Rack-mount Mac Pro now available, starts at US $6500

Apple's Mac Pro can now be purchased in a rack-friendly form factor. (Image via Apple)
Apple's Mac Pro can now be purchased in a rack-friendly form factor. (Image via Apple)
Apple has started selling the Mac Pro in a server-friendly rack-mountable form factor. While the internals of the new model are the same as the tower Mac Pro, the rack-mount design runs an extra US $500.
Sam Medley,

Apple’s Mac Pro has been available for a little over a month ago, but only as a traditional desktop tower. Those waiting for a Mac Pro in a rack-mountable form factor had to wait until this week. As of yesterday, Apple has started selling a rack-mountable Mac Pro, albeit at a slightly higher cost.

The rack-mountable Mac Pro is internally the same as the standard Mac Pro. Configurations start with an 8-core Intel Xeon W CPU clocked at 3.5 GHz with 32 GB of RAM, a 256 GB PCIe SSD, and a Radeon Pro 580X GPU. Like the tower Mac Pro, this version can be specced out with the exact same options, all the way up to a 2.5 GHz 28-core Xeon W CPU, 1.5 TB of DDR4 ECC RAM, 8 TB of SSD storage, and dual Radon Pro Vega II Duo GPUs.

The key differentiator between the two Mac Pro models is design. As its description suggests, the rack-mountable Mac Pro doesn’t have any legs (or expensive wheels). Rather, this form factor has stainless steel rails that allow it to slide into a server rack. The top panel (where the side panel would be on the standard tower) can be removed to access the internals.

Another difference between the two models is the price. Buyers have to shell out an additional US $500 for the rack mount form factor, regardless of the selected internals. That means the rack-mounted Mac Pro starts at US $6499 and goes all the way up to $51,899 (sans peripherals and extra software). Purchases will begin shipping out between January 23 and February 13.

What do you think of the rack-mounted Mac Pro? Are those rails worth the extra $500? Let us know in the comments.


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Sam Medley, 2020-01-15 (Update: 2020-01-15)
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I've been a "tech-head" my entire life. After graduating college with a degree in Mathematics, I worked in finance and banking a few years before taking a job as a Systems Analyst for my local school district. I started working with Notebookcheck in October of 2016 and have enjoyed writing news articles and notebook reviews. My areas of interest include the business side of technology, retro gaming, Linux, and innovative gadgets. When I'm not hunched over an electronic device or writing code for a new database, I'm either outside with my family, playing a decade-old video game, or sitting behind a drum set.