Specs For New Mac Pro Revealed, Including Thunderbolt And Intel Xeon E5 [Rumor]


Mac Pro
Get ready for the new Mac Pro.

Yesterday we told you that Apple is getting ready to breathe life into the Mac Pro at WWDC next week, and today more specs for the upcoming machine have been allegedly revealed. It’s been nearly two years since Apple introduced a new Mac Pro, and there are plenty of internal upgrades that need to be made for it to be considered a computer that meets professional standards.

Apple will finally bring its Thunderbolt I/O architecture to the Mac Pro this year, as well as some other major improvements.

Chinese site M.I.C. Gadget says it has all the details on the new Mac Pro, according to “field experts” that have talked to industry sources:

Here is the official word: SATA III/SAS connectivity is now native, which is always good for solid state drives. We expect Apple to be offering solid state drives as they are now, but with the fact being, that the SATA II is no longer a bottleneck. For boot drives, very good news, at 6GB/s.

Expect PCIE3 to be native as well. For your RAID arrays, video cards (professional or otherwise) this will be better than PCIE2 for scaling, though not better for performance in all cases. Also expect up to 40 lanes per socket, rather than the usual 36 of the previous generation.

Other major improvements are Thunderbolt, USB 3.0 and Intel Xeon E5 series processors. Apple won’t use Ivy Bridge processors because they “handle voltage far worse than their 32nm Sandy bridge brethren.” Unlike the new MacBook Pro that is expected to run on Ivy Bridge, high-end computers run fairly high voltages, and the machines needs to handle voltage efficiently to remain operational for a long time.

The new Mac Pro’s onboard memory controller has been moved to the CPU, and it’s possible that Apple could offer octa-core CUPs for a higher cost. According to M.I.C. Gadget, memory will be upgraded from 1333mhz to 1600 mhz. The machine will allegedly allow for 25% more memory with 8 physical memory lanes.

The new Mac Pro vs. the old Mac Pro's chipset.

M.I.C. Gadget does not believe that Apple will release a new rack-mountable Mac Pro, noting that “Apple does not wish to be present in the enterprise market as the units sell very poorly in comparison to the other products they sell.” We would have to agree.

Stay tuned to see what Apple announces at WWDC next week!

Source: M.I.C. Gadget

  • drblank

    They’ve never had a MacPro that was rackmountable so how would they know they don’t sell well?  Their XServes because the enterprise market is buying Sun/HP/IBM/Dell/Cisco etc. blade servers/application servers (which are RACK MOUNTED) instead because they address the Enterprise server market.  Apple just didn’t bring Blade servers in and go after the Enterprise market, and it wasn’t because the XServes are rackmounted.  I think production studios for video/audio/graphics would love to have things rackmountable since they have racks in their studios.  If one is  traveling with video equipment and they need to travel with some workstations, it’s easier to put the computer in a rack mounted ATA case with shock mounting (if need be).  Personally, it would be interesting idea if they could make them rackmountable or stand up as a tower and let the customer decide which configuration they want, but they use the same box that converts into a rack system or tower easily.  It might present an industrial design challenge, but they’ve got the talent to do it.

  • drblank

    Someone should survey the following markets to see which they prefer.  Audio/VIdeo/Animation/Graphics to figure out which they prefer in a high end workstation.  Tower or Rack mount, and see what comes back.

  • drblank

    Avid has a RACK MOUNTED external expansion chassis that gets connected to MacPros to add additional cards.  But they can’t RACK mount the MacPro system because it’s a tower.  Now, if they can stick a MacPro system in a rack with these expansion chassis, I’m sure they would love it.  Then you have recording studios in general that have TONS of rack mounted gear and it makes for a cleaner set up.

  • Metl Mann

    Here is how we did it:

  • cman

    Ok so its revealed in a Rumor. you put in your main area at the top of you page Specs revealed. Drilling down however its a rumor. Pathetic

  • iMaclord

    …and yet, the Mac Pro was rumored last year to be almost discontinued. Good heavens…

  • Hugo Horta Ruivinho

    I wonder if they’ll change the chassis.. SSD’s are now less expensive and that would grant the chassis a new configuration in order to use less space.

  • anandy123

    What is this garbage about the voltages? It’s just the simple fact that there are no 2 socket Ivy bridge Xeons released. Simple as that. 

  • Guest513

    There’s some misleading things in the information from M.I.C. Gadget, particularly about PCIe lanes.

    The number of lanes is determined by the chipset, despite LGA2011 chips supporting 40 PCIe 3.0 lanes.

    And for E5 Xeons, there are four: C602, C604, C606, and C608.

    Each of them has 24 lanes of PCIe 2.0 standard, as per
    but most (if not all) implementations will have PCIe 3.0.

    Granted, it’s still a large upgrade from Westmere’s 5520, but they’re making it seem larger than it appears to be.