OK, it’s not strickly our thing to cover new computer launches, however this is as well great to pass up.  Apple took down their online store a few hours back to apply the updates for the recently announcedXserve (1U rack-mount server) as well as to introduce the 8 core Mac pro range….

“Apple today introduced the new Mac® pro with eight processor cores as well as a new system design that delivers as much as twice the performance of its predecessor*. The new Mac pro combines two of Intel’s new 45 nanometer Quad-Core Xeon processors running as much as 3.2 GHz, powerful new graphics as well as as much as 4TB of interior storage to offer the perfect system for innovative professionals, 3D digital material creators as well as scientists. The basic 8-core configuration starts at just £1,749.

“The new Mac pro is the fastest Mac we’ve ever made,” stated Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of around the world product Marketing. “With 3.2 GHz 8-core Xeon processing, a 1600 MHz front side bus as well as 800 MHz memory, the new Mac pro utilizes the fastest Intel Xeon design on the market.”

The new Mac pro features the latest Quad-Core Intel Xeon 5400 series processors based on state-of-the-art 45nm Intel Core microarchitecture running as much as 3.2 GHz, each with 12MB of L2 cache per processor for breakthrough performance as well as power efficiency. With a new high-bandwidth hardware architecture, dual-independent 1600 MHz front side buses as well as as much as 32GB of 800 MHz DDR2 ECC FB-DIMM memory, the new Mac pro achieves a 61 percent boost in memory throughput**.

Every Mac pro comes basic with the ATI Radeon HD 2600 XT graphics card with 256MB of video memory. The Mac pro includes a new PCI reveal 2.0 graphics slot that delivers as much as double the bandwidth compared to the previous generation, as well as supports the latest generation of graphics cards from NVIDIA, such as the NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GT with 512MB of video memory, or NVIDIA Quadro FX 5600 with 1.5GB of video memory as well as a 3-D stereo port for stereo-in-a-window applications. With support for as much as four graphics cards, the new Mac pro can drive as much as eight 30-inch screens at when for advanced visualisation as well as big screen walls.

The Mac pro is the most expandable Mac ever, featuring four interior difficult drive bays with direct-attach, cable-free installation of four 1TB Serial ATA difficult drives, totaling 4TB of interior storage as well as support for two SuperDrives. With optional 15000 rpm SAS drives that can provide as much as 250MB/s of raid 5 disk I/O performance, the Mac pro is perfect for film as well as video editors. integrated with SATA or SAS drives, utilizing an optional Mac pro raid card offers the ultimate data security as well as disk I/O performance on the Mac Pro. The Mac pro is quickly as well as easily accessible in front as well as back so individuals can link outside gadgets with five USB 2.0, two FireWire® 400, two FireWire 800, optical as well as analogue audio in as well as out, double Gigabit Ethernet ports as well as a headphone jack.

Every Mac pro includes Leopard™, the sixth major release of the world’s most advanced operating system. Leopard is packed with more than 300 new features as well as introduces a brand new desktop with Stacks, a new method to quickly gain access to data from the Dock; a redesigned Finder that lets individuals quickly search as well as share data between several Macs; quick Look, a new method to immediately see data without opening an application; Spaces, an intuitive new function utilized to produce groups of applications as well as immediately switch between them; as well as Time Machine™, an effortless method to immediately back up whatever on a Mac. featuring an improved scheduler as well as other multi-core technology, Leopard is a perfect buddy to the Mac Pro, making applications quicker as well as assisting application designers take advantage of multi-core systems.

The new ultra-thin aluminum Apple Keyboard now ships with every Mac pro as well as built-in Bluetooth 2.0 makes it simple to reduce cable clutter with the optional Apple Wireless Keyboard as well as Apple Wireless Mouse.

Pricing & Availability
The new Mac pro is shipping today as well as will be offered with the Apple Store® (www.apple.com), Apple’s retail stores as well as Apple Authorised Resellers.

The basic 8-core Mac Pro, with a suggested retail cost of £1,749 (inc VAT), includes:
• two 2.8 GHz Quad-Core Intel Xeon processors with dual-independent 1600 MHz front side buses;
• 2GB of 800 MHz DDR2 ECC fully-buffered DIMM memory, expandable as much as 32GB;
• ATI Radeon HD 2600 XT with 256MB of GDDR3 memory;
• 320GB Serial ATA 3Gb/s difficult drive running at 7200 rpm;
• 16x SuperDrive™ with double-layer support (DVD±R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW);
• two PCI reveal 2.0 slots as well as two PCI reveal slots;
• Bluetooth 2.0+EDR; and
• ships with Apple Keyboard as well as Mighty Mouse.

In addition to the basic configuration, the Mac pro offers numerous build-to-order choices including: one 2.8 GHz, two 3.0 GHz, or two 3.2 GHz Quad-Core Intel Xeon processors; as much as 32GB of 800 MHz DDR2 fully-buffered ECC memory; as much as four 1TB Serial ATA difficult drives running at 7200 rpm or as much as four 300GB SAS drives running at 15000 rpm; Mac pro raid card; as much as two 16x SuperDrives with double-layer support; NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GT or NVIDIA Quadro FX 5600 graphics cards; flight terminal extreme 802.11n; Apple USB Modem; Apple wireless Aluminium Keyboard; Apple wireless Mighty Mouse; as well as Mac OS X Server Leopard. total build-to-order choices as well as pricing are offered at –


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