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

Apple Mac Pro Desktop Computer (Quad-Core, Late 2013)
Key Features
  • 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)
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.
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Apple Mac Pro Overview

  • 1Description
  • 2Quad-Core, Late 2013 Intel Xeon E5 Performance
  • 3Dual AMD FirePro D300 Graphics Cards
  • 4Memory
  • 5Design
  • 6Storage
  • 7Thermal Core
  • 8Fan
  • 9Expansion
  • 10Thunderbolt 2
  • 11I/O Connections
  • 12Wireless

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

Apple Mac Pro Specs

3.7 GHz Intel Xeon E5 Quad-Core, Late 2013
10MB L3 cache
12GB of 1866 MHz DDR3 ECC RAM
2 x AMD FirePro D300 with 2GB of GDDR5 discrete memory
Storage (SSD)
256GB PCIe-based flash storage
Optical Drive
Input/Output Connectors
6 x Thunderbolt 2
4 x USB 3.0
1 x HDMI 1.4
6 x mini DisplayPort (via Thunderbolt 2 ports)
Connect up to three 4K displays or six Thunderbolt displays
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
2 x 10/100/1000 Mbps Gigabit Ethernet RJ-45
802.11ac (802.11a/b/g/n compatible)
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
9.9 x 6.6" / 25.1 x 16.7 cm
11 lbs / 5 kg
Packaging Info
Package Weight
14.05 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)
16 x 10 x 10"

Apple Mac Pro Reviews

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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.
The connector is PCIe Gen 2 x4 lane so total speed of 2GB/s
Answered by: Saul B.
Date published: 2018-08-25


Asked by: Hugo
memory , or SSD only
Answered by: ammar k.
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


Does it output Optical for Audio 7.1 surround?
Asked by: John
Don't know.
Answered by: richardk J.
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


If i buy this mac, can i use a 4k 50 samsung smart tv as monitor for it ?
Asked by: Anonymous
Yes you can. I have a similar monitor on mine at the office. It rocks!
Answered by: ELIOTT M.
Date published: 2018-08-25


Can you add memory later?
Asked by: Anonymous
Yes, I immediately swapped my memory and put 64GB - not too large of an investment (I used a reputable aftermarket company that will take the old memory in trade). My thought is this, buy the base model (4 core) and when the 12 core CPU comes down in price you have a plug and play 4X throughput improvement (not 4x the speed for every application - only if the app is written for multithread operations) - 12 core is also great if you run lots of concurrent applications. Get a fast thunderbolt external drive for storage. My favorite computer over the last 30 years (love the design, super powerful and no white noise) and I've been building systems since high end was adding a 8087 math coprocessor to your 4.77MHz 8088 PC... (On a side note 64GB of ram would have cost $24,000,000 when I first started playing with these types of toys)
Answered by: William S.
Date published: 2018-08-25


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
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