The Mac Pro and the Pro Display XDR, which Apple announced back in June, are now available for purchase in the US. You can get yours through Apple’s official online store, and the maxed-out version costs well over $50,000.
The base variant of the Mac Pro with Intel’s 8-core Xeon processor, 32GB of DDR4 ECC RAM, 256GB of PCIe storage, and Radeon Pro 580X graphics card with 8GB of GDDR5 memory costs $5,999. However, the price quickly jumps as you choose various upgrades.
You can configure it with different processors, RAM, storage, and graphics modules with the top of the line add-ons including a 28-core Intel Xeon processor, 1.5TB of RAM, 8TB of storage, and two Radeon Pro Vega II Duo graphics cards with 64GB of HBM2 memory. You can also throw-in an Apple Afterburner card for better video editing performance.
And, guess what, a fully-loaded Mac Pro (2019) will cost you a whopping $53,000. And that doesn’t even include the 8TB storage option, which, according to Apple, is ‘coming soon.’ Selecting the higher storage option will most probably take the overall price of the system well beyond the $55,000 mark. As far as I know, that’s the costliest pre-built PC you can get in the market.
Just the option wheels accessory, which makes it easier to move around the Mac Pro, costs a whopping $400. You must also consider that there is a 6% to 8% tax on top of the Mac Pro’s price, so the final cost goes even higher.
If there’s any consoling, buying the maxed-out Mac Pro using the Apple Card under the recently-announced holiday scheme will fetch you close to $3,200 in cashback.
Coming to the Pro Display XDR, it is a professional-grade 32-inch monitor with a 6K resolution. It costs $4,999 for the standard glass variant and $5,999 if you opt for nano-textured glass, which, according to Apple, has a less reflective surface. Well, neither of those prices include the monitor stand. Yup, that’s right, the Pro Display XDR doesn’t come with a stand. If you want one, Apple offers the Pro Stand for an additional $999.
The Pro Display XDR has a jaw-dropping, 1000 nits sustained brightness, with peak brightness going up to an astonishing, 1600 nits. The display has a 1,000,000:1 contrast ratio, 10-bit color depth, and P3 wide color gamut.
Unfortunately, it features a 60Hz refresh rate, unlike other high-end monitors that usually offer a 144Hz option. That being said, it shouldn’t affect Apple’s targeted customers since the monitor is made for professional work and not for gaming.