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Marco Arment Jun 21
These are the CPUs used by the Mac Pro. Note Intel's pricing. The "M" variants (which cost twice as much) are needed to support >1 TB RAM configs.
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Marco Arment
Mac Pro's Specs page says the 1.5 TB option requires 24- or 28-core. Wonder if they'll only use the M chips when configured that way. If not, and they ALWAYS ship the M chips in 24/28-core regardless of RAM, there will be a BIG price jump between 16- and 24-core configurations.
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Marco Arment Jun 21
Replying to @marcoarment
(Note the two highlighted rows.)
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Marco Arment Jun 21
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Of course, if you're actually going to spec it up to 1.5 TB of RAM, the price of the CPU will be the least of your concerns. Here's what Dell charges for a similar configuration at a lower speed: (I can't find a direct equivalent using 2933 MHz RAM)
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Marco Arment Jun 21
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Apple charges a healthy premium over Intel's retail prices for CPU upgrades. Wouldn't surprise me if the 24-core that supports 1.5 TB RAM, which Intel wants $6,353 for, is a +$12,000 option from Apple. With a premium on RAM as well, that 1.5 TB RAM Mac Pro could cross $100,000.
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Paul Haddad Jun 21
Replying to @marcoarment
Does this all mean you aren’t going to get the maxed out config?
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Marco Arment Jun 21
Replying to @tapbot_paul
I was planning to wait until you got one.
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Paul Haddad Jun 21
Replying to @marcoarment
Given the absurd pricing/performance of the base model there’s literally zero chances of me getting one.
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Mike Jun 21
What’s your main work machine Paul?
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Paul Haddad Jun 21
Replying to @marcoarment
I jump around, mini 6 core, 2009 12 core pro, low end 2016 13 inch.
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Chris Jun 21
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Mac Pro “Edition”
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a f waller Jun 21
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They’ll probably always use the M chips for the high core count variants because it’s simpler that way. It’s going to be a $6,000 bump I bet.
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Jason Taylor Jun 21
Replying to @marcoarment
If they only use the M processor when configured accordingly, would they build the processor price bump into the >1TB RAM options in the configurator? Then again, that would mean you wouldn’t be able to upgrade to >1TB aftermarket.
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Podchaser Jun 21
Replying to @marcoarment
Random question, but do you think we will one day look at GBs the same way we look at KBs?
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