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 3.0 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.