Besides the many updates which Apple has shown in their conference, it introduced new Mac Pro with Pro display XDR. The changes in the design and display reflect Apple is going to introduction of new AMD graphics technology. The new system will use the Radeon Pro Vega II, a GPU that’s built on the 7-nanometer architecture of the Radeon VII with a workstation focus. The base processing power isn’t that much different with up to 14 TFLOPS of single-precision computing power.
Besides that, the Pro Vega II touts a whopping 32GB of high-bandwidth HBM2 RAM to handle demanding tasks like 8K video editing or running two 6K displays.
Apple’s New Mac Pro
While talking about the new Apple Mac Pro, the GPU is also defined by how well it works in groups. It offers a speedy (84GB/s) connection with other GPUs. You can spring for a Radeon Pro Vega II Duo that stuffs two GPUs into one enclosure, and the Mac Pro supports two of those. On the other hand, there’s also an “all-new” PCIe connector that enables both 500W of power capacity in addition to integrating Thunderbolt 3 connectors.
The new Intel Xeon processor inside the Mac Pro will have up to 28 cores, with up to 300W of power and heavy-duty cooling, “so it can run unconstrained at full power at all times.” System memory can be maxed out at an eyebrow-raising 1.5TB, says Apple, with six-channel memory across 12 DIMM slots.
Alongside that, there are also eight PCI Express slots, with four of them being double-wide to accommodate larger expansion cards. Two USB-C / Thunderbolt 3 and two USB-A ports will be on the rear of the system, and two more USB-C / TB3 ports will be accessible at the top. That’s at least one more USB-C port than you’ll find on a majority of desktop PC systems
According to the company, the Pro Vega II is aimed squarely at creative’s who can justify spending lavish amounts on GPUs. Whatever they pay up front might pay for itself through faster turnaround times on their projects.
The new Mac Pro is launching this fall with a starting price of $5,999. That’s with a spec vastly below its maxed out exciting new features: you get 32GB of memory, an octa-core Intel Xeon CPU, Radeon Pro 580X graphics, and a 256GB SSD.