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    Apple’s Mac Pro cost you more than your kidneys


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    Back in June Apple unveils the powerhouse Mac Pro during the WWDC 2019. Six months later, Apple finally launches this gigantic device to the public. A few days ago, Apple officially reveals the Mac Pro price in Malaysia. You will be shocked to know price Apple sets for the Mac Pro. Are you ready to sell your kidneys?

    The base model will cost you RM25,999 onwards. This model comes with the 3.5GHz 8-core Intel Xeon W processor with a Turbo Boost up to 4.0GHz. For the RAM wise, you can get 32GB (4x8GB) of DDR4 ECC memory. With just 16GB memory itself, you can already do wonders, what about 32GB RAM. Whereas for the storage wise, Apple is offering you its 256GB SSD storage. To process your graphics, the base model of the Mac Pro is equipped with the 8GB Radeon Pro 580X GDDR5 memory. And as usual, you will get the Magic Mouse 2 and the Magic Keyboard. Maybe you still can purchase the Mac Pro base model by selling your one kidney at least.

    Besides this, Apple is also allowing you to configure the Mac Pro for a higher performance processor, RAM, storage and graphics. Guess what, the highest model will cost you more than your kidneys. The Apple cheese-grater is priced at RM231,608 only. Next, we will break it down what do costs you to pay this much to Apple.

    1. RM30,800 2.5GHz 28-core Intel processor

    First of all, to have a powerful performance desktop, you need to upgrade your processor. Apple is giving you the option to upgrade the processor to the 2.5GHz 28-core Intel Xeon W processor which can be Turbo boost up to 4.4GHz. This is already costing you about RM30,800. Imagine for this price you can easily pay the downpayment for a BMW 3 series which is the new 330i M Sport.

    2. RM110,000 1.5TB DDR4 ECC memory

    Apart from the mind-boggling processor, you also need to pay a hefty amount of price to upgrade the RAM. The maximum upgrade option available for the Mac Pro is up to 1.5TB. Rather than a single 1.5TB memory stick, Apple is offering 12x 128GB of memory sticks. For this upgrade option, you need to pay RM110,000. With this crazy price, you can easily purchase 15 iPhone 11 Pro Max 512GB.

    3. RM47,520 64GB Radeon Pro Vega II Duo

    Graphic cards are one of the important chipsets for a desktop. Especially, you working for a VFX of a movie, this must be present. The highest graphics card you can add to the Mac Pro configuration is the x2 Radeon Pro Vega II Duo. Each of the graphics cards comes with a 32GB HBM2 memory. This will cost you about RM47,520 which you can easily buy a Perodua Myvi 1.3L X AT for the price of RM46,590. In order to boost the graphic performance of the Mac Pro, you can also add the RM8,800 Apple Afterburner card to your checklist too.

    4. RM6,160 4TB SSD

    Thank God at least the SSD storage does not cost you more than RM8,000. You will need only to pay RM6,160 for the 4TB SSD option. According to Apple, it will be also including the 8TB SSD option too soon. That for sure will be costing you more than RM10,000 at least. Are you ready to pay for it? If me I would prefer buying the new 16″ MacBook Pro with 512GB SSD storage.

    Wait there’s more…

    For the music producer and movie editors, you probably need to add additional RM799 and RM1,299 for the Logic Pro X and Final Cut Pro X respectively. Apart from that, you need to have a monitor too because the Apple Mac Pro doesn’t come with a monitor.

    Good luck with that, because you need to pay additional RM19,999 to own Apple Pro Display XDR. Do note that this is a standard glass only. The nano-texture version will cost you around RM25,999. The benefits of using the nano-texture version are it reduces the glare to the eyes. Apart from that, it also comes with a Retina 6K resolution which supports P3 wide colour gamut.

    If you notice the above video, the Apple Pro Display XDR also comes with its own Pro Stand which allows you to tilt and rotate the screen. In order to add this configuration, you need to pay RM4,499. Besides the Pro Stand, you can also grab the VESA Mount adapter for RM899. This will allow you to mount your Apple Pro Display XDR to the wall.

    The total price of the whole set of the Apple Mac Pro and the Apple Pro Display XDR is around RM263,005. That’s a mind-blowing price Apple has set for the Mac. Again, you need to sell more than four kidneys in order to own this masterpiece powerhouse desktop.

    Raaj Lokanathan
    A software engineer as a profession. A tech blogger as a passion.

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