Apple's $5,999 modular Mac Pro now available to order

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in Current Mac Hardware edited December 2019
Apple has put its new Mac Pro up for order, with the redesigned and modular edition of the high-performance workstation available to buy starting from $5,999, with the first units expected to arrive in late December.




Revealed in March after years of development, the new Mac Pro is a return to form for the workstation in terms of upgradability, while also cementing its status as the most powerful desktop Mac Apple sells. Six months after launch, Apple is finally selling the updated model to customers.

Starting from $5,999, the baseline Mac Pro is equipped with an eight-core 3.5GHz Intel Xeon W with 16 threads, a Turbo Boost clock of up to 4GHz, and 24.5MB of cache. Other processor options include a 3.33GHz 12-core, 24-thread Xeon W with 31.25MB of cache, a 16-core 3.2Ghz version with 32 threads, and a 24-core 2.7Ghz chip with 48 threads and 57MB of cache.

At the top end is a 28-core Intel Xeon W clocked at 2.5Ghz, 4.4Ghz when boosted. Supporting 2933Mz memory, it offers 56 threads and 66.5MB of cache.






The 12 user-accessible DIMM slots are configurable with up to 1.5 terabytes of memory, though the 24-core or 28-core processors are required to use the full amount. It is theorized the Mac Pro will be able to support up to 2 terabytes in the 28-core version, based on the number of slots available, though it is unclear why it is limited to a maximum of 1.5 terabytes.




Graphics options start from an AMD Radeon Pro 580X with 36 compute units, 2304 stream processors, 8GB of GDDR5 memory, and up to 5.6 teraflops of single precision performance. The half-height MPX Module, a form factor that improves upon the existing PCI design, includes two HDMI 2.0 ports and four DisplayPort connections routed through the internal Thunderbolt 3 ports, allowing it to support up to six 4K displays, two 5K displays, or two Pro Display XDRs.

The alternatives center around the AMD Radeon Pro Vega II, a GPU with 64 compute units and 4096 stream processors, 32GB of HBM2 memory, and up to 14.2 teraflops of single precision performance. The AMD Radeon Pro Vega II Duo puts two of the GPUs onto a single full-height MPX Module, giving up to 28.4 teraflops of single precision performance.

A late addition to the GPU roster is the AMD Radeon Pro W5700X, a more powerful version of the W5700 revealed by AMD in November. The W5700X offers 40 compute units and 2,560 stream processors, 16GB of GDDR6 memory, and up to 9.4 teraflops of single-precision performance, raising to 18.9 teraflops for half-precision. Unlike the PCI card-based W5700, the W5700X is provided as a full-height MPX Module.

A key selling point for the new Mac Pro is its modularity. As the external casing for the Mac Pro can be easily removed, it allows access to the internals, which can be upgraded and replaced at the user's end.

For example, it is possible to have one 256GB SSD as T2-secured storage at the time of configuration, with options up to 4 terabytes. However, there are extra SATA connections inside allowing for more drives to be installed.




The two MPX bays, which are a new form factor providing up to 500W of power to an MPX module, also perform double duty as standard third-generation PCI Express slots. Each MPX bay can be used as two PCI Express slots, with three other full-length slots and one half-length x4 slot also available.

To help further manage the internals of the Mac Pro, the macOS About This Mac window includes tabs for PCI Cards and Memory. The former shows which PCI slots and MPX module bays are occupied, while the latter shows which memory slots are filled, along with the capacities of each memory stick.

An extra option is the Afterburner card, a custom card that can be used to decode and encode ProRes and ProRes RAW video, allowing up to 3 8K ProRes RAW or 12 4K streams in the same codec to be played back. Using a Field Programmable Gate Array, the card is made specifically for accelerating video processing tasks, making it useful for video editors working in Final Cut Pro X, though it has the option of being tweaked in the future.

Prices start at $5999 for the tower. Early orders will start arriving on December 19, with maxed-out configurations not showing up until late January.

Ordering from an Apple Authorized Reseller does have its perks, though. Shoppers in eligible states can take advantage of a sales tax refund with B&H's Payboo Card on Mac Pro pre-orders, which amounts to at least $475 in savings on average.

A rack-mount version of the Mac Pro, designed to be put into server cabinets, will be available soon, starting from $6,499.
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  • Reply 1 of 44
    Store link shows image of new Pro Mac. Click it, it shows you how to purchase old Pro Mac. D'oh!

    (Remember when Apple used to have its act together?!?)
    edited December 2019 debusoh
  • Reply 2 of 44
    Looks awesome.  I think it’s so forward thinking of apple to release a machine which doubles as a cheese grater!
    williamlondonwatto_cobra
  • Reply 3 of 44
    Rayz2016Rayz2016 Posts: 6,957member
    Looks awesome.  I think it’s so forward thinking of apple to release a machine which doubles as a cheese grater!
    That probably sounded very funny in your head. 
    lkruppAndy.HardwakeUseless Message Posterpscooter63fastasleepviclauyycwilliamlondonwatto_cobravirtualshift
  • Reply 4 of 44
    I predict this beast is going to be a huge success in its target market. Because that market is small compared to standard cheap-o desktops, it’ll only make a small blip on Apple’s bottom line. On the other hand, the halo effect will be golden. For the first time ever, Apple will have the Bugatti everyone aspires to. 
    watto_cobravirtualshift
  • Reply 5 of 44
    Fully configured with 28 core, 1.5TB of memory, maximum graphics and 4TB of flash checks in at $52K+.  Ouch.  And that's before the monitor.  With the monitor with non-etched glass and $1000 stand, the final price is just under $60K.  And that's assuming you only want one screen. :)

    But I'm sure some movie and TV studios will pay that.  Time is money.

    One interesting detail.....if you want 1.5TB of memory, the 24 or 28 core Xeon is required.
    edited December 2019 bb-15watto_cobra
  • Reply 6 of 44
    lkrupplkrupp Posts: 10,036member
    Rayz2016 said:
    Looks awesome.  I think it’s so forward thinking of apple to release a machine which doubles as a cheese grater!
    That probably sounded very funny in your head.



    First two posts are cynically negative. More to come I’m sure. The Morlocks that live under AI’s bridge are starting to stir already.
    williamlondonwatto_cobravirtualshiftRayz2016
  • Reply 7 of 44
    MacProMacPro Posts: 19,500member
    As many said, $12,000 for a reasonable entry machine, exactly the same as a maxed out Mac IIfx in 1990 or thereabouts.  I put ten of those in a single newspaper office along with postscript RIPs and scanners and Barco monitors.


    I just said the same thing at the end of another long thread but worth repeating here as more relevant ...  I have to think Apple would have avoided a lot of the angst over the new Mac Pro's price  had it been named the Mac WorkStation or something like that and not Mac Pro, as many have said Apple's 'Pro' term is used for prosumer stuff these days.
    edited December 2019 watto_cobradysamoriavirtualshift
  • Reply 8 of 44
    Only $52,748 for top hardware config. Anyone have a credit card number I can borrow? :-)
    watto_cobra
  • Reply 9 of 44
    Mike WuertheleMike Wuerthele Posts: 6,516administrator
    smaffei said:
    Store link shows image of new Pro Mac. Click it, it shows you how to purchase old Pro Mac. D'oh!

    (Remember when Apple used to have its act together?!?)
    This was likely your own Safari cache.
    bb-15pscooter63watto_cobra
  • Reply 10 of 44
    SoliSoli Posts: 10,033member
    Nice to see that you get 6% back if you use the Apple Card.

    smaffei said:
    Store link shows image of new Pro Mac. Click it, it shows you how to purchase old Pro Mac. D'oh!

    (Remember when Apple used to have its act together?!?)
    It’s working for me.
    watto_cobra
  • Reply 11 of 44
    My Configured machine came in at $18,217 with XDR display.

    Not too shabby,

    …Now I can read Appleinsider with some extra panache  :p
    bb-15watto_cobra
  • Reply 12 of 44
    MacProMacPro Posts: 19,500member
    sevenfeet said:
    Fully configured with 28 core, 1.5TB of memory, maximum graphics and 4TB of flash checks in at $52K+.  Ouch.  And that's before the monitor.  With the monitor with non-etched glass and $1000 stand, the final price is just under $60K.  And that's assuming you only want one screen. :)

    But I'm sure some movie and TV studios will pay that.  Time is money.

    One interesting detail.....if you want 1.5TB of memory, the 24 or 28 core Xeon is required.
    You're darn 'tootin lol, most folks  don't have any idea what high end 4,6 or 8K professional video/still camera cost. This is chump change for professional studio.  I would also think the printing, magazine and newspaper industry will jump on the new Mac Pro.  Equipment costs in those industries would make prosumer's eyes water.
    edited December 2019 bb-15watto_cobraindyfx
  • Reply 13 of 44
    mobirdmobird Posts: 707member
    I haven't seen it mentioned -
    Will Safari be "snappier"?... ;)

    I'll get mine when they show up in the Refurb Store...
    edited December 2019 dysamoria
  • Reply 14 of 44
    LeBart1968LeBart1968 Posts: 16unconfirmed, member
    Bummer. I had hoped the Vega cards would be a little bit cheaper. There is really a void here. My configuration is almost $13.000. After Effects is a slouch on an iMac Pro. I really don't know what to do ... The real question is: will AE perform better on a €13.000 bomb?
  • Reply 15 of 44
    Can't wait to get one and load it up with some sweet NVIDIA RTX GPUs. You can do that, right?
  • Reply 16 of 44
    thttht Posts: 4,500member
    Bummer. I had hoped the Vega cards would be a little bit cheaper. There is really a void here. My configuration is almost $13.000. After Effects is a slouch on an iMac Pro. I really don't know what to do ... The real question is: will AE perform better on a €13.000 bomb?
    Might want to wait for the 16 GB Radeon Pro W5700X options. Those will probably be $1k.
    LeBart1968watto_cobra
  • Reply 17 of 44
    lkrupp said:
    Rayz2016 said:
    Looks awesome.  I think it’s so forward thinking of apple to release a machine which doubles as a cheese grater!
    That probably sounded very funny in your head.



    First two posts are cynically negative. More to come I’m sure. The Morlocks that live under AI’s bridge are starting to stir already.
    Jeez it was just a joke!

    I’m not cynical and I’m not negative.  This is a stunning machine.  I just genuinely thought from a certain angle that gril looks like a cheese grater!  I’m not a fan of the aesthetics of the machine but you can’t argue with the specs and the power.

    I think it’s great!
    williamlondonwatto_cobra
  • Reply 18 of 44
    MacProMacPro Posts: 19,500member
    lkrupp said:
    Rayz2016 said:
    Looks awesome.  I think it’s so forward thinking of apple to release a machine which doubles as a cheese grater!
    That probably sounded very funny in your head.



    First two posts are cynically negative. More to come I’m sure. The Morlocks that live under AI’s bridge are starting to stir already.
    Jeez it was just a joke!

    I’m not cynical and I’m not negative.  This is a stunning machine.  I just genuinely thought from a certain angle that gril looks like a cheese grater!  I’m not a fan of the aesthetics of the machine but you can’t argue with the specs and the power.

    I think it’s great!
    Not criticizing but just curious, you are aware the Mac Pro prior to the 'Trash Can' was knows 'The Cheese Grater' for many, many years I assume?
    bb-15williamlondonwatto_cobra
  • Reply 19 of 44
    It took Apple six years but they pulled it off, they built a Mac Pro that'll sell even less well than the Trashcan.
    williamlondondysamoria
  • Reply 20 of 44
    thttht Posts: 4,500member

    sevenfeet said:
    Fully configured with 28 core, 1.5TB of memory, maximum graphics and 4TB of flash checks in at $52K+.  Ouch.  And that's before the monitor.  With the monitor with non-etched glass and $1000 stand, the final price is just under $60K.  And that's assuming you only want one screen. :)

    But I'm sure some movie and TV studios will pay that.  Time is money.

    One interesting detail.....if you want 1.5TB of memory, the 24 or 28 core Xeon is required.
    Reminds of the SGI days when we lusted after their $100k desktop boxes. ;)

    The memory support is an Intel thing. The lower core count Xeon W 32xx series have memory support limited to 1 TB while the higher core count chips support 2 TB. Apple says 1.5 TB due to 12 DIMM slots with 128 GB each. If you mix and match different sized DIMMs to reach 2 TB, that typically results in lower memory performance, hence, Apple saying 1.5 TB support.
    caladanianLeBart1968FileMakerFellerwatto_cobra
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