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Mac Pro (2019) Frequently Asked Questions FAQ

Article ID = 233
Article Title = Mac Pro (2019) Frequently Asked Questions FAQ
Article Author(s) = Graham Needham (BH)
Article Created On = 5th June 2019
Article Last Updated = 12th December 2019
Article URL =

Article Brief Description:
Frequently Asked Questions about the Mac Pro (2019 model)
Q. What is the Mac Pro (2019 model)?
A. It is a major hardware update to Apple's popular high-end, professional Mac Pro computer.
Q. When will the Mac Pro (2019 model) be available to buy?
A. The Mac Pro (2019 model) will be available to buy 10th December 2019.
Q. How much will the Mac Pro (2019 model) cost?
A. It will start at US$6000 (8 core, 32GB RAM, 256GB SSD, Radeon Pro 580X video) but you will have lots of options to choose from some of which will, obviously, dramatically increase the price (see below).
Q. What are the processor options?
A. There are several options:
  • 8-core/16 threads 3.5GHz (4.0GHz turbo boost) 24.5MB cache
  • 12-core/24 threads 3.3GHz (4.4GHz turbo boost) 31.25MB cache
  • 16-core/32 threads 3.2GHz (4.4GHz turbo boost) 38MB cache
  • 24-core/48 threads 2.7GHz (4.4GHz turbo boost) 57MB cache
  • 28-core/56 threads 2.5GHz (4.4GHz turbo boost) 66.5MB cache
Q. What are the RAM options?
A. The Mac Pro uses upgradeable 2666MHz/2933MHz DDR4 ECC DIMM memory (dependant on processor module). There are 12 DIMM slots so common configuration options are:
  • 32GB - 4x8GB DIMMS
  • 48GB - 6x8GB DIMMS
  • 96GB - 6x16GB DIMMS
  • 192GB - 6x32GB DIMMS
  • 384GB - 6x64GB DIMMS
  • 768GB - 6x128GB or 12x64GB DIMMS
  • 1.5TB - 12x128GB DIMMS (requires either the 24 or 28-core processor)
Q. is the RAM "user" upgradeable?
A. Yes. The Mac Pro has user-accessible DIMM slots.
Q. What are the storage options?
A. 256GB, 1TB, 2TB or 4TB internal SSD storage (2 slots).
Q. Will there be other internal storage options?
A. Yes. Apple's web site already lists:
  • Promise Pegasus R4i 32TB RAID MPX Module Kit
  • Promise Pegasus J2i
Q. What are the graphics options?
A. Radeon Pro 580X, Radeon Pro Vega II or dual Radeon Pro Vega II.
Q. What's new about this Mac compared to the previous model?
A. The following:
  • 8 PCI Express expansion slots including support for Apple's new MPX Module expansion
  • Apple T2 Security Chip
  • 4x Thunderbolt 3/USB-C ports (USB 3.1 Gen 2 up to 10 Gbps)
  • 2x USB 3 ports (up to 5 Gbps)
  • 2x 10Gb Ethernet ports
  • Bluetooth 5.0
  • 802.11ac Wi-Fi
  • 1.4 kilowatt power supply
  • (optional) Apple's own "Afterburner" expansion card for film and video professionals
  • (optional) Feet replacement wheels
  • (optional) Rack mount version
Q. Does the Mac Pro (2019 model) still come with a 3.5mm headphone jack?
A. Yes.
Q. Is the Mac Pro (2019 model) case locakable so it can't be opened like the original cheese-grater Mac Pros were?
A. Not by default. Apple sells a third party lock adaptor.
Q. Does the Mac Pro (2019 model) come with Kensington Lock slot?
A. No. But you can secure a cable around the handles like you could with the original cheese-grater Mac Pros.
Q. What version of macOS does the Mac Pro (2019 model) come with?
A. It comes with macOS 10.15 Catalina or later.
Q. I don't want macoS 10.15. Can I install/run an earlier version of macOS on it?
A. No.
Q. Does Apple have more information about the intricacies of this new Mac Pro and its potential add-ons/upgrades/accessories?
A. Yes. Apple has a dedicated new Mac Pro support page.

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