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

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

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

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  • 3.5 GHz Intel Xeon E5 Six-Core
  • 16GB of 1866 MHz DDR3 ECC RAM
  • 256GB PCIe-Based Flash Storage
  • Dual AMD FirePro D500 GPUs (2 x 3GB)
  • 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 High Sierra
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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 6-core 3.5 GHz Intel Xeon E5 processor. The Mac Pro also has 16GB of 1866 MHz DDR3 ECC RAM and 256GB of PCIe-based flash storage. There are also dual AMD FirePro D500 graphics cards with 3GB 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.

Six-Core, Late 2013 Intel Xeon E5 Performance
This Mac Pro features a 3.5 GHz Intel Xeon E5 processor with 6 cores of processing power on a single die. And with 12MB 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 D500 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 3GB of dedicated VRAM and 1526 stream processors. With 4.4 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 16GB 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
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Apple Mac Pro Desktop Computer (Six-Core, Late 2013)
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  • 1-Year Limited Warranty with 90 Days of Telephone Support
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    Apple Mac Pro specs

    Processor 3.5 GHz Intel Xeon E5 Six-Core, Late 2013
    12MB L3 cache
    Memory 16GB of 1866 MHz DDR3 ECC RAM
    Graphics 2 x AMD FirePro D500 with 3GB 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 High Sierra
    Dimensions 9.9 x 6.6" / 25.1 x 16.7 cm
    Weight 11 lbs / 5 kg
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 14.25 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 16.0 x 9.9 x 9.9"

    Apple Mac Pro reviews

    Mac Pro Desktop Computer (Six-Core, Late 2013) is rated 4.7 out of 5 by 38.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Mobile Mac 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.
    Date published: 2014-11-27
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from FANTASTIC!!! 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!
    Date published: 2014-05-18
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fast and sleek 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.
    Date published: 2014-12-06
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from awesome as they said it would be.. 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.
    Date published: 2014-06-02
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Powerhouse computer for creative pros 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.
    Date published: 2014-12-16
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Silky Smooth - Lightening Fast 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.
    Date published: 2014-02-04
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Goofy Little Trashcan but Fast Enough 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.
    Date published: 2014-07-27
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent for Photography I've owned this Mac Pro for over two years now, and in that time have been consistently pleased with its performance. I use it predominantly for compiling and editing photographs via Lightroom and Photoshop, as well as holding my iTunes library. For those purposes the computer is very quick and efficient. Its six thunderbolt 2 connections are exceptionally fast; I use all six to connect both the monitors and external hard drive arrays (see photo). I do wish it offered more than four USB 3.0 connectors, but that is a situation easily rectified with an external USB hub. In two years of continuous use I have yet to experience a problem with the machine. The computer is quite diminutive, making it easy to place in my office. And, it's sleek Darth Vader Trash Can look is appealing and attractive. Unfortunately, the one drawback of its size is that internal upgrades are impossible. You are extremely limited in the amount of storage you can have inside the computer (4TB). Therefore, external hard drive arrays are the only solution to those who need significantly more storage capacity, making the area needed for the computer and peripherals significantly larger. That minor issue aside, this is the best all around desktop computer I've owned, which is saying something. For photographers, you won't find a faster, more reliable product.
    Date published: 2016-03-26
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