We have our hands on the newest $6,000 2019 Mac Pro for a compete teardown and parts analysis as compared to its PC brethren.
Apple announced the new Mac Pro after years of waiting for a cheesegrater tower to replace the rapidly aging and woefully unsuitable trashcan Mac Pro released in 2013. While we don’t have the new Afterburner card or the latest and greatest CPU configurations from Intel’s Xeon W Cascade Lake X lineup, we do have Apple new hardware and answer many of the following questions: How do Apple’s MPX modules work? Are the feet on Mac Pro removable? Can you use wheels other than the $400 wheels from Apple? Are other PCIe devices supported? How does the cooling system and fan configuration work? How is memory or RAM supported or inserted? Is the SSD upgradable by the end-user? And so much more!
The 2019 Mac Pro + Afterburner Accelerator Card just blew my mind. For fun, I decided to pull out a Vega II MPX Module and see if I could playback a 16K video. Uh. Crazy.
To test out the Mac Pro Afterburner acceleration, I initially created a 4K Multi-Cam project with 9 and even 15 streams of 4.5K Pro Res 4444 XQ video which didn’t even break a sweat on the Mac Pro. I figured let’s make an 8K timeline, nah. Let’s make a 16K timeline and the results blew me away.
MacDailyNews Take: Apple’s Mac Pro is an absolute beast!