MacMost Now 23: New Mac Pros

Gary Rosenzweig takes a look at the new Mac Pro with 8 processor cores, a 1.5gb video card and RAID drive.

Video Transcript
Hi this is Gary Rosenzweig with MacMost Now. Well, today Apple surprised everybody by announcing a week ahead of MacWorld, some new Mac Pros. The new Mac Pro now has eight, count them eight cores and runs up to 3.2 GHz. Let's take a closer look at all the specs.
Okay, so the new Mac Pros, they look basically like the old ones. The difference is on the inside. Here they've got two quad core chips in it for a total of eight cores. The base one is at 2.8 GHz and it goes up to 3.2 GHz if you pay a lot more money. Also you've got RAID to RAID in it if you want it, so you can have up to four one terabyte drives in the RAID to RAID for some super fast, high capacity access. Another thing it's got is video cards. You got a big choice of video cards from the 256 meg video card from ATI all the way up to 1.5 GHz NVIDIA card.
Now the interesting thing you can do with these high capacity cards is you can stack four of them in there, and each one can run two 30 inch screens. So you could potentially run eight 30 inch screens. I don't know why you'd want to do that for any desktop use, but maybe for a specialized kiosk or some sort of art installation it would be pretty cool.
So for fun let's take a look at math. The base model is basically 2800 bucks. And that includes a 256 meg ATI Card, and your basic 320 gig hard drive, and 2 gigs of memory. Now say you really want to pimp this thing out. The price goes all the way up to $19200. And for that you get the 1.5 gig NVIDIA card, you get four 1terabyte drives on your RAID to RAID and you get 32gigs of memory, and also the 3.2 gig processor. That's a lot of money to spend, but if you're a professional video editor, or you're putting in some sort of fancy art installation, then I guess it's worth it.
Oh and by the way, that doesn't include the $50 for the Airport Card if you want to do wireless.
That's a quick look at the new Mac Pros, a week ahead of MacWorld. This is Gary Rosenzweig with MacMost Now.