The new $20,000+ Apple Mac Pro
Apple just released a new Mac Pro, their fastest machine ever, a couple of hours ago. The desktop can run up to dual quad-core (8 cores) Intel Xeon 3.2GHz with 32GB of RAM. Guess how much that would set you back?
If you guessed $20,000, you wouldn’t believe it’s actually more than that. I configured a new Mac Pro and got this total (see screen shot on the right).
Ok, I bumped up the RAM, HDD, Graphics Card and the Displays just to see how much the final rig would actually cost. The base price (barebones) is $2,799.
Here’s the breakdown of the custom rig:
Dual Qud Core Intel Xeon 3.2Ghz : + $2,100
32GB RAM : + $9,100
Mac Pro Raid card: + $800
NVIDIA Quadro FX 5600 1.5GB : + $2,850
Dual Apple Cinema Display 30″ : + $3,598
One 16x SuperDrive
AirPort Extreme card (Wi-Fi) : + $50
Apple wireless Mighty Mouse : + $20
Apple Wireless Keyboard: + $30
iWork ’08 preinstalled : + $79
AppleCare Protection Plan : + $250
Actually, you can still add 3 more HDD bays and plug each one of them with 1TB disks. That should up your storage to a whooping 4TB.
Now that explains why a lot of people who owns a Mac has the laptop instead of the desktop. These things are only for those who can really afford. I wonder how much an HP Blackbird 002 (souped-up and fully-rigged) would cost?