The updated Apple Mac Pro desktop has gone on sale, complete with a choice of quad- and hexacore Intel processors. Announced at the end of July, the new Mac Pros start from $2,499 – for a single 2.8GHz quadcore Xeon, 3GB of RAM and a 1TB hard-drive – while single-chip hexacore machines using Intel’s 3.33GHz Xeon bump that to $3,699.
If you want dual hexacore chips then you’re looking at $4,999; that’s upgrading the basic dual-CPU Mac Pro, which in itself is $3,499, with a pair of 2.66GHz Xeons. Other options include up to 32GB of DDR3 memory, four hard-drive bays to be filled (with optional RAID) and a choice of ATI Radeon graphics with either single or dual-card setups.
Ports, meanwhile, include four FireWire 800, five USB 2.0, analog and digital audio in/out, and then of course whichever graphics outputs are supported on the ATI video cards. New Apple Mac Pro machines ship within 7-10 days.