It has four USB Type-A ports, one USB Type-C port, an audio jack, an Ethernet port, an HDMI port, an SD card reader, and a power connector arranged vertically on its back. That power plug implies that, like the Mac Pro, the system saves some space on your floor with an internal power supply, which is a nice touch. Pulse is aimed pretty squarely at the high end of the consumer market and not at the workstation market. Model includes quad-core Skylake Core i5-6400 and i7-6700 CPUs, which are solid performers but not replacements for the 6-, 8-, and 12-core CPUs that come with higher-end Mac Pros. The base model Core i5 Pulse costs $1,200, and the high-end Core i7 model costs $1,600. The base model includes 8GB of DDR4 RAM and a 256GB NVMe SSD, while the high-end system bumps that to 16GB of RAM and adds a separate 1TB 5400RPM HDD for additional file storage. Both models include a Radeon RX 460 GPU with 2GB of RAM, an entry-level card which should be suitable for 1080p gaming but not 4K gaming or VR. High-end PC has quad-core CPUs, dedicated GPUs, and a big speaker. You can pre-order the Pulse now if you want, and it will be available from October 28.
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