The Fastest Mac Ever

Apple introduces new Mac Pro with Intel Nehalem Xeon processors      03/03/09
The Fastest Mac Ever


Apple have introduced the new Mac Pro using Intel "Nehalem" Xeon processors and a next-generation system architecture to deliver up to twice the performance of the previous generation system.* The new Mac Pro starts at $2,499 and features the latest graphics technology and an updated interior that makes expansion even easier than before.
Philip Schiller, Apple's senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing, had this to say..."The new Mac Pro is a significant upgrade and starts at $300 less than before. The Mac Pro features an advanced system architecture, new faster processors and our best-ever graphics options to deliver a faster, more powerful system that our professional customers are going to love."
Here's the Apple press release...
The new Mac Pro includes Intel Xeon processors running at speeds up to 2.93 GHz, each with an integrated memory controller with three channels of 1066 MHz DDR3 ECC memory that delivers up to 2.4 times the memory bandwidth while cutting memory latency up to 40 percent.** Every Mac Pro comes standard with the NVIDIA GeForce GT 120 with 512MB of GDDR3 memory, a high-performance graphics card with nearly three times greater performance when compared to the previous generation system.*** An optional ATI Radeon HD 4870 is available for even more performance. With both a Mini DisplayPort and DVI port, the new Mac Pro provides out-of-the-box support for the 24-inch Apple LED Cinema Display, the 30-inch Apple Cinema HD Display, or other DVI based displays.
An updated interior provides easy access to all components within the Mac Pro for hassle free expansion. The Mac Pro includes four direct-attach cable-free hard drive carriers for installing up to 4TB of internal storage when using 1TB 7200-rpm Serial ATA drives. An optional cable-free Mac Pro RAID card delivers performance up to 550MB/s**** and allows the four internal drive bays to be set up in RAID 0, 1, 5, or 0+1 configurations for improved disk performance and redundant data protection.
Continuing Apple's commitment to the environment, the new Mac Pro exceeds Energy Star 4.0 requirements and is leading the industry as an early adopter of the more stringent Energy Star 5.0 requirements which will become effective later this year. The Mac Pro enclosure is made of highly recyclable aluminum and the interior is designed to be more material-efficient. The Mac Pro uses PVC-free internal cables and components and contains no brominated flame retardants. The new Mac Pro achieves EPEAT Gold status.*****
Every Mac includes Leopard®, the world's most advanced operating system which features Time Machine™, an effortless way to automatically back up everything on a Mac; a redesigned Finder™ that lets users quickly browse and share files between multiple Macs; Quick Look, the best way to instantly see files without opening an application; Spaces®, an intuitive feature used to create groups of applications and instantly switch between them; Mail with easy setup and elegant, personalized stationery; and iChat®, the most advanced video chat. Every Mac comes with Apple's innovative iLife® '09 suite of applications for managing photos, making movies and creating and learning to play music. iLife '09 features iPhoto®, which introduces Faces and Places as breakthrough new ways to easily organize and manage your photos; iMovie® with powerful easy-to-use new features such as Precision Editor, video stabilization and advanced drag and drop; and GarageBand® which introduces a whole new way to help you learn to play piano and guitar. Optional Apple professional applications include Aperture™, Final Cut® Express, Final Cut Studio®, Logic® Express, Logic Studio® and Shake®.
The new quad-core Mac Pro, with a suggested retail price of $2,499 (US), includes:
  • one 2.66 GHz Quad-Core Intel Xeon 3500 series processor with 8MB of shared L3 cache;
  • 3GB of 1066 MHz DDR3 ECC SDRAM memory, expandable up to 8GB;
  • NVIDIA GeForce GT 120 graphics with 512MB of GDDR3 memory;
  • 640GB Serial ATA 3Gb/s hard drive running at 7200 rpm;
  • 18x SuperDrive with double-layer support (DVD±R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW);
  • Mini DisplayPort and DVI (dual-link) for video output (adapters sold separately);
  • four PCI Express 2.0 slots;
  • five USB 2.0 ports and four FireWire® 800 ports;
  • Bluetooth 2.1+EDR; and
  • ships with Apple Keyboard with numerical keypad and Mighty Mouse.
The new 8-core Mac Pro, with a suggested retail price of $3,299 (US), includes:
  • two 2.26 GHz Quad-Core Intel Xeon 5500 series processors with 8MB of shared L3 cache per processor;
  • 6GB of 1066 MHz DDR3 ECC SDRAM memory, expandable up to 32GB;
  • NVIDIA GeForce GT 120 graphics with 512MB of GDDR3 memory;
  • 640GB Serial ATA 3Gb/s hard drive running at 7200 rpm;
  • 18x SuperDrive with double-layer support (DVD±R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW);
  • Mini DisplayPort and DVI (dual-link) for video output (adapters sold separately);
  • four PCI Express 2.0 slots;
  • five USB 2.0 ports and four FireWire 800 ports;
  • Bluetooth 2.1+EDR; and
  • ships with Apple Keyboard with numerical keypad and Mighty Mouse.
Build to order options and accessories include: one 2.93 GHz Quad-Core Intel Xeon processor for the quad-core Mac Pro; two 2.66 GHz or two 2.93 GHz Quad-Core Intel Xeon processors for the 8-core Mac Pro; up to 8GB for the quad-core Mac Pro and up to 32GB for the 8-core Mac Pro of 1066 MHz DDR3 ECC SDRAM memory; up to four 1TB Serial ATA hard drives running at 7200 rpm; Mac Pro RAID card; up to two 18x SuperDrives with double-layer support; ATI Radeon HD 4870 graphics with 512MB of GDDR5 memory; AirPort Extreme® 802.11n; Apple Keyboard, Apple Wireless Keyboard; Apple Wireless Mighty Mouse; Mac OS® X Server Leopard. Complete build-to-order options and pricing are available at www.apple.com/macpro.
*Testing conducted by Apple in February 2009 using preproduction Mac Pro 8-core 2.93 GHz systems and previous generation Mac Pro 8-core 3.2 GHz systems. Based on estimate SPECfp_rate_base2006 results, SPEC is a registered trademark of the Standard Performance Evaluation Corporation (SPEC); see www.spec.org for more information.
**Testing conducted by Apple in February 2009 using preproduction Mac Pro 8-core 2.93 GHz systems with 6GB of RAM and shipping previous generation Mac Pro 8-core 3.2 GHz systems with 8GB of RAM. Results are based on the STREAM v. 5.8 benchmark (www.cs.virginia.edu/stream/ref.html) using OMP support for multiprocessor-compiled builds. Memory latency data provided by Intel.
***Testing conducted by Apple in February 2009 using preproduction Mac Pro 8-core 2.93 GHz systems with 6GB of RAM and NVIDIA GeForce GT 120, and shipping previous generation Mac Pro 8-core 3.2 GHz systems with 8GB of RAM and ATI Radeon HD 2600 XT. Results based on Call of Duty 4 v1.7.1, Timedemoambush, Timedemobog, Timedemopipeline, maximum graphics quality, 4x antialiasing, at 1680 x 1050.
****Testing by Apple in February 2009 using preproduction Mac Pro 8-core 2.93 GHz configured with Mac Pro RAID card. Testing conducted using Iometer 2006.07.27 with a 30-sec ramp-up, five-min run, 512KB request size, and four outstanding IOs. System configured with the OS and test volume on a single four-drive SAS RAID 0 volume. Performance tests are conducted using specific computer systems and reflect the approximate performance of Mac Pro RAID Card.
*****EPEAT is an independent organization that helps customers compare the environmental performance of notebooks and desktops. Products meeting all of the 23 required criteria and at least 75 percent of the optional criteria are recognized as EPEAT Gold products. The EPEAT program was conceived by the US EPA and is based on IEEE 1680 standard for Environmental Assessment of Personal Computer Products. For more information visit www.epeat.net. Systems configured with multiple graphics cards, a Mac Pro RAID card, or a Fibre Channel card do not meet Energy Star or EPEAT Gold requirements.
Pricing and Availability:
The new Mac Pro will be available next week through the Apple Store, Apple's retail stores and Apple Authorized Resellers.
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    4 Comments...  Post a comment    original story
    Not Mac    Said...

    I cant see where the processors are better, 2.26gHz is a slower clock speed than the previous 8 core no? Am I missing something really important?

    03-Mar-09 04:33 PM


    dok whammo    Said...

    they are based on the new intel i7 cpu design.. it has completely new way of accessing RAM - there is no system bus, the CPU has a direct pipeline to RAM - which is now triple channel (meaning you use 3 sticks at once) DDR3 running at 1ghz

    its faster. much faster. trust me!

    03-Mar-09 05:45 PM


    Al Fresco    Said...

    Clock speed does not dictate faster any more. In the same way a P4 3Ghz CPU is much slower than a current 2Ghz CPU.

    As Dok mentioned its about the new architecture allowing faster movement of information from the CPU to RAM.

    Also can I have a little rant, I am a huge MAC fan but the quote 'THE FASTEST MAC EVER' oh please come on is that not stating the obvious? and anyway speed isn't everything. I also think overall its been a lousy update to the range. I am so glad I bought a Macbook Pro instead of waiting for a quad core iMac.

    04-Mar-09 03:47 AM


    flux302    Said...

    yeah I'm super happy wiht my mac book pro 2.4 ghz that i got right b4 they made the jump to the aluminum ones. can't belive they are phasing out fw400 like that (I guess you can jsut hook an adapter to the 800 though right?)

    12-Mar-09 08:52 PM


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