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The Apple Mac Pro 2019 is incredibly powerful and monstrously ugly

Apple has finally revealed the Mac Pro 2019, an updated version of its professional desktop computer that boasts an astonishing performance boost and an extremely odd design. Read on for everything you need to know about the Apple Mac Pro 2019, including its price, release date and specs.

Apple showed off the Mac Pro during its WWDC event, calling it the ‘most powerful’ and ‘most configurable’ desktop computer it’s ever created. The Mac Pro has also treated to a new design makeover, abandoning the compact circular frame.

Instead, the new Apple computer looks like some odd cuboid cheese grater. Of course, such an odd design has been used to improve thermal performance and prevent those ultra-powered components from getting too toasty.

Also boasting the capability to use multiple GPUs simultaneously, Apple claims the Mac Pro effectively has the “world’s most powerful graphics card”. There’s no question, this thing is an absolute monster machine. 

Apple Mac Pro 2019

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Mac Pro 2019 release date – When is the new Mac Pro coming out?

Apple confirmed the Mac Pro 2019 will release this autumn. No exact date has been confirmed at the time of writing.

Mac Pro 2019 price – How much will the new Mac Pro cost?

The base model of the Apple Mac Pro 2019 will cost an eye-watering $5999. No UK price has been confirmed yet.

The base model sees an octa-core Intel Xeon processor, 32GB of RAM, a Radeon Pro 580X graphics card and a 256GB SSD. Apple didn’t detail prices for other models, but if you’re looking to max out the specs, you might have to consider selling your car.

While the Mac Pro’s incredibly powerful specs no doubt merit the super steep price, it’s still an undeniably huge investment, especially when you consider the 6-Core Mac Pro 2013 costs just £2999 in comparison.

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Mac Pro 2019 specs – How powerful is the new Mac Pro?

The Apple Mac Pro 2019 is incredibly powerful. It offers up to a 28-cores Intel Xeon processor, which is far, far more powerful than what even the most demanding professional creatives need. The 64 PCI Express lanes, meanwhile, optimises performance and dishes out stonking bandwidth.

Even more shocking is the capability to use up to 1.5TB system memory, with six-channel memory across 12 DIMM slots. The eight PCI Express slots also allow you to fit more expansion cards.

The Mac Pro 2019 provides over 300W of power to keep all of these components running at peak performance. 

Apple Mac Pro 2019 internals

Why use one graphics card when you can have two running at once? The Apple MPX Module allows you to fit two of AMD’s Radeon Pro Vega 2 graphics cards at once for a staggering amount of GPU grunt. This Module features 500W of power and Thunderbolt integration, which are reportedly both firsts for a graphics card.

If you’re thirsty for even more power, the Mac Pro 2019 allows you to integrate two Radeon Pro Vega 2 Duo instead, which means the Mac Pro 2019 is using four GPUs at once. Apple claims this equates to the “world’s most powerful graphics card” offering up to 56 teraflops of graphics performance.

The Apple Afterburner accelerator card was also shown off, which is capable of decoding up to 6.3 billion pixels per second. Apple reckons the Afterburner will allow you to decode three streams of 8K ProRes RAW video or 12 streams of 4K ProRes RAW video in real-time without bulking under pressure.

Of course, to maintain such a high performance, the Mac Pro 2019 is going to demand a hell of a lot of power, so Apple is bundling a power supply that maxes out at a jaw-dropping 1.4kW. Three massive fans are at hand to cool down this super-powered machine, while Apple claims they won’t make too much noise.

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Mac Pro 2019 Design – Why does the Mac Pro look like a cheese grater?

The Mac Pro 2019 could be considered the ugly child of the Apple family, as it turns its back on the sleek cylinder frame in favour of practicality.

Let’s be honest, the Mac Pro 2019 looks like a massive cheese grater, as air vents litter the front of the desktop computer. Apple’s Tim Cook says this design choice was made to maximize airflow, which makes sense considering the sheer power of the components inside.

Apple has made it easy to access the internals, with the Stainless steel frame allowing 360-degree access. Twist and pull a white handle on top of the computer, and the computer’s casing will lift off leaving all the internals bare so you can easily pull out and plug in components

This is major contrast to the Apple Mac Pro 2013, as fans criticized its compact design as being awkward to get inside and replace internals.

Rather strangely, Apple has also implemented stainless steel handles on the top of the device, to make it easier to transport. This arguably makes it looks like a Terminator’s lunch box though. 

If the design wasn’t already bonkers enough, Apple also confirmed you can install optional wheels at the bottom. We make fun of it now, but given the inevitable heft of the system, our stringy biceps will no doubt be worshipping this design choice in the future.

The Mac Pro 2019 admittedly doesn’t have a huge offering of ports, but it does feature two Thunderbolt 3 ports, two USB-A slots and a 3.5mm headphone jack. 

Apple also unveiled the Pro Display XDR 6K Retina monitor, which they called “the world’s best pro display” and should pair up nicely with the Mac Pro 2019. But with the monitor costing at least $4,999, it’s going to be a very expensive ensemble.

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