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AppleMac Pro Desktop Computer (Six-Core)
 
4.9

(based on 19 reviews)

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Pros

  • Fast (16)
  • Good power output (16)
  • Easy to use (14)
  • Easy to set up (13)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Upgrade (12)
    • Replacement (5)
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    5.0

    I am so happy with my purchase!

    By Jass

    from Hollywood CA

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    Pros

    • Easy To Set Up
    • Easy To Use
    • Fast
    • Powerful

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Enhance Experience
      • Replacement
      • Upgrade

      Comments about Apple Mac Pro Desktop Computer (Six-Core):

      FCPX is a monster on this one.

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      5.0

      Goofy Little Trashcan but Fast Enough

      By Alvin

      from Los Gatos

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      Pros

      • Easy To Set Up
      • Easy To Use
      • Fast
      • Powerful

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Enhance Experience
        • Upgrade

        Comments about Apple Mac Pro Desktop Computer (Six-Core):

        I've only just begun to get used to the new rig so this write up will serve more as a commentary at this point, but I expect the transition will be smooth and am now convinced that it was the perfect time for an upgrade. It's pricey (what Apple product isn't?), but well worth the expense if you are already working with Mac hardware.

        I purchased this Mac Pro as an upgrade for a early 2009. While still a trusty workhorse, it is getting a bit long in the tooth, and really isn't suitable for 4K, which for us, is just over the horizon. The mix of features it provides are ideal – a solid GPU, plenty of memory with room to upgrade, high-performance expansion capability (Thunderbolt 2, USB3.0, HDMI 1.4) and compact size. My home is my studio, so freeing up physical workspace is a must, as my gear load is certainly not getting any smaller.

        I have to comment on the design – it really does look like a goofy little trashcan (albeit lovingly crafted), or some sort of droid reject from star wars: it's certainly hefty enough. Cute though: it's tiny compared to the 2009! It's really startling when you have them sitting side by side in the studio.

        The performance, as expected, is excellent thanks to the modern processors, GPU and the SSD. There is not much in the way of local storage space, but it's more than adequate for OS X and applications. Anyone working with video on a regular basis isn't going to waste time with internal storage anyhow - external expansion is a must. Instead of choosing PCIe Expansion chassis I bought a $699 highpoint rocketstor6328 thunderbolt2 raid adapter which allow me to connect g-speed minisas configured with RAID 6, hp LTO6 drives and even my esata drives. It's a owesome Thunderbolt2 RAID Adapter so basically any devices with minisas or eSATA you can simply make them accessible to the new Macpro!

        I'm quite satisfied that my money was well spent at this moment. For anybody with an older Mac Pro, now is a good time to take the plunge.

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        5.0

        ...as awesome as they said it would be..

        By O'Brien

        from Valdosta, GA

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        Pros

        • Easy To Set Up
        • Easy To Use
        • Fast
        • Powerful

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Enhance Experience
          • Replacement
          • Upgrade

          Comments about Apple Mac Pro Desktop Computer (Six-Core):

          Bought the 6-core Mac Pro for heavy video editing. Already owned a 2012 MBP 13" RETINA, 2011 Mini, 2012 iMac 27", and 2009 Mac Pro. Using the 2009 Mac Pro for capture, and editing on the iMac. The workflow involved with capturing in ProRes 422, then editing, rendering, and compressing was just taking too much time. Not anymore. Like the title says, this beast is everything "they" promised. Internal read/writes are @ 900MB/s, there are tons of TBv2 ports, enough USB3, and it's sleek & beautiful. Using dual 27" HDMI monitors, watching Netflix, editing video in FCX, importing video from my portable external storage (using a TB to eSATA adapter)...all at the same time...and doing whatever else I feel like, has proven to be, well, not even a strain. I would suggest the 6-core or better for rendering segmented MOV's, since core quantity will still be important in that scenario. Having 6-cores at over 3.5GHz is just honking awesome. Although a second HDMI would've been cool, I find the TB to HDMI dongle to be quite acceptable. It it expensive? Yes, and that is a drawback, but it is a class apart, and actually made in the USA. I don't actually have enough/proper words to describe the coolness of this tech. If you're on the fence...don't be.

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          4.0

          FANTASTIC!!!

          By Grader Steve

          from NYC

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          Pros

          • Easy To Set Up
          • Easy To Use
          • Fast
          • Powerful

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Apple Mac Pro Desktop Computer (Six-Core):

              WOW! Thats all I can say. This apple lives up to every expectation. Super fast, quiet, small. Unless you actually see this machine in person, you could never appreciate how sleek and tiny this powerhouse is. I use it for Color grading in Resolve and exceeds every expectation. I can play real-time 4k Red footage and even add noise reduction.The only reason I give it 4 stars, is that if your a Adobe after effects user, as of now, the AMD fire pro graphics cards are not compatible. Hopefully Adobe and apple will work it out.As a freelance color grader, you will not be disappointed!

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              5.0

              Great upgrade!

              By Dominick

              from New York, NY

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              Pros

              • Easy To Set Up
              • Easy To Use
              • Fast
              • Powerful

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Upgrade

                Comments about Apple Mac Pro Desktop Computer (Six-Core):

                I use this mainly as a DIT on digital cinema productions. It provides me with the speed and expendability I need. Most of all its small size helps to keep things tidy and light. I've had it for a few months now and it's working great. Love the speed.

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                5.0

                Super fast

                By Alex DIT

                from San Juan PR

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                Pros

                • Fast
                • Powerful

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Upgrade

                  Comments about Apple Mac Pro Desktop Computer (Six-Core):

                  I use to download and transcode 4k footage on davinci resolve and to edit on Final Cut X. It devours the footage. Thing that took 4 hours now take ten minutes. The GPU keeps asking for CUDA update which is weird since it is not CUDA and my Blacmagic Ultrastudio 4k crashes on FCP3 but I hope this is fixed in the near future. Also Adobe Video Apps keep crashing after last update. I'll buy another one in the near future..

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                  5.0

                  Mac Pro

                  By Costin

                  from Miami

                  Comments about Apple Mac Pro Desktop Computer (Six-Core):

                  The best computer I ever had. Super fast and silent

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                  4.0

                  Inside, amazing, Outside, meh...

                  By KyleM

                  from Greensboro, NC

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                  Pros

                  • Fast
                  • Powerful

                  Cons

                  • Hard To Set Up

                  Best Uses

                  • Replacement

                  Comments about Apple Mac Pro Desktop Computer (Six-Core):

                  Good: With a soild state hard drive, the boot up time is amazing, the computer is so fast and powerful. I can not wait to push its limits. It is very compact and very quiet. However, being compact does lead into the bad.The Bad: With its small size, there is no room for more internal hard drives.The RAM has to be all matched. You have to have ALL the same RAM, if you get a 16GB chip, you have to have all slots with the 16GB chips. Example you can't have 2 16GB chips and 2 8GB chips.Be expected to pay $[$]per monitor for adapters if your monitor is not thunderbolt. You run out of ports on the back for external hard drives due to the lack of internal drive space. The design of the power button on the back next to all the ports is an annoyance but nothing can be done about that.Overall this is an outstanding machine, after you spend an extra thousand to get it set up proper.

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                  5.0

                  A 6th star for quality, American made

                  By TheKundog

                  from MN

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                  Pros

                  • Easy To Set Up
                  • Easy To Use
                  • Fast
                  • Powerful
                  • Quiet

                  Cons

                  • None

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Apple Mac Pro Desktop Computer (Six-Core):

                    Very fast and as quiet as my G4 Cube (which has no fan). My biggest apprehension was the noise from the fan and COMPLETELY unfounded!

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                    • Personal

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                    5.0

                    Fabulous

                    By Remington Steeler

                    from Carmel, Ca

                    Comments about Apple Mac Pro Desktop Computer (Six-Core):

                    This computer is everything I want in a computer. Small, quiet, fast, round and powerful. My only complaints are that the cable area is a little tight and the power button is a little hard to find. Other than that it's perfect.

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                    5.0

                    amazing

                    By jon

                    from denver, co

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                    Pros

                    • Easy To Set Up
                    • Easy To Use
                    • Fast
                    • Powerful

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Replacement

                      Comments about Apple Mac Pro Desktop Computer (Six-Core):

                      works great, very quiet, added RAM from OWC purchased from B&H.

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                      5.0

                      Power house with cool design

                      By Christian D.

                      from South Carolina

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                      Pros

                      • Easy To Set Up
                      • Easy To Use
                      • Fast
                      • Powerful

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Upgrade

                        Comments about Apple Mac Pro Desktop Computer (Six-Core):

                        Most important!! If you have a 4k display like the Sharp or Asus make sure you buy a display port 1.2 to mini display port cable/ adapter in order to run 60hz

                        Opening the box for the first time, I noticed how heavy it is, talking about around 12 Ib but its not about the weight of this thing but the size of it. I have to say this thing is a piece of engineering, how could Apple fit so much power under this small tin can!!. Funny that i got compliments around the place that this thing looks like a luxurious trash can hahaha yes it is a compliment, no one would understand what this thing really is!?

                        Removing the plastic wrap covering the outer shell, showed how sext this thing is. Adding the glossy black finish makes this thing delicious hehe if you know what I mean, it is a prone to finger prints but to be honest I didn't notice any because of the dark black color.

                        What is inside is pure art, the video card, RAM, SSD, everything is neatly placed for our viewing pleasure. The RAM is user upgradable very easily done indeed.

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                        5.0

                        Crazy fast

                        By JoeMedia

                        from Erie, PA

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                        Pros

                        • Easy To Set Up
                        • Easy To Use
                        • Fast
                        • Powerful
                        • Shiny

                        Cons

                        • It's Not The Cheapest

                        Best Uses

                        • Replacement
                        • Upgrade
                        • Video editing

                        Comments about Apple Mac Pro Desktop Computer (Six-Core):

                        This system was well worth the wait. Don't let the processor speed fool you, this thing is fast. FCP X is a monster on this system. 4K with no render time? Yes! It really is worth the price.

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                        5.0

                        Silky Smooth - Lightening Fast

                        By Oliviero

                        from Alexandria, VA

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                        Pros

                        • Easy To Set Up
                        • Easy To Use
                        • Fast
                        • Powerful
                        • Quiet

                        Cons

                        • Cable Clutter
                        • Needs More Peripherals

                        Best Uses

                        • Photography
                        • Video editing

                        Comments about Apple Mac Pro Desktop Computer (Six-Core):

                        Having owned an 8 core Mac Pro since 2008, I had some reservations about the new design. I had visions of endless cables and peripherals that would clutter my precious desk space. With a little thought and reorganization, this hasn't proved to be a problem. For my primary interest, which is photography, the new 6 core Mac Pro is much faster than the old one. It is also much quieter. I chose the 1 TB drive and I added 64 GB of RAM. I also chose the faster clock speed of the 6 core (compared to the slower 8 and 12 core). This makes sense because PhotoShop doesn't use more than 6 cores anyway. The only problem I have run into is obtaining full screen resolution when connecting my NEC PA271W monitor to a Thunderbolt port. Using the Apple Dual DVI to Thunderbolt adaptor, there is a throttling of the signal so that screen resolution cannot exceed 1920x1080. After several hours of talking to Apple technicians and finally to NEC support, I discovered that the only way around this is to use a Display port to Mini-display port cable which enables full resolution to be displayed. Now I have access to the full potential of this elegant and amazingly fast computer.

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                        5.0

                        What a powerhouse

                        By warper

                        from Chicago

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                        Pros

                        • Easy To Set Up
                        • Easy To Use
                        • Fast
                        • Powerful

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                            Comments about Apple Mac Pro Desktop Computer (Six-Core):

                            Everything I have thrown at this has just ran. I have even hooked a 4k tv to it. Text is small but very crisp. I hooked 12 terabytes of external storage over thunderbolt and run virtuals of of that.
                            I can't really see how anyone could be disappointed in a machine like this.

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                            5.0

                            Awesome

                            By George

                            from Miami FL

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                            Pros

                            • Easy To Set Up
                            • Easy To Use
                            • Fast
                            • Powerful

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Enhance Experience
                              • Upgrade

                              Comments about Apple Mac Pro Desktop Computer (Six-Core):

                              Very fast. Great for FCPX. No Firewire ports but it is not a problem with Thunderbolt peripherals with Firewire ports for older drives. I am very happy with TB drives so just copied stuff over.

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                              5.0

                              Great Product

                              By Kansasdoc

                              from Kansas city

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                              Pros

                              • Easy To Set Up
                              • Easy To Use
                              • Fast
                              • Powerful

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                  Comments about Apple Mac Pro Desktop Computer (Six-Core):

                                  I decided to replace my 2006 quad core Mac Pro with this machine. It is SOOO quiet. It is quieter than my Macbook Pro. I hooked it to my old 30" cinema display and it is terrific. It is fast and makes work a pleasure.

                                  As you know all the hard drives are externally accessed. I decided to keep my old mac pro and attached it to one of the ethernet ports on both. It works very well as a file server. I can run the old mac pro through sharing screens.

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                                  5.0

                                  window programs run great

                                  By TomInIowa

                                  from Iowa

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                                  Pros

                                  • Easy To Use
                                  • Fast
                                  • Powerful

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                      Comments about Apple Mac Pro Desktop Computer (Six-Core):

                                      I use windows 8.1 quite often. On this mac, all drives (except the internal flash drive) are external. Windows runs great off Thunderbolt connected drives. You can have multiple window drives and select the one you want on boot by holding down the option key.

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                                      5.0

                                      Fantastic

                                      By Thor

                                      from Pittsburgh pa

                                      Comments about Apple Mac Pro Desktop Computer (Six-Core):

                                      I received my tower last week and it is great, powerful, quiet and easy to work with. Not nearly as large as the older macs. Mavericks is very finicky. I wish you had the choice to load your own OS (lion, snow leopard, mountain lion) until they work out the kinks but overall it is an impressive machine. A must have for anyone doing heavy editing, grading, VFX.

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