Apple takes the wraps off new Mac Pro

New version is most powerful vendor has ever built
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Apple has made the unusual move of announcing new hardware before its MacWorld Expo, which takes place in San Francisco, taking the wraps off of a new Penryn-based Mac Pro, which it claims is the most powerful Mac Pro it has ever produced.

Based on the new 45-nanometer quad-core Xeon processor, it comes equipped with AMD's ATI Radeon HD 2600XT 256MB graphics card as standard. It also has the ability to be equipped with up to 32GB of RAM, have four graphics cards, 4TB of hard disk space and power up to eight 30-inch monitors.

"The new Mac Pro is the fastest Mac we've ever made," said Philip Schiller, Apple's senior vice president of product marketing.

Prices will start at $2,799 for a machine running two 2.8-GHz quad-core Xeons with 2GB of memory, the ATI Radeon HD 2600 XT graphics card and a 320GB SATA drive.

The top of the line model comes with two 3.2-GHz processors; 32GB of memory, the Nvidia Quadro FX 5600 graphics card, a RAID card and four 1TB internal drives prices out at $18,199.

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