Mac Pro 2013

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Avid Releases 2013 Mac Pro Config Guide


Supported CPU Single Intel® 6-Core Xeon® E5 Processor @ 3.5GHz 12MB cache / 1866MHz memory Single Intel® 8-Core Xeon® E5 Processor @ 3.0GHz 25MB cache / 1866MHz memory Single Intel® 12-Core Xeon® E5 Processor @ 2.7GHz 30MB cache / 1866MHz memory
Supported Video Card Dual AMD FirePro D500 or D700 graphics with 3GB or 6 GB GDDR5 VRAM
System Storage 256 or 512 or 1 TB PCIe based flash storage
Standard AVID memory configuration
  • 16GB (4 x 4GB) DDR3 1866 ECC memory
  • 32GB (4 x 8GB) DDR3 1866 ECC memory
  • 64GB (4 x 16GB) DDR3 1866 ECC memory
Memory configuration constraints The 12 GB memory option is NOT supported as it only uses 3 DIMM slots that results in poor performance

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Mac Pro Tricks

A Mac Pro Easter egg discovered by Robert Hammen.


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Mac Pro 2013 Processor Upgrade Confirmed by OWC

Confirmation came from OWC today, you can indeed swap processors with the new Mac Pro. This is huge once these prices start falling down the road. They used an Intel E5–2667, this is interesting as upgrade options will be very interesting when these chips prices drop in a few years.

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Mac Pro 2013 Article Roundup

The new Mac Pro has already seen a ton of reviews and information. Here is a collection of a few great links.

Probably the best technical review from AnandTech. For a less geeky review, there is a good general review from Macworld, which helps explain why the 8 core chip is probably the best bet for most users. If you want to dive deeper into the different CPU configuration options and what they mean, check out this post from iOS Dev Marco Arment. Understanding the Turbo feature on these new chips is really important. There have been some reviews critical of the new machine, Dave Girard at Arstechnica has some interesting points.

Finally, for those of you interested in future upgrade/exapandibility of the Mac Pro. Check out this great teardown from iFixIt.

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Using the Mac Pro (Late 2013) on its side

From Apple KB

Although the Mac Pro (Late 2013) is designed to operate in an upright position, you can also use it on its side.

The Mac Pro (2013) has a fan system capable of cooling the computer in a vertical or horizontal orientation as long as you follow these guidelines.

  • Provide enough space at each end of the computer for unrestricted airflow into the base and out the exhaust at the top. Make sure that the air intake and exhaust ports are not covered.
  • When using multiple Mac Pro (Late 2013) computers, do not direct the exhaust at the top of one Mac Pro towards the intake of another system. Place the computers side by side with a gap of at least several inches between them.
  • When on its side, secure the Mac Pro (Late 2013) to be sure that it doesn't roll. Place the computer on a protective surface that will not scratch or damage the enclosure. Note: The Apple Limited Warranty does not cover cosmetic damage to the enclosure.
  • Orient the computer so that the Input/Output (I/O) panel remains accessible during use.
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Mac Pro Available (to order) Tomorrow, December 19

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Apple today announced that the long-awaited Mac Pro will be available TOMORROW. Well, not exactly. It will be available to order starting tomorrow. We learned about base pricing a few weeks ago. Tomorrow we'll learn about pricing on CTO (configure-to-order) options, including 8-core and 12-core, GPUs, 1 TB flash storage, and much more. We'll let you know when we learn when they are shipping. Of course, please post your thoughts and experiences here.

The pricing we know today? 3.7 GHz quad-core Intel Xeon E5 processor with Turbo Boost speeds up to 3.9 GHz, dual AMD FirePro D300 GPUs with 2GB of VRAM each, 12GB of memory, and 256GB of PCIe-based flash storage: $2,999. Same as above with 3.5GHz 6-core processor, dual AMD FirePro D500 GPUs with 3GB of VRAM each, 16GB of memory: $3,999.

The press release is after the break.

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