Apple already unveiled its 12-core Mac Pro machine a month ago, but up until now, you haven't been able to purchase one. Now you can, assuming you have a spare $5,000 bill bouncing around in your pants pocket and aren't put off by the so-called "Apple tax."
That five grand nets you two Intel Xeon "Westmere" 6-core processors clocked at 2.66GHz, with a $1,200 upgrade option bumping you up to two 2.93GHz Westmere parts. The upgraded Mac Pro comes standard with 6GB of DDR3 ECC memory, 1TB hard drive, ATI Radeon HD 5770 videocard, and an 18X DVD burner.
For kicks and giggles, we configured a fully decked out Mac Pro with two of the faster Xeon chips, 32GB of memory, a dedicated RAID card, four 512GB SSDs, a pair of Radeon HD 5770 cards, two optical drives, two 30-inch displays, tons of software, and everything else that was available, bringing the final tally to $24,603.85.