Many creative professionals were eagerly waiting for this announcement and now it’s officially a fact. Apple has finally unveiled the brand new and completely overhauled Mac Pro alongside a stunning Apple Pro 6K Retina Display.
The all-new Mac Pro boasts workstation-class Xeon processors up to 28 cores, a high-performance memory system with twelve DIMM slots capable of handling up to massive 1.5TB RAM, eight PCIe expansion slots and a graphics architecture featuring “the world’s most powerful graphics card”, as Apple states.
The company has also introduced Apple Afterburner, a game-changing accelerator card that enables playback of three streams of 8K ProRes RAW video simultaneously.
Regarding GPU capabilities, you can get the basic configuration of Mac Pro with the Radeon Pro 580X on board but the machine can also be configured with the Radeon Pro Vega II, featuring up to 14 teraflops of compute performance and 32GB of memory with 1TB/s of memory bandwidth.
With all this processing power under the hood, the brand new workstation can easily tackle a wide array of system-intensive tasks such as 3D film assets animating, 8K video editing in real-time and complex 3D VFX work. What’s more, you can configure it with Radeon Pro Vega II Duo, which features two Vega II GPUs for an incredible 28 teraflops of graphics performance and 64GB of memory, making it the world’s most powerful graphics card.
If that is not enough, the brand 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.
In terms of I/O, users will have access to two USB 3 ports and two Thunderbolt 3 ports alongside a 3.5mm jack output located at the back of the computer. There are also two 10Gb Ethernet ports at the bottom of the machine as well as two Thunderbolt 3 ports on top of the case.
The aluminum housing of the system can be easily removed from the stainless-steel space frame thus giving users full and extremely convenient 360-degree access to the internals.
Mac Pro 2019 Highlights
Intel Xeon W processors with up to 28 cores
32GB-1.5TB RAM memory
Storage: up to 4TB SSD
GPU: AMD Radeon Pro 580X, Pro Vega II, or Pro Vega II Duo
Two HDMI 2.0 ports on card
Support for up to eight 4K displays, four 5K displays, or four Pro Display XDRs
Up to 2933MHz DDR4 ECC memory
Up to 140GB/s memory bandwidth
Afterburner ProRes and ProRes Raw accelerator card
USB 3, Thunderbolt 4, Ethernet, USB-C, DisplayPort, 3.5mm headphone jack
Availability: Fall 2019
Needless to say, the Pro Display XDR is just as impressive. The unit features a massive 32-inch 6K Retina display with 6016 x 3384 resolution, stunning 1,600 nits of peak brightness, an incredible 1,000,000:1 contrast ratio and a superwide viewing angle.
On top of that, the Pro Display XDR delivers a super-sharp, high-resolution viewing experience with nearly 40 percent more screen real estate than a Retina 5K display. It’s also worth mentioning that it provides P3 wide color gamut coverage and true 10-bit color.
The display itself features edge-to-edge glass in an aluminum enclosure, tilt and height adjustment, and the ability to be rotated into portrait mode. For those who want more mounting options, the Pro Display XDR can be combined with the Pro Stand ($999) or can be mounted with a VESA mount adapter ($199) both selling as separate components.
The all-new Mac Pro and Pro Display XDR will be available later this fall starting a $5,999 and $4,999 respectively.