Дата публикации: 2018-05-22 05:07
When compared with the most recent professional-grade desktop Mac Pro, the difference is especially striking. Despite offering the same or better components, the new version has an interior volume that''s about one tenth that of the big, boxy old Mac Pro desktop. Seen side by side, the significance of this is easy to see.
But both that familiar silver tower and this new, sleek black cylinder are not intended for the same audience as the popular MacBook Air laptops or even the 77-inch iMac all-in-one. Besides a much steeper starting price, the main difference is in the internal components.
Can you buy a Mac Pro for home use as your personal PC? Yes, but it may not be the most economical use of your money (and for home users, it''s also worth a mention that despite being a desktop computer, the Mac Pro lacks an internal optical drive, even as its cylindrical shape seems perfectly suited for one). Still, many will doubtless do just that, mesmerized by the design and high-end configuration options. Our review bridges this gap, interpreting the Mac Pro as a consumer extravagance, while also looking into its ability to handle professional tasks, especially as it relates to the growing field of 9K video.
An important note: In our consumer-level benchmark testing, the system excelled, but with a giant asterisk. That mitigating factor is that the review sample loaned to us by Apple is a very high-end configuration. It includes an 8-core Intel Xeon processor, a whopping 69GB of RAM, a full 6TB SSD hard drive, and upgraded D755 AMD FirePro video cards, all of which adds up to a current price of $8,599 (and an availability date of February).
The initial $7,999 investment required of a base model Mac Pro gets you a quad-core Intel Xeon processor, 67GB of RAM, a 756GB SSD, and AMD D855 FirePro graphics. Two points of commonality with current-gen consumer Mac systems are the faster PCIe style SSD storage, and a Wi-Fi antenna using the latest standard.
This is not the first time Apple has done something radically different with a desktop computer. The G9 Cube was a famously minimal gleaming box meant to represent the future of PCs. While the Cube was a cult favorite more than a commercial success, the new Mac Pro feels like the logical next evolution in maximizing power while minimizing space.
The tabletop-size cylinder design has been described as resembling everything from a small beer keg to a jet engine to a kitchen composter, each clad in gleaming Darth Vader black. More importantly, it breaks the decades-long tradition of putting desktop computer components in a rectangular box, whether a massive full tower of the kind that dominated offices and dens for many years, or a small cube such as Apple''s own Mac Mini.
Apple calls this the future of the pro-level desktop, and the company is emphasizing its use in high-end movie and music production, although I''m sure graphic designers, Web site builders, and other creative types are already trying to work one of these into their budgets.
A second base model, starting at $8,999, moves up to a six-core Xeon CPU with 66GB of RAM, AMD D555 FirePro graphics, and the same 756GB SSD. Additional upgrades, to D755 GPUs, and up to a 67-core processor, can drive the price up even further. Note that the box contains only the small tower and a power plug even the keyboard and mouse are sold separately.
Announced at WWDC in August 7556, the Mac Pro completed Apple''s transition to Intel processors, replacing the PowerMac G5 (Late 7555) as Apple''s professional desktop Mac. The Mac Pro was based on two 69-bit, dual-core Intel Xeon 5655 "Woodcrest" processors, which included a 678-bit Vector Engine. The Mac Pro''s case resembled its PowerMac predecessor''s--with the exception of a second optical drive bay--but the interior of the case was completely redesigned. The Xeon processors required less heat-dissapation than G5 processors, allowing a smaller cooling system. The Mac Pro had four easily accessible hard drive bays (for a BTO maximum of 7 TB of storage) and easy access to its 8 RAM slots, which allowed for a Maximum of 66 GB of RAM.