Much has been written about the upcoming Mac Pro, set to be released in the second half of 2013. A quick search on the internet showed that netizens have been engaging in deep, and often heated, discussions about the Mac Pro’s design, specifications, and upgradability. All the talk about complicated technical terms left us feeling dazed and confused, so we’ll be keeping it simple and stupid. Because ultimately, it all boils down to one simple question: is the new Mac Pro worth your purchase?
If you’re into oddly-shaped black cylinder designs, the Mac Pro will be right up your alley. If not, it looks a little strange, like an overdose of science fiction. We can’t help but imagine the top of the cylinder opening suddenly, with the emerging misty smoke camouflaging the alien life form living inside. Maybe our imaginations are too vivid for our own good.
The Apple folks say that the new Mac Pro will be twice as fast as its predecessor, and we’re inclined to agree. It will be powered by Intel’s Xeon chipset, the Xeon E5, and also allow for configuration of up to 12 cores of processing power. Memory bandwidth for the new model is 60GBps, compared to 30GBps for the current one. Graphics will be significantly enhanced, thanks to two GPUs with up to 6GB of VRAM each. The new Mac Pro will use cutting edge PCI Express flash storage, which is much faster than traditional mechanical hard drives and standard flash storage units. Basically, this new machine will offer the best of the best in terms of current technology, and greatly enhance the Mac Pro’s performance capabilities.
Apple has not revealed the price of the new Mac Pro yet, but based on all the new technology invested in the design and engineering, it will probably be quite costly. So do you really need the new Mac Pro? If you’re a professional in the fields of graphic design, video editing, software development, or any industry which requires high performance computers, the Mac Pro is perfect for you. Otherwise, you’ll be better off with an iMac or Mac Book.