Apple has a reputation for creating some pretty expensive kit, but its new Mac Pro really does have an eye-watering price tag! The machine goes on sale today, and it’s fair to say that many of us would need to start saving up in order to purchase one.
The base unit for the Mac Pro starts at $5,999, but the most powerful unit that Apple has created retails at the incredible price point of $52,999! Oh, and British users don’t benefit from the exchange rate in any way, so the Rack version of the computer starts at £5,999, and the Tower version comes in at £5,499.
Base unit and specs
This base price is for the entry-level unit of the Mac Pro, which doesn’t include any of the many optional extras that are also on offer. One thing you can say about the Mac Pro is that there are tonnes of customization options available, which means that you can beef up this computer to an almost ridiculous degree.
It should firstly be noted that the base unit delivers 32GB of RAM, an octa-core Intel Xeon CPU, Radeon Pro 580X graphics, and a 256GB SSD. The processor included in the Mac Pro is a 28-Core, 2.5GHz Intel Xeon W with 28 cores, 56 threads. It can also be Turbo Boosted up to 4.4GHz, but this extra power doesn’t come for free…in fact, it costs $7,000!
The RAM included in the Mac Pro can also be broken down into 12 128GB user-replaceable slots, but these come in at a remarkable $25,000 extra! There is also 4TB of SSD storage included, with is split across 2TB SSDs. But this doesn’t come for free, it costs an additional $1,400. Apple has also informed users that an 8TB option will be available in due course, just in case you feel like burning more money!
Apple has also included two AMD Radeon Pro Vega II Duo graphics card modules. Both feature two GPUs, each with 32GB of dedicated RAM per GPU. But this add-on will set you back an additional $10,800. The Afterburner accelerator card costs $2,000, while the Magic Trackpad seems almost trivial, at a mere $50!
One of the interesting little add-ons that make this computer stand out is the fact that you can have wheels fitted to the Mac Pro, so that you can trundle it around (although, at $53K, you’re going to want to trundle it around quite carefully!). Of course, you’ve probably guessed that the wheels don’t come free; you will pay $400 for this privilege.
Finally, another fancy option that Apple has made available with the Mac Pro is its range of Pro Display XDR monitors. These are impressive enough in themselves, but they also include a highly impressive matte “nano-texture” glass option that costs $5,999.
Final price tag
The stand for the monitor also costs $999, meaning that if you choose the most expensive monitor, all of the upgrade, and build yourself the ultimate Mac Pro supercomputer…it will cost $59,597. Hey, at least you get some change from $60K!
It would be fair to say that this is a pricey piece of kit, but it’s also a production powerhouse that will attract a lot of professionals in the years to come.