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Apple adds 8-core option to Mac Pro

updated 08:55 am EDT, Wed April 4, 2007

Apple 8 Core Mac Pro

Apple on Wednesday added a new eight-core option to the Mac Pro. Buyers of the new professional workstation can now choose two of Intel's 3GHz quad-core Xeons, nicknamed "Clovertown," alongside the 2GHz, 2.66GHz, and 3GHz dual-core "Woodcrest" processors currently offered by Apple in its systems. Other features of the desktop are unchanged and include a base 1GB of memory expandable to 16GB, 250GB of storage (up to 3TB), and a choice of video cards ranging from a 256MB GeForce 7300 GT to the 512MB Quadro FX 4500 for professional 3D modeling and stereo imaging.

Customizing the Mac Pro with the 3GHz eight-core option adds $1,498 to the base $2,499 price and ships within three to five days from the online Apple Store.



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  1. mitchcohen

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    Ouch!

    $1500? Why did they only use the 3GHz chips as options? Quad-core Xeons are available in slower configurations.

    The next question - how many apps can take advantage of eight cores...

  1. Guest

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    next question

    Next question, if you have to ask why do you care?

  1. testudo

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    Way to go apple!

    Whew! I was fearful, with the new chip options, that Apple would be forced to drop their prices on these machines. Luckily for all of us, Apple has managed to keep prices right there at the $2500 mark ($2200 on the 'low' end).

    Woohoo! Apple has again saved many a users from purchasing a cheap apple tower and having to deal with all those options that tower owners are stuck with. Way to go apple!

  1. Macrat

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    took their time...

    They could have done this back in December if this is the only update...

  1. mitchcohen

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    Multicore-happy apps

    The question of app support is very important. Many apps and Mac functions only take advantage of one, two, or four cores based on how their threads interact. I'll be very curious to see benchmarks of FCP, Compressor, Quicktime exports, iDVD render... (all Quicktime-based). I don't care about games, but I know others will.

    For apps that can't take advantage of eight cores, the "spare" cores will be available for other functions, which for some users will be nice. Personally I'm looking for really, really fast MPEG-2 and H.264 encoding, and secondarily faster FCP renders while editing (better real-time performance etc).

    I'll bet we'll hear more about this at NAB with FCP 6.

  1. dom2cool

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    YAY

    Maybe a better video card is a good option next. The nvidia 8800 has been around a couple of month allready now. Put one of those in next please : )

  1. rtbarry

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    testudo...

    ...you don't need, want or have the means to get one. others do. so keep your incoherent and pointless ramblings to yourself.

    apple does, however, need to step up with the video card options. in lieu of that, would be nice if drivers came available for 3rd party cards more quickly. guess we'll need to see more volume for that to happen.

  1. testudo

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    Re: testudo

    ...you don't need, want or have the means to get one. others do. so keep your incoherent and pointless ramblings to yourself.

    Of course I don't need one. Its hard as a consumer to justify spending $2500 on a computer just so you can have some configurability in the thing (you know, so when some new features come about, or your harddisk space requriements grow, your computer can grow with you). Esp. since my G5 tower is only two years old (after having to deal with a Beige G3).

    And I'm sorry my satire was to off-the-wall for you to understand that I was again bemoaning the fact that Apple is unwilling to sell an upgradable computer for less than $2000. I guess you have no problem with that, but a lot of Apple fans (and people who'd like to buy an apple computer if their offerings were more palatable, cost wise) do. (Then again, you also can't get a 15" mac laptop for less than $2000, but, I know, if you need something as large as 15", you should easily be willing to fork over $2000 to get it!).

    BTW, while you may not have any apps that can take advantage of all 8 cores, it does give you the ability to really do more than one thing on your computer without slowing down your large tasks.

  1. misterdna

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    Still waiting...

    I was assuming the next new desktop would be the 8-core, but I hoped it would include OS 10.5 and major updates to the overall system I wonder if Apple will come out with a "real" new desktop system in June? As much as I thought I would buy the 8-core when introduced (along with CS3), I think I will wait because it would suck to sink my money into this computer only to have a much updated system introduced soon after...

  1. rtbarry

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    your satire...

    ...wasn't difficult to grasp, just tired.

    you like hearing yourself talk, and it gets old for everyone else.

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