Apple has launched a refurbished version of its Mac Pro, a workstation built for performance. Modular, it adapts to different uses and provided you pay the price.

The Mac Pro is experiencing a kind of renewal. The previous cylindrical Mac Pro had not seen any evolution for several years. In December 2019, Apple released an entirely new Mac Pro. The Mac Pro is for professionals who need a powerful and flexible machine. It is ideal for applications with large computing needs, especially in video editing, image editing, 3D software, etc.

The Mac Pro is really intended to be personalized by the customer and Apple does not offer a standard configuration for this machine. In terms of prices, a Mac Pro equipped with the basic components costs € 6,499. A final option was added this week by the manufacturer: the possibility of equipping the machine with an 8 TB SSD for € 3,120.
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Apple Mac Pro 2019  Specifications:

Processor: Apple uses Intel Xeon W processors. The machine is configurable with an 8-core processor at 3.5 GHz, 12 cores at 3.3 GHz, 16 cores at 3.2 GHz, 24 cores at 2.7 GHz and 28 2.5 GHz cores.

Memory : Apple Mac Pro uses DDR4 ECC memory and has 12 DIMM slots. However, the memory configurations that Apple offers do not always fill all the slots. Here's what Apple offers:

- 32 GB (4 DIMMs of 8 GB)

- 48 GB (6 DIMMs of 8 GB + € 360)

- 96 GB (6 DIMMs of 16 GB + € 1,200)

- 192 GB (6 DIMMs of 32 GB + € 3,600)

- 384 GB (6 DIMMs of 64 GB + € 7200)

- 768 GB (6 DIMMs of 128 GB + € 16,800) or (12 DIMMs of 64 GB + € 12,000)

- 1.5 TB (12 DIMMs of 128 GB +30,000, only for models equipped with a 24 or 28 core processor)

Video: The Mac Pro can accommodate two graphics cards. Apple offers three possible choices of AMD cards.

- AMD Radeon Pro 580X with 8 GB of GDDDR5 memory

- Two AMD Radeon Pro Vega II cards with 32 GB of HBM2 memory each or an AMD Radeon Pro Vega II Duo card with 2X 32 GB of HBM2 memory (+ € 6,240)

- Two AMD Radeon Pro Vega II cards with 2X 32 GB of HBM2 memory each (+ € 12,960)

According to the site, Apple will soon offer as a configuration option a Radeon Pro W5700X card with 16 GB of GDDR6 memory or two Radeon Pro W5700X cards with 16 GB of GDDR6 memory (the prices are not known).

Monitor: The Mac Pro also comes with a new screen, the Pro Display XDR. The screen is available in two versions: the first with standard (glossy) glass for € 5,499 and the second with nano-textured (mat) glass for € 6,499. Pro Stand support for the Pro Display XDR screen is not included. It costs € 1,099 and the Vesa mounting kit € 219.

Storage: The Mac Pro can accommodate two SSD modules. The 256 GB SSD is included in the basic configuration, to which we can add a 1 TB SSD (+ € 480), 2 TB (+ € 960), 4 TB (+ € 1680) or 8 TB ( + € 3,120).

Afterburner: With the Mac Pro, Apple offers a special component called Afterburner. It is an accelerator card with an FPGA (Field-programmable Gate Array) designed for video production. According to Apple, Afterburner can handle up to six 8K ProRes RAW video streams at 30 fps; up to 23 streams of 4K ProRes RAW video at 30 fps; and up to 16 4K ProRes 422 video streams at 30 fps. Its price: € 2,400
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External ports: The Mac Pro includes an I / O card installed in a PCI Express slot in half-length x4. This card has two USB 3 ports and two Thunderbolt 3 ports. The Mac Pro also has two 10Gb ethernet sockets. All ports are accessible from the back of the Mac Pro. On top, the Mac Pro displays two Thunderbolt 3 ports. According to Apple, the Mac Pro also has a headphone jack, but it is not visible in pictures of the machine. It is probably somewhere on the front of the case.

Additional components: Inside, the Mac Pro houses eight PCI Express expansion slots. Up to two MPX modules or four PCI Express cards can be installed. There are also three full-length PCI Express gen 3 slots (one x16 slot and two x8 slots) and a half-length PCI Express gen 3 x4 slot, but this is used by an Apple I / O card with two USB ports 3 and two Thunderbolt 3 ports.

Wireless: WiFi 802.11ac and Bluetooth 5.0 are integrated.

Speed: According to Apple, the Mac Pro was "built for performance." It can handle 8K video editing, 3D applications, software development and other production-oriented tasks. On the Mac Pro page of Apple’s site, the benchmarks are only for the high-end 28-core model. According to the results of these benchmarks, the new Mac Pro is 3 times more efficient in transcoding ProRes than the previous 12-core Mac Pro with Final Cut Pro X. Apple also claims that the performance of Adobe Photoshop 2020, Autodesk Maya, Logic Pro X, MATLAB and Wolfram Mathematica are multiplied by 3. Popular Mechanics has published an article explaining the functioning of the cooling system of Mac Pro, which allows the computer to maintain a high level of performance.
The Apple Mac Pro is Intended For :

The Mac Pro is designed for demanding work environments, such as TV and audio recording studios, animated film production, and software developers. If you feel like you never have enough power, then the Mac Pro may be of interest to you. If you are more of a prosumer (producer + consumer) than a professional, that is to say a Mac expert who does not use high-end applications, the use of Mac Pro is exaggerated. You probably won't be able to take advantage of all the powerful capabilities of this machine. The iMac Pro offers a sufficient alternative.

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