2012 Mac Pro: No Thunderbolt, No USB 3

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What’s new in Apple’s just updated pro tower? Not a lot, which is a major disappointment. With more than a year of pro user angst as a backdrop comes the news that the 2012 Mac Pro doesn’t offer Thunderbolt or USB 3. What we did get are slightly faster processors, while the underlying chip tech remains unchanged — neither Ivy Bridge nor faster graphics.

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Apple’s “new” entry-level $2,499 Mac Pro now ships with a quad-core 3.2GHz Xeon processor plus 6GB of RAM and a 1TB hard drive. You can get one with a 3.33GHz quad core chip for an additional $500.

Next up the food chain is a 12-core model for $3,799 with 12GB RAM and a single 1TB drive.

The $2,999 server edition ships with a single 3.2GHz quad-core chip, 8GB RMA and a pair of 1TB of hard drives.

Sadly, Apple hasn’t updated the available graphic cards with the stock model being an ATI 5770 and the option to get an ATI 5780 for an additional $200.

Again, the new 2012 Mac Pro does not offer Thunderbolt or USB 3.0. The kick in the teeth is that Apple doesn’t offer either I/O tech as a build to order option.

Who the heck wants one of these? Sad, just sad…

What’s your take?

via 9 to 5 Mac

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7 Comments

  • I’m glad I purchased a refurb MP a month ago.  Cheaper and comparable in performance to the new MPs.  I have no incentive to upgrade (if you really consider the new MP an upgrade).

  • Sad and short-sighted that Apple are ignoring their high-end users. It’s these users that drive the brand.

  • According to apple.ca tech specs it’s only usb 2, not usb 3.
    Four FireWire 800 ports (two on front panel, two on back panel)Five USB 2.0 ports (two on front panel, three on back panel)Two USB 2.0 ports on included keyboardFront-panel headphone mini-jack and internal speakerOptical digital audio input and output TOSLINK portsAnalog stereo line-level input and output mini-jacksMulti-channel audio through Mini DisplayPort

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