Eight-core Apple Mac Pro desktop now screams with 'Nehalem' chips

Apple just revved up its Mac Pro line, and at the top of the feature list is the latest quad-core Intel Xeon "Nehalem" processors. Apple says the new Mac Pro with two quad-core Intel 2.66GHz processors is twice as fast as its dual quad-core 3.2GHz predecessor in memory throughput, and 1.5x faster in integer calculation. Despite those faster parts inside, Apple stuck with that same unstackable, yet attractive aluminum case.

But it's not a bad deal in the Apple scheme of things, considering these new Macs cost less than the old ones, starting at $2,499 for the single processor unit and $3,299 for the dual proc. The fact that Apple stopped short at the 2.93GHz Nehalem chip, and doesn't offer the fastest Xeon W5580 3.2GHz Nehalem, has us scratching our heads. Could it be that the price is already pushing $6,699 when you load on 12GB of RAM and the 2.93GHz chips?

Via Apple