Apple’s new top line Mac Pro will feature 1.5TB of RAM

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Amidst all the software announcements, Apple took some time out of its WWDC 2019 keynote to unveil some hardware. And not just any hardware. The world’s most expensive cheese grater.

Okay, for the memes head on over to Memeburn. For now, let’s talk numbers.

The new Mac Pro will start at $5999. For that price, you’ll get an eight-core Intel Xeon processor, 32GB of RAM, an AMD Radeon Pro 580X graphics card, and a humble 256GB SSD.

However, it’s the potential figures that are scary.

You could get a Mac Pro with a 28-core Xeon, up to 1.5TB of RAM (in 12 DIMM slots), an AMD Radeon Pro Vega II Duo, and eight PCIe slots (with 64 PCI lanes).

That graphics card, is worth mentioning in more detail.

“Mac Pro debuts the Radeon Pro Vega II, featuring up to 14 teraflops of compute performance and 32GB of memory with 1TB/s of memory bandwidth, the highest of any GPU,” Apple added in a release.

“Mac Pro also introduces Radeon Pro Vega II Duo, which features two Vega II GPUs for an incredible 28 teraflops of graphics performance and 64GB of memory, making it the world’s most powerful graphics card.”

Oh, and you can employ two Vega II Duos in your machine, providing 128GB of video memory.

Apple’s also adding a number of custom chips to the Mac Pro, including the Apple Afterburner which “enables playback of three streams of 8K ProRes RAW video simultaneously”.

It’s not clear how much the range topping Mac Pro will cost just yet, but the machine will be available to order in Q3 2019. It’s not clear when the Mac Pro will be heading to South Africa.

Feature image: Apple

Andy Walker, former editor


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