The new Mac Pro has landed, and its base price starts at *only* $5,999, but a few clicks can raise it as high as $52,599. This provoked controversy because many people believe that the price is extremely exaggerated.
However, here are some of the reasons why that price point might be justified:
First of all, the sum of $52,599 buys you plenty of hardware:
From a 2.5GHz 28-core Intel Xeon W processor with 1.5TB (12*128GB) of DDR4 ECC RAM to the dual high power Radeon Pro Vega II Duo, each with 2x32GB of HBM2 memory and 4TB of SSD storage, with a 8TB SSD “coming soon”, according to Apple.
The most impressive part of the hardware bundle is, obviously, the RAM. The upgrade from the base 32GB to the 1.5TB option raises the price up with $25,000, which also requires an upgrade to the 24-core or 28-core Intel Xeon processors, which bump the price up by $6,000 or $7,000, accordingly.
We are left wondering if $25,000 is too much for that colossal amount of RAM. Experts quickly searched for the actual price of 1.5TB worth of RAM and it turns out that the cheapest alternative costs a staggering $18,000. The $7,000 difference is justifiable by the fact that Apple surely isn’t using the cheapest RAM available.
Perhaps the only overpriced elements of the $52,599 Mac Pro are the extra wheels that cost $400, which, frankly, are a drop in the ocean when compared to the full price of the system.