The Mac Pro 2019 is the Apple computer that's designed to never leave you wanting. Unless, of course, you're at Apple WWDC 2019 and yearn to actually touch it.
We got a first look at the new Mac desktop replacement for the Mac Pro 2013, and this revision allows for modular upgrades, just in case having up to a 28-core Xeon processor isn't enough for you down the line.
The Mac Pro 2019 is built for the future, and looks like it came from the future. lt has a shrunken stainless steel space frame that brings it back to form as a Mac tower.
There's a new Pro Display XDR with a matching design, but it's a separate purchase, as are the tweaked keyboard, mouse and trackpad – that's always been the case with Mac Pro configurations.
The power and design come together when you open up the computer from the top. You can lift off the aluminum housing for 360-degree access to every component.
Mac Pro 2019 specs and performance
When it comes to specifications, Apple is taking a no-holds barred approach, and has crammed in some seriously impressive hardware into the body of the new Mac Pro.
The base model comes with a new 8-core Intel Xeon processor, which should give plenty of oomph for multitasking. The Xeon line of CPUs are designed for professional workstations – and this can be configured to a Xeon processor with an astounding 28 cores. The more cores, the better it can handle multiple tasks at once – so processor powering the new Mac Pro will undoubtedly take even the most strenuous creative tasks in its stride.
As with Apple’s other prosumer computer – the iMac Pro – the Mac Pro features AMD graphics card – starting with the Radeon Pro 580X and up to the Radeon Pro Vega II, which features 32GB of high-bandwidth memory – 1TB/s to be precise. That makes it the highest memory bandwidth of any GPU.
If that’s not enough, you can also kit it out with the AMD Radeon Pro Vega II Duo – which features two Vega II GPUs for a total of 64GB of memory – making it the world’s most powerful memory card.
These GPUs are fitted into the Apple MPX Module, which easily slots into the Mac Pro , offering quiet operation while being kept cool by the Mac Pro’s own cooling system. Impressively, the Mac Pro can have two MPX Modules installed at once, so if you have the need – and the budget – you can install two Vega II Duos for a crazy 128GB of video memory and 56 teraflops of graphics performance.
This kind of graphical grunt will crush most video encoding and rendering tasks – even at resolutions of 8K and above. While we’d love to image what the gaming performance of this level of firepower is like, this is going to be purely of interest to video professionals that need to render ultra-high resolution footage quickly.
Memory-wise the Mac Pro supports six-channel memory and comes with 12 slots, which allows you to install up to 1.5TB of RAM. Again, this makes it a workstation that’s designed to excel at multitasking. PCI Express slots also make a comeback, with eight in total, which will offer plenty of options to expand the Mac Pro’s capabilities in the future.
These specs certainly sound impressive on paper (if, perhaps, a little overkill for most people), and we look forward to seeing how the Mac Pro really performs in our full review.