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Apple Boosts Mac Pro Options

Apple added a processor boost and increased the maximum storage for its high-end desktop computer.

Apple introduced beefier options for the Mac Pro, the company's high-end computer for graphics and video editors, Web designers and other professionals.

On the single processor model, Apple customers now have the option of a 3.33 GHz Intel Xeon processor for an additional $1,200. The base configuration includes a 2.66 GHz quad-core Xeon. There was no change to the two-processor model.

Apple on Friday also increased the maximum storage for each of the four hard drive bays in the Mac Pro to 2 TB for a total capacity of 8 TB. Each 2 TB, 7200-rpm Serial ATA HDD costs an additional $550.

Apple also upped the storage option of each of the three bays in the Xserve to 2 TB, for a maximum storage capacity of 6 TB.

The base configuration of the single-processor Mac Pro includes a 2.66 GHz quad-core Xeon, 3 GB of system memory, a 640 GB HDD, a Nvidia GeForce GT 120 graphics card and one 18x SuperDrive for burning and playing CDs and DVDs. The system costs $2,499.

The base configuration of the duo-processor model includes the same components as the single-chip model, with the exception of two 2.26 GHz quad-core Xeons and 6 GB of memory. The system costs $3,299.

Apple refreshed the Mac Pro in March with Intel's quad-core Xeon processor and a $300 price cut. The system includes a new internal system architecture that along with the new processor delivers twice the performance of the previous generation Mac Pro, according to Apple.

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