updated 07:25 am EDT, Mon August 9, 2010
Mac Pro goes on sale with 5870 as stand-alone
As expected, Apple today started taking orders for the new Mac Pro. The new systems are now known to include three configurations and include not just the 2.8GHz quad-core and 2.4GHz eight-core systems but a third 12-core, 2.66GHz model. It comes outfitted with the same 6GB of RAM, 1TB hard drive and Radeon HD 5770 video but, due to the cost of the more exotic Xeons, starts at $4,999.
Build-to-order options depend on the system. On the single-processor system, the maximum choice is a 3.33GHz six-core Xeon, up to 16GB of RAM, and either a 2TB hard disk or a 512GB SSD in each bay. Only the Radeon HD 5770 and Radeon HD 5870 are options, but two 5770s can be installed in one system for dual displays at full speed.
As part of the rollout, Apple has also posted a Radeon HD 5870 upgrade card for Mac Pros. The board gives either the new Mac Pros or early 2009 models added speed or a second display without sacrificing video speed. It carries a slight premium over Windows-only cards at $449 but includes both dual Mini DisplayPort outputs and a dual-link DVI connection.