Apple’s Mac Pro 2019, unveiled at the 2019 WWDC, upends the old cylindrical design and upgrades Apple’s most powerful computer for the future. If you’ve been hanging on the sidelines because of the issues in the Mac Pro 2013 model, your wait could be over. The new design brings welcome changes, making the Mac Pro a heavy duty computer, highly recommended for:
- Graphical artists
- Video editing
- 3D rendering and Virtual Reality
- Server use
- Regular power users
Make no mistake, the Mac Pro 2019 is a powerful computer that will handle just about anything you throw at it.
Models and Upgrades
The base model for the Mac Pro 2019 offers a taste of what’s available in the more powerful upgrade. It boasts an eight-core 3.GHz Intel Xeon CPU with 32 GB RAM. This configuration has the AMD Radeon Pro 580X for its graphic card.
Power users who want even more performance from the Mac Pro can opt for the upgraded versions. The number of cores available increase across configurations up to a maximum of 28 2.5GHz Intel Xeon W cores.
Apple scrapped the cylindrical design that came in the older, 2013 version of the Mac Pro. The 2019 model comes with a familiar-looking rectangular tower block reminiscent of the 2006, first generation, Mac Pro.
The new design has a stainless steel frame with a shiny aluminum housing case that encloses the Mac Pro’s internals. Reaching in and swapping components is now simpler thanks to a design that’s more modular than before. The computer’s storage units and memory are easy to access. So is the processor and graphics processing unit.
Graphics and Operating System
Thanks to its high end internals, the Mac Pro 2019 model can render powerful graphics applications easier and faster than the previous model. Up to four GPUs are included in the Mac Pro. The individual components are configurable, with the following GPU types offered:
- AMD Radeon Pro Vega II Duo - available in high end configurations, with 28.4 teraflops single-precision graphics processing speed
- AMD Radeon Pro Vega II - offers 14.2 teraflops single precision
- AMD Radeon Pro 580X - Available in the base configuration, offers 5.6 teraflops single precision
The Mac Pro 2019 model runs on MacOS Mojave. However, the hardware supports other operating systems.
Monitor and Accessories
Along with its impressive processing power, the Mac Pro also comes with a range of supporting devices and accessories.
For input, it comes with Apple’s Magic Keyboard, a sleek keyboard optimized for comfortable typing. It carries a rechargeable battery that lasts up to a month. Other accessories include the Magic Mouse 2 and Magic Trackpad 2.
Due to its powerful internals, the Mac Pro can support up to four 5K displays, or eight 4K displays at once. Apple has also announced a new 32-inch monitor called the Pro Display XDR. The Mac Pro can use up to four of these, in its most powerful version.
To Consider Before Your Purchase
One problem the old Mac Pro had was limited upgrade options. Since the cylindrical design used non-standard hardware, swapping components for newer tech was harder to do. While the new Mac Pro promises to change that, you might want to buy the base model to keep costs low when upgrading.
- Price: The base model has a price of $5,999, while higher end configurations could run up to $30,000 or more depending on optional extras
- Processor Cores: Available in 8, 12, 16, 24, and 28 core configurations
- RAM: Configurable from 32 GB to 1.5TB
What Do They Say on Other Sites
“Creative users who prefer the gets-out-of-your-way polish, predictability and integration of hardware/software that only macOS can offer (no matter how many layers of paint Microsoft slaps on the Windows UI, you need only scratch the surface to find the draconian underpinnings of their awful legacy OS) will continue to support the platform because the trade off for ease of use is worth it to them. (jlrnyc at The Verge)
“I get the feeling that when Apple says ""modular design"" that they don’t mean a traditional tower. I’m worried they’re going to push external Thunderbolt enclosures for the GPU and storage, with the base CPU/RAM/Mobo unit still being entirely unupgradeable. (bata23 at The Verge)
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