Apple unveiled an all-new Mac Pro at its developer conference WWDC. The workstation is designed for professionals who have high demands on their Mac, Apple says. For example, the device comes with Xeon workstation processors with up to 28 cores.
The new Mac Pro also features a 1.5TB memory system that includes a six-channel memory architecture and twelve physical DIMM slots. The computer is therefore suitable for professionals who work on very large projects, have to analyse enormous datasets or use multiple apps at the same time.
The memory system also comes with eight PCI Express expansion slots, which is twice as many as in the previous Mac Pro tower. In this way, users can adapt and expand their system.
With its powerful graphics performance, the Mac Pro is also suitable for people who work with video. The device includes a powerful graphics card and 56 teraflops graphics performance. The graphics expansion architecture, the Apple MPX Module, features Thunderbolt integration and power of over 500 W. The MPX Module is cooled by a Mac Pro thermal system, which Apple believes means the computer itself must remain silent.
The Mac Pro has multiple graphics options, including the Radeon Pro 580X. All-new is the Radeon Pro Vega II, which has a processing power of up to 14 terafloops, as well as a 32GB memory and a 1TB/s memory bandwidth. The Radeon Pro Vega II Duo is also new, and includes two Vega II GPUs for 28 teraflops graphics performance and 64GB memory.
Users can also choose to use two Vega II Duos, as the Mac Pro is designed for two MPX Modules. It gives customers 56 teraflops of graphics performance and 128GB of video memory.
All-new is Afterburner, which contains a programmable ASIC that can decode up to 6.3 billion pixels per second. This allows video editors with high quality cameras to use their native files. Previously, these native files had to be converted to proxies in order to be able to edit them.
Video editors can also decode up to three 8K ProRes RAW video streams and twelve 4K ProRes RAW video streams in real time.
Housing and availability
Finally, the Mac Pro has a stainless steel exterior made of aluminium. The housing can be removed, giving users access to the inside of the device. The entire construction is modular and contains soft handles to move it. The grid in the housing is striking. This grid is designed to ensure optimum air circulation and quiet operation.
The Mac Pro will be available from $5,999 this fall. Customers who want to place the device in a rack in an edit or server room will have a special rack version available from the autumn.This news article was automatically translated from Dutch to give Techzine.eu a head start. All news articles after September 1, 2019 are written in native English and NOT translated. All our background stories are written in native English as well. For more information read our launch article.