The previously announced 12-core Mac Pro is now available in Apple’s online store and retail outlets. Early Monday morning, Apple took down its online store down. A few minutes later, the site popped back up listing 12-core option.
That base model sports two 2.66GHz 6-Core Intel Xeon processors, 6GB of RAM in six 1GB DIMMs, a 1TB hard drive, an 18x double-layer SuperDrive, and an ATI Radeon HD 5770 with 1GB of GDDR5 memory. That’s in addition to the Mac Pro’s usual niceties, such as 802.11 a/b/g/n wireless networking, Gigabit Ethernet, Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR, and more.
Configuration is one area where Apple’s 12-core Mac Pro is especially impressive. Customers can update the processor from the 2.66GHz model to a 2.93GHz version. They can also include up to 32GB of RAM, add a RAID card, and install several more hard drives. Given the power of the system, it might also be a good idea to update the computer’s graphics cards to the dual ATI Radeon HD 5770 option. For those who want a single card, the ATI Radeon HD 5870 is also available.
The 12-core configuration of the Mac Pro starts at $4999(Check out new prices and buy it from Amazon); customers can also upgrade to a faster pair of 2.93GHz 6-Core processors as a customize-to-order option, for an additional $1200. All three base configurations of the desktops are currently shipping within 7-10 business days; the 12-core option is available exclusively on Apple’s online store.