Mac Pro hands-on: Apple’s $6,000 powerhouse

Mac Pro hands-on: Apple’s $6,000 powerhouse

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(upbeat music) – Hey everybody, it’s
Nilay with The Verge. I’m here with Apple’s new Mac Pro. We’ve been waiting for this
machine for a long time. The previous Mac Pro
came out like in 2013. It was that round trashcan. Apple said it had designed
itself into a thermal corner, pulled it off the market, and started redesigning this machine to be inherently modular. That’s what they said. So, we expected a big tower, but we got a tower that’s kind
of unlike any other machine. It’s all built inside of
a stainless steel frame. All the components mount to that frame. This cover is just to manage the thermals. Inside, you’ve got an Intel Xeon processor with up to 28 cores. There are eight PCIe, four slots. There’s an expansion slot for IO. That has an headphone jack,
which is very important to me. It’s got two USB A ports
and two Thunderbolt 3 port. There’s an additional
USB-C ports on the top. There’s also incredible graphics. So this machine that
you’re looking at right now that I’m sitting in front
of is playing 8K video. That is running on an
additional card called the Afterburner card that you
can configure into the system. It’s an FPGA that accelerates
video rendering of this kind. This machine also has Radeon
Pro Vega II graphics, the dual, so it has four GPUs in it, which is wild. All that stuff is configurable
when you order it. There’s not a lot of details on how that’s going to work yet. All we know is that the
base price of this machine, the one that’s been announced is $6,000. Apple says that compares
favorably to comparable PCs with the same specs that
come out at around $8,000. There’s also three fans on the front, a blower on the side to
manage all the heat generated by that Xeon, by those graphics cards. Apple says that, under a desk, it will be as quiet as the iMac Pro. We’ll have to see. In this environment, it’s
extremely hard to tell. Here’s my favorite feature. You can get it on regular stands or you can get it on casters. This one’s on casters. I don’t wanna move this one too much, but you can see, it rolls. I’m also sitting in front of
Apple’s new 6K retina display, the Pro Display XDR. XDR stands for Extreme Dynamic Range instead of just high dynamic range. It does a thousand nits
of sustained brightness, up to 1,600 nits of total brightness. It has a million to one contrast ratio using what appears to be a very aggressive local dimming system and a heat management system with the same lattice pattern on the
back to manage its heat. It’s really cool, it
looks really beautiful. It’s so hard to show
you on a YouTube video, but I promise you, it
looks really, really cool. That display is $5,000. You can get a matte version for $6,000. And a stand is optional, it’s a $1,000, but you could probably just get a cheap VESA stand if you want. But the cool stand that Apple makes, it rotates in portrait mode, it’s a thousand extra
dollars for this display. So one thing that Apple
did not talk about today was putting Nvidia graphics
cards in this machine. It’s something a lot of people want. Right now, the only
options we’ve heard about are those Radeon Vega II cards. We’re gonna talk to you Nvidia and see what they have to say
about supporting this machine. One of the things Apple
is really excited about is a new module called
the MPX Expansion Module. In this machine, actually,
the graphic cards are sitting in an MPX Expansion Module That is PCI plus Apple’s Thunderbolt 3 bus on a special connector. Proprietary cards are really interesting. They let you do really cool things. The big promise here is
if Apple can continue to support those cards over time ’cause these machines are expensive and they’re gonna last a long
time, so we’ll have to see. The sexier Mac Pro really
feels like the successor to the cheese grater tower that all of us have been wanting for so long. We will know much more about it when it comes out in the fall. Right now, the only
price we have is $6,000 for that base model. I imagine Apple’s gonna sell this mostly as a configurable system. That’s the whole point. Whether you’re gonna add
that afterburner card, what graphics cards
you’re gonna put in it, what processor you’re gonna put in it, all of that is gonna
hugely impact the price. We’re gonna find out more in the fall. So that’s everything I
know about the Mac Pro, but Dieter and I are here at WWDC. We’re gonna find out everything we can. Stay tuned to The Verge for more. Bye, okay.

100 thoughts on “Mac Pro hands-on: Apple’s $6,000 powerhouse

  • Hugo Santos Post author

    It's not a hands-on when you aren't actually operating it is it? U_U

  • Jason Phillips Music Post author

    “….they pulled it off the market and started redesigning….” Pulled it off the market? Ummmm…. no they didn’t…. it was on the market until a few days ago….

  • ssx Post author

    No need for nvidia.

  • Chris Boursnell Post author

    You'll talk to nvidia about supporting the machine? Nvidia would love to put cards in it, it's Apple that don't support nvidia. They removed nvidia support in Mojave

  • Henry Generali Post author

    2700usd hardware sold for 6000usd. 😂
    Goodbye apple.

  • chico River Post author

    My neighbor make tamales with that.

  • Eziano Pudoski Post author

    MACs = sCAM

  • Summers Winterer Post author

    A team of Apple employees who make 500k a year determined the price of the Mac Pro.

  • Nilesh Arya Post author

    Apple fanboys like, " Take my kidney "!!!

  • Cole Meyer Post author

    Our definition of powerhouse differs, drastically.

  • Skoodle Post author

    But its a Mac why does it need so much power if it cant do anything?

  • Mark Badia Post author

    What a joke, Apple just being Cook's Apple and expecting people to pay anything to be part of Apple! I used to be a big Apple proponent, but their lack of investment in MacOS and their willingness to gouge their customers has gotten ridiculous! A thousand dollars for a stand, really!!!

  • Mayonnaise on ice_cream Post author

    Apple:200$ for a the ipadPro keyboard
    Me: What? That's absurd.
    Apple:1000$ for a stand.
    Me …

  • Duckitsu Post author

    Apple: let's make a Cheap Stand Monitor made with Cheap Plastic

    Also Apple: Let's double the price to 1000

  • Sai Surya Vamsy Tangirala Post author

    They should have removed the headphone jack to improve the cooling. 🙄

  • th4t gi Post author

    Did anyone else think it was a cheese grater at first?

  • Q U I N T O N Post author

    How about the 120Hz refresh rate?? Seems everyone have forgotten about it..

  • Nub Ogrodowy Post author

    $6000 powerhouse!
    More like a powerscam

  • Nigward Post author

    You can now grate cheese at 1 terabyte pee second

  • Bada Bing888 Post author

    $5999 for a glorified cheese grater. 😂

  • aeko Post author

    2:46 — SOoooooo, did you talk to Nvidia and are they going to be supporting this machine?

  • Xi Le Post author

    Apple XDR 32-inch 6K pro display has 60 Hz refresh rate while iPad pro has 120 Hz refresh rate.
    Why Apple makes 6k pro display with 60Hz instead of 120Hz or higher?

  • Dummy Forever Post author

    Hands-on ?? Seriously guys??

  • Mo A Post author

    Well at least the cheese grater has roll royce of wheels.

  • Vegard Steinnes Post author

    No one noticed Jonathan Morrison sneaking up behind in the beginning?

  • RonnyLee My heart can't stop loving you girl Post author

    Mac pro potato grater ❤️

  • Jose Escobar Post author

    That’s a $6000 big a$$ cheese grater

  • Khaled Kiko Post author

    life is too short guys 😀

  • nitesh Post author

    son: mom😢😢
    mom : what happen ??
    son: i want mac pro
    mom: then sold your kidney

  • Doug Johnson Post author

    My monitor stand was $2000, but it's made of cocaine. What cheapo drug is Apple's made of?

  • Clyde Phalanx Post author

    A $6000 cheese grater? Sure.

  • Samy_06 Post author

    The way I see it, this is just another cheese grater except a more premium one.

  • Akuto Sai Post author

    Each caster is $999

  • Memester Z Post author

    Imagine how much Type C to USB Hubs I can put on it.

  • Christ Goh Post author

    That Stand spooks me off 😱😱😂😂

  • Christ Goh Post author

    That gonna make the new Mac buyer drills more holes on their walls to install the XDR monitors 😆😆

  • mayank raj Post author

    Nobody :
    Apple : chese grater

  • Champloo Post author

    How is this a hands on? >.>

  • Donald McRonald Post author

    Why get exited about a computer."..

  • Qais Parkar Post author

    Did anyone else spot Jonathan at 0:20 ?

  • samuraifugitivo Post author

    Case design by kitchenaid.

  • TheRandom VedioDudes Post author

    What is in your luggage?

    … some processor and …yeah

  • fauzi hassan Post author

    I think it's cheap….

  • Nawid B Post author

    Oh my bad the design wasn’t a joke

  • Saranciuc Post author

    When the rumors where spreading about apple entering in the car industry it was actually all about the price. You can buy a nice car instead of buying the mac pro, monitor and stand…

  • noor aldeen Post author

    apple: monitor holder for 1000$
    the verge: this is all what we ever wanted

  • Vedraj r.m Post author

    This is not a hands on

  • Mariano Pelayo Post author

    alto rayador de queso jsjsjs

  • Paul 370 Post author

    Apple's cheese grater is good

  • DRUMAT!C Post author

    China: Apple you gonna pay for Tariff… Trump Tower!

  • Humans R Ants Post author

    In the shop the mac stand looked better than my 4k Dolby Vision LG TV stand.

  • D4nk M3m5 Post author

    I didn’t know Apple made cheeze graters for 6000 dollars.

  • Hunter XXL Post author

    Can we use it on cheese?

  • Lockstock And barrel Post author

    if I had $6000 dollars I would not buy this I would give $3000 to some one that
    Really needs it to a family that is struggling to pay their bills and get food in their house that's what I would do with the money

  • Sagar M Post author


  • Sagar M Post author

    ohh hey Jonathan…whatsup

  • Kenji Post author

    The $6k bare bones Mac Pro

  • SweetClicker Post author

    Oh No i cant youse it iam Laktose intolerant

  • fallen angel Post author

    if I literally see someone buy this i’d go
    oPuLeNcEeEe YoU oWn EvErYtHiNg

  • Mr Smol bean Post author

    Thanos: Goes to buy the stand
    Thanos: I finally got the stand, all I need is the monitor.
    Gamora: What did it cost ?
    Thanos: everything.
    Thanos: Half of my bank account to be precise, it's almost as if I clicked my fingers, and watched my savings turn to dust.

  • ijan sempoi Post author

    Damn,, this thing so expensive

  • Technium Post author

    In the distant future:
    The new most powerful Mac Pro yet, now only $999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999.99!

  • The elephant In the room Post author

    when they say "modular" they mean it only has 14 deadbolts holding the case cover on

  • C003 Plays Post author

    I play games,watch videos, and do everything on my XM DV Longscreen,XM DV Widescreen,XM DV Largescreen,XM DV Mediumscreen,XM DV Smallscreen and XM DV Bestscreen.

  • MCMLXXXIX Todos los derechos reservados Post author

    Say cheese!


  • Louie Post author

    Mac belongs with the cheese. It should not be a computer.

  • Random Name Post author

    so a $1200 computer is sold for $6000 why? it has an apple logo… gives 1000000% boost right?

  • Adam Post author

    Cheese grater pro 😂

  • soko asssz ddhgjz7a76yrnold Post author

    The all new mac grader

  • ♫♪Ludwig van Beethoven♪♫ Post author

    Apple 2025: iToilet with processing power of 10 Ghz

  • ♫♪Ludwig van Beethoven♪♫ Post author

    I loose my respect to Nvidia if it supports Apple


    Me after buying this

  • Ama Gami Post author

    My Kidneys are shaking

  • AidanBubs 118 Post author

    It really is

  • phoenix gamer Post author

    Customer : how much?
    Apple : how did you come here!
    Customer : by car
    Apple : leave it here.

  • Oscar Castillo Post author

    The PCIe is gen 3 in there not 4. Maybe in two years when Intel gets it act together. It's already coming out on AMD X570 platforms.

  • Xenos Post author

    Good, great, awesome… But at ridiculous price. No! thank you apple! I'm happy with my full wallet. I will refuse to pay ridiculous prices on your products…

  • daraka 1 Post author

    Wtf is wrong with Apple

  • lol Post author

    i want the stand for christmas 😍

  • MCGaming146 Post author

    But can it run minecraft?

  • Fatchoi 27 Post author

    Who Else Saw Jono From TLDToady?

  • Azwan Azman Post author

    No wonder MacBooks and iPads are thin, Apple uses this Mac Pro to grate the aluminium chassis.

  • DogeThis101 Post author

    Literally nobody has been waiting for this

  • Naveen P Nair Post author

    Cheese Grater for Richie Rich 👌

  • rockapartie Post author

    The base model is definitely not a powerhouse. And a price of 3.5k would be acceptable (already including the usual Apple tax), but 6k is just way too much.

  • Little_ Post author

    Cheese sold separately

  • Called Storm28 Post author

    This is the worst and most overpriced thing i ever saw

  • Djangoman Post author

    but will premiere lag on this ?

  • Quantum Physics Post author

    Dad: What did it cost?

    Me: Everything

  • TechSpank Post author

    Am I the only one who watched this just to see if they would actually put their HANDS ON the damn thing?

  • Flamer997 Post author

    It's playing 8K video on a 6K monitor. How are you seeing 8K?

  • woojin chung Post author

    i would use that as a cheese grater

  • Okurka cz Post author


  • Vince Gamer Post author

    Apple: sells a monitor for 6k
    Apple engineer: how bout we sell the stand separately
    Apple: STONKS

  • Mr. Carroll Ware Post author

    Should of never stopped making it in the first place and next bring back 17.3 inch Mac laptop.

  • .To create a new channel, create a Brand Account Post author

    looked like a grater to me

  • reymar mendoza Post author

    After burner card, now it sounds like a fighter jet lol

  • Jay Kune Post author

    Fock that… too expensive

  • tLustej.miCin Post author

    a huge amount of money just to be spent and just to have some performance in Adobe apps, no thank you
    'cause amd and adobe is a no no

  • Renrut Post author

    That's the biggest cheese grater I've ever seen.

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