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This $53,000 PC is the competition for Apple's $53,000 Mac Pro – and it's a beast

Mac Pro (2019)
Mac Pro (2019) (Image credit: Apple)

What you need to know

  • A fully maxed-out Mac Pro costs around $53,000.
  • A company is making a $53,000 PC using the 128-thread AMD EPYC processor.
  • And you can put two of them in the same machine.

Apple's Mac Pro is a powerful computer, of that there's no doubt. But like all Macs it's had the age-old argument thrown at it – you can build a PC for less. And that's absolutely true. But what if you spend the same amount of money? What does that get you? Turns out, it gets you a lot.

Enter the $53,000 a-X2 from Mediaworkstations. It's a machine that boasts not just one, but two of AMD's EPYC 64-core processors. That's 128 threads multiplied by two. That's a lot of threads.

It can also boast 2TB of RAM, which is 512GB more than any Mac Pro can handle as noted by TechRader. And it comes with 8.68TB of super-fast storage. And it comes with two Nvidia Quadro RTX 8000 GPU with 48GB GDDR6 memory. And...well. You get the idea.

Amd Epyc Processor

Amd Epyc Processor (Image credit: AMD)

By comparison, Apple's maxed out Mac Pro comes with 28 cores of Intel Xeon power as well as 1.5TB of RAM. Two Radeon Pro Vega II Duo cards make up the graphics. Storage is on par at 8TB, with the overall package costing around $53,000.

The concept of getting more for your money – specs-wise, at least – when buying a PC over any Mac isn't a new one. It's been around since before many of the people reading this were born. But it's usually happening in a market that's well below the one that includes $50,000 computers and it's fascinating to see what $53,000 can get you.

Of course, none of that is any good to you if you need to run Final Cut Pro X or Logic Pro X. But, still.

Oliver Haslam
Oliver Haslam

Oliver Haslam has written about Apple and the wider technology business for more than a decade with bylines on How-To Geek, PC Mag, iDownloadBlog, and many more. He has also been published in print for Macworld, including cover stories. At iMore, Oliver is involved in daily news coverage and, not being short of opinions, has been known to 'explain' those thoughts in more detail, too.

Having grown up using PCs and spending far too much money on graphics card and flashy RAM, Oliver switched to the Mac with a G5 iMac and hasn't looked back. Since then he's seen the growth of the smartphone world, backed by iPhone, and new product categories come and go. Current expertise includes iOS, macOS, streaming services, and pretty much anything that has a battery or plugs into a wall. Oliver also covers mobile gaming for iMore, with Apple Arcade a particular focus. He's been gaming since the Atari 2600 days and still struggles to comprehend the fact he can play console quality titles on his pocket computer.

  • So why does Apple even exist? Answer me that, Mr. Richie. From the very beginning Apple products have been priced significantly higher than other manufacturers. In 1982 I purchased my first personal computer. I looked at a number of PCs on the market at the time, including the TRS-80, Commodore 64, and others that had all of the features of the Apple II+ for much less money. All of those manufacturers fell by the wayside, some very quickly. I bought the Apple II+? Why did I do that? Why is Apple still in business after 44 years? Am I stupid like the trolls insist?
  • lol. Like you don't know.
    I use Apple products because I like them, simple. They work for me, something I like makes it easier to work with it.
    Apple is overpriced shiny stuff, but it's what I like so I buy it. There are countless PCs that will run rings around it and if they could run OSX seamlessly then Apple wouldn't see a further cent from me.
  • Same for me, if I could run macOS or iOS on other hardware, I wouldn't buy Apple hardware
  • #1. If you have to ask then the answer to #2. is: Yes.
  • People buy Macs because a computer is 50% hardware, 50% software. If I was buying a computer solely based on hardware, I'd easily buy a Windows computer or rather build my own. But I've had numerous problems with Windows over the years, including Windows 10, whereas I've very rarely had issues with macOS. Obviously a case of YMMV, but this is why a lot of people buy Apple devices.
  • 1. Apple is a walled garden, but it’s the nicest walled garden you’ll ever see in your life. 2. Apple products last a loooooong time. 3. They work together perfectly. I can make a call or SMS from my Mac, move between devices easily, and use awesome features like Find My. Those are three reasons why I choose Apple.
  • Yep, I'll also add though that Windows based PCs, (in MY experience), last just as long. They don't, (well didn't), have intentional blocks to prevent your kit working together.
    Apple do it to reduce support issues but Windows is MUCH more versatile. Trouble is t's not nice to use.