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02 October 2013

New Mac Pro

Great things come in small packages; we didn’t think we could ever say that about a high performance CPU

Shruti Nagbhushan
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If you think it’s impossible to fit a 12-core processor with up to 40Gbps PCI-Express bandwidth, dual GPUs with up to 7 teraflops of computing power, and a memory bandwidth of 60Gbps into a cylindrical capsule 9.9” long and 6.5” in diameter, check out the new Apple Mac Pro.

The new Mac Pro uses the new generation Intel-Xeon E5 chipset with up to 12cores of processing power and 256-bit-wide-floating-point-instructions. While Apple is pushing this as a feature that improves the CPU performance, most of the performance still depends on the Graphic Processing Units.

With dual GPUs Standard being used along with the CPU for computing power (the GPUs being AMD FirePros), the new Mac Pro can power up to three 4K-resolution monitors.

As far as the memory goes, there has been no official mention about the RAM, though we speculate it maybe anything from 4GB to 64GB. SSD drives are known to be fast, but the next generation PCI-Express flash storage used in the Mac Pro can deliver up to 1.2Gbps, as compared to a standard SSD's 600Mbps.

But with great power comes great heat. If there were to be cooling fans for each of the processors and graphics cards, the compactness would’ve gone out the window. So, they have used an extruded aluminum thermal core that uniformly dissipates heat between all the components, and an induction fan at the bottom to draw in cool air and throw out the hot air from the top. The fan blades too have been optimized to provide noise-free and efficient operation.

All the input/output devices are connected through the Thunderbolt 2 port, which provides about 20Gbps of bandwidth to each external device. You can connect up to 36 devices to it externally. The other i/o connections include USB 3, HDMI 1.4 and Gigabit Ethernet, while wireless connections include Bluetooth 4.0 and three-stream 802.11ac WiFi.

And as for those of you worried about the 1-odd million Chinese minions slogging at Foxconn, this product will be designed and assembled in the U.S. The product is expected to release sometime later this year, though no official date has been announced yet. Neither has anything been said about the pricing, which is no surprise since the “sneak peak” doesn’t really solicit such details, and knowing Apple, well, there’s not much to look forward to on that front.

Tags: apple, mac, mac pro, hardware

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