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by Jason Snell & Dan Moren

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Is it Mac Pro day? It is.

The Mac Pro is now on sale. You probably don’t need to buy it, but you may want to.

A few things I noticed:

  • A rackmountable configuration will be sold directly by Apple, starting at $500 above the tower price, but it’s not for sale yet.
  • Processor upgrades range up to $7,000 for a 28-core Xeon.

  • Want to max out RAM? You can buy 1.5TB for $25,000. You’ll need a 24- or 28-core model for that, though.

  • Graphics card configurations range up to $10,800 for two Radeon Pro Vega II Duos. Radeon Pro W5700X configurations are not yet for sale.

  • SSD storage starts at 256GB but goes up to 4TB for $1400.

  • The Afterburner card, which is optimized for ProRes video workflows, is $2,000.

  • You can’t add wheels on later, apparently. Instead, Apple offers two stainless steel frames, one with feet and one, for $400 more, with wheels.

Not cheap! But the people who are buying the Mac Pro will be buying it for its power, which extends far beyond Apple’s past speed champion, the iMac Pro.