Apple Mac Pro finally on sale

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, Last Updated: 3:16 PM ET

The wait is over. Apple's super-sleek superfast professional desktop will be launching in time for Christmas.

The fastest and most powerful personal computer in Apple's 37-year history will be going on sale Thursday.

Apple has been teasing its design and features since June and promoting its endless scope for customization.

And now, for $2,999 US, consumers will be able to snap up the "entry-level" model which boasts a 3.7 GHz quad-core Intel Xeon E5 processor, two AMD FirePro D500 workstation GPUs (each one has 2 GB of dedicated RAM) plus 256 GB of on-board flash storage.

For $3,999 customers can upgrade all of that to 3.5 GHz six-core processor, an extra 1 GB of dedicated RAM for each graphics card, 16 GB of RAM, but the same 265 GB of flash storage.

But for those that need the ultimate in speed and performance and for whom money is no object, a 12-core processor, AMD FirePro D700 GPUs with 6 GB of RAM and 64 GB of system RAM can be specified, as can 1 TB of flash storage. In other words the computational equivalent of ordering a BMW. Just visit Apple's dedicated Mac Pro site.

Apple says that the computer will not just be available to order online from Thursday, Dec. 19, it can also be bought from its retail stores meaning that for some people it could be a very happy Christmas. But don't forget to buy a monitor, keyboard and mouse too, none of which are included as standard.