When you want to buy something Apple, you usually know that you are going to pay nothing short of top dollar. With their pristine stores, beautifully designed gadgets and last but not the least, products that generally feature at least one breakthrough technological feature, many people feel that Apple deservedly charge the lofty prices that they have, over several years now.
Despite this reputation, you might still be shocked to know that Apple’s most expensive Mac, a fully maxed out Mac Pro, will cost you almost $10,000, about the same as 20% of America’s average annual household income!
$10,000 for a Mac!? Here’s what you get
OK, the basic versions of the Mac Pro start at $2,999 and $3,999. However, when you decide to go crazy with all the add-on and upgrade options at the Apple store, your total is going to quickly zilch up to $9,599, not quite $10,000 but not a whole less either!
- Processor – 2.7 GHz 12-Core Processor with 30 MB of L3 Cache
- Memory – 64 GB RAM (4 X 16 GB) 1866 MHz DDR3 ECC RAM
- Storage – 1 TB PCIe Flash Storage
- Graphics – Dual AMD FirePro D700 GPUs with 6 GB of GDDR5 VRAM
As you can see, these are mean, mean, hardcore and monstrous specs that you will need only for high end work, work that involves a lot of heavy duty data processing, like when you work on professional level media work that involves video editing and sound processing or some extreme gaming.
We decided to have some fun Window shopping time at the Apple store and decided to upgrade up on all accessories, software, cables and whatever was on offer, to see what the total would come up to, as if $10,000 wasn’t ridiculous enough for a computer already.
Here are the add-on options that we selected;
Apple USB Super Drive ($79), Apple Thunderbolt Display ($999), 31.5′ 4K Display by Sharp with 3840 X 2160 pixel resolution ($3595), Apple Magic Mouse ($69), Apple Wireless Keyboard($69), Final Cut Pro X ($299), Logic Pro X ($199), Aperture ($79), AppleCare Protection Plan ($249), One to One ($99), 2.0 M Apple Thunderbolt Cable ($39), Apple Thunderbolt to FireWire Adapter ($29), Mini DisplayPort to VGA Adapter ($29), Mini DisplayPort to DVI Adapter ($29), Mini DisplayPort to Dual Link DVI Adapter ($99), Promise Pegasus2 R8 24 TB Thunderbolt 2 RAID system ($3599), 3 TB Airport Time Capsule ($399) and a Epson Expression Premium XP-810 Small In One Printer (199)
$19,760.92!!! That is the grand total if you want to go all out with the accessories and software upgrades from Apple. Here’s another huge surprise – A similarly spec’d Windows assembled PC, will cost you more than what the Apple Mac Pro costs. In fact, an assembled Windows PC with the same specs is going to be almost 20% costlier than the Mac Pro’s price tag.
Think an Assembled Windows PC with the same specs will cost less? Wrong!
Windows PC assemblers usually guffaw at the prices charged by Apple, because they know that they can put together Windows PCs with the same specifications at costs that are even half of what Apple charges. This however just won’t happen when they are trying to assemble a computer with a 12 Core processor and 64 GB RAM however, as it is going to cost at least about $11,653, about $2,100 more than the price charged by Apple for its flagship Mac Pro.
Moreover, Windows PC assemblers can forget about creating a computer that is as small and stylish at the Mac Pro. Have you seen the Mac Pro? It is about as tall as a large banana for Christ sake!?
Below, you will find the approximate costs you will have to pay for the high-end Mac Pro components, if you decided to take the assembled Windows PC route.
- CPU Case and Power Supply Kit – $360
- ASUS Rampage IV Genie Motherboard – $279
- Intel Xeon E5 12 Core Processor – $2839
- 2 X AMD FirePro W9000 Graphics Card – $6,998
- 2 X Corsair Vengeance LP 32 GB DDR 3 1866 MHz RAM – $718
- Samsung 840 Pro Series 512 GB SATA 2.5 inch SSD – $459
- Total assembled cost of $11,653!
As you can see, Apple’s Mac Pro gives you plenty of value for money (Did we really say that about an apple product!!!). Besides a lower price, you also get a insanely stylish CPU that is going to look more like a piece of art rather than a mundane looking CPU tower on or around your work desk.
But, there are downsides to Apple Mac Pro. When it comes to upgrade options, it is going to be very, very difficult for you to do anything with the Mac Pro. A lot of the boards are soldered on and it is uses a uni-core ventilation system that is going to be very hard to work around for additional upgrades. Honestly, we don’t think anything can be upgraded in the Mac Pro. The really tech savvy will somehow find ways to upgrade it although even they will struggle to do the upgrades while maintaining the compact size and style of the Mac Pro.
With the Windows PC however, even after paying the $2,000 extra, you are going to have a brutally fast machine that is going to give potentially unlimited upgrade options, as you will always have the ability to swap out the graphics card, the RAM or even the motherboard and the processor in the future, as everything will come apart and merge back together at will and with relative ease.
One might argue saying that not being able to upgrade the Mac Pro is not really a con or a disadvantage as computers with such high specs are not the type of computers that you look to upgrade in a few years time. Then again, if you really think you need a 12 core processor and 64 GB RAM for your current workload, there is no ruling out the possibility that you are just going to want to test the next paradigm of performance levels in the future, maybe in the not so distant future even.
What do you think of this Mac Pro behemoth? If you had a choice, would you buy the Mac Pro or an assembled Windows PC equivalent? Let us know with your opinions. Please use the comment box below!