Can't wait for the Mac Pro? Build your own with the Dune Pro
- 22 October, 2019 06:18
If you’ve been waiting literally years for Apple to refresh and begin selling a new Mac Pro lineup, the Dune Pro might be what you need. The all-aluminium (yes, we’ll spell it that way to humor Apple) case could be called an homage to the still-not-available Mac Pro that was announced in June. Others might call it a clone or a copy cat, but some understand replicas are just cool.
The Dune Pro follows PC industry standards, so just about any PC part can go inside. It went live on Indiegogo on Monday morning Pacific Daylight Time, and by Monday afternoon, it had already met 108 percent of its goals.
The early bird edition goes for $188 and comes with a cheese-grater front bezel. By and large though, pre-orders for the Dune Pro skew toward the more Mac-Pro-ish optional large hole “Dice Y” aluminum bezel, which goes for $279.
No Mac Pros in sight
Yes, Apple introduced its new Mac Pro in June, but we still have no word on when the updated version will hit the streets, due to parts constraints. Apple had apparently been seeking exceptions from tariffs for the wheels, the power supply, the CPU cooler, a charging cable, and circuit board, according to a report in Bloomberg News. That means Apple will likely pay a 25-percent tariff on those parts, or build them in the US.
We suspect the latter, as Apple has built in plenty of headroom for profit. The base $6,000 unit nets you an 8-core Xeon W with 32GB of RAM, a Radeon Pro 580X, and a 256GB SSD. You heard right: Apple wants to charge you $6,000 for an 8-core CPU, a GPU essentially based on the three-year-old Radeon RX 480, and a 256GB SSD, which would typically cost under $40. All told, that’s maybe $1,100 in base parts. That’s without the fancy custom Apple accelerator card, too.
After seeing those prices, you can understand why someone might want to buy a Dune Case, pick up a bundle of parts, and roll their own Hackintosh instead.
Dune Pro even has a bulk deal with the Dice Y cover, so maybe, just maybe, someone at 1 Apple Park Way can add to cart and buy to get those new Mac Pros out faster.