This is a preview of the expected Summer 2010 Mac Pro. New Mac Pro same case.
It's very rare for Apple to announce a new computer before it's actually ready to ship, but I guess sales of the Mac Pro line up must be falling short of the mark.
A full review will be available once Apple starts shipping the new Mac Pros, possibly this month. If you've been waiting for a new Mac Pro, you know it's been a long wait. Many of us have been anxiously anticipating the newest model of the desktop powerhouse. The new Mac Pro will meet the needs of most users, with a 2.8 GHz Quad-Core Xeon W3530 base model, to the fully tricked out 12-Core model with two Xeon X5670 processors. New options include ATI Graphics and SSD storage.
Put it all together and the new Mac Pros have all the core features most users will ever need.
* Configurations with up to 12 cores and 24 active threads possible.
* Better graphics options than previous models.
* New processors have better memory management.
* Retains current case design, one of the easiest to work with.
* Both graphics card options include three graphics ports.
* Price - Dual processor model has higher base price than the system it replaces.
* 12-core dual processor options could push the price to £3100 and more.
* No USB 3, no FireWire improvements. Description
* ATI Radeon HD 5770 with 1 GB of GDDR5 memory.
* Two Mini DisplayPorts and one DVI (dual-link) port.
* 1 TB SATA 3 Gbs 7200 RPM hard drive.
* 18X SuperDrive.
* Four PCI Express expansion slots.
* Five USB 2.0 ports
* Four FireWire 800 ports
* AirPort Express 802.11n, Bluetooth 2.1+EDR.
* Apple Keyboard with numeric keypad and Magic Mouse.
* Dual 10/100/1000 Ethernet ports
The Summer 2010 Mac Pro replaces an aging model that hasn't been updated since March of 2009. In the sixteen months that have transpired since that last update, a lot has changed. Processors continue to evolve, with more power and better efficiencies. Graphics cards are no longer just for graphics; their GPUs can now be leveraged as additional processors to help increase overall performance. And there have been new developments in I/O (Input/Output) for getting data to and from a Mac. Apple's newest Mac Pro addresses most of these concerns, with new processors and graphics, but it remains a bit behind on I/O.
The Mac Pro will be offered in two primary configurations: a single processor model and a dual processor model. Each model can be custom configured with your choice of various processor, graphics, memory, and storage options.
Single Processor Model - Base Configuration
* 2.8 GHz Intel Quad-Core Xeon W3530.
* 8 MB L3 cache.
* 3 GB DDR3 ECC SDRAM, expandable to 16 GB.
Available processor upgrades include a faster Quad-Core processor, the W3565 (3.2 GHz), and a Six-Core processor, the W3680 (3.33 GHz).
Dual Processor Model - Base Configuration
* Two 2.4 GHz E5620 processors with 4 cores each, for a total of 8 available cores.
* 6 GB L3 cache.
* 6 GB DDR3 ECC SDRAM, expandable to 32 GB.
Available processor options include a 2.66 GHz 6-core X5650 (12 cores total), and a 2.93 GHz 6-core X5670 (12 cores total).
Common to Both Models
Available graphics options include multiple ATI Radeon HD 5770 cards, or an ATI Radeon HD 5870 card with 1 GB of GDDR5 memory.
* Up to four 1 TB hard drives.
* Up to four 2 TB hard drives.
* Up to four 512 GB SSDs (Solid State Drives).
The new Mac Pros use one of three different processor families. In the single processor model, the W3500 series processor offers quad-core capabilities and is built on Intel's 45 nm platform, while the W3680 is a 6-core processor that uses the newer 32 nm technology. The 5600 series processor used in the dual processor model also uses the newer 32 nm technology.
All of the processors can use:
* Turbo Boost, which can increase a single core's speed when few threads are being used.
* QuickPath: High-speed memory architecture provides point-to-point interconnect for shared memory cache.
* Hyper Threading: Each core can run two threads at once, effectively allowing the four-core model to run 8 threads, and the six-core model to execute 12 threads at once.
Apple also upgraded a great deal of features, including new higher performance graphics options and new SSD options in build-to-order models. One place that didn't get any attention was I/O, Apple is still using yesterdays USB 2.x and FireWire 800 ports. We fully expected at least USB 3 to be present; a faster FireWire interface would also have been appreciated. Overall, the Summer 2010 Mac Pro looks like it will fill the needs of most users looking for this type of performance, but at a price.