Apple upgrades Mac Pro with 45nm Xeons

Two months in the wake of the launch of Intel’s first 45nm Xeons, Apple has announced new Mac Pro and Xserve systems based around the new chips. As Mac Rumors reports, the new base Mac Pro workstation packs two quad-core 2.8GHz Xeon processors, 2GB of DDR2-800 FB-DIMM memory, an AMD Radeon HD 2600 XT graphics card, and a 320GB 7200RPM Serial ATA hard drive. That machine will set you back a hefty $2,799, but folks with deeper pockets can opt for two quad-core 3.2GHz Xeons, 32GB of DDR2-800 memory, 4TB of internal storage, and Nvidia Quadro FX 5600 graphics.

The new Mac Pro with its side panel popped off. Source: Apple.

Apple has also beefed up its server offering with the introduction of a new Xserve system. Starting at $2,999, the new Xserve includes a single 2.8GHz quad-core Xeon, 2GB of DDR2-800 FB-DIMM memory, an 80GB Serial ATA hard drive, integrated Radeon X1300 graphics, and dual Gigabit Ethernet controllers. The Xserve can be beefed up with two 3GHz quad-core Xeons, up to 32GB of memory, and up to 3TB of storage capacity.

As MacRumors points out, Apple’s decision to release the new Mac Pro and Xserve ahead of the upcoming MacWorld Conference & Expo hints that more new Macs are scheduled to be unveiled at the show. Recent rumors suggest an ultraportable MacBook based on Intel’s new 45nm mobile Core 2 Duo processors will make an appearance. (Thanks to TR reader Tom for the tip.)

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