Apple 2019 Mac Pro To Feature PCIe 5.0?
The Apple Mac Pro 2019 is one of the highly anticipated devices expected to arrive this year, which is why it comes to no surprise that tech enthusiasts are always on the lookout for new rumors, leaks and official talks regarding it. In fact, some fans may even say that they have been waiting for years, considering that the last time the Cupertino-based tech company released a new model was way back in 2013.
So what new details do we have about the 2019 Mac Pro this time around? Well, PCI-SIG, the organization that defines PCIe standards, announced that it ratified Version 0.9 of the PCI Express 5.0 specification. With this, a report suggests that the Mac Pro 2019 that is slated to be “modular” could feature it.
Version 0.9 Of The PCIe 5.0 Connection Specification
According to reports, the PCIe 5.0’s performance is twice the performance of the PCIe 4.0 which was launched back in 2017. To be specific, PCIe 4.0 features a bandwidth of 64GB/s (x16 duplex) and a frequency/speed of 16.0 GHz, while PCIe 5.0 features 128GB/s (x16 duplex) and 32.0 GHz.
Moreover, the PCIe 5.0 connection specification comes with other features as well. These are:
- Electrical changes to improve signal integrity.
- Backward compatible CEM connectors for add-in cards.
- Backward compatibility with previous versions of PCIe.
- It was designed to reduce latency and tolerate higher signal loss for long-reach applications.
As for when to expect it, reports suggest that the first PCIe 5.0 products will ship to end-users at some point in mid-2019.
Apple To Adapt PCIe 5.0?
According to a report, the Mac Pro 2019 is slated to be “modular”. If it will come with PCIe 5.0 slots out of the box, it would help future-proof the computer and potentially prove to the professional community that it’s serious about meeting its needs. Moreover, the Cupertino-based tech company is also sometimes a vanguard of new connection technologies, being an early backer of USB, FireWire, and Thunderbolt.
When Can We Expect The Upcoming Mac Pro?
It’s hard to say exactly. But if we are going base it on the current Mac Pro (second generation), it debuted in June 2013 and then was released in December 2013.
What Fans Want To See In The Upcoming Mac Pro
- More internal expansion
- Dual-processor options
- A keyboard and mouse included
- iOS apps
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