Since the prices of the Mac Pro became known, many people have wondered whether it would cost more or less than other computers with similar features . At the time we already saw that the price of the Mac Pro was considerably lower than its individual parts and today we can read in MacRumors a price comparison between the Mac Pro and other HP and Lenovo workstations.
Comparing the entry-level model, a 3.7GHz quad-core with dual AMD FirePro D300s with similarly specified computers such as the HP Z420 and Lenovo ThinkStation S30, the Mac Pro surprises with a price tag of $3,248, including AppleCare, compared to $4,490 for the HP and $4,373 for the Lenovo .
While there are some important differences between the computers, such as the fact that the HP system only offers a single FirePro W7000 and supports more displays, the price comparison suggests that Apple’s prices are in line with other systems with Ivy Bridge .
While Apple’s prices are competitive with similar PCs from HP and Lenovo, mounting a similar PC from its components is significantly cheaper, especially for the entry versions . Mounting a PC with an i7 Ivy Bridge E Core processor with 12 Gb of RAM, two AMD FirePro W7000 and a SSD SATA disk would cost $2,730, less than the $3,499 that a similar Mac Pro would cost.
However, setting up a PC similar to the more powerful versions of a Mac Pro is more expensive . For example, a top-of-the-line PC with a 12-core Intel Xeon E5, 64GB of RAM, two AMD FirePro D700s with 6GB of GDDR5 memory, and a 1TB SSD per PCI-e would cost $11,530, while the equivalent Mac Pro is worth $9,599. It should be noted that some components, such as the FirePro D700 are manufactured exclusively, at least for the moment, for Apple, so other components with similar features have been chosen.
As we can see, and contrary to what it might seem a priori, the Mac Pro is not so expensive looking at the features it offers and the price of the alternative PCs available on the market , so it’s a good choice if you want a workstation with the latest in components and features, and a very careful design.
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