Mac Pro arrives in Australia – with top price of $85,600

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Mac Pro arrives in Australia – with top price of $85,600
The 2019 Apple Mac Pro. Not a grater.

Apple has finally launched the Mac Pro, the workstation-class Mac its teased for years.

So CRN decided to see what it costs.

Ready to drop your jaw hitting the desk?

$85,597.98

And you still might not get it before Christmas - Apple says delivery is one or two weeks away.

The colossal price is what Apple Australia charges if you select the top option for every spec. The resulting beast has the following features:

  • 5GHz 28‑Core Intel Xeon W processor with Turbo Boost up to 4.4GHz
  • 1.5TB (12 × 128GB) of DDR4 ECC memory
  • Two Radeon Pro Vega II Duo with 2 × 32GB of HBM2 memory each
  • 4TB of SSD storage
  • Apple Afterburner card
  • Stainless steel frame with wheels
  • Magic Mouse 2 + Magic Trackpad 2
  • Magic Keyboard with Numeric Keypad — US English
  • Final Cut Pro X
  • Logic Pro X

If you want Apple’s Pro Display XDR to complement your Mac Pro, it costs $12,047 with all the trimmings.

Both products are available in cheaper models.

The Pro Display can be had for just $8,499 if you are willing to settle for a standard glass finish instead of nano-texture glass, ditch Apple’s $1,699 monitor stand and go without a VESA mount adapter.

The Mac Pro can be had for a mere $9,900. For which you get the following:

  • 5GHz 8‑Core Intel Xeon W processor with Turbo Boost up to 4.0GHz
  • 32GB (4 × 8GB) of DDR4 ECC memory
  • Radeon Pro 580X with 8GB of GDDR5 memory
  • 256GB of SSD storage
  • Stainless steel frame with feet
  • Magic Mouse 2
  • Magic Keyboard with Numeric Keypad — US English

The minimal Mac Pro and Display option will set you back just $18,399.

The prices may seem absurd, but they’re not: CRN played with Dell’s online PC-builder service and it was easy to send the price of its Precision 7920 Desktop Workstation past the $100,000 mark. That machine has a base price of $13,779, but offer a $204,663.80 option for three terabytes of 2666MHz DDR4 ECC LRDIMM memory.

So here we are in the age of the $100,000 PC. Or a $34.50 smartphone from Woolworths.

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