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Apple Mac Pro Quad-Core Desktop Computer Workstation

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Product Highlights
  • 2.8GHz Intel Xeon W3530
  • 3GB (3x1GB) RAM
  • 1TB 7200rpm Hard Drive
  • Dual-Layer SuperDrive
  • ATI Radeon HD 5770 1GB Graphics
  • Bluetooth 2.1+EDR
  • 802.11n Airport Extreme Wi-Fi
  • May Ship with OS X Lion or Mountain Lion

The Mac Pro Desktop Computer Workstation from Apple is the company's premiere desktop workstation. The system is built with performance in mind, and is an ideal computer for use with demanding applications. The computer is housed in a striking tower form factor, highlighted by a silver front grille which provides easy access to USB 2.0 and FireWire-800 ports, as well as a headphone jack. Sturdy handles are present to aid in transporting the system when necessary.

Designed with expansion in mind, the computer features four 3.5" SATA drive bays, four PCI Express 2.0 expansion slots, and 4 RAM slots which can support a total 16GB memory capacity. The back of the system features a plethora of ports, including USB 2.0, FireWire-800, dual Gigabit Ethernet, and optical and analog audio.

The system is powered by a single Quad-Core Intel Xeon W3530 "Nehalem" CPU running at a clockspeed of 2.8GHz. This "Quad-Core" configuration gives many more times the processing power of a single CPU, making it an ideal solution for mission critical applications. The system also boasts 3GB of RAM, a 1TB 7200rpm hard drive, Apple's SuperDrive DVD burner with dual-layer disc support, 802.11n Airport Extreme Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.1+EDR for wireless device connectivity, and ATI Radeon HD 5770 graphics with 1GB of memory.

The 64-bit OS features Time Machine backup, which automatically backs up system data to an external hard drive. It also features intuitive Cover Flow navigation, the powerful Spotlight search tool, and Quick Look document preview. You'll be able to use Boot Camp to run Windows on your Mac.

iLife '11 has a complete suite of digital creativity applications. Easy enough for anyone to use, iLife will help you edit your home movies, organize digital photos, and compose original music. The system is also powerful enough to run Apple's professional-level applications, perfect for those who are ready to move up to the next level of creative software.

Processor

Quad-Core "Nehalem" CPU
The Mac Pro features a quad-core Intel "Nehalem" processor running at a clockspeed of 2.8GHz, giving you ample power to complete demanding tasks
Single-Die Advantage
Many multicore processors are composed of two separate dies, which means some cached data has to travel outside the processor to get from core to core. That's an inefficient way to access information. Enter the Intel Xeon processor. Its single-die, 64-bit architecture makes 8MB of fully shared L3 cache readily available to each of the processor cores. The result is fast access to cache data and greater application performance. Combine that with the other technological advances and you get a Mac Pro that's up to 1.5x faster than the previous generation
Fast Memory. And Lots of It.
System memory is often connected to a processor through a separate I/O controller. But Intel Xeon "Nehalem" processors feature an integrated memory controller. By connecting memory directly to the processor, the Mac Pro processors have faster access to data stored in memory, and memory latency is reduced.

The integrated memory controller, along with fast DDR3 ECC SDRAM at 1066MHz, gives Mac Pro an increase in memory bandwidth over previous generations. More bandwidth allows for more data to be fed to the processor faster, helping each core spend its time processing data, not waiting for information to arrive. And Error Correction Code (ECC) corrects single-bit errors and detects multiple-bit errors automatically. That's especially important in mission-critical and compute-intensive environments
Power When (and Where) You Need It
The new Mac Pro introduces Turbo Boost: a dynamic performance technology that automatically boosts the processor clock speed based on workload. If you're using an application that doesn't need every core, Turbo Boost increases the speed of the active ones, up to 3.06GHz on this Mac Pro
The Virtue of Virtual Cores
The Intel Xeon processor supports Hyper-Threading, which allows two threads to run simultaneously on each core. So this Quad-Core Mac Pro presents 8 virtual cores that are recognized by Mac OS X. Performance is enhanced because Hyper-Threading enables the processor to take better advantage of the execution resources available in each core
Path of Least Resistance
A bidirectional, point-to-point connection -- called QuickPath Interconnect -- gives the Intel Xeon processor quick access to the disk, I/O, and other Mac Pro subsystems. This connection acts as a direct pipeline, so processor-to-processor data doesn't need to travel to the I/O hub first. It's another way the Mac Pro boosts performance across the board
Powerfully Efficient
The Mac Pro meets the stringent low power requirements set by the EPA, giving it ENERGY STAR qualification. ENERGY STAR 5.0 sets significantly higher efficiency limits for power supplies and aggressive limits for the computer's typical annual power consumption

Graphics

ATI Radeon HD 5770 Graphics Card
A high-performance graphics cards from AMD makes Mac Pro graphics technology up to 5 times faster than ever before. Perfect for motion graphics, 3D modeling, rendering, or animation, the ATI Radeon HD 5770 with 1GB of GDDR5 memory comes standard. It not only provides faster performance compared to previous Mac Pro standard graphics cards -- it's also faster than the top-of-the-line graphics cards in the previous generation
Don't Keep Those Pixels Waiting
The foundation of the Mac Pro graphics architecture is the latest generation of GPUs connected to the system via a fast and wide PCI Express 2.0 16-lane bus. Couple that with Core Animation, Core Image, and Core Video technologies in Mac OS X 10.6 Leopard. The result is a graphics platform that allows applications to seamlessly tap into a teraflop of graphics power
Graphics on Display
Every Mac Pro graphics card features three display ports for maximum workspace flexibility. When connecting three displays to the graphics card on the Mac Pro, the recommended configuration is two displays with Mini DisplayPort cables and one display with a DVI cable. For instance, the ideal setup would be two Apple LED Cinema Displays and an additional DVI-compliant display with a screen size of up to 30 inches. Please note that other display combinations (such as 2 DVI displays/1 Mini DisplayPort display, 3 DVI displays or 3 VGA displays) will require the purchase of additional video adapters. Also, those adapters must be labeled as "dual-link." With support for two ATI Radeon HD 5770 cards in the Mac Pro, you can connect to a total of six displays

Storage and RAID

Massive Storage
The Mac Pro comes with four 3.5-inch internal hard drive bays for an enormous amount of internal storage -- up to 8TB when you install four 2TB Serial ATA 3Gbps drives. Each bay provides its own independent 3Gbps channel for fast access to data. And thanks to the cable-free, direct-attach installation system, adding (or replacing) hard drives is a surprisingly simple process
Support for SSD Storage
New to the Mac Pro is the option to add up to four 512GB solid-state drives -- or any combination of solid-state and hard drives. Solid-state drives have no moving parts and are capable of accessing data at speeds up to 230MB per second, which is up to twice the speed of hard drives. The result? Incredible performance on a range of data-intensive tasks, including up to 2x faster ProRes video encoding using solid-state drives compared with hard drives 1
Ready to RAID
For data protection and enhanced SATA performance, add the Mac Pro RAID Card with 512MB of RAID cache, a 72-hour cache-protecting battery, and hardware RAID levels 0, 1, 5, and 0+1. A new cableless connection and intuitive Apple software make it a snap to install this optional card. Once installed, high-performance 15,000rpm SAS drives may be used. It's the perfect solution for workgroup servers, video pros working with high-bit-rate assets, or anyone who wants to protect critical data.

Even without a RAID card, Mac OS X lets you stripe two, three, or all four hard drives in a RAID 0 array to increase performance and create a massive volume for tasks such as video editing; or create a RAID 1 mirror to protect digital media assets from a drive failure 2
Double-Layer Burner Times Two
The Mac Pro features an open optical drive bay, which can be used to add a second SuperDrive. Adding a second DVD burner allows you to back up data to two double-layer DVDs at once. Or burn an Aperture project to one DVD, while importing music from a CD into your iTunes library. The open optical drive bay allows you to add a SuperDrive to do exactly that

Mac OS X

UNIX Compliant
What makes Mac OS X a powerful operating system is the technology behind it: a fully certified UNIX foundation. With a rock-solid UNIX infrastructure, it's one of the most secure and stable operating systems on any platform. As a developer, you'll appreciate Mac OS X even more because it's fully UNIX compliant. That means it compiles and runs all your existing UNIX code, so you can deploy it in environments that demand full conformance. The result: Software performs exactly as it's meant to. And because the powerful tools built into Mac OS X improve application performance on multicore processors, the Mac Pro is the ideal workstation
64-bit Power
Mac OS X is to the Mac Pro what a skilled driver is to a car with a powerful engine -- a perfect match. Since the Mac Pro runs Mac OS X in 64-bit mode, you can take full advantage of the 64-bit architecture of the Intel Xeon processor inside your new Mac Pro. Add to that the 16GB of memory available for the Mac Pro, and Mac OS X performance is even better than before. Mac OS X also enables developers to build complete 64-bit applications using the Cocoa, Quartz, OpenGL, and X11 GUI frameworks. And because Mac OS X supports 64-bit and 32-bit applications, you don't need a new set of devices or drivers
Multicore. Multitask
At the heart of the new Mac Pro is a single Intel Xeon "Nehalem" processor with an incredible amount of processing power. Optimized for multicore technology, Mac OS X provides powerful tools that make it easy to reap the benefits of the Mac Pro. The scheduler in Mac OS X, for instance, is very efficient at allocating tasks across multiple cores and processors. So Mac OS X spends less time managing tasks and more time performing computations. As a developer, you can build applications that execute the same efficiency, thanks to NSOperation, a breakthrough API that optimizes applications for multicore processing
Core Animation
From the cascading windows of Time Machine to the smooth animation of the reflective 3D Dock, stunning visual effects truly set Mac OS X apart. Behind all that beauty is a technology built into Mac OS X called Core Animation. The performance of Core Animation benefits from the multicore processors and advanced graphics hardware in the Mac Pro. For developers, Core Animation easily opens up the power of Apple's graphics technologies. You can create animated user interfaces and visualizations that simultaneously layer different media types, such as text, 2D graphics, OpenGL rendering, and QuickTime video, all in real time
Xcode Developer Tools
Xcode is the graphical development environment that comes with every Mac. It's the same software used by Apple to produce Mac OS X, and it's packed with tools and features, including a powerful graphical debugger, a code editor supporting dozens of languages, and the amazing Instruments tool to visualize your application's performance. Xcode is optimized to take advantage of the multicore Intel Xeon "Nehalem" processors and system memory in the Mac Pro. It performs 20 percent faster than before, supports multiple languages (both computer and human), and offers programmers everything they need to make stunning Mac OS X applications
Voilà. Instant Server
The multitalented Mac Pro can also act as a powerful small-workgroup server. Just add Mac OS X Server. The resulting solution combines Mac ease of use with flexible configuration options and server-class hardware. With multicore Intel Xeon processing power, up to 16GB of ECC memory, an optional RAID card, and dual Gigabit Ethernet ports, a Mac Pro workgroup server has everything you need -- and then some

Mac Pro and The Environment

Energy Efficient
Even though the Mac Pro is the fastest Mac ever, it is also highly energy efficient. Energy-efficient hardware components work hand in hand with Mac OS X to create a system that can dynamically adjust power consumption to reduce the overall energy used. For instance, the CPU architecture allows individual cores to go into a low-power state to reduce energy consumption when they are not needed. The graphics card does the same, reducing power draw when not running graphics-intensive applications. The result is a smart and energy-efficient system that is not only as fast as possible when you need it, but also throttles down power use when it's not needed.

The Mac Pro meets the stringent low power requirements set by the EPA, giving it ENERGY STAR qualification. ENERGY STAR 5.0 sets significantly higher efficiency limits for power supplies and aggressive limits for the computer's typical annual power consumption
Many Harmful Toxins Eliminated
Apple has worked hard to eliminate many of the toxins that are a common part of computer manufacturing. Apple engineers removed brominated flame retardants (BFRs) and polyvinyl chloride (PVC) from circuit boards, internal cables, connectors, insulators, adhesives, and more. Apple has removed these toxins from all new Mac Pro systems and all of its configuration options -- including graphics cards, Fibre-Channel cards, and RAID cards. They've done the same for our entire product line
Rated EPEAT Gold
Because the Mac Pro is environmentally innovative, it has earned the highest rating of EPEAT Gold. The Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool, or EPEAT, evaluates the environmental impact of a product based on how recyclable it is, how much energy it uses, and how it's designed and manufactured
Highly Recyclable
The Mac Pro is built with a recyclable aluminum enclosure. Aluminum is very desirable to recyclers, which means the raw materials used in the Mac Pro can be reused in other products. We also simplified the internal design, replacing over 6 feet of cables with more material-efficient connectors that allow easy disassembly at end of life. In addition, one of the few remaining plastic assemblies in the Mac Pro is made from postconsumer recycled plastic
A Commitment That Starts with Products
When it comes to being environmentally friendly, Apple approaches the challenge differently -- through products like the new Mac Pro. Unlike other companies, Apple controls every aspect of the production of its computers. So Apple designers and engineers can minimize their carbon footprint in ways others can't. Apple designs them with fewer parts and eliminates many harmful toxins. They build them using recyclable materials. They even create software that makes them more energy efficient. The result is a new standard in green design

The Mac Experience

Every Day Use
Every Mac is designed to make your life easier, not more difficult. The Mac Pro gives you all the tools you need for e-mail, personal organization, Internet browsing, watching movies, and more. Its software and hardware are designed work to together seamlessly, eliminating the compatibility nightmares that often plague PC users. What's more, the Mac Pro can run Windows via Boot Camp, perfect for users who have a Windows-only application that they absolutely need to use
iLife '11
The included iLife '11 suite is a suite of applications that help you organize your digital life. It includes iPhoto for photo management and editing, iMovie for HD video editing and GarageBand for music production
Secure and Reliable
Worried about viruses and malware? Don't be. The Mac Pro isn't plagued by constant attacks from the outside world. It is designed to be secure out of the box, eliminating the need for additional software to protect your system from danger. OS X will warn you if a downloaded file is potentially dangerous, ensuring that you don't accidentally open a malicious application. Apple responds quickly to any security threats, prompting you to download updates that keep your Mac up to date and safe
Tech Support
Have a problem with your Mac? Get support and advice at the Genius Bar, located at every Apple Retail Store. Apple also provides online tutorials, troubleshooting forums, and 90 days of phone support for users who aren't able to make it to an Apple store
Optional AppleCare
Apple provides 90 days of free phone support and a 1-year limited hardware warranty on the computer. You can opt to add an AppleCare Protection Plan, at additional cost, which covers support and repairs for 3 years from the date of purchase. AppleCare can be purchased at any time within the first year of ownership of the computer
Performance
Processor 2.8GHz Quad Intel Xeon W3530 "Nehalem"
Cache L3: 8MB
Memory Slots: 4x DIMM Slots
Type: 1066MHz PC3-8500 DDR3 ECC DIMM
Installed: 3GB (3x1GB) RAM
Capacity: 16GB
Configuration: 1GB, 2GB, or 4GB DIMMs
Graphics Display Interface: Double-wide 16-lane PCI Express 2.0 graphics slot
Installed: ATI Radeon HD 5770 with 1GB of GDDR5 SDRAM with support for up to three displays; Up to six displays supported via installation of a second ATI Radeon HD 5770 card

Supported Resolutions
Digital: 2560 x 1600
Analog: 2048 x 1536
Storage and Expansion
Hard Drive Fixed Bays: 4x Independent 3Gb/s Serial ATA cable-free, direct attach hard drive bays; 4x internal hard drive carriers included
Installed: 1x 1TB 7200rpm with 32MB Cache
Supported: 4x SATA Hard Drives
Type: Serial ATA, supports up to 300MB/sec data throughput per hard drive
Optical Drive 18x SuperDrive with double-layer support

Reads
CD: 32x
DVD: 18x

Writes
CD-R: 32x
CD-RW: 32x
DVD-R: 18x

DVD-RW: 6x
DVD-R DL: 8x
DVD+R: 18x
DVD+RW: 8x
DVD+R DL: 8x
Bay Expansion 3.5" Internal Direct Attach Hard Drive Bays
Bays: 4
Occupied: 1

5.25" Optical Drive
Bays: 2
Occupied: 1
PCI Expansion 3x open full-length PCI Express 2.0 expansion slots
1x PCI Express 2.0 x16 slot
2x PCI Express 2.0 x4 slots
All slots provide mechanical support for 16-lane cards
300W combined max for all PCI Express slots
Input/Output
Ports 4x FireWire-800 (2x Front, 2x Back)
5x USB 2.0 (2x Front, 3x Back)
2x USB 2.0 ports on included keyboard
Display 2x Mini DisplayPort
1x Dual-Link DVI

Optional video adapters are available for: Additional DVI output using Mini DisplayPort to DVI Adapter; Additional Dual-Link DVI output using Mini DisplayPort to Dual-Link DVI Adapter; VGA output using MiniDisplayPort to VGA Adapter or DVI to VGA Display Adapter 1
Please Note:

Dual-Link DVI port is capable of driving one display up to 2560 x 1600 in resolution

close
Storage None
Audio 1x Built-In Speaker
1x 1/8" (3.5mm) Headphone (1x Front)
1x 1/8" (3.5mm) Line-Out (1x Back)
1x 1/8" (3.5mm) Line-In (1x Back)
1x Toslink Optical Input (1x Back)
1x Toslink Optical Output (1x Back)
Multichannel audio also supported through Mini DisplayPort
Video None
Communications
Wired 2x independent 10/100/1000BASE-T Ethernet (RJ-45) interfaces with support for jumbo frames
Wireless Wi-Fi: 802.11a/b/g/n Airport Extreme
Bluetooth: 2.1+EDR
General
Operating System May Ship with OS X Lion or Mountain Lion
Electrical Requirements Meets ENERGY STAR requirements
AC: 100-120VAC or 200-240VAC
Frequency: 50-60Hz, single phase
Current: 12A (low-voltage range), 6A (high-voltage range)
Environmental Requirements Operating
Temperature: 50-95°F (10-35°C)
Humidity: 5-95%, non-condensing
Altitude: 10,000' (3048 m)

Storage
Temperature: -40-116°F (-40-47°C)
Humidity: 5-95%, non-condensing
Altitude: 10,000' (3048 m)
Dimensions 8.1 x 20.1 x 18.7" (20.6 x 51.1 x 47.5cm)
Weight 39.9 lb (18.1kg)
Apple Mac Pro Quad-Core Desktop Computer Workstation
  • Power Cord
  • Apple Keyboard with Numeric Keypad (Slimline Aluminum)
  • Magic Mouse
  • USB Keyboard Extension Cable
  • Software Bundle
    • iTunes, Time Machine, Quick Look, Spaces, Spotlight, Dashboard, Mail, iChat, Safari, Address Book, QuickTime, iCal, DVD Player, Photo Booth, and Xcode Developer Tools
  • iLife '11 [Preinstalled or Via Download]
    • iPhoto, iMovie and GarageBand
  • Printed and Electronic Documentation
  • 1-Year Limited Warranty
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    AppleMac Pro Quad-Core Desktop Computer Workstation
     
    4.9

    (based on 35 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

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      (31)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (3)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (1)

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    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to set up (33)
    • Good power output (32)
    • Quiet (28)
    • Versatile (26)
    • Never freezes (16)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Multimedia (21)
      • Home (15)
      • Office (14)
      • Gaming (3)
      • Photography (3)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Multimedia professional (17), Tech savvy (17), Technically challenged (5)

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      Great Machine

      I debated for a long time between getting the MacPro or the iMac. In the end I chose this one and I'm really glad I did. I think that one of the best aspects...Read complete review

      I debated for a long time between getting the MacPro or the iMac. In the end I chose this one and I'm really glad I did. I think that one of the best aspects about it is is upgradability. I have 4x1TB 7200 HDDs in it. One is for Mac OS and my applications. The other three I setup to be a RAID 0 striped array. It's magnificent. Very fast and reliable. I have an external RAID that I use to back everything up with TimeMachine.

      I also upgraded the RAM. I can run Final-Cut, ProTools, and Photoshop CS5 all at the same time. Word to the wise when buying multi-processor machines. Make sure that the application you are using are designed to use the extra cores. Also make sure that they are 64bit programs. A 32bit program can't really access anymore than 3GB of RAM so it can be a real waste. After getting this machine I upgraded from CS4 to CS5 and it's magnificent.

      Another little thing that was really helpful for me, I had a little black MacBook before I got this MacPro. When I went to setup my MacPro, it prompted me to setup from a TimeMachine backup. I pointed it to the TimeMachine drive I used for my MacBook. It automatically moved all of my programs, settings, and data over. It saved me loads and loads of setup time. I did have to move over all my data from my old external HD drives once I setup my RAID array.

      Another thing I really like is that the fans are very quiet. The only noise I really hear is from the hard drives, so that's WD making the noise.

      A few things I would have liked to have seen. USB 3.0 port. Thunderbolt Port.

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      Meh-c Pro

      Apple has really fallen behind in its workstation product line. If you actually "need" a workstation, then this 2010 quad-core model (nor the 3.2 GHz 2012 "upgraded"...Read complete review

      Apple has really fallen behind in its workstation product line. If you actually "need" a workstation, then this 2010 quad-core model (nor the 3.2 GHz 2012 "upgraded" model) probably isn't for you. If however you're a hobbyist and want access to the PCIe slots and free bays in the Mac Pro, or if you're comfortable doing a processor upgrade (the W3670, W3680, and W3690 hexacore processors can be dropped straight in), then this is a decent deal.

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      5.0

      One word-Quality

      By JMCB

      from Los Angeles

      About Me Multimedia Professional

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Set Up
      • Powerful
      • Versatile

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Apple Mac Pro Quad-Core Desktop Computer Workstation:

          This machine is a work horse that looks like race horse. My purpose is utilizing this as a digital lab. It doesn't disappoint but it is costly. At the end of the day the equipment can make or break you in the digital age and is the administrative/ editing center of my business. .........

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          5.0

          Fantastic!

          By Avid photographer

          from Woodland Hills, CA

          About Me Photographer, Tech Savvy

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Set Up
          • Never Freezes
          • Powerful
          • Quiet
          • Versatile

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Graphic Editing
            • Multimedia
            • Photo Editing

            Comments about Apple Mac Pro Quad-Core Desktop Computer Workstation:

            I purchased it for photo editing (had a 2 year old macbook pro that wasn't keeping up) and it more than delivered! It's easy to upgrade (added ram and an additional harddrive) and the set-up was a breeze. So far haven't had a single issue, if you can justify the price tag it's fantastic!

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            3.0

            Meh-c Pro

            By Scott

            from Indianapolis, IN

            About Me Tech Savvy

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Set Up
            • Versatile

            Cons

            • Too Slow

            Best Uses

            • Home
            • Office

            Comments about Apple Mac Pro Quad-Core Desktop Computer Workstation:

            Apple has really fallen behind in its workstation product line. If you actually "need" a workstation, then this 2010 quad-core model (nor the 3.2 GHz 2012 "upgraded" model) probably isn't for you. If however you're a hobbyist and want access to the PCIe slots and free bays in the Mac Pro, or if you're comfortable doing a processor upgrade (the W3670, W3680, and W3690 hexacore processors can be dropped straight in), then this is a decent deal.

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            4.0

            Pleased with purchase

            By Alex

            from Menlo Park

            Verified Buyer

            Comments about Apple Mac Pro Quad-Core Desktop Computer Workstation:

            My primary use for the Mac Pro is for my design business. So far, I'm impressed with the speed and UI. No complaints.

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            4.0

            Pretty Good Value!

            By cycomachead

            from Berkeley, CA

            About Me Multimedia Professional, Tech Savvy

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Set Up
            • Never Freezes
            • Powerful
            • Quiet
            • Versatile

            Cons

            • Pricey

            Best Uses

            • Multimedia
            • Photography
            • Server
            • Video editing

            Comments about Apple Mac Pro Quad-Core Desktop Computer Workstation:

            So far: Solid, stable, and still very quick! I know it's not Sandy Bridge, but since that's not an option for a Mac Pro - this is an excellent deal, and B&H is providing great discounts on things like RAM and SSDs.

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            5.0

            My new Mac Supersonic Pro !!!!!!!!

            By Forever Mac Lover

            from Cleveland, OH

            About Me Avid Gamer, Multimedia Professional, Technically Challenged

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Set Up
            • Never Freezes
            • Powerful
            • Quiet
            • Versatile

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Gaming
              • Home
              • Multimedia
              • Office

              Comments about Apple Mac Pro Quad-Core Desktop Computer Workstation:

              I love my Mac Pro. I had been waiting for quite a long time to replace my G5 Quad! I was so excited to take out the "beast" out of its box! The first thing I did is to add right away 16 GB of ram and 4 SSD drives and the startup ran in a fraction of a second! With my 30" apple display, my desk looks so good! I mostly use my Mac Pro for graphics and videos as well as for heavy games such as XPlane 10 (Upgraded the video card with the Radeon 5870). The machine is super-extra quiet! The migration was quite time consumming as I did not want to use the automatic migration but wanted a clean installation of each software. I don't regret my purchase, of course. And later, I will upgrade the processor.

              B&H is a wonderful company. I received it with a quite long delay because it was out of stock. The only drawback is that you are informed it is out of stock once you have paid for... I was quite upset but well, didn't say anything and stayed patient. The shipping is always free and very fast (2 days for Cleve. Ohio). I've never ever been disapointed by B&H (except for what I just mentionned).

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                5.0

                Great mchine, well worth the money

                By gatechguy

                from Locust Grove, GA

                About Me Tech Savvy

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Powerful
                • Versatile

                Cons

                • No recovery discs

                Best Uses

                • Home
                • Multimedia
                • Office

                Comments about Apple Mac Pro Quad-Core Desktop Computer Workstation:

                This mahine is the most powerfull MAC I have ever purchased. The only thing that I do not like about it. Is the it does not come with recovery discs.

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                5.0

                Beauty and power

                By prymsnap

                from Glenview, IL

                About Me Tech Savvy

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Set Up
                • Powerful
                • Versatile

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Multimedia
                  • Office

                  Comments about Apple Mac Pro Quad-Core Desktop Computer Workstation:

                  For my needs this base model is plenty. I upped the RAM to 12 gig (took all of five minutes) and am quite pleased.

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                  5.0

                  PC user gone Mac

                  By Igor

                  from Fort Lee, NJ

                  About Me Multimedia Professional

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Set Up
                  • Powerful
                  • Quiet

                  Cons

                  • No cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Office

                  Comments about Apple Mac Pro Quad-Core Desktop Computer Workstation:

                  Amazing computer that just blows my mind as how easy it is to operate! I'v been A pc user for the past 15 years and now bought my 1st Mac. I love the design and and its rapid functions. I bought it for my business and will soon purchase 1 for my home.

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                  5.0

                  Great Computer

                  By Carlos

                  from Philly, Pa

                  About Me Multimedia Professional, Tech Savvy

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Set Up
                  • Never Freezes
                  • Powerful
                  • Quiet
                  • Versatile

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Multimedia

                    Comments about Apple Mac Pro Quad-Core Desktop Computer Workstation:

                    Mac is much simpler to use than Windows. It does what it is supposed to do. Easily expandable and customizable. I use it with Final Cut. Looking forward to future upgrades.

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                    5.0

                    Super Mac. Apples always taste great

                    By Jeff Vrenois

                    from Costa Rica

                    About Me Multimedia Professional, Professional video editor

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Set Up
                    • Expandible
                    • Fast
                    • Never Freezes
                    • Powerful
                    • Quiet
                    • Reliable
                    • Versatile

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Color correcting video
                      • Design
                      • Motion graphics
                      • Multimedia
                      • Video editing

                      Comments about Apple Mac Pro Quad-Core Desktop Computer Workstation:

                      Video editing, color correcting, motion graphics. Graphic, web and multimedia design.

                      It has a lot of expansion possibilities, super fast processing, fast and reliable multitasking.

                      Nothing bad to say...

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                      5.0

                      Fast and quiet

                      By calico cat

                      from Ithaca, NY

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy To Set Up
                      • Powerful
                      • Quiet
                      • Versatile

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Design
                        • Photography

                        Comments about Apple Mac Pro Quad-Core Desktop Computer Workstation:

                        I use this for photography and design work. It's an upgrade from my 2007 Macbook Pro which was connected to my Eizo monitor. The Mac Pro is a huge improvement. I took out the 3 GB of RAM and put in 24. Also added two 1 TB Barracudas. Will be upgrading to CS5.5, but even with CS3, Photoshop is really fast. And now Aperture actually works.

                        It's very quiet. You just hear a kind of hum which I guess are the fans.

                        I love all the ports that are available on this machine. The connectivity on the laptop left much to be desired. Will still have to get a laptop for traveling, but it's so much more convenient to have a desktop again for day-to-day work.

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                        5.0

                        Hot Apple Workstation

                        By Analogue Guy

                        from Seattle, WA

                        About Me Amateur photographer, Tech Savvy

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Cool aluminum case
                        • Easy To Set Up
                        • Never Freezes
                        • Powerful
                        • Quiet

                        Cons

                        • Funky Apple mouse

                        Best Uses

                        • Home
                        • Office
                        • Photo Editing

                        Comments about Apple Mac Pro Quad-Core Desktop Computer Workstation:

                        Used mainly for Photoshop and Aperture, plus some general business applications and web browsing.

                        Much faster than the old G5 iMac it replaced. This thing screams in comparison. Plus it can use the most current Mac-Intel applications and operating systems.

                        I immediately upgraded to 10MB ram which should be ample for any use I care to put it to.

                        This is a very quiet computer, even with the fan running. and also has lots of ports on the front and rear for firewire, usb, and audio connections.

                        I usually get 5+ years out of my Mac computers and the build quality on this one seems exceptional.

                        I know the aluminum case has been around for a while, but it still looks very cool. What other computer out there looks this good?

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                        5.0

                        Great Machine

                        By Seth

                        from Cambridge, MA

                        About Me Semi-Pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy To Set Up
                        • Expansion
                        • Never Freezes
                        • Powerful
                        • Quiet
                        • Versatile

                        Cons

                        • IO Ports

                        Best Uses

                        • PhotographyVideography

                        Comments about Apple Mac Pro Quad-Core Desktop Computer Workstation:

                        I debated for a long time between getting the MacPro or the iMac. In the end I chose this one and I'm really glad I did. I think that one of the best aspects about it is is upgradability. I have 4x1TB 7200 HDDs in it. One is for Mac OS and my applications. The other three I setup to be a RAID 0 striped array. It's magnificent. Very fast and reliable. I have an external RAID that I use to back everything up with TimeMachine.

                        I also upgraded the RAM. I can run Final-Cut, ProTools, and Photoshop CS5 all at the same time. Word to the wise when buying multi-processor machines. Make sure that the application you are using are designed to use the extra cores. Also make sure that they are 64bit programs. A 32bit program can't really access anymore than 3GB of RAM so it can be a real waste. After getting this machine I upgraded from CS4 to CS5 and it's magnificent.

                        Another little thing that was really helpful for me, I had a little black MacBook before I got this MacPro. When I went to setup my MacPro, it prompted me to setup from a TimeMachine backup. I pointed it to the TimeMachine drive I used for my MacBook. It automatically moved all of my programs, settings, and data over. It saved me loads and loads of setup time. I did have to move over all my data from my old external HD drives once I setup my RAID array.

                        Another thing I really like is that the fans are very quiet. The only noise I really hear is from the hard drives, so that's WD making the noise.

                        A few things I would have liked to have seen. USB 3.0 port. Thunderbolt Port.

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                        5.0

                        Love my MacPro

                        By MacTao

                        from VA

                        About Me Multimedia Professional, Technically Challenged, Tech Savvy

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy To Set Up
                        • Powerful
                        • Quiet

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Multimedia
                          • Office

                          Comments about Apple Mac Pro Quad-Core Desktop Computer Workstation:

                          I love my New MacPro. :-) I am going to upgrade the memory to 32GB and CPU to 12 Core.

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                          5.0

                          This puts the M on MAC.

                          By Mike the Photographer

                          from Springfield, Illinois

                          About Me Multimedia Professional

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Easy To Set Up
                          • Powerful
                          • Quiet
                          • Versatile

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Home
                            • Multimedia
                            • Office

                            Comments about Apple Mac Pro Quad-Core Desktop Computer Workstation:

                            I use this for production work daily. I love the speed, faster render time, This is a must own. No complaints though, maybe a little pricey, but with price comes better work flow.

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                            5.0

                            First Mac and not looking back!

                            By Steve

                            from Northampton, PA

                            About Me Quality Oriented

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Easy To Set Up
                            • Powerful
                            • Quiet

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Gaming
                              • Home
                              • Multimedia
                              • Office
                              • Photo Video

                              Comments about Apple Mac Pro Quad-Core Desktop Computer Workstation:

                              I've always had PC's but got sick of having issues and took the plunge to get this Mac Pro. Switching over from a PC to a Mac is a breeze and actually find that Mac's are easier to work with than a PC.

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                              5.0

                              I would buy this product again and again

                              By tony

                              from laredo, tx

                              About Me Multimedia Professional

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Easy To Set Up
                              • Powerful
                              • Quiet
                              • Versatile

                              Cons

                              • Freezes

                              Best Uses

                              • Multimedia

                              Comments about Apple Mac Pro Quad-Core Desktop Computer Workstation:

                              It's an efficient, versatile and fast fast computer, I use it for edit video and photography

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                              4.0

                              great product, so so QA

                              By Granola Bob

                              from Roswell, NM

                              About Me Graphic artistdesigner

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Easy To Set Up
                              • Never Freezes
                              • Powerful
                              • Quiet
                              • Versatile

                              Cons

                              • Poor quality assurance

                              Best Uses

                              • Anything

                              Comments about Apple Mac Pro Quad-Core Desktop Computer Workstation:

                              I design packaging, advertising, and product (art and mechanical).

                              This is extremely fast, responsive, and other than one problem was easy to setup and get back into business.

                              The secondary power cord to the video card was not plugged in. After two hours of tech support and a RMA because of a diagnosed fried card I fixed it in two seconds after opening the case.

                              Awesome machine otherwise.

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                              5.0

                              Awesome!

                              By Casey

                              from Illinois

                              About Me Multimedia Professional, Technically Challenged, Tech Savvy

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Easy To Set Up
                              • Never Freezes
                              • Powerful
                              • Quiet
                              • Versatile

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Multimedia

                                Comments about Apple Mac Pro Quad-Core Desktop Computer Workstation:

                                This computer is super fast. I use this to edit with final cut studio. The render time is tremendously improved than on my MacBook Pro. All of it is great.

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