We’ve already talked about the new Mac Pro pricing and availability. It officially went on sale on Apple’s website today, and already, shipping estimates have been pushed out to February. That indicates there was more demand for the Mac Pro than Apple had expected.
The base model starts at $3,000, which doesn’t include a monitor. One of Apple’s 27-inch Thunderbolt displays will run you another grand, and the new 32-inch Sharp 4k display will set you back a staggering $3,600. Each. So, if you’re the type of designer or producer who would likely use this type of machine, you’ll likely need at least two displays.
Let’s set the base model aside and max out the configuration tool with the most powerful options, just for fun. We end up with a Mac Pro with these specs:
- 2.7 GHz Intel Xenon E5 12-core processor with 30 MB L3 cache
- 64 GB DDR3 Memory (x4 16 GB sticks)
- 1 TB PCIe-based Flash Storage
- Dual AMD FirePro D700 Graphics Cards (combined 12 GB of GDDR5 VRAM)
Those configuration options are of course, on top of everything else that comes standard with the Mac Pro, including 6 Thunderbolt 2 ports, 4 USB 3.0 ports, dual gigabit ethernet cards, HDMI 1.4, 802.11 AC WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0, and OS X Mavericks.
The grand total for this beast before adding a display? $9,737. Two Thunderbolt displays would bring the total to $11,735. Two Sharp 4k displays would bring the total to a mind boggling $16,927.
You can build and configure your own Mac Pro here: Apple.com/mac-pro
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