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AppleMac Pro Desktop Computer (Six-Core, Late 2013)
 
4.9

(based on 29 reviews)

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Pros

  • Fast (24)
  • Easy to set up (21)
  • Easy to use (21)
  • Good power output (19)
  • Sleek design (5)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Upgrade (13)
    • Replacement (5)
    • Graphics (4)
    • Video (4)
      • Reviewer Profile:
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    5.0

    Great

    By Matty Fran

    from Temecula, CA

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Set Up
    • Easy To Use
    • Fast
    • Sleek Design

    Cons

    • More Display Ports

    Best Uses

      Comments about Apple Mac Pro Desktop Computer (Six-Core, Late 2013):

      Everything works as expected, but I'm still trying to get the computer optimized to work more efficeiently with Premiere Pro.

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      5.0

      Amazing Powerful, Portable... DIT Computer

      By Kal

      from New York

      About Me Multimedia Professional, Tech Savvy

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Set Up
      • Easy To Use
      • Fast
      • Reliable Performance
      • Sleek Design

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Graphics
        • Large Applications
        • Video

        Comments about Apple Mac Pro Desktop Computer (Six-Core, Late 2013):

        Hey, I work on sets a lot, shooting films with RED camera. This Mac Pro fits in my pocket and is able to play RED Raw, 4k files on set, no problem! no transcoding, no issues. It's the fastest and smallest and most powerful computer i have every owned. Love this thing.

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        5.0

        Powerhouse computer for creative pros

        By Rob Ouellette Was Here / Chris Robin

        from New Bedford, MA

        About Me Multimedia Professional, Tech Savvy, Wild Card Creative

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Set Up
        • Fast
        • Sleek Design
        • Small And Light
        • Small Light
        • Virtually Silent

        Cons

        • Lacking Important Inputs
        • Lacking Important Ports
        • Not Ubiquitous Enough Yet
        • Poor Cable Management

        Best Uses

        • Adobe Suite
        • Audio Engineering
        • Color Correction
        • Graphics
        • Large Applications
        • Music
        • Music Production
        • Video

        Comments about Apple Mac Pro Desktop Computer (Six-Core, Late 2013):

        I'll write this review as a review that I would have wanted when buying the product.This model of the Mac Pro is obviously a power-computer made for creatives and/or media professionals. I work in filmmaking, cinematography, film editing, color correction, graphic design, screenwriting, motion graphics, animation, web development/design, audio engineering, music production, photography, creative marketing, and some illustration.So my review will be off my first impressions of using this product in those fieldsThe things I like about using this computer so far:Pros:- Very fast, can handle heavy work loads (editing ProRes HQ, dealing with RAW, channel strips with tons of plugins [aka digital signal processing] etc)- Being in a home studio environment where I am tracking vocals and instruments in the same room as the computer, the fact that it has a virtually silent fan helps me out a lot.- You could bring this to multiple locations because of how small and light (11lbs) it is- Sleek design - packed with Thunderbolt ports, an HDMI port and dual gigabit ethernet ports- User upgradeable - Need to swap the processor out? You'll be able to do that. Need to add more RAM? You can easily do that. The whole mechanism has a cover that unlocks to give you access to the hardware. Cons: - Because it's not a flat surface, your cables stick out at different angles; this can create some cable management hells- It has no Firewire ports at all - which sucks for some mixer boards and other misc media gear that is still using Firewire. The best fix for this would be an Apple Thunderbolt to Firewire Adapter- If you're thinking of going the 4k route, you might need to: a) update to OS X Yosemite and b) purchase a Mini DisplayPort (Thunderbolt) to DisplayPort cable for the displayWhy?a) Some 4k displays (specifically Samsung have screen tearing issues with OS X 10.9 and below - OS X Yosemite fully fixes these issues b) The current HDMI 1.4 standard only can do 4k at 30hz - this may bother you if you deal with high frame rate footage as a video editor. Aside from that, OS X feels a lot smoother in 60hz but I might just be crazy- One thing worth noting is how crazily expensive the PCIe SSD storage is that comes with this - there's not many third party manufacturers making them just yet either as far as I could find aside from Sonnet. @ is the only recommendable place you might find them for any cheaper. I went the route of adding external hard drives that are Thunderbolt (10gbps) compatible to add more space Another thing to mention; in the current version of OS X Yosemite (10.10.1 as of 12/16/2014) there have been reports of some WiFi connectivity issues that I am seeing first hand. Connection sometimes drops in and out - this doesn't happen on my Macbook Pro that is also running the same version which makes me believe it may be something to do with Yosemite and the Mac Pro. Regardless, the OS X dev team will be releasing an update that fixes this very shortly and it shouldn't be a deterring factor from buying this product, just a note worth making if you're expecting to buy it soon.So overall, the new Mac Pro is rugged, tiny and lightweight with the punch of a super computer. Ideal for studio environments when you're recording in the same room. Ideal for the creative / media professional. Ideal for (dare I say) casual gamers running Bootcamp but want Apple hardware. The main difference between getting the Mac Pro in comparison to building a PC with equal specs is obviously more in the design and Apple-Patented tech than in the hardware - but for me those were two features that set it apart.

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        5.0

        AWESOME

        By HitzHits

        from NJ

        Comments about Apple Mac Pro Desktop Computer (Six-Core, Late 2013):

        I use the Mac primarly for music production. This unit is surprisingly small compared to my 2008 Mac Tower and blows it away in any aspect of performance. Very happy with my purchase. Thank you B&H for the great deal.

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        4.0

        Fast and sleek

        By Tom

        from Washington DC

        About Me Multimedia Professional

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Set Up
        • Easy To Use
        • Fast
        • Reliable Performance
        • Sleek Design

        Cons

        • Limited Storage

        Best Uses

        • Graphics
        • Video

        Comments about Apple Mac Pro Desktop Computer (Six-Core, Late 2013):

        I agree with all of the other reviews, Apple has made a nice computer in the new mac pro. Few little things I would change; the panel of input/output is very tight, when a number of drives/monitors are plugged in, it's a bit of a mess, not sure why mac made the panel so small. Why is the power button not on the front like past mac pros? I will miss being able to add cards and hard drives, like in the old mac pro. All that said, happy with the purchase. Hard to figure how mac made such a little thing so powerful. Not cheap, but worth it.

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        5.0

        Hate to admit it: Worth the Money!

        By pmrphoto

        from Knoxville, TN

        About Me Multimedia Professional

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Set Up
        • Easy To Use
        • Fast
        • Reliable Performance
        • Sleek Design

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Graphics
          • Video

          Comments about Apple Mac Pro Desktop Computer (Six-Core, Late 2013):

          I'd been dragging my feet about upgrading from an 09' Mac Pro 8core machine but decided with 4K coming that I needed to make the upgrade. My renders are taking place in 1/2 the time as before and it just sits at idle. Amazing speed in such a small, quiet package. No regrets or buyer's remorse. Apple is still king of the hill for video editing & photography, so question...

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          5.0

          Mobile Mac

          By Rowdy Dog

          from Alaska

          Comments about Apple Mac Pro Desktop Computer (Six-Core, Late 2013):

          I webcast and needed to decide whether to go with a suped up Mac book with limited connectivity or gamble that the Mac Pro with all its input points and power would be portable enough to go on location. Nearly a year later I have not regretted going with the Mac Pro. It is easily transportable and I have taken it everywhere including parades, hockey rinks and baseball fields. You can haul it around in a backpack. You have to baby the environment to make sure it is at the right temperature but easily done. I bought several used cheap monitors for under $ and haul them around in a tote tub with my cameras and chords. Unconventional i know, but it works.

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          5.0

          Delivers

          By ¡Futbol Español!

          from Culver City, CA

          About Me Value Oriented

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          Pros

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

          Cons

          • Not Inexpensive

          Best Uses

          • Editing Compositing 3d

          Comments about Apple Mac Pro Desktop Computer (Six-Core, Late 2013):

          Here is my story. Here was my dilemma: stay with my early 2009 Mac Pro and upgrade the graphics card with a EVGA GeForce GTX 680 Graphics Card for Mac; or buy the new Mac Pro 6 core? Apps I use most are Cinema 4D with the excellent Turbulence FD plugin, FCPX, and Compressor. I have also become quite interested in Motion 5.

          I got the EVGA (nVidia) card. Impact: allowed me to use FCPX in "Better quality" rather than "Better performance" mode. For Turbulence FD the card was wicked fast for the first few seconds of rendering to the cache until it used all the 2GB of vRAM. Then it was supposed to seamlessly transition to using the processors, but it stalled and produced an error message. I contacted Jawset and unfortunately there is some sort of bug (from nVidia, according to Jawset). Hence you have to manually switch back to the processors before they finish their render or lose your cache contents.

          No impact on compression times in Compressor.

          Conclusion: although I liked the card I decided this was not enough of a benefit to stay with the old machine and returned the EVGA card to B&H.

          Hence, my dramatic decision to buy the new Mac Pro.

          The results: I rendered the same 2 minutes, 6 seconds, and 5 frames section of a project in my timeline to Compressor with h264 1080P settings in both the 2009 machine and the new machine. The 2009 machine rendered the section in 8 minutes and 33 seconds; the new Mac Pro in 3 minutes 57 seconds. Then I rendered the same frame of a space scene in Cinema 4D in both machines. On the 2009 Mac Pro it took 1 minute, 13 seconds to render; on the new late 2013 Mac Pro it rendered in 13 seconds--hence more then 5x as fast.

          My workflow with FCPX is to copy the camera files to an external drive and then within FCPX bring them into an event. This copying process (which occurs in the background) is dramatically faster (although I did not test a specific import speed). Also, FCPX itself is extremely responsive--click, click, skim, insert, etc. No impact on Turbulence FD plug-in as it is not yet written for the machine/dual AMD FirePro D500 cards. Hopefully that will change in the near future.

          In short--works for me!

          A few other notes: the new Mac Pro is substantially smaller and lighter than the 2009. It is designed so that you can pick it up from any part of inside of the top of the cylinder. Hence, if you work out of your home and want to take it to another room for an overnight render, it's much more practical than the old version--a beast to move. It looks very modern and has a small footprint on your physical desktop. Hence, it is also more accessible (no crouching down under the desk). Cables interfere somewhat with the sleek industrial design.

          However, it is not inexpensive. It's quite the investment. However, my last Mac Pro lasted 5 years, and if this one is comparable then I think it is worth it.

          Expect some drama copying over the 3rd party apps. They generally will not migrate seamlessly.

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          5.0

          Doesn't disappoint!

          By dubya

          from Haverford, PA

          About Me Quality Oriented

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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, Late 2013):

              I have a heavy video editing workflow that can slow up almost any computer, but the Mac Pro is keeping pace.... it's already saved me a tremendous amount of time, and I look forward to using it for years to come!

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              5.0

              This ain't no trash can...

              By FaderJockey

              from West Monroe, LA

              About Me Quality Oriented

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Upgrade

                Comments about Apple Mac Pro Desktop Computer (Six-Core, Late 2013):

                I bought this to use with our recording system. I love the sleek look and small footprint but am most impressed with what it can do. Very fast, incredible memory and space. Awesome product!

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                5.0

                I am so happy with my purchase!

                By Jass

                from Hollywood CA

                About Me Quality Oriented

                Verified Buyer

                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, Late 2013):

                  FCPX is a monster on this one.

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                  5.0

                  Goofy Little Trashcan but Fast Enough

                  By Alvin

                  from Los Gatos

                  About Me Quality Oriented

                  Verified Reviewer

                  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, Late 2013):

                    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

                    About Me Quality Oriented

                    Verified Buyer

                    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, Late 2013):

                      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

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

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

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about Apple Mac Pro Desktop Computer (Six-Core, Late 2013):

                          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

                          About Me Quality Oriented

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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, Late 2013):

                            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

                            About Me Quality Oriented

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Fast
                            • Powerful

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Upgrade

                              Comments about Apple Mac Pro Desktop Computer (Six-Core, Late 2013):

                              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, Late 2013):

                              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

                              About Me Quality Oriented

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Fast
                              • Powerful

                              Cons

                              • Hard To Set Up

                              Best Uses

                              • Replacement

                              Comments about Apple Mac Pro Desktop Computer (Six-Core, Late 2013):

                              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

                              About Me Quality Oriented

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

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

                              Cons

                              • None

                              Best Uses

                                Comments about Apple Mac Pro Desktop Computer (Six-Core, Late 2013):

                                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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                                5.0

                                Fabulous

                                By Remington Steeler

                                from Carmel, Ca

                                Comments about Apple Mac Pro Desktop Computer (Six-Core, Late 2013):

                                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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