…long live the Mac Pro!
We like to think we can see past the specs and just appreciate something for what it does, and how well it works. We used our objective vision at the launch of the new Mac Pro. We try to pretend that its 12 cores of Intel Xeon processing muscle and 60GBps of memory bandwidth didn’t make us tremble with nerd-wonder. And Frankly we were just in awe by its PCI-E Flash storage that’s more than twice as fast as a current SSD. We had a go at pretending we weren’t amazed by its dual graphics cards, which whirr along at 7 teraflops (almost four times the polygon-crunching power of a PS4) and support up to 4K displays at once, while editing 4K video. But at the end of the day, if you can afford Apples aluminium cylinder of power, it won’t just knock spots off your desktop PC; it’ll gather up those spots and make your PC eat them.
FIRING ON ALL CYLINDERS
Buckle up, connectivity fans: the new Pro has six 20 Gbps Thunderbolt 2 ports, each of which can support six daisy-chained peripherals. Oh, and four 4K displays. At once.
It sort of looks like a big expensive lip balm, or the worlds nicest bin. As always though, with a mould-breaking Apple design, a legion of imitators will inevitably appear.
3. Under The Hood
The components are arranged around a central heat sink that has air drawn over it by a quiet (and relatively slow) fan. With a hard drive thats 10 times faster than a 7200rpm HDD and two enormously powerful GPUs, this Mac earns it’s ‘Pro’ title.