If you weren’t swayed by Rob Griffiths’s reasoning that the iMac was now, for many people, a more sensible option than the Mac Pro, you’ll be glad to know that Apple has slashed the price of its Mac Pros in Australia and added another optional processor configuration in the quad-core line. If you configure a quad-core Mac Pro from the Apple Online Store, you’ll find that you can now add a 3.33GHz Intel Xeon processor to it for $1,920 extra (over the base configuration that comes with a 2.66GHz Intel Xeon).
If that’s not expensive enough or fast enough for you, you can always look towards the eight-core side of the lineup, the fastest configuration it sports being two 2.93GHz Quad-Core Intel Xeons. Apple does not, however, offer two 3.33GHz Intel Xeons as an option on this machine. The second new option, and one that is available for both models, is the ability to load each hard drive bay on these machines with a 2TB hard drive spinning at 7200 rpm. Each of these costs $560 over the base configuration, overall doubling the maximum storage capacity of the Mac Pros to 8TB.
In addition to the new con figuration options, Apple has significantly cut the base prices of both Mac Pro models: the quad-core Mac Pro, previously priced from $4499, now starts at $3599 while the eight-core system, previously priced from $5899, now starts at $4799. That’s an approximately 20 percent price reduction that reflects factors such as the stronger Australian dollar and the narrowing performance gap with Apple’s new high-end iMacs.
Apple also showed some love to the server side of their lineup, endowing Xserves with the same optional 2TB hard drive upgrade, taking the total potential capacity of these machines up to 6TB. What’s more, you can now also outfit all six slots (in the low-end Xserve) or 12 slots (in the high-end model) with 4GB RAM modules, which will leave you with up to 48GB of RAM to work with. Of course, it will also leave your wallet significantly lighter, what with having spent $9,360 on memory upgrades alone, but hey, it’s the holiday season, isn’t it?
[via Mac Rumors]