Apple has announced the Mac Pro, it's first workstation based on Intel processors, which replaces the Power Mac G5. The standard Mac Pro configuration is priced at £1,445 plus VAT ($2,499 in the US), with build to order options will be available as well.

The Mac Pro will sport Intel's dual-core 64-bit Xeon 5100 series processor, which was codenamed 'Woodcrest' before its release, running at speeds of up to 3GHz with 4MB of shared L2 cache. Each microprocessor will have independent 1.33GHz Front Side Buses (FSB), with 21 Gigabyte per second (GB/s) processor bandwidth. The processors are fed by four-channel, 256-bit 667MHZ fully-buffered memory, up to 16GB -- twice as wide as the memory bus in a G5 and faster.

"It's an amazing processor to put in our products, but in every Mac Pro we're going to put two of them," said Phil Schiller, Apple's senior vice president of worldwide product marketing.

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The Mac Pro will support up to four 500GB Serial ATA hard drives for up to two terabytes (TB) of internal storage, as well as dual optical drive bays to simoultaneously read or write CDs and DVDs. The new drive bays snap into place. All new Mac Pros come with three full-length PCI Express expansion slots and one double-wide PCI Express graphics slot. The machines also include two USB 2.0, one FireWire 400 and one FireWire 800 ports on the front, as well as additional FireWire 800, FireWire 400 and three USB 2.0 ports on the back panel. 
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The Mac Pro comes standard with the nVidia GeForce 7300 GT video card with 256MB of video memory, providing built-in support for dual-displays and Apple

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The standard Mac Pro configuration is shipping today, featuring two 2.66GHz dual-core Intel Xeon processors, 1GB of 667MHz memory, 250GB storage, nVidia GeForce 7300GT graphics with 256MB VRAM and a 16x SuperDrive optical drive, as well as an Apple Mighty Mouse and keyboard, priced at £1,445 plus VAT ($2,499). 
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The company notes that 4.9 million possible Build to order options are available, including configurations with two 2.0GHz or 3.0GHz dual-core Intel Xeon processors; up to 16GB of 667 MHz DDR2 fully-buffered ECC memory; up to four 500GB Serial ATA hard drives running at 7200rpm; up to two 16x SuperDrives with double-layer support; ATI Radeon X1900 XT and nVidia Quadro FX 4500 graphics cards, both with 512MB of GDDR3 SDRAM; AirPort Extreme module, Bluetooth 2.0+EDR module; Apple USB Modem; Apple Wireless Keyboard and Apple wireless Mighty Mouse; Mac OS X Server Tiger; Apple Xsan; and Apple Fibre Channel PCI Express Card. 
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Apple has stopped selling its Power Mac line -- based around Power PC G5 processors -- which could cause issues for users of Adobe