We posted earlier that Apple has decided to delay the launch of its new Mac Pro, as they are expected to use the Intel’s Sandy Bridge E as the new Mac Pro processor replacing the one that is currently being used.
CPU World have now released new pricing information which helps us to analyse the new E5-2600 and E5-1600 series Xeon processors that Apple are intending to use in the new Mac Pro models. This information you will find below in the table provided.
Last year Intel launched its ”Westmere” processor family, with the E5620, X5650, and X5670 as options and priced them at $387, $996, and $1440 respectively. As you can see the prices for the new processors are mentioned in the table above, and with this information it is clear that Apple can indeed use the $406 6-core 2.0 GHz E5-2620 in its low-end dual-processor configuration with the price of $3499 not changing much.
Now considering the mid range which is now prices at $4999, the 8-core 2.0 GHz E5-2650 comes in $110 higher than the current E5650, which is a $220 difference when you take into account both processors. This model may limit Apple’s options, however this may lead Apple to be forces to step all the way down to the E5-2640 at $884, a 6-core chip running at 2.5 GHz.
Next, the high end Apple dual-processor Mac Pro, this is also considered a tad gloomy. With each 8-core 2.6 GHz E5-2670 processor being $1552, over $110 higher than the processors used in the current $5999 Mac Pro. However, Apple could instead use the 8-core 2.4 GHz E5-2665 processor, which we know will be prices at $1440 when launched. But this would lead to a sacrifice of 200 MHz of clock speed to be able to keep costs down.
Finally foe the lower-end single-processor Mac Pro configurations, we expect that Apple will utilize Intel’s E5-1600 series processor line. This line is expected to launch during the first quarter of 2012. We have been told that the pricing for these processors will be, the quad-core 3.6 GHz E5-1620 at $294 and 6-core 3.2 GHz E5-1650 at $583. This comes nicely with the low price that it is currently at. We expect Apple to turn to E5-1660 at $1080, but this will be at the high end of the single processor line.