A single Mac Pro with a product (Red) anodized case brought in $977,000. I’d like to say that I bid on the same Mac, but couldn’t find anyone to take my $2,999 offer. Instead, I headed to the Apple Store online and priced out yet another Mac Pro I can’t afford.
It Costs How Much?
Yes, friends, neighbors, and fellow Mac folk, Apple has the new and long-awaited Mac Pro ready for sale. Almost. Shipping dates are now well into next year. My curiosity starts with the price and some configurations.
At the very, very low end, a new blackish, mostly Space Gray Mac Pro will set you back $4,136. Of course, that’s with keyboard, mouse, and a not-exactly-inexpensive Apple Thunderbolt Display in the mix.
What do you get for all that hard-earned cash?
The base Mac Pro configuration calls for a 3.7GHz quad-core CPU, 12GB of RAM, and a measly 256GB of PCIe-based solid state flash storage.
Compare that base Mac Pro with the fully tricked out iMac, 16GB RAM, quad-core CPU, and 256GB of SSD for $2,749, a $1,390 difference for more speed and capability.
What about a dream Mac Pro? You know, one that is tricked out to the max, more than max, to infinity max and beyond?
Let the fun games begin.
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I started with the 12-core CPU option which added another $3,500 to the total. That’s right. $3,500. Moving from the standard 12GB of RAM to 64GB added another $1,300 to the price tag.
256GB of SSD storage isn’t enough, so I pushed another $800 on the table for the 1TB SSD option.
The Mac Pro has some awesome graphics capability built in, but there are options to extend even that. I added $1,000 for dual AMD FirePro D700 GPUs, each with 6GB of VRAM.
All that firepower enables the Mac Pro to connect up to three 4k displays (and the Apple Store sells the 32-inch Sharp model for $3,595. Each.). Since the Mac Pro can handle three, I put three on my list.
After that, I added a wireless Apple keyboard, and the Apple Magic Mouse (at that price Apple can afford to include both).
The grand total of my fully tricked out Mac Pro with three 4k displays?
Granted, about half of that is tied up in those Sharp 4k displays, but you get the point. The future is expensive. Even with no display, no keyboard, and no mouse, the Mac Pro can tip the scale at $9,599.
Shipping is free.