Apple introduces an eight-core Mac Pro

According to statements by an Apple representative to Macworld USA, “The eight-core Mac Pro offers professional software developers a platform to prepare new versions of their applications for the future, when eight-core technology is more relevant. ”.

Using two 3 GHz “Clovertown” processors (from the Intel Xeon 5300 Quad-Core series), the eight-core Mac Pro incorporates 8MB of L2 cache per processor offering a total of 16MB, ECC FB- memory. 667MHz DDR2 DIMMs, eight FB-DIMM memory expansion slots divided into two expansion cards (with four slots per card) and supporting a maximum expansion of 16GB of memory, and independent 64-bit front-end buses at speed 1.33 GHz.

Mac Pros have a 16-lane, double-wide PCI Express graphics expansion slot with the option to install an nVidia GeForce 7300 GT with 256MB GDDR2 SDRAM, a single-link DVI port, and a dual-link DVI port. ; an ATI Radeon X1900 XT with 512MB of GDDR3 SDRAM and two dual-link DVI ports or an nVidia Quadro FX 4500 with 512MB of GDDR3 SDRAM with two dual-link DVI ports and a stereo 3D port.

The systems support up to eight monitors with a digital resolution of up to 1,920 x 1,200 pixels, dual-link DVI support up to 2,560 x 1,600 pixels, and analog connection support with resolutions up to 2,048 x 1,536 pixels.

The new Mac Pro have four expansion bays for hard drives offering a maximum internal storage capacity of 3 TB. It also offers the usual AirPort Extreme connection plug-in and support for Bluetooth 2.0.

There are several configuration options available in the Apple Store with a top-of-the-range model that is around 3,900 EUR.