Apple Delivers A Mid-Range Desktop
Apple finally came around and answered the prayers of many – today, they delivered their first mid-range desktop (sort of). The new quad-core version of the Mac Pro is truly the first real answer to a mid-range desktop computer that Apple fans and potential buyers have longed for. However, I must put emphasis on the (sort of). Apple has always offered a quad-core model of their Mac Pro, you could select to downgrade your 8-core machine to a 4-core one using the Mac Pro configuration tool. It seems they have simply removed that option and made it it’s own line by only offering a quad-core and skimping a little on the motherboard; if you will notice the quad-core model only allows up to 8GB of RAM. I would assume this allows them to reduce the cost and make it appear more of a mid-range desktop computer than just advertising it as an 8-core machine with the option to downgrade. In a time of economic crisis this certainly is a smart move on Apple’s part of making things seem “cheaper” (if you will) than they actually are.
Nonetheless, the specifications below is the current baseline configuration for the new quad-core Mac Pro.
The price you ask? $2,499.00. Okay, so it’s still more than the baseline Dell you can get for $1500-$1700. However, that being said, there is absolutely more value (bang for your buck) with the Mac Pro. Right off the bat you get the Intel Xeon “Nehalem” processor, you also get 3GB of 1066MHz DDR3 ECC SDRAM, a decent baseline graphics card and an option for a better ATI card for $180 more, plus all of the new the iLife applications pre-bundled – none of that crappy third party or Dell/HP software which is always a pain to remove.
So is it a good buy? Yeah, sure, for someone who doesn’t need the full 8-cores and up to 32GB of RAM (which is most people generally). This machine is definitely targetted more on a consumer-base level (as opposed to previously when the Mac Pro was intended for professionals/people who work with video/audio/images) for those looking at a mid-range desktop.
I’m curious to know what you think about the new Mac Pro line – leave a comment!
By the way: did you notice the RAM prices of the new Mac machines? It seems Apple has come down to earth with regards to pricing their RAM.