Apple has introduced the all-new Mac Pro, a completely redesigned workstation and unveiled Apple Pro Display XDR.
Designed for maximum performance, expansion and configurability, the Mac Pro features workstation-class Xeon processors up to 28 cores, a high-performance memory system with a massive 1.5TB capacity, eight PCIe expansion slots and a graphics architecture featuring the world’s most powerful graphics card.
It also introduces Apple Afterburner, an accelerator card that enables playback of three streams of 8K ProRes RAW video simultaneously.
Pro Display XDR features a 32-inch Retina 6K display with P3 wide and 10-bit colour, 1,600 nits of peak brightness, 1,000,000:1 contrast ratio and a wide viewing angle.
Designed for customers who demand the ultimate in CPU performance – for workflows such as production rendering, playing hundreds of virtual instruments or simulating an app on a dozen iOS devices at once – Mac Pro features powerful Xeon processors up to 28 cores, with 64 PCI Express lanes for performance and bandwidth.
It also provides over 300W of power along with a state-of-the-art thermal architecture to allow the processor to run fully unconstrained all the time.
For those working with the largest projects, analysing huge data sets or running multiple pro applications, Mac Pro provides enormous memory capacity . Featuring a six-channel memory architecture and 12 physical DIMM slots, the new Mac Pro allows for 1.5TB of memory, the most ever available in a Mac.
And there are eight PCI Express expansion slots, which is twice that of the previous-generation.
For people animating 3D film assets, compositing 8K scenes and building complex 3D environments, graphics performance is more important than ever. Mac Pro features the world’s most powerful graphics card and up to 56 teraflops of graphics performance in a single system.
Its graphics expansion architecture, the Apple MPX Module, features Thunderbolt integration and over 500W of power, both firsts for any graphics card. And for super quiet operation, the MPX Module is cooled by the Mac Pro system thermals.
Mac Pro graphics options start with the Radeon Pro 580X. Mac Pro debuts the Radeon Pro Vega II, featuring up to 14 teraflops of compute performance and 32GB of memory with 1TB/s of memory bandwidth, the highest of any GPU.
The new Mac Pro debuts Afterburner, featuring a programmable ASIC capable of decoding up to 6.3 billion pixels per second.
With Afterburner, video editors using high-quality cameras that require the conversion of native file formats into proxies for easy editing can now use native formats right from the camera and decode up to three streams of 8K ProRes RAW video and 12 streams of 4K ProRes RAW video in real time, virtually eliminating proxy workflows.