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. And we mean a lot!

De­signed around a ther­mal core that cools its com­po­nents, the Mac Pro boasts a Xeon pro­ces­sor, dual work­sta­tion-class GPUs, PCIe-based flash stor­age and fast ECC mem­ory. 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. 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 and two Gi­ga­bit Eth­er­net ports. It can be cus­tomised with bet­ter graph­ics cards and more ca­pa­ble (but costly) Xeon pro­ces­sors with six, eight or 12 cores, rather than the en­try-level model’s four.

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, it’s worth de­lay­ing your pur­chase un­less you ab­so­lutely need the Mac Pro’s tremen­dous pro­cess­ing and graph­ics ca­pa­bil­i­ties right now.

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