Mac Pro

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The Mac Pro is not for the av­er­age, ev­ery­day user. De­spite its new cut-down chas­sis (it’s just 25.1cm high and weighs 5kg) the Mac Pro is packed full of cut­ting-edge com­po­nents de­signed to de­liver as­ton­ish­ing per­for­mance. It’s aimed firmly at cre­ative pro­fes­sion­als who need to crunch a se­ri­ous amount of num­bers as part of their craft.

To this end, the Mac Pro is more than qual­i­fied – Xeon pro­ces­sors, dual AMD graph­ics cards and sup­port for up to 64GB RAM en­sure it de­liv­ers on all fronts, and the PCIe-based flash stor­age keeps it run­ning smoothly. You sup­ply your own mon­i­tor, and the Mac Pro sup­ports up to three 4K dis­plays.

There’s no longer room for ex­pan­sion cards in this model, but six Thun­der­bolt and four USB 3.0 ports han­dle ex­ter­nal add-ons. How­ever, it’s here we hit the Mac Pro’s big­gest is­sue: it’s sorely over­due for an up­date. With Thun­der­bolt 3.0 just around the cor­ner, we strongly rec­om­mend you hold off un­til Ap­ple fi­nally un­veils the next-gen­er­a­tion model.

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