Apple Mac Pro
Naturally, with that kind of money, any Apple enthusiast could easily get his hands on the most advanced models of the iMac (27-inch, 2.8GHz quad-core) and the MacBook Pro (17-inch, 2.53GHz processor) and still have money left over for a 16GB iPad with 3G to run around on the couch.
Of course, some people don’t need three teams. They want one, and one that has all the raw power that money can buy currently on the market (photographers and video professionals, scientists or in general, any professional who can pay for it thanks to the time savings that this power provides). For them, last year we flirted with the idea of assembling the most advanced configuration of the Mac Pro that we can order from Apple and the result reached 17,646 euros.
Repeating the operation with the current model the figure rises to 21,077 euros although in exchange we get a processor with four cores more than the previous one, a more powerful graphics card with twice as much RAM and four SSD hard disks (with a cost of 5,600 euros on its own) without mobile computers capable of accessing data at speeds of up to 223 MB per second, that is, twice the speed of traditional hard disks.
Our custom configuration does not include any software package and consists of:
- 2 x 2.93GHz six-core Intel Xeon Westmere processors (12-core)
- 32 GB of DDR3 SDRAMECC in 8 modules of 4 GB
- 2 ATI Radeon HD 5770 1 GB graphics cards.
- 2 30-inch Apple Cinema HD Display.
- 4 high-performance 512 GB solid-state hard drives (access to 223 MB per second)
- 2 x 18x SuperDrive units.
- Mac Pro RAID card.
- Quad-channel 4 GB Fibre Channel PCI Express card.
- Wireless keyboard, Magic Mouse, and Apple Magic Trackpad tablet.
- Apple battery charger.
- AppleCare Protection Plan for Mac Pro.
Doesn’t seem so expensive anymore, does it? Well, going back a year, we found that a similar configuration, only with quad-core processors, normal hard disks and the rest of the differences typical of the passage of time amounted to 22,229 euros. In other words, more expensive and less powerful despite the 18% VAT we are currently dealing with.
And then an order capture just before closing the browser tab and returning to reality. As I said last year, dreaming is free :