The up to date mannequin of the high-performance Mac Professional desktop options extra AMD Radeon Professional graphics choices, whereas sticking with Intel Xeon processors for the CPU.
Already the highest-performance Mac in Apple’s portfolio, the Mac Professional desktop is getting new choices for even more-powerful AMD graphics as a part of an replace for 2021.
Notably, the replace doesn’t embrace the addition of Apple’s in-house CPU expertise, with the up to date Mac Professional sticking with Intel Xeon processors.
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The brand new Intel-powered Mac Professional comes as Apple is about 9 months into its two-year transition away from utilizing Intel processors within the Mac.
What follows are 5 key issues to learn about Apple’s up to date Mac Professional for 2021.
Focused at inventive professionals with demanding efficiency wants—similar to video and audio editors—the Mac Professional desktop has included choices for heavy responsibility graphics for the reason that redesigned mannequin debuted in late 2019.
Nevertheless, Apple is now taking that even additional with the addition of a number of new high-end AMD graphics configuration selections on the brand new Mac Professional.
For the up to date mannequin, the Mac Professional can now be outfitted with AMD Radeon Professional W6800X, AMD Radeon Professional W6800X Duo or AMD Radeon Professional W6900X graphics.
As Apple says in its documentation on the brand new Mac Professional, the Radeon Professional W6800X and W6900X “ship workstation-class graphics perfect for demanding professional purposes.”
The 7-nanometer GPUs supply a per-watt efficiency enchancment of fifty %, Apple mentioned.
Three lower-end graphics choices proceed to be supplied for the Mac Professional—the AMD Radeon Professional 580X, Radeon Professional W5500X and Radeon Professional W5700X.
For the up to date Mac Professional, Apple is sticking with the identical Intel Xeon processor choices that have been initially obtainable upon the 2019 debut of the redesigned Mac Professional desktop. Meaning no possibility for Intel’s “Ice Lake” Xeon processors simply but.
The Intel Xeon W processors obtainable for the Mac Professional vary from having 8 cores all the best way as much as having 28 cores, with help for as much as 2933MHz reminiscence.
This additionally retains the Mac Professional because the final remaining Mac with out Apple’s in-house, Arm-based processing expertise obtainable. Apple’s M1 processor is now obtainable in sure fashions of the MacBook Professional, MacBook Air, iMac and Mac Mini—though some variations of these Macs nonetheless have but to be up to date with Apple’s processor expertise.
In addition to the graphics replace, Apple has not made different modifications to the Mac Professional for 2021.
That implies that the brand new Mac Professional retains its choices for as much as 1.5 TB of system reminiscence and as much as 8 TB of SSD storage, whereas providing eight PCIe enlargement slots.
By way of design, the Mac Professional contains a stainless-steel body with an aluminum housing, which could be eliminated for accessing the desktop’s inner parts.
The Mac Professional tower continues to have the eye-popping beginning value of $5,999, and the addition of the brand new AMD GPU choices takes the pricing a lot increased.
Configuring the Mac Professional with the Radeon Professional W6800X graphics provides $2,400 to the value, whereas the W6800X Duo provides $4,600. To get the Mac Professional with the AMD Radeon Professional W6900X, in the meantime, will almost double the value of the machine—including $5,600 to the Mac Professional price ticket.
Way forward for the Mac Professional?
By way of future updates to the Mac Professional, Bloomberg just lately reported that Apple does have plans to convey its in-house silicon to the Mac Professional as quickly as subsequent yr.
The Apple-made chips for the 2022 Mac Professional might supply as much as 40 cores for CPU, in addition to as much as 128 cores for graphics, Bloomberg reported. The shape issue of subsequent yr’s Mac Professional may be gotten smaller, in line with the report.
In the meantime, a seemingly contradictory rumor surfaced final month, saying that Apple might actually be planning to supply Mac Professional with Intel Xeon “Ice Lake” processors in 2022.