Sometimes, to make major step forward, you have to completely change direction.
When we began work on the next Mac Pro, we considered every element that defines a pro computer — graphics, storage,expansion, processing power and memory. And we challenged ourselves to find the best, most forward-looking way possibleto engineer each one of them. When we put it all together, the result was something entirely new. Something radicallydifferent from anything before it. Something that provides an extremely powerful argument against the status quo.
The new power structure.
Engineered around workstation graphics with dual GPUs, PCIe-based flash storage, high-performance Thunderbolt 2,new-generation Xeon processors, ultra-fast memory and support for 4K video, the new Mac Pro delivers state-of-the-artperformance across the board.
The new Mac Pro is muscle through and through, starting with the new-generation Intel Xeon E5, available with 4, 6,8 or 12 cores of processing power on a single die. And with up to 30MB of L3 cache, 40GB/s of PCI Express gen 3 bandwidthand 256-bit-wide floating-point instructions, you’ll never be at a loss for speed.
Every component in the new Mac Pro is optimised for performance. That includes a four-channel DDR3 memory controller running at1866MHz. It supports up to 64GB of memory and delivers up to 60GB/s of memory bandwidth, which means you can fly through even themost computer-intensive tasks in no time. And since it’s ECC memory, your render job, video export or simulation won’t be stoppedby transient memory errors.
Traditionally, pro computers have relied primarily on the CPU for their computing power. But as GPU performance has dramaticallyincreased, software developers have begun to leverage that power in their apps. With the new Mac Pro, we looked ahead and engineeredan even more powerful GPU architecture. Not only does it feature a state-of-the-art AMD FirePro workstation-class GPU — it featurestwo of them. And each is available with 2GB, 3GB or 6GB of dedicated VRAM and up to 2,048 stream processors. With all that power,you’ll be able to do things like seamlessly edit full-resolution 4K video while simultaneously rendering effects in the background — andstill have enough power to connect up to three high-resolution 4K displays.
There’s flash storage, and then there’s next-generation PCIe-based flash storage. We’re talking storage that’s up to 2.4 times fasterthan the fastest SATA-based solid-state drive and up to 10 times faster than a 7200-rpm SATA hard drive. Most flash storage systemsconnect via SATA buses designed for slower-spinning hard drives. But we designed the new Mac Pro around new PCIe-based flash controllertechnology to deliver the fastest solid-state drives available as standard in a desktop computer. So you’ll have up to 1TB of storagethat will let you boot up, launch apps and even open massive files in, well, a flash.
A unified thermal core.
The new Mac Pro packs an unprecedented amount of power in an unthinkable amount of space. A big reason we were able to do that is theingenious unified thermal core. Rather than using multiple heat sinks and fans to cool the processor and graphics cards, we built everythingaround a single piece of extruded aluminium designed to maximise airflow as well as thermal capacity. It works by conducting heat awayfrom the CPU and GPUs, and distributing that heat uniformly across the core. That way, if one processor isn’t working as hard as theothers, the extra thermal capacity can be shared efficiently between them. No computer has been built this way before. And yet it makesso much sense, it’s now hard to imagine building one any other way.
A single breakthrough fan.
An incredible amount of innovation went into designing a fan system capable of cooling such a high-performance device. Instead of addingextra fans, we engineered a single, larger fan that pulls air upwards through a bottom intake. As air passes vertically through the centreof the device, it absorbs heat and carries it out of the top. It’s simple and elegant — and also astonishingly quiet. To achieve that, wehad to consider every detail: the number of blades, the size of the blades, the spacing of the blades and even the shape of the blades.By minimising air resistance throughout the system, we were able to design a fan with backward-curved impeller blades that runs at fewerrevolutions per minute, draws air more efficiently as it spins and creates considerably less noise.
Expansion, vastly expanded.
In creating a pro computer for the future, we wanted to provide an enormous amount of expansion — without being limited to the space insidethe enclosure. Designed with built-in Thunderbolt 2, USB 3, Gigabit Ethernet and HDMI 1.4 ports, Mac Pro sets a new standard in flexible,high-performance expansion. It’s our most expandable Mac yet. And it has everything you need to build a workstation completely customisedto what you need and how you work.