The progression of technology moves on. I just bought my Mac Pro in October and already Apple is releasing a new model. This one comes with – are you ready? – EIGHT processor cores.

From Apple’s press release:

UPERTINO, California—January 8, 2008—Apple® today introduced the new Mac® Pro with eight processor cores and a new system architecture that delivers up to twice the performance of its predecessor*. The new Mac Pro combines two of Intel’s new 45 nanometer Quad-Core Xeon processors running up to 3.2 GHz, powerful new graphics and up to 4TB of internal storage to offer the ideal system for creative professionals, 3D digital content creators and scientists. The standard 8-core configuration starts at just $2,799.

newsstory851 The line-by-line specs are:

  • two 2.8 GHz Quad-Core Intel Xeon processors with dual-independent 1600 MHz front side buses;
  • 2GB of 800 MHz DDR2 ECC fully-buffered DIMM memory, expandable up to 32GB;
  • ATI Radeon HD 2600 XT with 256MB of GDDR3 memory;
  • 320GB Serial ATA 3Gb/s hard drive running at 7200 rpm;
  • 16x SuperDrive™ with double-layer support (DVD±R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW);
  • two PCI Express 2.0 slots and two PCI Express slots;
  • Bluetooth 2.0+EDR; and
  • ships with Apple Keyboard and Mighty Mouse.

An update to the Mac Pro was expected soon. The timing of this announcement is set to come right before next week’s Macworld Expo as well as Intel’s announcement at CES of the new 45-nanometer Penryn processors.

My feedback is simple – why? I mean, I am already running 4 cores in my Mac Pro and I’m barely tapping what this box can do. On the flip side, kudos to Apple for finally including a respectable amount of system memory. 2 GB is decent. Mine came with only 512 MB, which I thought was pathetic and I promptly upgraded it to 5 GB.

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Priced at $2,799, this is actually one hell of a computer.