Mac Pro With 1.5TB Of RAM: How Much Will Apple's Top-End Spec Will Cost?
When Apple revealed the mint Mac Pro at its WWDC 2019 event, we all knew this would be something that won't come cheap. The base model costs $6,000 after all. What the company failed to mention, however, is the cost of the top-of-the-line model. It turns out it could reach a whopping $34,000 and that's before factoring in the four GPUs, which could go high up to $45,000.
The estimates were put together by the Verge and are based on what it would cost to buy the components (or similar) separately. So this is by no means an official price for the top-end Mac Pro, but it gives us a rough idea of what kind of money Apple will be asking for.
The new Mac Pro can accommodate a whopping 1.5TB of RAM. The 1.5TB will be spread across a dozen 128GB DDR4 ECC RAM sticks. As you can imagine this isn't your normal run-of-the-mill RAM that you can just pick up from anywhere. And they're not cheap.
Add in a Pro Display XDR monitor (and a Pro Stand to go with it), and we're looking at a workstation with a hefty $50,000 price tag. The Pro Display XDR was designed specifically to pair with the Mac Pro, so you'll probably want to pick one up. Or six, because it can support up to six.
Remember that these are all estimates based on the current prices on the market or similar parts. But if you've been following Apple products for a while now, you know for a fact that the company has charged far more for its pre-built configs than something you'd build on your own.
Going back to the 128GB RAM sticks, the best pricing in the market is currently at $1,500 each. For the RAM alone, we're looking at a cool $18,000 right there. And take note that this is the best pricing in the market, which means Apple could charge way more, let's say about $20,000.
The new Mac Pro is indeed one hell of a system, so it's not really surprising if the total bill for the rig would reach some $50,000 or more.
That's a lot of money. But you get a lot of hardware too. And imagine what you can achieve with this monstrosity. If you can afford the new Mac Pro, there's no reason not to buy it.