Thursday, April 5, 2007


Yesterday, Apple released the 8-core Mac Pro workstation. Currently, the Quad G5 is already quite fast, but with the power of TWO Quad Core Intel Xeon processors running at 3.0GHz in the new 8-Core, that’ll make it run up to 2x faster than the Power Mac G5 Quad!

Looking at Apple’s website, building that 3.0 GHz 8-Core will add on an additional $1498 to the cost. The standard model alone is $2499…so the base price of the “Octa-Core” hits with a bullet at just below $4000. I bet some of you are cringing and saying “OW Mike! Why did you shoot me right below my $4000?” It’s easy, because that’s a cheap price.

“Cheap price? What’s in the water there at” (Trust me, you if you haven’t had beach water, you don’t want it.) What we’re talking about here is that it’s a cheaper prices than say the 2 PC Quad Core 2.66GHz Xeons…that’ll run about $2500 for a dealer…so you can imagine the retail price. (The prices for a 3GHz model aren’t available yet, but they should be a heck of a lot higher when they do come available.)

What we think here is that if you have an original Mac Pro, and then replace the 2 CPUs to Quad Core, it’ll work as an 8-Core processor. That’s a pretty big upgrade, and whilew we’re considering how to make it happen on our store, you start getting your wallets ready…you know that you want one.

-Mike Leader

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