Apple updates Mac Pro Workstation and Xserve Server

Janet Harris

January 9, 2008

Apple announced the latest versions of the Mac Pro Workstation and Xserve Server at CES 2008 in Las Vegas.

The new Mac Pro Workstation features a 3.2 GHz 8-core Xeon processor and is the fastest Mac ever made by Apple. Other features include a 1,600 MHz front side bus and up to 32 GB of 800 MHz DDR2 ECC FB-DIMM memory, providing a 61 percent increase in memory throughput.

Graphics capability has been enhanced with the Radeon HD 2600 XT chip with 256 MB of GDDR3 (Graphics Double Data Rate 3) memory; and up to 4 TB of internal storage with four 1-TB Serial ATA drives.

The new Xserve server features the fastel Intel Xeon processor currently available, the 5400 series, and no client access licenses, making it ideal for supporting Mac clients and mixed platform workgroups.

It also features a new high-bandwidth server architecture, faster dual-independent 1,600 MHz front side buses; up to 32 GB of 800 MHz DDR2 ECC FB-DIMM memory for a 64 percent faster memory throughput than prior models; up to 3 TB of internal storage and two PCI Express 2.0 expansion slots.

The Xserve server is priced at under $3,000 and is available at Apple resellers and Apple’s Web site.

Apple launched the new business systems at CES immediately prior to the Macworld Conference & Expo, so it obviously has some more goodies up its sleeve to take centre stage at its own event.


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