Apple has uncovered the specs behind its two new Intel Xeon-based Mac Pro and they’re drool worthy. The company is offering two models, an 8-core or quad-core one, and at different processing speeds.
The higher end 8-core unit consists of two Quad-Core Intel Xeon “Clovertown” processors and has a processor clocking in at 3.0 GHz while the two Dual-Core Intel Xeon “Woodcrest” processors model comes in three processing speeds, 2.0 GHz, 2.66 GHz and 3.0 GHz. Apple claims that the latter speed demon runs up to two times faster than the Power Mac G5 Quad already on the market.
Customers have the option of selecting from three different graphics card options (NVIDIA Quadro FX 4500, a ATI Radeon X1900 XT or a NVIDIA GeForce 7300 GT). You can slide in up to four hard drives offering a healthy 3 TB of disc storage space. Eight DIMM memory slots can boost your RAM up to 16 GB and the heat sinks built-into the units will help keep your machine running cooler and quieter. Four PCI Express slots let you have plenty of space to upgrade your graphics when you want to or allow you to run up to eight displays from one system. And now every Mac Pro can now fit two SuperDrives allowing faster burning for all your DVDs and CDs.