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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

Apple Mac Pro Dual-Core Xeon 5150 2.66 GHz