Mac Pro hands-on: Apple’s $6,000 powerhouse

Mac Pro hands-on: Apple’s $6,000 powerhouse


(upbeat music) – Hey everybody, it’s
Nilay with The Verge. I’m here with Apple’s new Mac Pro. We’ve been waiting for this
machine for a long time. The previous Mac Pro
came out like in 2013. It was that round trashcan. Apple said it had designed
itself into a thermal corner, pulled it off the market, and started redesigning this machine to be inherently modular. That’s what they said. So, we expected a big tower, but we got a tower that’s kind
of unlike any other machine. It’s all built inside of
a stainless steel frame. All the components mount to that frame. This cover is just to manage the thermals. Inside, you’ve got an Intel Xeon processor with up to 28 cores. There are eight PCIe, four slots. There’s an expansion slot for IO. That has an headphone jack,
which is very important to me. It’s got two USB A ports
and two Thunderbolt 3 port. There’s an additional
USB-C ports on the top. There’s also incredible graphics. So this machine that
you’re looking at right now that I’m sitting in front
of is playing 8K video. That is running on an
additional card called the Afterburner card that you
can configure into the system. It’s an FPGA that accelerates
video rendering of this kind. This machine also has Radeon
Pro Vega II graphics, the dual, so it has four GPUs in it, which is wild. All that stuff is configurable
when you order it. There’s not a lot of details on how that’s going to work yet. All we know is that the
base price of this machine, the one that’s been announced is $6,000. Apple says that compares
favorably to comparable PCs with the same specs that
come out at around $8,000. There’s also three fans on the front, a blower on the side to
manage all the heat generated by that Xeon, by those graphics cards. Apple says that, under a desk, it will be as quiet as the iMac Pro. We’ll have to see. In this environment, it’s
extremely hard to tell. Here’s my favorite feature. You can get it on regular stands or you can get it on casters. This one’s on casters. I don’t wanna move this one too much, but you can see, it rolls. I’m also sitting in front of
Apple’s new 6K retina display, the Pro Display XDR. XDR stands for Extreme Dynamic Range instead of just high dynamic range. It does a thousand nits
of sustained brightness, up to 1,600 nits of total brightness. It has a million to one contrast ratio using what appears to be a very aggressive local dimming system and a heat management system with the same lattice pattern on the
back to manage its heat. It’s really cool, it
looks really beautiful. It’s so hard to show
you on a YouTube video, but I promise you, it
looks really, really cool. That display is $5,000. You can get a matte version for $6,000. And a stand is optional, it’s a $1,000, but you could probably just get a cheap VESA stand if you want. But the cool stand that Apple makes, it rotates in portrait mode, it’s a thousand extra
dollars for this display. So one thing that Apple
did not talk about today was putting Nvidia graphics
cards in this machine. It’s something a lot of people want. Right now, the only
options we’ve heard about are those Radeon Vega II cards. We’re gonna talk to you Nvidia and see what they have to say
about supporting this machine. One of the things Apple
is really excited about is a new module called
the MPX Expansion Module. In this machine, actually,
the graphic cards are sitting in an MPX Expansion Module That is PCI plus Apple’s Thunderbolt 3 bus on a special connector. Proprietary cards are really interesting. They let you do really cool things. The big promise here is
if Apple can continue to support those cards over time ’cause these machines are expensive and they’re gonna last a long
time, so we’ll have to see. The sexier Mac Pro really
feels like the successor to the cheese grater tower that all of us have been wanting for so long. We will know much more about it when it comes out in the fall. Right now, the only
price we have is $6,000 for that base model. I imagine Apple’s gonna sell this mostly as a configurable system. That’s the whole point. Whether you’re gonna add
that afterburner card, what graphics cards
you’re gonna put in it, what processor you’re gonna put in it, all of that is gonna
hugely impact the price. We’re gonna find out more in the fall. So that’s everything I
know about the Mac Pro, but Dieter and I are here at WWDC. We’re gonna find out everything we can. Stay tuned to The Verge for more. Bye, okay.

100 thoughts to “Mac Pro hands-on: Apple’s $6,000 powerhouse”

  1. “….they pulled it off the market and started redesigning….” Pulled it off the market? Ummmm…. no they didn’t…. it was on the market until a few days ago….

  2. You'll talk to nvidia about supporting the machine? Nvidia would love to put cards in it, it's Apple that don't support nvidia. They removed nvidia support in Mojave

  3. What a joke, Apple just being Cook's Apple and expecting people to pay anything to be part of Apple! I used to be a big Apple proponent, but their lack of investment in MacOS and their willingness to gouge their customers has gotten ridiculous! A thousand dollars for a stand, really!!!

  4. Apple:200$ for a the ipadPro keyboard
    Me: What? That's absurd.
    Apple:1000$ for a stand.
    Me …

  5. Apple: let's make a Cheap Stand Monitor made with Cheap Plastic

    Also Apple: Let's double the price to 1000

  6. Apple XDR 32-inch 6K pro display has 60 Hz refresh rate while iPad pro has 120 Hz refresh rate.
    Why Apple makes 6k pro display with 60Hz instead of 120Hz or higher?

  7. That gonna make the new Mac buyer drills more holes on their walls to install the XDR monitors 😆😆

  8. When the rumors where spreading about apple entering in the car industry it was actually all about the price. You can buy a nice car instead of buying the mac pro, monitor and stand…

  9. if I had $6000 dollars I would not buy this I would give $3000 to some one that
    Really needs it to a family that is struggling to pay their bills and get food in their house that's what I would do with the money

  10. Thanos: Goes to buy the stand
    Thanos: I finally got the stand, all I need is the monitor.
    Gamora: What did it cost ?
    Thanos: everything.
    Thanos: Half of my bank account to be precise, it's almost as if I clicked my fingers, and watched my savings turn to dust.

  11. In the distant future:
    The new most powerful Mac Pro yet, now only $999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999.99!

  12. I play games,watch videos, and do everything on my XM DV Longscreen,XM DV Widescreen,XM DV Largescreen,XM DV Mediumscreen,XM DV Smallscreen and XM DV Bestscreen.

  13. The PCIe is gen 3 in there not 4. Maybe in two years when Intel gets it act together. It's already coming out on AMD X570 platforms.

  14. Good, great, awesome… But at ridiculous price. No! thank you apple! I'm happy with my full wallet. I will refuse to pay ridiculous prices on your products…

  15. The base model is definitely not a powerhouse. And a price of 3.5k would be acceptable (already including the usual Apple tax), but 6k is just way too much.

  16. Am I the only one who watched this just to see if they would actually put their HANDS ON the damn thing?

  17. a huge amount of money just to be spent and just to have some performance in Adobe apps, no thank you
    'cause amd and adobe is a no no

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