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Mac Pro’s 8TB SSD upgrade costs quite a MacBook Pro 16-inch

And that’s the new MacBook Pro 16-inch with an 8-core CPU…


Apple has added the choice for buyers of the Mac Pro 2019 to grab themselves an 8TB SSD when ordering their workstation.

At launch, which in fact wasn’t far more than every week ago, the utmost capacity available was 4TB, and Apple promised the power to double that was coming – so now it’s here, but as you'll imagine, the upgrade comes with a good old cost.


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As Mac Rumors spotted, upgrading from the bottom 256GB storage choice to 8TB will set you back $2,600 (£2,340 / AU$4,160).

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Nobody will argue that’s a hefty chunk of money, and indeed it’s actually a dollar quite you’ll buy the costlier 8-core CPU spin on the new MacBook Pro 16-inch (which weighs in at $2,599, with none upgrades).

However, within the great scheme of what’s usually charged for workstation upgrades, the value of the 8TB SSD isn’t really surprising. and people speccing up a very high-end Mac Pro, which could cost something like 50 grand plus, will probably view it as a palatable upgrade – if they need the utmost amount of internal storage.

Remember that while the Mac Pro benefits from a modular design and is formed to be easy to upgrade and repair, the SSD isn’t something you'll replace yourself, as it’s tied in with the PC’s T2 security chip, so an Apple technician is required to facilitate replacement.

At any rate, for several people, if they need more storage with the Mac Pro, there are many alternative options for hooking up external drives (like an NVMe SSD via PCIe).

GPU choices

Some further options also are coming for the new Mac Pro on the graphics card front, with the supply of the Radeon Pro W5700X (along with a dual GPU configuration using that AMD graphics solution).

While all this talk about Mac Pro’s costing 50 grand might sound ridiculous to the typical consumer (and understandably so), for the professional creatives who the PC is aimed toward, Apple’s new machine is really relatively competitively priced once you check out other workstations that the likes of videographers might use.

Even so, the $400 (£360 / AU$640) wheels are clearly a step too far, and moves like that aren’t helping the general perception of the Mac Pro’s pricing.

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