updated 10:55 am EST, Fri December 4, 2009
Mac Pro and Xserve get quiet BTO updates
Apple today quietly upgraded the Mac Pro and Xserve with a handful of feature upgrades. The single-processor Mac Pro now has the option of a 3.33GHz quad-core Xeon, pushing its clock speed up past a fully-equipped eight-core version's 2.93GHz limit. The Xserve has also been upgraded to accept 4GB RAM sticks and can recognize as much as 24GB of RAM in the single-processor version and 48GB in the dual-processor model.
Both it and the Xserve can now be custom-configured with 2TB drives, pushing the official capacities up to 6TB of storage for the three-bay server and 8TB for the Mac Pro.
Choosing the 3.33GHz processor adds $1,200 to the price of the Mac Pro, while the added cost for Xserve RAM depends on the system. Choosing 24GB of RAM boosts the price by $2,850, while 48GB costs $5,850. It costs $550 for each 2TB drive added alongside either system's existing storage. All of the options are available today through the Apple Store but may add two to four business days to the ship date.