Apple hasn’t just redesigned the desktop computer, it has totally reimagined it, and before we write our full review, we’re spending some time with the shiny black tube that is the new Mac Pro.
If you didn’t know what it was, you might call it a large ash tray, or a desktop garbage bin, or even, as one person remarked, a mighty impressive router.
But even though it’s not the sort of computer a regular person is likely to buy, Apple’s all-new Mac Pro is a sight to behold.
Built inside a metal chassis that closely resembles a tall cylindrical black garbage bin is a computer, with parts like what you’d find in a high-powered workstation, many of which not only put the recently retired silver Mac Pro towers to shame, but also many of the computers built for this purpose.
For those caught unaware, the Mac Pro isn’t really built for just the web surfing, document writing, and light game playing individual. There are plenty of other computers for that.
No, the Mac Pro is the new high-end machine built for your video editor, animator, and/or the person that needs the ultimate specifications for churning out processes, whether they be creative, based in science, or merely computational.
Inside this beast is a minimum four cores of processing goodness, with support for oodles of memory, hyper fast storage, and expandability with six Thunderbolt 2 ports, four USB 3.0 ports, and more than the partridge in a pear tree could ever have imagined for.
Our review unit isn’t the starting price model, but rather something closer to mid-range, with a 3GHz eight-core Intel Xeon E5 processor, 32GB RAM, 512GB PCIe-based flash (like solid-state drives, but a little faster again), and dual AMD FirePro D700 6GB graphics chips.
When you remove that shiny platinum casing surrounding it, you’ll see the boards standing neatly unlike any other computer you’ve seen before, and that’s part of what makes the Mac Pro so special.
Rather than recreate the Mac Pro tower the way Apple did when it moved from the PowerPC G5 to Intel’s chips, the new Mac Pro is a complete reinvention of a tower computer, transcending any design before it.
Apple has essentially carved up a computer and resized it to match this new form-factor, building a computer around a triangular prism heat-sink, with three distinct board sections, flanked by four sticks of memory, and encased in a cylinder.