Apple Silicon Mac Pro debut finally ends transition away from Intel processors

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in Current Mac Hardware edited June 2023
At WWDC, Apple finally unveiled the long-anticipated Mac Pro, which marks the culmination of Apple Silicon integration in its lineup of Mac computers.




While Apple has transitioned the rest of its product range to Apple Silicon, details about the New Mac Pro have been scarce until now.

"We've been very clear from the beginning that our goal is to take our entire product line to Apple Silicon," Apple Vice President Worldwide Product Marketing, Bob Borchers said in March. "And that's something we intend to do."

The announcement goes along with the release of the M2 Ultra chip, its most powerful chip ever. The new Mac Pro has eight Thunderbolt ports and six PCi expansion slots so users can add more components to their devices.

The latest Mac Pro introduces PCIe expansion to Apple Silicon for professionals who require the performance of the M2 Ultra and depend on internal expansion. The Mac Pro offers seven PCIe expansion slots, with six available slots that support gen 4, delivering double the speed compared to previous versions.




This enables users to personalize their Mac Pro by adding necessary cards. That includes digital signal processing (DSP) cards for audio professionals, serial digital interface (SDI) I/O cards for video professionals to connect with professional cameras and monitors, and additional networking and storage for various users.

Apple mentions how expandable the new Mac Pro is, with dual 10Gb Ethernet ports, two HDMI ports, and a capability to support to up six Pro Display XDR monitors. It's up to three times faster than the fastest Intel-based Mac Pro and up to seven times faster than the starting configuration of the Intel-based Mac Pro.




Furthermore, the Mac Pro incorporates three USB-A ports, two HDMI ports with enhanced bandwidth capable of supporting resolutions of up to 8K and frame rates of up to 240Hz. It also features two 10Gb Ethernet ports and a headphone jack that enables the utilization of high-impedance headphones.




Although the initial Intel-based Mac Pro featured an 8-core CPU and the option to upgrade, all Mac Pros now come equipped with Apple's formidable 24-core CPU, a GPU that can reach up to 76 cores, and double the memory and SSD storage as a starting point. Additionally, the new Mac Pro allows for configurations of up to an impressive 192GB of memory, boasting a unified memory bandwidth of 800GB/s.

M2 Ultra

Along with updates to the Mac, Apple also introduced the powerful M2 Ultra chip.

With an impressive count of 134 billion transistors, the M2 Ultra surpasses the M1 Ultra by an additional 20 billion transistors. Its unified memory architecture supports a groundbreaking memory capacity of up to 192GB, a 50% increase compared to the M1 Ultra, and boasts a memory bandwidth of 800GB/s, twice that of the M2 Max.




The M2 Ultra features a more robust CPU that delivers a 20% improvement in speed compared to the M1 Ultra, a larger GPU that achieves up to 30% faster performance, and a Neural Engine that operates up to 40% faster. Additionally, it incorporates a media engine with double the capabilities of the M2 Max, ensuring accelerated ProRes performance.

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Comments

  • Reply 1 of 17
    9secondkox29secondkox2 Posts: 2,858member
    Freaking letdown. Wow. Total disrespect to the Mac Pro. There’s no reason to buy one over a Mac Studio unless you need specialized I/O. With the starting price, looks like Apple really doesn’t want to deal with the Mac Pro anymore. 

    It’s obvious they just want to get macs out of the way to get to what they really want to get to - a headset with a cable dangling down to a power pack your waist that doesn’t even look like an apple product. The 1980s Nintendo power glove was more integrated. Sheesh. And it wastes power with the outside screen. Get rid of that and you might not need to wear it all over your body. Looks like it was meant to be glasses, but apple wanted to rush. 
    edited June 2023 muthuk_vanalingamnubus
  • Reply 2 of 17
    sevenfeetsevenfeet Posts: 469member
    Freaking letdown. Wow. Total disrespect to the Mac Pro. There’s no reason to buy one over a Mac Studio unless you need specialized I/O. With the starting price, looks like Apple really doesn’t want to deal with the Mac Pro anymore. 

    It’s obvious they just want to get max out of the way to get to what they really want to get to. 
    Well, I think they recognize that they can't keep the 2019 Mac Pro on the market forever. And I expect that there will be a big upgrade a year from now once M3 is a thing. There's an Extreme version out there somewhere. And that won't be available on the Mac Studio.
    edited June 2023 killroythtrezwitswatto_cobramacxpressAlex1N
  • Reply 3 of 17
    chelgrianchelgrian Posts: 39member
    This machine only exists to service a small segment of the market which needs Avid HDX cards and Blackmagic Decklink or AJA Kona SDI video io cards.

    If you don't have either of those needs then the Mac Studio is Apple's solution.

    They could have completely abandoned that but chose to make a machine that they will probably make a loss on developing to service it.
    aderutterprogrammerbageljoeykillroythtrezwitswatto_cobra9secondkox2Alex1N
  • Reply 4 of 17
    nubusnubus Posts: 461member
    Freaking letdown. Wow. Total disrespect to the Mac Pro. There’s no reason to buy one over a Mac Studio unless you need specialized I/O. With the starting price, looks like Apple really doesn’t want to deal with the Mac Pro anymore. 
    Well... you still can't get wheels for Studio ;-)
    williamlondonrezwitsAlex1Ngatorguy
  • Reply 5 of 17
    9secondkox29secondkox2 Posts: 2,858member
    nubus said:
    Freaking letdown. Wow. Total disrespect to the Mac Pro. There’s no reason to buy one over a Mac Studio unless you need specialized I/O. With the starting price, looks like Apple really doesn’t want to deal with the Mac Pro anymore. 
    Well... you still can't get wheels for Studio ;-)
    LOL. Consolation prize of the year. 
    programmermuthuk_vanalingamgatorguy
  • Reply 6 of 17
    michelb76michelb76 Posts: 653member
    Freaking letdown. Wow. Total disrespect to the Mac Pro. There’s no reason to buy one over a Mac Studio unless you need specialized I/O. With the starting price, looks like Apple really doesn’t want to deal with the Mac Pro anymore. 

    It’s obvious they just want to get macs out of the way to get to what they really want to get to - a headset with a cable dangling down to a power pack your waist that doesn’t even look like an apple product. The 1980s Nintendo power glove was more integrated. Sheesh. And it wastes power with the outside screen. Get rid of that and you might not need to wear it all over your body. Looks like it was meant to be glasses, but apple wanted to rush. 
    You'd thought Apple would reinvent physics and come out with a monster machine that would beat what's on the PC market? There's a tiny set of people for this mac model, and even they are switching a lot of their workloads to the cloud. We used to be a mac pro shop,  but we're all on beefy Studio's now. Works just fine.
    StrangeDayswilliamlondonrezwitswatto_cobra9secondkox2Alex1Nravnorodom
  • Reply 7 of 17
    clexmanclexman Posts: 210member
    Biggest surprise... The keyboard and/or mouse still using Lightning to charge. I thought Apple was done with Lightning when the Apple TV remote switched.
    watto_cobraAlex1N
  • Reply 8 of 17
    MacProMacPro Posts: 19,778member
    I am surprised at the low price.  Then again, the first Mac Pro namely the Mac II fx, was around $6,500 so remarkably similar.  I wonder if an Intel daughter card would be feasible.
    watto_cobra
  • Reply 9 of 17
    MacProMacPro Posts: 19,778member
    clexman said:
    Biggest surprise... The keyboard and/or mouse still using Lightning to charge. I thought Apple was done with Lightning when the Apple TV remote switched.
    Kind of a special case, I charge mine from the Mac itself.  In fact, my keyboard stays attached all the time.
    baconstangwilliamlondonAlex1N
  • Reply 10 of 17
    zimmiezimmie Posts: 651member
    ARM Mac Pro, including rackmount. Nailed it, multiple times.

    $1k more expensive, lower RAM ceiling, and no word on MPX compatibility (they aren't offered as options when ordering). Disappointing, but not exactly surprising. They probably only released it because they plan to use the rackmount version themselves for Xcode Cloud, as I said.
    killroyrezwits
  • Reply 11 of 17
    killroykillroy Posts: 278member
    zimmie said:
    ARM Mac Pro, including rackmount. Nailed it, multiple times.

    $1k more expensive, lower RAM ceiling, and no word on MPX compatibility (they aren't offered as options when ordering). Disappointing, but not exactly surprising. They probably only released it because they plan to use the rackmount version themselves for Xcode Cloud, as I said.

    But there are 2 double wide 16X PCie 4 slots. So all you need is drivers for any graphic cards. There are no MPX power connections, so you will need to use the AUX power connections with cables.
    edited June 2023 rezwitswatto_cobraapplebynatureAlex1N
  • Reply 12 of 17
    anonymouseanonymouse Posts: 6,898member
    clexman said:
    Biggest surprise... The keyboard and/or mouse still using Lightning to charge. I thought Apple was done with Lightning when the Apple TV remote switched.
    Well, at least it isn't ADB.
    watto_cobraAlex1N
  • Reply 13 of 17
    danoxdanox Posts: 3,066member
    If Apple, big if would just release a new Mac Pro tower with every generation of the M series SOC’s, M3, M4, M5, etc. Instead of waiting multiple years between releases, that would be a minor step forward. We shall see.
    edited June 2023 williamlondonrezwitswatto_cobra
  • Reply 14 of 17
    rezwitsrezwits Posts: 889member
    danox said:
    If Apple, big if would just release a new Mac Pro tower with every generation of the M series SOC’s, M3, M4, M5, etc. Instead of waiting multiple years between releases, that would be a minor step forward. We shall see.
    That's what I am thinking, either every 2 M# or from here on out every ≥M2 Ultra(+?)
    watto_cobra
  • Reply 15 of 17
    macxpressmacxpress Posts: 5,849member
    I don't believe this is the Mac Pro they wanted to release but they had to get something released to complete their transition. This has a special use case in its current iteration. The real Mac Pro will arrive with something like an M3 Extreme, maybe a higher end model with 2 M3 Extremes. I think they really intended on releasing an M3 based Mac Pro to replace the outgoing Intel model but they just couldn't get M3 to market in time. 

    So they did the best they could with what they had. 

    You will never see Apple support AMD/NVIDIA graphics cards so for those hoping for that it just simply isn't gonna happen. They use too much power and create too much heat and thats not what Apple is going for in any Mac, even if it is a Mac Pro. I'm betting you'll eventually see an Apple branded video card. 
    edited June 2023 9secondkox2Alex1N
  • Reply 16 of 17
    killroykillroy Posts: 278member
    macxpress said:
    I don't believe this is the Mac Pro they wanted to release but they had to get something released to complete their transition. This has a special use case in its current iteration. The real Mac Pro will arrive with something like an M3 Extreme, maybe a higher end model with 2 M3 Extremes. I think they really intended on releasing an M3 based Mac Pro to replace the outgoing Intel model but they just couldn't get M3 to market in time. 

    So they did the best they could with what they had. 

    You will never see Apple support AMD/NVIDIA graphics cards so for those hoping for that it just simply isn't gonna happen. They use too much power and create too much heat and thats not what Apple is going for in any Mac, even if it is a Mac Pro. I'm betting you'll eventually see an Apple branded video card. 

    They support AMD cards now so where did you get that bad info? 1400 watt power supply is in both the Intel and M2 Mac Pro. 
    edited June 2023
  • Reply 17 of 17
    macxpressmacxpress Posts: 5,849member
    killroy said:
    macxpress said:
    I don't believe this is the Mac Pro they wanted to release but they had to get something released to complete their transition. This has a special use case in its current iteration. The real Mac Pro will arrive with something like an M3 Extreme, maybe a higher end model with 2 M3 Extremes. I think they really intended on releasing an M3 based Mac Pro to replace the outgoing Intel model but they just couldn't get M3 to market in time. 

    So they did the best they could with what they had. 

    You will never see Apple support AMD/NVIDIA graphics cards so for those hoping for that it just simply isn't gonna happen. They use too much power and create too much heat and thats not what Apple is going for in any Mac, even if it is a Mac Pro. I'm betting you'll eventually see an Apple branded video card. 

    They support AMD cards now so where did you get that bad info? 1400 watt power supply is in both the Intel and M2 Mac Pro. 
    The new Apple Silicon Mac Pro supports AMD video cards? Where did that bad info come from?
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