Today Apple announced that the Mac Pro is available with an option for 8 cores or 4. This update will retain the previous Mac Pro configurations, but adding the top of the line 8-core 3 GHz model at an additional $1498 over the 2.66 Quad-core Mac Pro. The 8-core Mac Pro is scheduled to start shipping within a week, and benchmarks should be impressive. This also means that these 8-core machines will be available at NAB.
More information can be found on Apple’s site, here is a summary:
8-core or quad-core Mac Pro workstation
Meet the latest addition to the Mac Pro family: The world’s first 3.0GHz, 8-core Intel Xeon-based Mac Pro. Consider the bar officially raised.
No matter which Mac Pro model you choose — 8-core or quad-core Intel Xeon — each delivers advanced performance, workstation graphics, and unparalleled expansion in so many possible configurations, your imagination has finally met its match.
Eight cores or four
Opt for the 8-core Mac Pro and you get the power of two Quad-Core Intel Xeon “Clovertown” processors running at 3.0GHz. Or choose a quad-core Mac Pro featuring two Dual-Core Intel Xeon “Woodcrest” processors and decide how fast they fly: 2.0GHz, 2.66GHz, or 3.0GHz. At 3.0GHz, the quad-core Mac Pro runs up to 2x faster than the Power Mac G5 Quad.