Mac Pro

Apple finally "refreshed" the Mac Pro, but if you're not impressed these are some great PC alternatives that run Windows 10.

Instead of a new Mac Pro, Apple just included some of its more expensive options and parts as standard in the "new" 2017 model. An all-new Mac Pro is still some time away, no doubt leaving many feeling a bit let down. The Mac Pro is four years old at this point and instead of waiting (and waiting, and waiting) how about a compact Windows 10 machine that oozes performance?

Here are some of the best PCs to consider.

MSI Vortex

MSI Vortex

The Mac Pro isn't the only cylindrical computer on the market, and MSI's Vortex is every bit the looker. It's a tiny little can on the outside, but what MSI squeezed inside is nothing short of miraculous.

At the heart, you'll find an Intel Core i7 6700K unlocked processor, which means you can get to tinkering with some overclocks if you wish. You'll also find 32GB or 64GB of RAM keeping it company, along with solid state drive (SSD) and hard disk drive (HDD) combinations for storage. Then there's the graphics.

You can have a single GTX 1070 inside the Vortex, or a single GTX 1080. Both of these are terrific graphics cards, but there's also room inside to fit a pair of GTX 1070 cards if you'd prefer. Apple isn't the only company that can fit dual-GPUs inside a small cylinder.

Add in Killer Doubleshot-X3 Pro networking, Thunderbolt 3 and the ability to upgrade parts down the line, and you have an extremely enticing little powerhouse. And it costs less than a base Mac Pro, as well.

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Corsair One

Corsair One

Corsair isn't known for making PCs. This one is, in fact, its very first, but the company's reputation for quality is unquestionable. With the Corsair One, you're no longer just buying a case, you're getting a complete PC inside it.

Not just a PC, either. A seriously powerful PC. And one that costs a lot less than a Mac Pro.

What it doesn't have is Thunderbolt 3. But what it does have is the latest and greatest internals to make a screaming fast machine. Intel's latest Core i7 7700K unlocked processor is here, as is NVIDIA's GTX 1070 or GTX 1080 GPU. There's even an option for liquid cooling, so you get ultimate power and a whisper-quiet machine.

The Corsair One is also entirely upgradeable, because it uses standard-size parts inside that sleek, compact body. Prices start at $1,800, which is reasonable.

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Origin PC Chronos Pro

Origin Chronos

If you're looking for a small, powerful PC built entirely to your specifications, the Chronos Pro by Origin PC will fit the bill. Almost everything is customizable, from the exterior case color to how many drives you have and which GPU. It's also possible to build the ultimate system and send the price tag well over $20,000!

That's not to say the Chronos Pro is ridiculously expensive, but there are options that go up to a 24-core Xeon processor and an $8,000 workstation-grade NVIDIA Quadro GPU.

You can spend much less and get more "normal" internals, such as Skylake Core i7 processors, 32GB of RAM, GTX 1070 or 1080 graphics cards and SSD or HDD storage options. The beauty of the Origin system is that you can put exactly what you want inside your PC, as long as you're happy to pay the price.

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ASUS GR8 II

ASUS GR9

While not exactly subtle in appearance, the latest revision to the ASUS GR8 is small in size and big in performance. It's also a bit cheaper than others listed here, while still offering a lot in a small space.

For $1,200, you'll find a Core i7 7700 processor, 16GB of RAM and a NVIDIA GTX 1060 graphics card. Throw in a combination of SSD and HDD storage and ASUS's Aura lighting, and you have a small-form PC that sparkles inside and out.

The custom cooling on the GR8 also keeps it very quiet, with ASUS claiming it's up to 23 percent less noisy than comparable systems. It lacks Thunderbolt 3 but covers every other base when it comes to ports, so you're not going to be caught short.

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