and build facilities and then abandon (and fire) them once the initial demand has been satisfied.

      Offshore production contractors can shift resources to other production (other clients/ other products) So they are free to add remove production in literally month to month timeframes. Apple, using their own US based production, simply cannot.

        1. There are still buildings equipment and lots of people required to produce them.
          Are you suggesting that apple buy additional buildings hire people (no it is not completely automated if you look at the factory pictures you see a large number of people working, not as many as the typical chines assembly line but still lots of people) and then fire them and sell the building in a few months when they get caught up?

    1. I disagree, just because they discovered in teardown that the GPU’s & CPU are socketed doesn’t necessarily make them upgradeable. No where have I seen any claims (by apple) of upgradability beyond RAM & internal drive.

      However, because of the amazing resale-ability of used Macs you really don’t need to swap parts out to upgrade. When you want or need newer-better-faster just sell them and buy the newer model.

  2. Why is a quad core iMac just as fast? Not sure what the Speedmark score is really saying about the real capability of this machine. Article hasn’t enough tests to judge anything

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