Apple Introduces New Mac Pro

Apple introduced the new Mac Pro with eight processor cores and a new system
architecture that delivers up to twice the performance of its predecessor. The
new Mac Pro combines two of Intel’s new 45 nanometer Quad-Core Xeon processors
running up to 3.2 GHz, powerful new graphics and up to 4TB of internal storage
to offer the ideal system for creative professionals, 3D digital content creators
and scientists. The standard 8-core configuration starts at just $2,799.

“The new Mac Pro is the fastest Mac we’ve ever made,” said Philip Schiller,
Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing. “With 3.2 GHz
8-core Xeon processing, a 1600 MHz front side bus and 800 MHz memory, the new
Mac Pro uses the fastest Intel Xeon architecture on the market.”

The new Mac Pro features the latest Quad-Core Intel Xeon 5400 series
processors based on state-of-the-art 45nm Intel Core microarchitecture running
up to 3.2 GHz, each with 12MB of L2 cache per processor for breakthrough
performance and power efficiency. With a new high-bandwidth hardware
architecture, dual-independent 1600 MHz front side buses and up to 32GB of 800
MHz DDR2 ECC FB-DIMM memory, the new Mac Pro achieves a 61 percent increase in
memory throughput.

Every Mac Pro comes standard with the ATI Radeon HD 2600 XT graphics card
with 256MB of video memory. The Mac Pro includes a new PCI Express 2.0 graphics
slot that delivers up to double the bandwidth compared to the previous
generation, and supports the latest generation of graphics cards from NVIDIA,
such as the NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GT with 512MB of video memory, or NVIDIA Quadro
FX 5600 with 1.5GB of video memory and a 3-D stereo port for stereo-in-a-window
applications. With support for up to four graphics cards, the new Mac Pro can
drive up to eight 30-inch displays at once for advanced visualization and large
display walls.

The Mac Pro is the most expandable Mac ever, featuring four internal hard
drive bays with direct-attach, cable-free installation of four 1TB Serial ATA
hard drives, totaling 4TB of internal storage and support for two SuperDrives.
With optional 15000 rpm SAS drives that can deliver up to 250MB/s of RAID 5 disk
I/O performance, the Mac Pro is ideal for film and video editors. Combined with
SATA or SAS drives, using an optional Mac Pro RAID card offers the ultimate
data protection and disk I/O performance on the Mac Pro. The Mac Pro is easily
and conveniently accessible in front and back so users can connect external
devices with five USB 2.0, two FireWire 400, two FireWire 800, optical and
analog audio in and out, dual Gigabit Ethernet ports and a headphone jack.

Every Mac Pro includes Leopard, the sixth major release of the world’s most
advanced operating system. Leopard is packed with more than 300 new features
and introduces a brand new desktop with Stacks, a new way to easily access
files from the Dock; a redesigned Finder that lets users quickly browse and
share files between multiple Macs; Quick Look, a new way to instantly see files
without opening an application; Spaces, an intuitive new feature used to create
groups of applications and instantly switch between them; and Time Machine, an
effortless way to automatically back up everything on a Mac. Featuring an
improved scheduler and other multi-core technology, Leopard is a perfect
companion to the Mac Pro, making applications faster and helping application
developers take advantage of multi-core systems.

The new ultra-thin aluminum Apple Keyboard now ships with every Mac Pro and
built-in Bluetooth 2.0 makes it easy to reduce cable clutter with the optional
Apple Wireless Keyboard and Apple Wireless Mouse.
Complete build-to-order options and pricing are available at www.apple.com/macpro.