Apple completely redesigned Mac Pro with an overhauled case design, a polished reflective aluminum cylinder built around a central thermal dissipation core and vented by a single fan, which pulls air from under the case, through the core, and out the top of the case. The model is assembled in Austin, Texas, on a highly automated line.

Reviews of the new design have generally had very high ratings, but caveats are mentioned in almost every case. The performance is widely lauded, especially handing video tasks on the dual GPU units, with some reviewers noting the ability to apply dozens of filters to realtime 4k video. Disk performance, connected via PCIe, is also widely mentioned as a strong point. However, most reviews also note the lack of internal expandability, and question the currently limited offerings via the Thunderbolt port.

Hardware

The Mac Pro has a vastly redesigned configuration of ports. The Mac Pro has an HDMI 1.4 port, dual Gigabit Ethernet ports, six Thunderbolt 2 ports, four USB 3 ports, and combined digital Mini-TOSlink optical / analog 3.5 mm stereo mini jacks for sound in and out. The Thunderbolt 2 ports support up to 36 Thunderbolt devices (six per port) and can support up to three simultaneous 4k displays. This design requires two GPUs to support the seven display outputs (HDMI and six Thunderbolt). The I/O panel is illuminated when the unit senses it has been moved to make it easier for the user to see the ports.

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Mac Pro 6-Core (MD878)

Mac Pro 3.5GHz 6-Core Intel Xeon E5 (Turbo Boost up to 3.9GHz)

  • 16GB of 1866MHz DDR3 ECC Memory
  • 256GB PCIe-based flash storage
  • Dual AMD FirePro D500 Graphics with 3GB GDDR5 VRAM each
  • 802.11ac Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0 Wireless built-in
  • Audio line in and out minijack (digital/analog), Built-in Speaker
  • Ports: 4x USB 3.0, 6x Thunderbolt 2, 2x Gigabit Ethernet, 1x HDMI 1.4 UltraHD port

Mac Pro Quad-Core (ME253)

Mac Pro 3.7GHz Quad-Core Intel Xeon E5 (Turbo Boost up to 3.9GHz)

  • 12GB of 1866MHz DDR3 ECC Memory
  • 256GB PCIe-based flash storage
  • Dual AMD FirePro D300 Graphics with 2GB GDDR5 VRAM each
  • 802.11ac Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0 Wireless built-in
  • Audio line in and out minijack (digital/analog), Built-in Speaker
  • Ports: 4x USB 3.0, 6x Thunderbolt 2, 2x Gigabit Ethernet, 1x HDMI 1.4 UltraHD port