Apple Updates Mac Pros Without Thunderbolt
Many people expected that Apple would update Mac Pros with Thunderbolt. Sadly they are in for disappointment.
Amidst all the hype over Apple’s next generation MacBook Pro, the fact Apple updated the Mac Pro for the first time in 2 years quietly slid under the radar.
The updated Mac Pros appear physically the same as before. However, they feature beefed up internals. The rumored specs and three different models proved to be correct with the cheapest Xeon 3.2 GHz quad-core model costing $2,499, the 2.4GHz 12-core option starting at $3,799, and the 3.2 GHz Server model starting at $2,999. The 12-core model does have a Random Access Memory (RAM) advantage with the ability to support up to 64GB of DDR3 RAM compared to the Quad-Core and Server which support up to 32GB. All models can now feature optional SSD drives as well.
Sadly it appears that Apple did not include Thunderbolt, or USB 3.0 connectivity. These two omission seem quite odd especially considering the I/O feature set of the new MacBook Pros, and MacBook Airs. The update appears to add speed but it is unclear what other sizeable advantages the new Mac Pros add for power users over previous models.
Apple introduced the build-to-order options as well giving users the option to add an additional Radeon HD 5770 1GB graphics card or a ATI Radeon 5870 1GB card. Also, users can cram two 3.06GHz Intel Xeon 6-core processors into their Mac Pros.
The added speed, and other minor upgrades ensure that Mac Pros will stay compatible with OS X Mountain Lion, and imply users looking for power should buy now, but are simply underwhelming.