Eschewing the traditional tower design of high-end workstations, the Mac Pro is just 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 a Xeon processor, dual workstation-class GPUs and PCIe-based flash storage. Six Thunderbolt 2 ports sit at the back, each one providing 20Gbps of bandwidth in one direction and able to daisy-chain up to six peripherals. There are also four USB 3.0 ports and two Gigabit Ethernet ports. Numerous custom options are available. The Mac Pro is an incredibly powerful computer that’ll provide you with astonishing performance for the most demanding tasks – yet it’s probably a Mac too far for most users. However, with Thunderbolt 3 so close to availability (see page 6), it’s worth delaying your purchase unless you absolutely need the Mac Pro’s capabilities right now.