Good-bye, Power Mac; hello, Mac Pro

Good-bye, Power Mac; hello, Mac Pro

Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference is underway as I type this, and the word is that they just announced the Apple Mac Pro, the Intel Xeon-based replacement for the old Power Mac G5 . This is the last major Apple desktop or notebook consumer product to receive an Intel chip. Each Mac Pro will have two Core 2-based Xeon chips, making it another quad-core system like the Power Mac G5. Apple says it will offer the Mac Pro in a standard $2,499 configuration, which includes two 2.66GHz Xeon chips, 1GB of 667MHz DDR2 SDRAM, a 250GB hard drive, a 256MB Nvidia GeForce 7300 graphics card, and a 16X SuperDrive DVD burner. Apple claims that a similar configuration in a Dell Precision workstation would cost up to $1,000 more. You will also be able to configure the Mac Pro to order. Other specs include the following:

- Four hard drive bays
- Up to 2 terabytes of storage
- Three full-length PCI Express slots
- A double-wide PCI Express graphics slot
- Up to 16GB of system memory
- Either an ATI Radeon or an Nvidia Quadro graphics card
- Bluetooth and AirPort Express wireless

 

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