Apple Mac Pro Desktop Computer (Quad-Core, Late 2013)

Apple Mac Pro Desktop Computer (Quad-Core, Late 2013)

Apple Mac Pro Desktop Computer (Quad-Core, Late 2013)

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Product Highlights

  • 3.7 GHz Intel Xeon E5 Quad-Core
  • 12GB of 1866 MHz DDR3 ECC RAM
  • 256GB PCIe-Based Flash Storage
  • Dual AMD FirePro D300 GPUs (2 x 2GB)
  • Six Thunderbolt 2 Ports
  • Four USB 3.0 Ports, One HDMI 1.4 Port
  • Supports up to Three 4K Displays
  • 802.11a/b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0
  • Unique Compact Cylinder Design
  • macOS
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Apple Mac Pro Overview

  • 1Description

From 2006 to 2012, the Mac Pro from Apple stuck with the same aluminum case, first made popular by the Power Mac G5. Now, the Mac Pro returns with a completely redesigned look. Apple revisited the architecture of the Mac Pro's internal components in order to maximize performance and minimize heat. With a unified thermal core, Apple opted for a leaner, lighter, and quieter structure that was more streamlined. The unique cylinder design stands just 9.9 inches tall with a diameter of just 6.6 inches, which allows it to be a professional workstation that can actually sit on your desk.

The system is powered by a quad-core 3.7 GHz Intel Xeon E5 processor. The Mac Pro also has 12GB of 1866 MHz DDR3 ECC RAM and 256GB of PCIe-based flash storage. There are also dual AMD FirePro D300 graphics cards with 2GB of GDDR5 discrete VRAM each. You'll be able to connect to the Internet with fast-speed 802.11ac Wi-Fi. The Mac Pro also supports a/b/g/n Wi-Fi networks as well. The Mac Pro also features built-in Bluetooth 4.0, which allows you to connect wireless headphones, keyboard, mice and other compatible peripherals without a hassle.

The Mac Pro has six Thunderbolt 2 ports and a high-speed interface that can move data at up to 20 Gb/s. That's four times the speed of the USB 3.0 standard. Speaking of USB 3.0, Apple added four USB 3.0 ports to ensure you have full native connectivity options with your USB-compatible peripherals such as external hard drives.

iLife 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. iLife includes iPhoto, iMovie, and GarageBand.

iWork provides three apps to keep you productive. Pages allow you to make creative word documents. Numbers helps you make spreadsheets more visually insightful. Keynote allows you to create a powerful presentation, complete with animated charts and interactive tables with cinematic effects and transitions.

Please note that this Mac may come with an earlier version of macOS. You can upgrade to the latest version through the Mac App Store app.

Quad-Core, Late 2013 Intel Xeon E5 Performance
This Mac Pro features a 3.7 GHz Intel Xeon E5 processor with quad cores of processing power on a single die. And with 10MB of L3 cache, 40 GB/s of PCI Express Gen 3 bandwidth, and 256-bit-wide floating-point instructions, you'll never be at a loss for speed
Dual AMD FirePro D300 Graphics Cards
Traditionally, professional computers have relied primarily on the CPU for their computing power. But as GPU performance has dramatically increased, software developers have begun to leverage that power in their apps. With the Mac Pro, Apple engineered an even more powerful GPU architecture. Not only does it feature a state-of-the-art AMD FirePro workstation-class GPU - it features two of them. And each is available with 2GB of dedicated VRAM and 1280 stream processors. With 4 teraflops of computing power between the two, you'll be able to do things like seamlessly edit full-resolution 4K video while simultaneously rendering effects in the background - and still have enough power to connect up to three high-resolution 4K displays
Every component in the Mac Pro is optimized for performance. That includes a four-channel DDR3 memory controller running at 1866 MHz. It supports 12GB of memory and delivers up to 60 GB/s of memory bandwidth, which means you can fly through even the most compute-intensive tasks in no time. And since it's ECC memory, your render job, video export, or simulation won't be stopped by transient memory errors
Apple reorganized the architecture of the internal components as well as the entire enclosure of the Mac Pro. Its unique cylinder design is made with refined impact extrusion technologies for effective material use and a polished aluminum enclosure. It stands at just 9.9 inches tall with a diameter of just 6.6 inches, allowing you to place it on your desk
The Mac Pro has next-generation PCIe-based flash storage, which is up to 2.4 times faster than the fastest SATA-based solid state drive and up to 10 times faster than a 7200 rpm SATA hard drive. Most flash storage systems that connect via SATA buses are designed for slower spinning hard drives. But Apple designed the Mac Pro around new PCIe-based flash controller technology, which delivers the fastest solid state drives available standard in a desktop computer. So you'll have 256GB of storage that will let you boot up, launch apps, and even open massive files almost instantly
Thermal Core
Rather than using multiple heat sinks and fans to cool the processor and graphics cards, Apple built everything around a single piece of extruded aluminum designed to maximize airflow as well as thermal capacity. It works by conducting heat away from the CPU and GPUs and distributing that heat uniformly across the core. That way, if one processor isn't working as hard as the others, the extra thermal capacity can be shared efficiently among them
Instead of adding extra fans, Apple engineered a single, larger fan that pulls air upward through a bottom intake. As air passes vertically through the center of the device, it absorbs heat and carries it out the top. By minimizing air resistance throughout the system, Apple was able to design a fan with backward-curved impeller blades that runs at fewer revolutions per minute, draws air more efficiently as it spins, and creates considerably less noise
Designed with built-in Thunderbolt 2, USB 3.0, Gigabit Ethernet, and HDMI 1.4 ports, the Mac Pro provides flexible, high-performance expansion. And it has everything you need to build a workstation completely customized to what you need and how you work
Thunderbolt 2
Thunderbolt 2 combines PCI Express and DisplayPort into one high-speed, versatile I/O technology. Thunderbolt 2 delivers twice the throughput, providing up to 20 Gb/s of bandwidth to each external device. So you're more than ready for the next generation of high-performance peripherals, without being limited by the number of expansion slots inside your computer. You can connect massive amounts of storage, add a PCI expansion chassis, and work with the latest external displays - including 4K desktop displays and peripheral devices capable of broadcasting in 4K. And since each Thunderbolt 2 port allows you to daisy-chain up to six peripherals, you can go all out by plugging in up to 36 external devices via Thunderbolt 2 alone. Mac Pro supports a total of two DVI or HDMI displays when connected via the built-in HDMI port or using the Apple Mini DisplayPort to DVI adapter. To connect additional DVI displays, use an active DVI adapter such as the Apple Mini DisplayPort to Dual-Link DVI adapter. You can connect up to six active adapter DVI displays. This requires a powered USB hub since Mac Pro offers four USB ports and you will need six to connect them all.
I/O Connections
The Mac Pro equips you with all kinds of connections for all kinds of peripherals. USB 3.0 gives you the versatility to hook up dozens of different types of external devices. Two Gigabit Ethernet ports let you connect to multiple networks. And an HDMI 1.4 port provides support for the high-definition televisions, projectors, and displays, including Ultra HD TVs. As you rotate Mac Pro to plug in a device, it senses the movement and automatically illuminates the I/O panel. So you can easily see the ports you need when you need them
Access your network over three-stream 802.11ac Wi-Fi for high-speed wireless connectivity. For all your other wireless connections, the Mac Pro includes Bluetooth 4.0. It's the easiest way to connect your keyboard, mouse, and other wireless devices without having to physically attach anything
In the Box
Apple Mac Pro Desktop Computer (Quad-Core, Late 2013)
  • Power Cord
  • 1-Year Limited Warranty with 90 Days of Telephone Support
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    Apple Mac Pro Specs

    Processor 3.7 GHz Intel Xeon E5 Quad-Core, Late 2013
    10MB L3 cache
    Memory 12GB of 1866 MHz DDR3 ECC RAM
    Graphics 2 x AMD FirePro D300 with 2GB of GDDR5 discrete memory
    Storage (SSD) 256GB PCIe-based flash storage
    Optical Drive None
    Input/Output Connectors
    Ports 6 x Thunderbolt 2
    4 x USB 3.0
    Display 1 x HDMI 1.4
    6 x mini DisplayPort (via Thunderbolt 2 ports)
    Connect up to three 4K displays or six Thunderbolt displays
    Audio 1 x Combined optical digital audio output/analog line out minijack
    1 x Headphone minijack with headset output
    1 x HDMI port supports multichannel audio output
    1 x Built-in speaker
    Ethernet 2 x 10/100/1000 Mbps Gigabit Ethernet RJ-45
    Wi-Fi 802.11ac (802.11a/b/g/n compatible)
    Bluetooth 4.0
    Power Requirements Line Voltage: 100-120V AC or 200-240V AC (wide-range power supply input voltage)
    Frequency: 50 Hz to 60 Hz single phase
    Maximum continuous power: 450W
    Environment Requirements Operating Temperature: 50° to 95%deg;F / 10° to 35%deg;C
    Storage Temperature: -40%deg; to 116° F / -40° to 47%deg;C
    Relative Humidity: 5% to 95% noncondensing
    Maximum Operating Altitude: 16,400 feet / 5,000 m
    Typical Acoustical Performance, Sound Pressure Level (Operator Position): 12 dBA at idle
    Operating System macOS
    Dimensions 9.9 x 6.6" / 25.1 x 16.7 cm
    Weight 11 lbs / 5 kg
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 14.05 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 16.0 x 10.0 x 10.0"

    Apple Mac Pro Reviews

    Mac Pro Desktop Computer (Quad-Core, Late 2013) is rated 4.5 out of 5 by 26.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very Powerful Workstation I purchased this MacPro Quad core to replace my aging MacBook Pro 2011 model. It is used primarily for music production. This is my first Pro Mac since owning a G4 tower years ago and I am very pleased with my decision. I was on the fence deciding between the latest iMac i7 with Haswell CPU and this one and I'm glad I decided to get the Pro! The benefits over the iMac are: it is expandable to 64Gb RAM (compared to 32gb for the iMac), it supports 4k displays (even though I have no need for one now, I'm sure prices will come down and. unlike with the iMac, I'll be ready), and the upgradable Xeon CPU. In addition, the ECC RAM and Xeon CPU provide a level of stability that desktops just do not. The only things weighing in favor of the iMac were: the amazing 27 display and the relative cost for a somewhat comparable configuration. Overall, though, the Mac Pro is worth the extra expense for longterm upgradability and stability. Highly recommended!
    Date published: 2014-02-11
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazingly fast! I was trying to decide between the new Mac Pro and the 27 inch iMac. The new Mac Pro runs Final Cut and Aperture at blazing speeds. Thunderbolt 2 is a delight (upgrading from Firewire ). Very happy with my purchase. B&H shipped very quickly, a pleasure to do business with.
    Date published: 2014-02-12
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fast, quiet, powerful This replaces my old 2009 MacPro and it is at least 2-3x faster at most tasks. The SSD drive averages between 800-900MBs read/write! The system boots in 4 seconds, apps load instantaneously and having Thunderbolt 2 drives attached I get incredibly fast storage now as well as the ability to run 4K displays. Biggest bonus is being able to run it all day with low power consumption and very little heat even when doing heavy tasks such as video encoding or working in Lightroom.
    Date published: 2014-12-23
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very Happy Though I did have to wait a long time for it to arrive I was excited to receive my new Mac Pro. Even though it's the baseline model it still spits out renders faster than my fully upgraded machine at work. It looks pretty and works like a beast. What more do you want?
    Date published: 2014-04-25
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Mac Pro Computer I am an a mechanical engineer and I purchased the Mac Pro for working at home. I use it a minimum of 12 hours per day and I love the Mac Pro computer more than any other I have ever owned. The Mac Pro has allowed me to work at home with incredible efficiency (I actually get more done than I did when I worked with others in an office) via the use of Pages, Numbers, Keynote, Preview, iTunes (all included), and my drafting software (not included). The computer occupies minimal room on my desktop yet stores everything I need from drafting work to X-rays to microscope photos as well as standard workplace correspondence. Further, the computer operates my drafting software and wireless printer/plotter flawlessly, and with EXTREME speed. I've never experienced 3D model rendering or the copying of gigabyte size files completed so quickly. It's simply amazing. The Mac Pro is equipped with plenty of ports for peripheral gear such as a CD burner, camera card reader, music recording interface, or thunderbolt compatible external hard drives (great for backup), and provides 4 ports for the use of multiple monitors (I use 2 thunderbolt monitors). Unlike some computers I have owned in the past, no sophisticated setup or software is needed or necessary to operate multiple monitors; the Mac Pro configures them automatically and immediately when connected. Not only is the computer compact, it generates very low levels of heat and is comprised of a component cooling fan that I have yet to hear. As such, it does not add heat to the office or interfere with any voice or music recording one might perform. The processor is super fast, unbelievably fast compared to my prior computer, and definitely faster than any laptop I have ever used. Further, it is a beautiful piece of gear with its black mirror finish. I am unable to cite a single complaint about the Mac Pro nor do I have any regrets about purchasing the computer from B&H Photo. I received EXCELLENT service, purchased an EXCELLENT product, and now enjoy EXCELLENT computer performance! The Mac Pro is, without doubt, the best computer purchase I have ever made and is arguably the best innovation in computers since computers became affordable to the general public. I would recommend the Mac Pro over any other stationary Mac computer and definitely over any PC for any purpose. You simply can't purchase a higher quality computer. PERIOD!! You cannot get yours soon enough!!
    Date published: 2015-12-09
    Rated 1 out of 5 by from Graphics/Video card freezes The graphics/video card freezes sporadically. ?Its a known issues for this machine that we only realized after purchasing it. ?B&H should not sell this defective machine.
    Date published: 2018-01-06
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Mac Pro This is not only a work of art it is a spectacular machine. First Mac that I have ever owned that is completely silent. Faster than a blinking an eye. Literally starts in five seconds. Powerful almost be on belief.
    Date published: 2014-09-11
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Savings! I have been wanting to upgrade to MAC PRO to run my ProTools home DAW for sometime and when I saw this for $1000 off I had t buy. I am not disappointed, using with a 34 monitor and can open mixer and recording windows in a large size, no problems with processing power to run plugins and outboard gear. I upgraded ram from stock 12GB to 16GB for about $30 ( one 4GB stick) and that is enough for now. fastest boot and program load times I have ever seen.
    Date published: 2017-09-26
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    Could I get the same student discount online that I would get from Apple Retail store?
    Asked by: Andy J.
    I apologize, but this type of request cannot be taken care of through this feature of our website. Please contact our Customer Service department by entering Live Chat, emailing directly to cs@<a href=, target= _blank >,</a> or calling us toll-free at 800.221.5743.
    Answered by: Heather S.
    Date published: 2018-08-25


    Mac OS X El Capitan or macOS Sierra comes in this computer do you get a choice? Will this with either OS's work with Final Cut Pro 7?
    Asked by: Tony M.
    NO no choice it came with Sierra. I would not recommend this Apple Computer Period . The situation of the turn ON button is ridiculous and only allows you to look at all the wires facing you on the back. My daughter and I both bought one and we both have had problems. It won't recognize my large Epson printer and easy to access on my screen. I had several Mac's over the years and this one is BAD!!!!
    Answered by: Pat C.
    Date published: 2018-08-25


    Would this be able to smoothly cut RED r3d 4K footage in fcpx? Multicam too? I have a 2012 MacBook Pro and I need a Mac Pro trash can but want to make a smart move. Everythings shot on a RED Scarlet X or phantom 4 drone. Just need something to handle the heavy footage, both raw and proxies.
    Asked by: Alex C.
    Assuming you are shopping for the model with 12GB of RAM and 256GB SSD I would plan on upgrading the RAM and disk as it may not be enough. My wife purchased this model for photo editing and we ended up having to upgrade the RAM to 64GB and SSD to 1TB plus to keep things working smoothly. She uses Adobe Photoshop and FinalCut Pro for video and the stock RAM and SSD weren't up to the task.
    Answered by: Andrew R.
    Date published: 2018-08-25


    Does it output Optical for Audio 7.1 surround?
    Asked by: Marti
    Don't know.
    Answered by: richardk J.
    Date published: 2018-08-25


    Is the PCIe a Version 3, 4 lane interface? Does it support NVMe?Will this Samsung SSD work to replace the 256 GB unit?https://<a href= target= _blank ></a>
    Asked by: Richard K.
    Not likely. Other World Computing sells the only upgrade and it's not cheap.
    Answered by: Ricardo P.
    Date published: 2018-08-25


    What sort of adapter gizmo do I need to connect multiple Firewire external HDs to this beast?
    Asked by: Anonymous
    You need a thunderbolt to FireWire 800 adapter to connect the first one. The extra FireWire port on the HDs allows you to connect more than one HD through one of the Mac Pro thunderbolt ports.<a href= target= _blank ></a>
    Answered by: Tim S.
    Date published: 2018-08-25


    I am planning to use it to run adobe creative cloud (especially multicam function comes with Premiere Pro ), and Davinci resolve as well. Would this Mac pro be fast enough? Thank you !
    Asked by: Jingtong
    The performance of the Late 2013 Mac Pro Xeon E5 processor family in 4, 6, 8 or 12 core versions are geared towards optimal performance in professional applications like Final Cut Pro X, Adobe Premiere, DaVinci Resolve, AutoCAD, Maya, Cinema 4D R15, Logic Pro X, Aperture, and Motion among others. The combined system architecture and I/O of the Late 2013 Mac Pro is designed to ensure that if you use any of these applications, you will get through your workflow faster and with greater reliability and flexibility than any other computer in Apple's lineup, or even comparable PC-workstations.
    Answered by: Steven C.
    Date published: 2018-08-25


    Asked by: Hugo
    memory , or SSD only
    Answered by: ammar k.
    Date published: 2018-08-25
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