2019 Apple Mac Pro Model 7,1 (Concept)

Configure Your 2019 Apple Mac Pro Model 7,1 (Concept)

This is our concept configuration tool of the upcoming 2019 Apple Mac Pro model 7,1. It includes our thoughts and hopes of what the Mac Pro will be. Each component includes model details and number of slots or bays, etc based on rumors and current 2018 and upcoming 2019 technology. The chassis is partly based off the recently released HP Z6 Workstation, which is one of the most reputable and reliable workstations in the content creation and engineering industries. The model 7,1 Mac Pro is not yet available for sale.

  • Processors

    Intel currently produces two types of Xeon processor - the W series and the Scalable series. The W series can be used only in single processor configuration. Apple currently uses these for the iMac Pro. The Scalable series (Bronze, Silver, Gold, and Platinum) can be used in single or dual processor configuration. If the Mac Pro will have one processor slot, the W series will likely be used. If the Mac Pro will have two processor slots, the Scalable series will be used. Given the direction Apple has been going (making everything more compact), I assume the Mac Pro 7,1 will have a single Xeon W series processor since they already use it in the iMac Pro. It will be easier for them since they already have the processor sockets and sourcing from Intel. In the unlikely chance the Mac Pro will have a dual processor option using the Scalable processors, the Mac Pro will be a monster - the chassis will be large, supporting up to 56 processor cores, three GPU, and 3TB memory...and it will come with a hefty (and scary) pricetag. If it will be the single processor with the W series processor, the configurations will be comparable to the HP Z4 G4 Workstation. If it will be dual processor with the Scalable processors, the configurations will be comparable to the HP Z8 G4 Workstation. We use the HP Z Workstations as references because they are popular Windows and Linux based workstations. See configuration tools for the Z4 and Z8; our sister company.

    Currently, Intel produces the Xeon Skylake-EP processors. In early 2019, Intel plans to announce the next generation Cascade Lake-X processors. We assume the processor sockets will be the same, but small performance enhancements to the processors. Apple will likely use these next generation of Xeon processors.

    Intel Xeon Gold

    Intel Xeon Platinum


    Memory

    The Cascade Lake-X processors will each have 6 memory channels, thus the Mac Pro will have either 6 or 12 memory slots. We assume the Mac Pro will come with 6 memory slots, one per memory channel. It's best to occupy as many memory channels as possible for optimal performance. Rather than selecting 2 or 4 modules, we recommend selecting 3 or 6 modules. The processors support 2666MHz ECC memory. We install only matching sets of Hynix, Micron, or Samsung memory, the most reputable manufacturers which Apple uses as well. DDR4 2666MHz goes up to 128GB per module, so the maximum supported per processor will be 768GB (6x 128GB).


    M.2 PCIe SSD - Bay 1 more info

    M.2 NVMe solid-state drives using the PCIe 3.0 controller are the latest and fastest technology. These are currently used in the latest Macbook Pro's and iMac Pro. They perform at about 2500MB/s while a SATA3 solid-state drive performs at 500MB/s. We assume the Mac Pro will have two proprietary Apple NVMe slots identical to the iMac Pro. The iMac Pro comes with two NVMe slots onboard with two drives in RAID 0 configuration by default. The RAID 0 offers increased drive speed, but if one of the two drives go bad, all the data is lost. Another option is to have two inpendent drives, which we prefer. The primary drive to be utilized for the operating system and applications. The secondary drive as a working drive for editing purposes - footage, projects, or sessions. Having a dedicated drive for editing provides optimal performance. When the Mac Pro is released, we will be offering two drives in RAID 0 configuration like the iMac Pro or the two drives partitioned separately.

    The M.2 NVMe drives currently in the market are the Samsung 970 Pro, but Apple contracts Samsung to make the identical drive in a proprietary shape so consumers do not upgrade on their own. The drives in the Macbook Pro and iMac Pro are the proprietary Apple form of the Samsung SM961, which is the OEM model of the Samsung 960 Pro.


    M.2 PCIe SSD - Bay 2

    Select an optional second NVMe drive. The drive must be the same as the other NVMe if it will be in RAID configuration. If the drive will be independent, we recommended it to be utilized as an editing drive.


    M.2 PCIe SSD - Partitions

    RAID only supported if same drive is selected on both slot 1 and 2.


    SATA3 Hard Drive / SSD - Bay 1

    We recommend hard drives solely for drive storage. If you require lots of TB of backup or storage, the hard drives are more cost effective. If you want to eliminate spinning drives, the solid-state drives can be used as fast storage drives. Upon request, two identical drives can be in RAID for performance or redundancy. See the 'Partitions' section below.

    Solid-State Drive

    Hard Drive


    SATA3 Hard Drive / SSD - Bay 2

    Select an optional second drive. If you plan to frequently pull data from the drive, we recommend a solid-state drive. If it will be utilized more for storage, a hard drive is a better option.

    Solid-State Drive

    Hard Drive


    SATA3 Hard Drive / SSD - Partitions

    RAID only supported if same drive is selected in bay slot 1 and 2.


    Graphics (Primary)

    We assume the Mac Pro will support one, but ideally two PCIe 3.0 x16 full-length double-width graphics cards. If you are using Final Cut Pro, we recommend sticking with the ATI Radeon Pro series graphics cards. If you are primary working on Adobe applications, we recommend a single NVIDIA GTX or RTX graphics card since they take advantage of CUDA cores. If you edit on Divinci Resolve, we recommend dual NVIDIA graphics cards since it scales well with multiple cards. For audio production, the default graphics card (supporting four displays) is fine. Our NVIDIA graphics cards function exactly like a genuine Apple graphics card showing the boot and option screens. If an NVIDIA graphics card is selected, we preinstall the NVIDIA driver which is required for the card to perform properly.

    ATI Radeon Pro

    NVIDIA GTX Pascal (2016/2017 Generation)

    NVIDIA GTX Touring (2018/2019 Generation)


    Graphics (Secondary)

    Choose an optional second graphics card if your editing application takes advantage of multiple graphics cards. Note that some applications may take advantage of a second graphics card, but you may only notice a minimal performance gain with the second card, thus it may not be cost effective. Please research forums regarding your application or ask us to see if it will be beneficial to add a second graphics card.

    ATI Radeon Pro

    NVIDIA GTX Pascal (2016/2017 Generation)

    NVIDIA GTX Touring (2018/2019 Generation)


    Port Expansion

    The Mac Pro comes standard with 10x Thunderbolt 3 / USB-C ports and 2x 10GBe Ethernet ports.


    Wireless and Bluetooth

    The Mac Pro comes standard with 802.11ac Wi-Fi wireless networking and Bluetooth 4.2 wireless technology.


    Operating System

    Choose the operating system that best fits your software requirements.


    Keyboard

    Choose your keyboard (optional).


    Mouse and Magic Trackpad

    Choose your mouse or trackpad (optional).


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  • Model Identifier 7,1
    Chassis Type Newly designed modular tower
    Chassis Model Unknown
    Processor Class Intel® Xeon® Scalable processor (Cascade Lake-X)
    To be released early-2019
    Processor Socket LGA3647
    Processor Models Intel® Xeon® Platinum 8180 (2.5 GHz base frequency, up to 3.8 GHz with Intel® Turbo Boost Technology, 38.5 MB cache, 28 cores)
    Intel® Xeon® Platinum 8173M (2.0 GHz base frequency, up to 3.5 GHz with Intel® Turbo Boost Technology, 35.75 MB cache, 28 cores)
    Intel® Xeon® Platinum 8160 (2.1 GHz base frequency, up to 3.7 GHz with Intel® Turbo Boost Technology, 33 MB cache, 24 cores)
    Intel® Xeon® Gold 6152 (2.1 GHz base frequency, up to 3.7 GHz with Intel® Turbo Boost Technology, 30.25 MB cache, 22 cores)
    Intel® Xeon® Gold 6154 (3 GHz base frequency, up to 3.7 GHz with Intel® Turbo Boost Technology, 24.75 MB cache, 18 cores)
    Intel® Xeon® Gold 6148 (2.4 GHz base frequency, up to 3.7 GHz with Intel® Turbo Boost Technology, 27.5 MB cache, 20 cores)
    Intel® Xeon® Gold 6142 (2.6 GHz base frequency, up to 3.7 GHz with Intel® Turbo Boost Technology, 22 MB cache, 16 cores)
    Intel® Xeon® Gold 6136 (3 GHz base frequency, up to 3.7 GHz with Intel® Turbo Boost Technology, 24.75 MB cache, 12 cores)
    Intel® Xeon® Gold 6140 (2.3 GHz base frequency, up to 3.7 GHz with Intel® Turbo Boost Technology, 24.75 MB cache, 18 cores)
    Intel® Xeon® Gold 6134 (3.2 GHz base frequency, up to 3.7 GHz with Intel® Turbo Boost Technology, 24.75 MB cache, 8 cores)
    Intel® Xeon® Gold 6132 (2.6 GHz base frequency, up to 3.7 GHz with Intel® Turbo Boost Technology, 19.25 MB cache, 14 cores)
    Intel® Xeon® Gold 6130 (2.1 GHz base frequency, up to 3.7 GHz with Intel® Turbo Boost Technology, 22 MB cache, 16 cores)
    Intel® Xeon® Gold 6128 (3.4 GHz base frequency, up to 3.7 GHz with Intel® Turbo Boost Technology, 19.25 MB cache, 6 cores)
    Intel® Xeon® Gold 5120 (2.2 GHz base frequency, up to 3.2 GHz with Intel® Turbo Boost Technology, 19.25 MB cache, 14 cores)
    Intel® Xeon® Gold 5118 (2.3 GHz base frequency, up to 3.2 GHz with Intel® Turbo Boost Technology, 16.5 MB cache, 12 cores)
    Intel® Xeon® Gold 5122 (3.6 GHz base frequency, up to 3.7 GHz with Intel® Turbo Boost Technology, 16.5 MB cache, 4 cores)
    Intel® Xeon® Silver 4116 (2.1 GHz base frequency, up to 3 GHz with Intel® Turbo Boost Technology, 16.5 MB cache, 12 cores)
    Intel® Xeon® Silver 4114 (2.2 GHz base frequency, up to 3 GHz with Intel® Turbo Boost Technology, 13.75 MB cache, 10 cores)
    Intel® Xeon® Silver 4112 (2.6 GHz base frequency, up to 3 GHz with Intel® Turbo Boost Technology, 8.25 MB cache, 4 cores)
    Intel® Xeon® Silver 4108 (1.8 GHz base frequency, up to 3 GHz with Intel® Turbo Boost Technology, 11 MB cache, 8 cores)
    Memory Slots 6 (one slot per channel)
    Memory Type DDR4 2666MHz ECC
    Maximum Memory 768GB (6x 128GB LR modules)
    Graphics Supports two double width, full length graphics cards
    * Default ATI Radeon Pro W-3100 4GB
    * Optional upgrade to NVIDIA GTX Pascal, Volta, and Turing generation
    Drive Bays 2 onboard M.2 slots for NVMe drives
    2 connected SATA3 bays for 3.5" hard drives and 2.5" solid-state drives
    PCIe Expansion Two PCIe 3.0 x16
    Expension Ports 10x USB-C / Thunderbolt 3.0
    Network 2x 1GBe Ethernet (10GBe via optional Thunderbolt 3 adapter)
    Wireless and Bluetooth Airport Extreme (Intel 8265) WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac & BT 4.2
    Power Supply 1125W
    Operating System El Capitan 10.11
    Sierra 10.12
    High Sierra 10.13
    Mojave 10.14
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