Right on cue, Apple has started taking orders for the redesigned Mac Pro and its optional Pro Display XDR. The workstation is available starting at $5,999 with an eight-core 3.5GHz Xeon processor, 32GB of RAM, Radeon Pro 580X graphics and a 256GB solid-state drive. In a pleasant twist, there’s also a rackmount version for servers and other non-desktop uses — it’s only listed as “coming soon,” but it’s poised to start at $6,499.
Not surprisingly, upgrading the Mac Pro can get very expensive, very quickly. It’ll cost an additional $7,000 to get that vaunted 28-core 2.5GHz Xeon, and a staggering $25,000 to equip your system with 1.5TB — and did we mention that you’ll need at least a 24-core processor (another $6,000) for that to be an option? The dual Radeon Pro Vega II Duo setup costs $10,800, the Afterburner video accelerator card is another $2,000, and outfitting a 4TB SSD costs $1,400 more. Even those wheels to roll the case around (which won’t ship until 6-7 weeks from now) cost $400 for a set of four. All told, you’re looking at close to $53,000 if you max out the system.
And of course, that’s before you get to the screen. As promised, the Pro Display XDR is also available in either a $4,999 standard glass version or $5,999 for the version with nano-textured glass that fights reflections. That’s before the infamous $999 stand or a $199 VESA mount adapter. The display is still a bargain in the pro world when reference monitors frequently costs tens of thousands of dollars, but it’s undoubtedly meant for creatives who know exactly what they need and are willing to pay top dollar for it.