The cheesegrater Mac Pro design is back, but more modular and powerful

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Cheesegrater Mac Pro fans rejoice! Along with the announcement of macOS Catalina, and the Apple Pro Display XDR at WWDC 2019, Apple took the wraps off the highly-anticipated modular Mac Pro. Featuring a design that closely resembles the older Mac Pro, the all-new model is modular and more powerful. Here’s everything you need to know about the all-new, modular, Mac Pro.

Design

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The all-new Mac Pro’s design harks back to the old pre-Intel era with the Power Mac G5 that Apple sold from June 23, 2003, to August 7, 2006, before being replaced by the Mac Pro that carried the same design until the trash-can Mac Pro of 2013.

The all-new Mac Pro is built around a stainless steel space frame with an aluminum housing. The design allows for 360-degree access to every component.

The housing itself features the same lattice design of the Apple Pro Display XDR. The lattice design allows for unparalleled airflow, sound reduction, and superior cooling.

“The frame provides a foundation for modularity and flexibility. The housing also features a stunning lattice pattern to maximize airflow and quiet operation,” says Apple.

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Apple touts the all-new Mac Pro as being the most advanced Mac, ever. “Nothing extraneous, everything intentional. To create a high-performance system based on absolute flexibility and uncompromising utility, Mac Pro was designed from the inside out. It’s a tool built to remove barriers. So you can do your greatest work,” says Apple.

Internal Design

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Unlike the trash-can Mac Pro, the all-new Mac Pro does not sacrifice airflow for design. Apple emphasizes that “function defines form” in the new Mac Pro. With up to 28 cores of power, the new Mac Pro needs to cool demanding high-end components all while remaining silent.

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Mac Pro features three impeller fans up front that pushes air through the CPU and the GPUs to the blower. A blower fan pulls the air across the memory, storage and through the power supply, exhausting it out the back of the machine.

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The logic board on Mac Pro is dual-sided, efficiently enabling customers to add or remove components. According to the Mac Pro website, “Processor, graphics, and expansion on one side. Storage and memory on the other. Mac Pro is ready for customization when you are.”

Cutting-edge Components

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The all-new Mac Pro was developed to meet the most demanding tasks. Equipped with twelve physical DIMM slots, the new Mac Pro can be configured up to 1.5 TB of RAM.

Mac Pro customers can configure their desktop with one of five processor options. The baseline Mac Pro features an 8-core 3.5GHz Intel Xeon W processor. You can also opt for these processors: a 12-core 3.3GHz Intel Xeon W, 16-core 3.2GHz Intel Xeon W, a 24-core 2.7GHz Intel Xeon W, or an eye-watering 28-core 2.5GHz Intel Xeon W processor.

The baseline model comes with 32 GB of 2666MHz DDR4 ECC memory. You can configure your model with either 48 GB, 96 GB, 192 GB, 384 GB, 768 GB, or 1.5 TB of memory. The 1.5 TB memory option requires either a 24-core or 28-core processor. Furthermore, 12-core to 28-core processors operate memory at 2933MHz.

The baseline Mac Pro features an AMD Radeon Pro 580X graphics with 8GB of GDDR5 memory. You can also opt for a Radeon Pro Vega II model with 32GB of HBM2 memory with 1TB/s memory bandwidth. You can further configure your desktop with an AMD Radeon Pro Vega II Duo with 64GB of HBM2 memory (32GB per GPU), each with 1TB/s memory bandwidth.

With the Mac Pro being modular, each component can be swapped out at any time. You can read more about the specs here.

Pricing and Availability

The all-new Mac Pro starts at $5999 for the baseline 8-core Intel Xeon processor, 32GB of memory, Radeon Pro 580X graphics and a 256GB solid-state drive for storage. Apple did not release pricing for components or higher-end configurations.

The Verge claims the highest-end Mac Pro could fetch for over $35,000 or maybe $45,000 when equipped with the four AMD Radeon Pro Vega II Duo GPUs, 28-core Intel Xeon W processor, 1.5TB of RAM, 4TB of SSD storage, and the Apple Pro Display XDR.

The new Mac Pro is not a consumer-level desktop, it’s engineered specifically for the professional market. While the pricing may seem outlandish, comparable machines with this kind of power carry a hefty price tag.

Apple says the all-new Mac Pro will be available later this fall.

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Sid Ramirez

I usually write stuff, mostly Apple. Photographer, film major, environmentalist, techie.

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