During the Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) on Monday Apple unveiled its brand new Mac Pro workstation. It has one of the most unique designs we have ever seen for a desktop system. Its cylindrical shape is a complete departure from the norm and it sure packs a lot inside as well.
Inside the new Mac Pro will make use of one of the new 12-core Ivy Bridge-EP processors (Xeon E5), which will launch in Q3. Graphics are powered by two AMD workstation graphics cards. Storage will be flash based and will use the PCI Express bus for transfer, which will eliminate many current storage bottlenecks. The Mac Pro will also come with 4K display support, Bluetooth 4.0 and 802.11ac WiFi.
One of the most interesting things about the Mac Pro is the thermal design. With all the power in a small space you may be wondering how the whole thing is cooled. Rather than using multiple heat sinks and fans to cool the processor and graphics cards, they built everything around a single piece of extruded aluminum designed to maximize airflow as well as thermal capacity. It works by conducting heat away from the CPU and GPUs and distributing that heat uniformly across the core. There is also a single large fan on the top of the unit that uses backward-curved impeller blades that runs at fewer revolutions per minute, draws air more efficiently as it spins, and creates considerably less noise.
The Mac Pro will be available in Q3 of 2013. No word yet on pricing but considering the hardware and of course Apple’s higher prices expect this to set you back quite a bit. Apple also said these machines will be built in the US.