I ticked every option on Apple's new Mac Pro and the price topped $53,000

Mac Pro workstation
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Apple has begun taking orders for its new Mac Pro workstation starting at $5,999, and as we noted in June, the baseline configuration only comes with 256GB of solid state storage. It's an extra $400 if you want to jump to the next tier, which is 1TB. I did one better, though—I ticked every available upgrade option and watched the price tag balloon to $53,247.98.

That includes nearly $500 in software (Final Cut Pro X and Logic Pro X), and if omitting those, the price drops to a more manageable $52,748. And by more manageable, I mean it's like deciding against the optional fire extinguisher when configuring a Lamborghini Aventador to save a few bucks.

So, what exactly do you get when going full-on balla configuring a Mac Pro? The short answer is copious hardware. More specifically, however, here's a rundown of the goods:

  • CPU—Intel Xeon W 28-core/56-thread processor (2.5GHz-4.4GHz)
  • RAM—1.5TB (12x128GB) of DDR4 ECC memory
  • GPU—2x Radeon Pro Vega II Duo (2x32GB HBM2 memory each)
  • Storage—4TB SSD
  • Peripherals—Magix Mouse 2, Magic Trackpad 2
  • Software—Final Cut Pro X, Logic Pro X
  • Other—Apple Afterburner PCIe accelerator card, wheels for the stainless steel frame

Opting for wheels adds $400 to the tally, but c'mon, if you're spending north of fifty grand, you might as splurge, right? Right!?

This type of configuration is well outside the zone of gaming, at least when it comes to playing games. For developers, however, this is a beastly system with a monstrous price tag to match.

Incidentally, you're looking at king's ransom for this level of hardware whether you buy a Mac Pro or, say, a Dell. To wit, I configured a similar setup on Dell's website, starting with a Precision 7920 tower workstation, and came to more than $60,000 (and no wheels).

Suffice to say, if you're in the market for the best gaming PC for your budget, steer clear of workstations.

Paul Lilly

Paul has been playing PC games and raking his knuckles on computer hardware since the Commodore 64. He does not have any tattoos, but thinks it would be cool to get one that reads LOAD"*",8,1. In his off time, he rides motorcycles and wrestles alligators (only one of those is true).