8-core Mac Pros and Xserves have arrived

Apple has introduced a new Mac Pro (starting at just $2,799) with eight processor cores, a new system architecture and Mac OS X Leopard, as well as a new Xserve (starting at just $2,999), a 1U rack-optimized server that includes an unlimited client license for Mac OS X Server Leopard. The former combines two of Intel's new 45 nanometre Quad-Core Xeon processors running up to 3.2 GHz, powerful new graphics and up to 4TB of internal storage. The latter has up to two Quad-Core 3.0 GHz Intel Xeon processors for 8-core performance, a new server architecture, faster front side buses, faster memory, up to 3TB of internal storage and two PCI Express 2.0 expansion slots. The company touts that both products deliver up to twice the performance of their predecessor. Both are available for shipping today and will be available through the Apple Store, Apple's retail stores and Apple Authorized Resellers.

Mac Pro Standard Configuration:

  • two 2.8 GHz Quad-Core Intel Xeon processors with dual-independent 1600 MHz front side buses;
  • 2GB of 800 MHz DDR2 ECC fully-buffered DIMM memory, expandable up to 32GB;
  • ATI Radeon HD 2600 XT with 256MB of GDDR3 memory;
  • 320GB Serial ATA 3Gb/s hard drive running at 7200 rpm;
  • 16x SuperDrive™ with double-layer support (DVD±R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW);
  • two PCI Express 2.0 slots and two PCI Express slots;
  • Bluetooth 2.0+EDR; and
  • ships with Apple Keyboard and Mighty Mouse

Xserve Standard Configuration:
  • a single 64-bit 2.8 GHz Quad-Core Xeon processor with 12MB of L2 cache and a 1600 Mhz front side bus;
  • 2GB of 800 MHz DDR2 ECC FB-DIMM RAM, expandable up to 32GB;
  • a single 80GB SATA Apple Drive Module;
  • dual Gigabit Ethernet on-board;
  • internal graphics;
  • two FireWire® 800 and three USB 2.0 ports; and
  • an unlimited client license for Mac OS X Server version 10.5 Leopard

Link: Apple Store

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