Mac Pro Quietly Upgraded to 12 Cores Standard

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Apple quietly upgraded the Mac Pro line on Monday after the Worldwide Developers Conference keynote presentation. The changes in the new models are relatively minor, although the Mac Pro does now come standard as a 12-core configuration instead of 8 cores.

Mac Pro: Same as it ever was. Almost.Mac Pro: Same as it ever was. Almost.

The Mac Pro now ships with two 2.4GHz 6-core Xeon E5645 processors for 12 total cores. Unfortunately, those processors aren’t new for Intel and were first introduced in 2010. The standard graphics card is still ATI’s Radeon HD 5770 with 16GB RAM with two Mini DisplayPort and a dual-link DVI connectors.

If you’re looking for Thunderbolt connectors, you’ll have to turn to Apple’s other computer offerings, and unlike the just released MacBook Pro and MacBook Air updates, it doesn’t offer USB 3.0 support.

The standard Mac Pro configuration includes 12GB RAM, a 1TB hard drive, and SuperDrive for US$3,799. A quad-core model with a single 3.2GHz Intel Xeon processor, 6GB RAM, 1TB hard drive and SuperDrive costs $2,499.

The models are available now, but after a nearly two-year wait, there’s a good chance customers were hoping for something more in this refresh.

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That just sucks

I can only guess the logic board with new CPU’s weren’t ready. Or they simply don’t give a damn.

Lee Dronick

I assume that this comes with Mountain Lion.

John Dingler, artist

Yawner and *Zzzzzzzzzzz*


Very disappointing, but they were probably very busy working on the other hardware, like that new MBP Retina.  This kind of update takes almost no work, since there’s no new motherboard, which you’d need for thunderbolt and/or USB 3 support.


Yes, disappointing.  With as long as it’s been between major refreshes of several Mac products, I really was expecting a major refresh across their entire Mac product line.


This is complete BS.  I’ve been very patient, but this signals the beginning of the end.  Time to abandon ship and start looking at other options.


Here are the specs from intel’s web site for the fastest 2010 Macpro (2.93GHz) and todays fastest ‘new’ Macpro (3.06GHz).
There is not much of a difference.

Not that these are not from the new E5 family, but from the 5600 series


To compare both side by side:,47920


Both appear to be codenamed “Westmere-EP”



The reason this was such a quiet announcement is that even Apple is embarrassed.  Releasing two year old technology as your new model should be telling people where Apple’s focus is.  Could it be that announcement that Google is activating 900,000 Androids a day now?


No one’s mentioned what was rumored last year, that a new MacPro would have a new form factor that would make it easier to rack mount (as a replacement for the Xserve).

Would have helped, but nothing could put a good spin on no Thunderbolt ports!


You know, I don’t think there’s a other way Apple could have screwed up this refresh so badly. It’s a price drop. Never mind thunderbolt… At least this has PCI. No SATA III? No USB 3? No new graphics card? The Radeon 6000 and 7000 series have come and almost gone. People ate hacking in nvidia 570 cards into their pros by now. There isn’t even an option for a Quadro or Fire Pro card.

This is guaranteed to keep Pros alienated, rather than calming fears. Even a small bump to SATA 3, USB 3, and a video card released this year would have done a lot to soothe an increasingly anxious part of Apple’s community.

John Dingler, artist

I normally like to view the keynote. However, after I opened up the window to today’s keynote (which Apple just now made available), I closed the window, feeling unenthusiastic because of the lack of a significant MacPro update. Such a yawner.


I guess the only good news is that indicates that it’s not discontinued.

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