The new suit (and new insides) of the Mac Pro

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Let’s go with a rumor mill. This time from the Mac Pro . I read in MacPress that, contrary to what had been published previously, Apple is not going to totally redesign the box of the Mac Pro , the successor of the PowerMac with an Intel processor. Kasper Jad , from Appleinsider says that the case of the Mac Pro will be practically identical to the old Power Mac G5 . This is due to the similarity of the new Mac Pro motherboard and the current Power Mac G5 motherboard. It also says that there will only be some cosmetic modifications, as well as the addition of another tray for a second optical drive. This tray appears to be empty on the first Mac Pro , allowing users to add new, higher capacity Blu-ray or HD-DVD drives.

Following the trends of PC manufacturers, it looks like Apple is going to change the location of the power supply from the base of the unit to the top of the unit. Previously it had been mentioned that Apple would choose the relatively new Intel Xeon 5100 (Woodcrest) processor series for its new desktop machines, and that they would be available in single-processor and dual-processor configurations.

The new suit (and new insides) of the Mac Pro
The new suit (and new insides) of the Mac Pro

A specification sheet (published on the web by Appleinsider, obviously unconfirmed) has been circulating on the Internet indicating that Apple may include Intel 3.0GHz Xeon 5160 dual-core processors in its three standard Mac Pro configurations (at speeds of 2, 2.33, and 2.66 GHz, the latter in a dual configuration). In addition, this specification sheet includes the use of graphics cards based on ATI chips, specifically the ATI Radeon X1600 Pro with 256 Mb DDR2 for the low-end model, and the ATI Radeon X1800 GTO with 256Mb GDDR3 for the intermediate and high-end model. Other differences are the RAM memory (512 Mb – 1 Gb – 1Gb) and the hard disk capacity (250 Gb – 320 Gb – 320 Gb). Prices would be $1,799, $2,499 and $3,299 for each of the configurations.

We just have to wait for the next Keynote to see if the new Mac Pro will be presented there.


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