Is the New Mac Pro Worth the Investment?

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First of all, the New Mac Pro, Apple’s high-end desktop, is not to be confused with the MacBook Pro. It is the bigger, more powerful sibling of the iMac and Mac Mini which was supposedly designed for a different audience. Have you ever thought of purchasing a Mac Pro for yourself? It’s always a good idea to know exactly what it is that you’re buying, and whether or not it is the most suitable choice for your needs. Today we would like to take a look at the new mac pro price, features and specs. You could consider this a Apple New Mac Pro review.

Understand that You Are Purchasing a High-end Device for a High-end Price

First things first: the new Mac Pro is not a cheap device. It was designed to feature the absolute best features for video, audio and motion graphics. The audience that we were talking about earlier represents, mainly, power users and graphic workers, and it sits several levels above the MacBook Pro with Retina Display and iMac.

There are several variants and configurations for the new Mac Pro, ranging from quad-core Xeon to an incredible 12 cores. The standard for these computers is dual GPUs, but customers have the option of updating to 128GB of RAM.

New Mac Pro Price & Specifications

The New Mac Pro is a customizable device, and the lowest-end model price tag for it is 2.999$. Here are the specs for the this model:

  • 12 GB 1866 MHz DDR3 ECC RAM
  • Dual AMD FirePro D300 GPUS w/ 2GB GDDR5 VRAM
  • 3.7GHz Quad-core Intel Xeon E5 CPU
  • 256GB PCIe-based flash storage
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As you can see, the low end model packs more than enough punch for you to enjoy the basic utilities of a computer: navigating online, playing games, rendering etc. But what about better equipped model? There is a standard six-core model new Mac Pro available for 3.999$. Here’s what it has to offer:

  • 3.5GHz 6-Core Intel Xeon E5 CPU
  • 16GB 1866MHz DDR3 ECC RAM
  • Dual AMD FirePro D300 GPUs w/ 3GB GDDR5 VRAM each
  • 256GB PCIe-based flash storage

But wait, there’s more! The above two models are commonly referred to as having ‘base configurations’. However, you can upgrade each of your components to turn the new mac pro into a powerhouse with incredible performance, that would make it, arguably, one of the best setups for 2014. If you choose to use a custom configuration for each part, the total price for a new mac pro would probably hover around the 9.599$ value. Here’s what you’ll get for it:

  • 2.7GHz 12-Core Intel Xeon E5 CPU
  • 64GB 1866MHz DDR3 ECC RAM
  • Dual AMD FirePro D700 GPUs w/ 6GB GDDR5 VRAM each
  • 1TB PCIe-based flash storage

 

The New Mac Pro: Yes or No?

Considering that you will also have to purchase your keyboard, monitor, mouse, accessories and pre-installed protection software, you will probably end up at around 15.000 dollars. Can you really afford it and is it really worth it?

While it is true that Apple products have higher prices due to the company’s reputation, the reality is that the new mac pro is an incredible device. Nevertheless, if you are only planning on browsing online or playing Candy Crush Saga, you should definitely opt for a low-end MacBook Pro. The New mac pro was designed for world-class video & image editing performance. Rumor has it that Apple displays will also receive Retina 5K very soon, which would definitely enhance graphical capabilities of the new mac pro.

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For graphic artists, video editers, architects and engineers, this device is definitely a must-have. For tech enthusiasts, it might be nothing more than a fad. Gamers most definitely also have this device on their Christmas gift card. Everything about this computer: screen capabilities, design, processor, graphics, CPU, RAM, battery life etc. is top-notch.

All in all, if you consider that you absolutely need a beast of a machine for your virtual endeavors, the new Mac Pro is worth the cash. If you are only interested in a capable device for daily activities, you should be smart and settle for less. You should also keep in mind that 2013 and 2014 saw the release of many exceptional devices. 2015 might bring similar news, so you might want to post-pone your shopping decision.