It's sleek, black, looks a little bit like your waste paper bin, and could just be your ultimate workstation. The Mac Pro is an amazing piece of hardware and, finally, it went on sale today.
As of Thursday December 19th, you'll be able to piece together your dream machine, chock full of Xeon processors, crazy-arse GPUs, PCIe-based flash storage and ultra-fast ECC memory. They won't come cheap, but they will fly. Wheeeeee!
Allow us to refresh your memory about exactly what specs you can expect:
Sporting Intel Xeon E5 processors with between 4 and 12 cores — and topping out at 7 teraflops of computing power — with up to 12 GB of GDDR5 RAM with a 30MB L3 cache, the 2013 MP can hold its own against even the most resource intensive of professional design application.
The graphics are equally impressive. The Mac Pro's dual standard workstation GPUs run AMD FirePro graphics which supports 4k video output. And for connectivity, the 2013 Mac Pro will feature 4 USB 3 ports, 6 thunderbolt 2 ports, 2 1Gb Ethernet ports, HDMI, and 802.11ac Wi-Fi.
That will, of course, cost a chunk of change, especially in Australia.
As Angus Kidman notes over at Lifehacker, Australians are being slugged roughly $300 extra on the pre-configured Mac Pro models after currency conversion and GST.
You will, of course, be able to configure thing to whatever standard you choose and spend way, way, way more than that if you so desire. And if you do, we'll be very jealous.
It isn't available on the storefront just yet, but it should go up later on. [Apple]