Workstation horsepower a go-go.
So WWDC kicked off yesterday and while we may have not had any new iPods or revelations on the iPhone (as I predicted) we did get one heck of a new workstation.
Unveiled by Jobsy himself, the Mac Pro is an all Intel singing and dancing monolith featuring double dual core Xeon processors running at up to 3GHz and hooked up to all new system architecture which the company claims will deliver up to twice the performance of the Power Mac G5 Quad.
Looking through the specs is like a who’s who of the performance market with the 4MB of L2 cache and independent 1.33GHz FSB-ed CPUs backed up by 667MHz fully buffered memory, a 256bit wide memory architecture to boost bandwidth, direct attached storage capable of holding up to 2TB of data, three full length PCI Express expansion slots, nVidia GeForce 7300GT graphics cards with 256MB as standard and upgradeable to an ATI Radeon X1900XT or nVidia Quadro FX 4500 both with 512MB VRAM.
Also seeing first light at WWDC is the Xserve Quad Xeon 64bit server. We’re stepping a little out of typical TrustedReviews territory here but it is worth noting with two dual-core Xeon processors (again up to 3GHz) Apple is claiming it will deliver up to five (yes, five) times the oomph of its predecessor.
The Mac Pro is shipping today with a standard pre-built config (based on two 2.66GHz dual core Xeons and 1GB of fully buffered RAM) for $2,499. The Xserve doesn’t appear until October which is slightly un-Applian and prices will begin from $2,999 based on two 2GHz Xeon processors, a gig of RAM and an unlimited client licence for Mac OS X 10.4 Server Edition. If you’re got the necessary mullah catch them while they’re hot…
…we still would’ve rather had an iPhone though.