Power to change everything.
Say hello to a Mac that is extreme in every way. With the greatest performance, expansion and configurability yet, it is a system created to let a wide range of professionals push the limits of what is possible.
Up to 28 cores of power. Create without constraint.
Mac Pro is designed for pros who need the ultimate in CPU performance. From production rendering to playing hundreds of virtual instruments to simulating an iOS app on multiple devices at once, it’s exceedingly capable. At the heart of the system is an Intel Xeon processor with up to 28 cores — the most ever in a Mac. In addition, large L2 and shared L3 caches and 64 PCI Express lanes provide massive bandwidth in and out of the processor.
Engineered to go all out. All the time.
Squeezing every possible ounce of performance out of the processor means giving it a lot of power. In this case, over 300 watts. A massive heat sink keeps the system cool, enabling it to run fully unconstrained. Heat pipes move heat away from the chip, dispersing it along aluminium fin stacks. While three axial fans move air through the system.
Forget everything you know about memory.
A multicore workstation processor needs lots of memory to feed it. Featuring six channels of super-fast ECC memory and 12 physical DIMM slots, Mac Pro allows for up to 1.5TB of memory. So pros working with large projects, analysing huge data sets or running multiple pro applications can make fast work out of all kinds of work. And while typical towers cram memory into hard-to-reach places, Mac Pro utilises a two-sided logic board, making it easy to access.
Apple T2 Security Chip.
Data on Mac Pro is protected by the Apple T2 Security Chip. It integrates a Secure Enclave coprocessor and discrete controllers into a single chip. It also ensures that the lowest levels of software aren’t tampered with and that only operating system software trusted by Apple loads at startup.
Eight PCI Express expansion slots. Go configure.
Mac Pro is designed for pros who need to build high‑bandwidth capabilities into their systems. With four double‑wide slots, three single‑wide slots and one half‑length slot preconfigured with the Apple I/O card, it has twice as many slots as the previous Mac tower. Now you can customise and expand in ways never before possible in a single workstation.
Extreme performance. By design.
For many pros, high-performance graphics architecture is critical to their workflows. Especially for tasks like animating 3D film assets, compositing 8K scenes and building lifelike gaming environments. To give them the highest possible performance and take graphics capabilities to a new level, something groundbreaking was required. Introducing the Mac Pro Expansion Module, or MPX Module.
A second connector. An industry first.
The MPX Module starts with an industry-standard PCI Express connector. Then, for the first time in a graphics card, more PCIe lanes integrate Thunderbolt and additional power provided to increase capability. With up to 500 watts, the MPX Module has power capacity equivalent to that of the entire previous-generation Mac Pro.
Cool. Quiet. Capable.
Most GPUs aren’t conceived as part of an overall system, so they require their own cooling. The MPX Module is designed as an integrated component of Mac Pro. Its form factor enables a larger heat sink, which works in concert with the machine’s internal airflow to quietly dissipate heat. Without a noisy bolted-on fan, heat and decibel levels are kept remarkably low.
360 degrees of access.
A single entry point wasn’t enough. Remove the aluminium housing and you have total access to the system. The logic board is dual-sided, making it easy to add and remove components. Processor, graphics and expansion on one side. Storage and memory on the other. Mac Pro is ready for customisation when you are.
Two sides. One goal.
The extreme performance of Mac Pro requires a tremendously capable thermal system. Three axial fans quietly push air across the CPU and the GPUs, keeping them cool under even the most intensive workloads. On the opposite side, a blower pulls the air across the memory and storage and through the power supply, exhausting it out the back of the machine.
The inside shapes the outside.
Three forged and machined aluminium pieces integrated into a single part, the housing is much more than a decorative shell. It provides rigidity to the space frame. It also acts as a tight seal for the internal cavity. Working with the fans, blower and internal ducts, it creates distinct pressure zones to maximise the thermal capacity of the system.
Apple Afterburner. Blaze through 8K video.
Created to transform the workflow for film and video professionals, Afterburner allows you to go straight from camera to timeline and work natively with 4K and even 8K files from the start. No more time-consuming transcoding, storage overhead, or errors during output. Proxy workflows, RIP. Afterburner for will come preinstalled in PCI Express slot 5 (x16) to enable maximum performance.
Cut to even more creativity.
Afterburner is a hardware accelerator card built with an FPGA, or programmable ASIC. With over a million logic cells, it can process up to 6.3 billion pixels per second. And when installed in Mac Pro, the system is capable of handling up to 6 streams of 8K ProRes RAW or 23 streams of 4K ProRes RAW. This means you can free up your cores to enable even more creative effects and processing.