updated 12:10 pm EDT, Mon July 17, 2006
Ars on Mac Pro specs
A quad-core "Mac Pro" will likely prove an expensive venture for Apple, according one report detailing predictions about Apple's forthcoming Mac Pro. Ars Technica has offered a detailed tally that includes 1GB of RAM, an ATI X1900 XT graphics card, 250GB hard drive, motherboard, six SATA-II ports, five PCI slots (2 PCIe, 3 PCI-X, 1 PCI), power supply, Apple's Mighty mouse with a keyboard, DVD burner, and two Xeon 5150 CPUs running at 2.66GHz. The cost totaled $3,269.44, which included the OEM prices of most manufactured components. With a discount of 12.5 percent and mark up margin of 20 percent for Apple, the quad's cost would be amount to a hefty $3,493.23. The report also reinforces recent rumors surrounding the enclosure of the Mac Pro, suggesting that Apple's new enclosure will remain similar to its current Power Mac G5.
Woodcrest will likely arrive in both Apple's forthcoming "Mac Pro" and Xserve models, while the company utilizes Intel's Conroe chips in the low end Mac Pro and iMacs, according to Ars. Apple will probably use Intel's Merom chip in its MacBook Pro, MacBook, and Mac mini models due to heat requirements, as the Conroe chip would be too hot for the Mini and consume too much power for usage in notebooks. The Mac Pro is expected to roll out this August at WWDC.