Mac Pro

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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.

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