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New Mac Pro Is Actually Cost Efficient, Thanks To AMD

New Mac Pro Is Actually Cost Efficient, Thanks To AMD

| On 27, Dec 2013

New Mac Pro Is Actually Cost Efficient Thanks To AMD 300x177 New Mac Pro Is Actually Cost Efficient, Thanks To AMDApple has long been known to raise the price of its devices above what is necessary with the so-called “Apple tax.” While this tax has not actually disappeared as some have claimed, the price of its newest Mac Pro shows that working with AMD allowed the company to bring down the price of the computer below a PC equivalent.

When the new high-tech trashcan-like Mac Pro was revealed and still in its rumor phase, many PC fans dismissed it with the thought that building an equivalent PC workstation would actually be cheaper. Based upon nearly all of Apple’s previous computers, this theory makes sense but in this case, it simply did not work.

It turns out that if someone were to try and build a workstation with the same or equivalent components as Apple’s Mac Pro, they would spend around $2,000 more, particularly because of how cost efficient the AMD graphics cards in the Mac Pro are.

Of course, a slightly different story is told upon taking to Apple’s Mac Pro configuration panel which is meant for people that want to customize and upgrade their computer before ordering. Simple upgrades such as one for a faster processor end up costing $3,500 when purchased from Apple even though the CPU in question retails for as little as $2750.

This means that on the component level, the Apple tax is still in full effect but when the whole Mac Pro is put together and sold, the cost comes out to be less than a PC.

The AMD FirePro series of graphics cards present in the new Mac Pro are unique to Apple’s computer and while its specs are different from pre-existing AMD cards, the price difference is far more substantial than the spec difference.

Once you realize that the dual FirePro GPUs present in the Mac Pro each cost between $750 and $1000, it becomes clear where the cost effective nature of the Mac Pro actually comes from. For PC builders, a workstation card from AMD would cost around $3300, making Apple’s $750 price tag incredibly appealing.

Now, of course, Stephen Fung of futurelooks.com who added up the cost of the Mac Pro compared to a PC decided to use the most expensive Mac Pro against an incredibly expensive PC with similar performance. The official totals for the Mac Pro and PC came out to $9,599 and $11,530.14 respectively which is where the $2,000 price difference comes into play.

  • andyoo

    Thanks to AMD , your laptop is now slower than your friend’s running Intel CPU.
    Until the day AMD is equal to Intel’s CPU, you are just paying less for less.
    (which AMD had fall behind for a long time)
    I use to run AMD because it was better than Intel…now I just switch back because their CPU is not as good.

  • andyoo

    BTW, apple under steve job use to sell you the best thing out there. if it’s not good, they won’t sell it.
    Now under new management, they will just sell you anything for a profit, even if their stuff is no good. just like everyone else.

  • frink stink

    Maybe the PCs are more expensive because they are internally expandable and not a replace in 2 years design like this trash can.

  • Mike Keilty

    Wrong. So wrong. The D series AMD firepro is a custom Apple product, and can’t be compared to the W series, since the specs are vastly different.

  • Mark Rogalski

    Like the PowerPC processor ?
    :-/

  • mjoecups

    Yes, exactly the PowerPC processor which is still used in the most powerful computers in the world.

  • dave

    they are not using an amd cpu, they are using their gpus. does anyone bother to read anymore, or is it a race to the comments section.

  • Mark Rogalski

    So exactly what flavor is the Apple Kool-Aid?

  • mjoecups

    It tastes of excellence.

  • Ricky Lipe

    He can barely speak English and you expect him to be able to read it? Give him a break, he’s disabled.