The New Mac Pro Finally Goes On Sale, Complete With Australia Tax

The New Mac Pro Finally Goes on Sale Tomorrow

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]



    Why anyone would buy this over a much less expensive/ just as powerful pc has to be crazy, in a year or two the specs will be older and then if you want to upgrade you will remember the price and stick with it, unless money is no object for you!

      PCs are actually more expensive:

        Comparing it with a prebuilt HP... Haha you're hilarious.

        Wait... Are you the guy still buying PCs from Harvey Norman?

          Do you usually build your own Macbook Pro?

            You mean Mac Pro right? I don't usually build my own laptop, no.

    another example of ripoff apple pricing here.

    you could easily buy this and have it sent to portland or any other salestax exempt US State

    6core model = $3999 USD
    3-4 day shipping US>AU ~$100-200

    lie to customs declaring value <$1000 = no customs duty & GST added = ~$4650 AUD

    don't lie to customs declare proper value $3999 = ~$600-700 AUD

    $3999 USD at todays rate = $4518AUD + approx $600 AUD = $5118 AUD

    If you are going to fork out $3000-$4000 on a mac, then the extra $300 "australia tax" shouldn't be a problem for you.

    FireGL graphics are anything but professional standard. Nothing beats QuadroFX so to spec anything less is to exclude yourself from the real pro market. And where will we put our AJA capture cards or our pro audio cards? This thing is a joke.

    When they said expensive I thought maybe 2k.

    3-4k? Ridiculous when you could build something just as powerful for a 3rd of the price.

    You must really love the OS if you will spend that much.

      Really? With Xeon E5 CPU, motherboard to match, memory, GPU, and ports?

        You could probably easily beat the low end price point. The 4 core versions of the E5 are only $200-$300. They jump rather drastically to the 8core though. They're over $1000. Top end version might be fairly on point.

          I did this same math in 2008 when I bought my first MacPro. Forget the OS, it was cheaper to buy a MacPro for the hardware than it was to build one, like for like. The only way to get Dual Socket motherboards for XEON processors was to buy a Tyan motherboard or similar, then you need to by matching pairs of ECC registered RAM, not the "normal" stuff. Then the Xeons themselves, case power supply, you get the idea.. Apple was actually the cheaper way to go. Not saying its the case now (I haven't looked) but you could probably build something just as powerful with regular PC parts for much cheaper, but Id be quite certain you can't build the exact* same thing in PC parts for THAT much cheaper…
          *by exact I mean specs, not curvy cases etc..

    Can't you get Australian applecare on American apple computers giving you local warranty?

      dknigs, should be ok. I got OZ applecare on a mac mini server from taiwan

      Im sure they've found a way to screw you on that as well.

    Let's see the Hackintosh version.
    For those who want the CPU grunt but can live without the 4K video support (for now) I suspect a Hackintosh would be more... upgrade friendly.

    It's not chock full of Xeons! Why make shit up? It has a single Xeon. Which is the problem with calling a non expandable machine a workstation. A workstation is configurable to the highest computational standards. This is a glorified desktop running workstation cpus.

    Or just build your own system for half the price.... or build 2

      Oh bless.

    My Christmas project should be to build a PC using this as a case:

    well, I was contemplating buying this to replace my exisiting mac pro's... BUT for me there is one epic fail in what is supposed to be cutting edge hardware especially for video editing.. HTMI.. The spec lists all the wonderful new ports

    " the 2013 Mac Pro will feature 4 USB 3 ports, 6 thunderbolt 2 ports, 2 1Gb Ethernet ports, HDMI, and 802.11ac Wi-Fi"

    but wait... HTMI 1.4.. NOT HTMI 2.0.. and only one too!

    totally pathetic really (as is the 1gb ethernet, why not fibre)

    and no eSATA either.

    Mac Pro represents good value compared to DIY system - and not including labour!

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