New Mac Pro Launched

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The new Mac Pro is designed for maximum performance, expansion and configurability, with new Xeon processors up to 28 cores, a high-performance memory system, 8 PCIe expansion slots and the world’s most powerful graphics card.

The new Mac Pro was unveiled at WWDC during its keynote presentation. The key feature highlights of the new Mac Pro are:

  • Powerful Xeon processors up to 28 cores
  • 64 PCI Express lanes for extreme performance
  • 300W of power along with a state-of-the-art thermal architecture
  •  Six-channel memory architecture and 12 physical DIMM slots
  • Up to a massive 1.5TB of memory
  • Eight PCI Express expansion slots
  • A new Apple MPX Module, features Thunderbolt integration and over 500W of power
  • Up to two Vega II Duos for a staggering 56 teraflops of graphics performance and 128GB of video memory
  • New Afterburner module to super charge video processing

Apple MPX Module

For pros requiring extreme graphics performance the new Mac Pro supports the world’s most powerful graphics card and up to 56 teraflops of graphics performance in a single system.

The new graphics expansion architecture, the Apple MPX Module, features Thunderbolt integration and over 500W of power, both firsts for any graphics card.

It includes super quiet operation, cooled by the Mac Pro system thermals.

The starter graphics card is the Radeon Pro 580X but the Mac Pro also debuts the Radeon Pro Vega II, featuring up to 14 teraflops of compute performance and 32GB of memory with 1TB/s of memory bandwidth.

If that wasn’t enough it also introduces Radeon Pro Vega II Duo, which features two Vega II GPUs for 28 teraflops of graphics performance and 64GB of memory, making it the world’s most powerful graphics card.

The new Mac Pro can accommodate two MPX Modules so customers can use two Vega II Duos for a staggering 56 teraflops of graphics performance and 128GB of video memory.

Apple Afterburner

Afterburner features a programmable Application Specific Integrated Circuit (ASIC) capable of decoding up to 6.3 billion pixels per second. With Afterburner, video editors using high-quality cameras that require the conversion of native file formats into proxies for easy editing can now use native formats right from the camera.

It can decode up to three streams of 8K ProRes RAW video and 12 streams of 4K ProRes RAW video in real time, virtually eliminating proxy workflows.

The new Mac Pro will be available in Spring this year, pricing for Australia has not yet been announced but US pricing starts at US$5,999.