Eschewing the traditional tower design, the new Mac Pro is cylindrical, coming in at one eighth of the previous model’s size – standing just 9.9 inches tall – but it packs a lot of power.
Designed around a thermal core that cools its components, the Mac Pro boasts next-generation Xeon processor options, dual workstationclass GPUs, Thunderbolt 2, PCIebased flash storage and fast ECC memory. Six Thunderbolt 2 ports sit at the back; this second generation of Intel’s Thunderbolt technology is flexible enough to provide a huge 20Gbps of bandwidth in one direction. And each of the six Thunderbolt 2 ports can daisy chain up to six peripherals, giving you access to up to 36 high-performance peripherals. It’s fully backwards compatible with the original Thunderbolt port too, so if you already have Thunderbolt devices, you can still use them. There are also four USB 3 ports – the first time high-speed USB has been featured on the Mac Pro – and two gigabit Ethernet ports. Numerous custom options are also available.
The Mac Pro is probably a Mac too far for most users, but for those who need an incredible degree of computing power, it’s capable of offering astonishing performance.