Apple’s Mac Pro is one of the most powerful (and expensive) desktop computers you can buy today. That’s especially if you opt for a configuration with a large number of processors, memory and storage.
The Mac Pro can be configured with up to 1.5 TB of RAM, which means that in theory, it should be able to keep almost any application you launch in memory. Of course, everything has its limits, including 1.5 TB of RAM, and the youTuber Jonathan Morris has discovered it.
Morris has pushed a Mac Pro configured with 1.5 TB of RAM to the limit by opening 6,000 tabs in Google Chrome. If you use this browser, you’ll know that Chrome tends to take up a lot of memory.
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According to Morris, this little experiment began when he discovered that Chrome was using a whopping 75 GB of RAM, which is more than most computers have. Then he decided to see how many more tabs he could open before the Mac gave up.
That said, the experiment has no use since it is unlikely that you want to open 6,000 tabs from any website. Still, it is a curious experiment that demonstrates what a computer with a huge amount of RAM can do.
Mac Pro configuration
Apple’s new Mac Pro is now available to order from Apple’s online store. While prices start at $5,999, the Mac Pro gets expensive rather quickly as you add more SSD storage, a more powerful processor, additional RAM, and more.
With all of the available hardware upgrade options, you can currently configure a build-to-order Mac Pro that costs $52,599. Here is what that price gets you:
- Processor: 2.5 GHz 28‑core Intel Xeon W processor, Turbo Boost up to 4.4GHz
- Memory: 1.5 TB (12 x 128 GB) of DDR4 ECC memory
- Storage: 4 TB SSD storage
- Graphics: Two Radeon Pro Vega II Duo with 2 x 32 GB of HBM2 memory each
- Apple Afterburner Card
- Stainless steel frame with wheels