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Apple intros new Mac Pro: eight processor cores, twice the performance of before

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apple_macpro_2008_quad_core.jpgNothing's really going to eclipse Apple's iPhone announcement at Macworld last year, which clashed delightfully with CES 2007. Yet Apple has chosen, a week ahead of Macworld, to push out a new, high-performance Mac Pro.

Using two of Intel's 45 nanometer Quad-Core Xeon 5400 processors running at up to 3.2 GHz, the newly designed system boasts up to twice the performance of the previous Mac Pro — and that was no sluggard.

Other notable inclusions are up to 4TB of internal storage, ATI Radeon HD 2600 XT graphics card with 256MB as standard, up to 32GB of memory, PCI Express 2.0 graphics slot, support for the latest generation of graphics cards from NVIDIA, and the power to drive up to eight 30-inch displays at once.

I won't bore you with more details. If you're a Machead you'll want to head over to the Apple web site and read more — if not, pretend that Macworld isn't coming and ignore.

What's more interesting is why Apple chose to put the new system out before Macworld. A popular theory is that there's just so much cool new stuff to be announced during Steve Jobs' keynote speech, that there just wasn't room for this important, but not quite so sexy, announcement.

If anything, it makes us (Apple fans) look forward to Macworld even more.

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