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
  • 32GB of 1866 MHz DDR3 ECC RAM
  • 1TB PCIe-based Flash Storage
  • Dual AMD FirePro D700 GPUs (2 x 6GB)
  • 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 32GB of 1866 MHz DDR3 ECC RAM and 1TB of PCIe-based flash storage. There are also dual AMD FirePro D700 graphics cards with 6GB 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, 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, 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 D700 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 6GB of dedicated VRAM and 2048 stream processors. With 7 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
Memory
Every component in the Mac Pro is optimized for performance. That includes a four-channel DDR3 memory controller running at 1866 MHz. It supports 32GB 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
Design
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
Storage
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 1TB 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
Fan
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
Expansion
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
Wireless
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 (Six-Core, Late 2013)
  • Power Cord
  • 1-Year Limited Warranty with 90 Days of Telephone Support
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    Apple Mac Pro specs

    Performance
    Processor 3.5 GHz Intel Xeon E5 Six-Core, Late 2013
    12MB L3 cache
    Memory 32GB of 1866 MHz DDR3 ECC RAM
    Graphics 2 x AMD FirePro D700 with 6GB of GDDR5 discrete memory
    Storage
    Storage (SSD) 1TB 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
    Connectivity
    Ethernet 2 x 10/100/1000 Mbps Gigabit Ethernet RJ-45
    Wi-Fi 802.11ac (802.11a/b/g/n compatible)
    Bluetooth 4.0
    General
    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 Inforsqzqdtx
    Package Weight 13.9 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 15.9 x 9.9 x 9.8"

    Apple Mac Pro reviews

    Mac Pro Desktop Computer (Six-Core, Late 2013) is rated 4.4 out of 5 by 7.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best Purchase Ever Working in the Film & TV industry is all sbout efficiency. As an editor this is how I make a living. Opted for this machine because it's truly the best in performance/price. The machine screams. It's blazing fast. I have a 12core Old Mac Pro (previous gen) and this machine blows it out ofthe water. I have a pegasus2 raid system and 3x30inch monitors attached and I couldn't be happier. Avid or After Effects, this machine tackles all. If you want the best machine performance/price wise look no further! Seriously. Just pull the trigger you will NOT regret it. I went withthe 32GB/Dual D700/1TB SSD version. You should do the same.
    Date published: 2014-05-08
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Worth the premium I have the fastest MacBookPro available yet when processing image stacks (250+ 180MB exposures per image) and doing two or three other processor-intensive tasks simultaneously, the MacPro is amazing. Importing into LightRoom 300+ images takes 2-3 seconds! Synchronizing RAW adjustments for this many images takes seconds as well. I can live capture a sequence of images, be exporting large TIFF files from LR, and using panorama or stacking software, and editing another large image in PS simultaneously, with no hiccups. The dual Video cards are perhaps a large part of the image-processing speed. In PS, when the size of a multilayer file can be 1.6GB or so, applying a filter or analyzing several luminosity options is so quick, there is no wasted time - extremely fast. Again, this is all while doing many other processor-intensive simultaneously. For single image processing, I don't think this level of power is necessary, nor can the expense easily be justified. For imaging professionals working with large data, perhaps this is justifiable. The price is a bit hard to swallow initially....until you use it and experience the extraordinary speed. While video processing or running a ProTools studio are supposedly the main use of this box, processor straining-image adjustments, especially with the newer high megapixel cameras, are made extremely efficient. Extraordinary product. Kirby Turnage, MD
    Date published: 2016-01-10
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Screamer This machine is not for everybody, but you are are a video editor, a vfx artist, or colorist, then this is what you want. I can now render video faster than real time. I can grade using Davinci Resolve with real time performance. My TB flash drive redlines the Blackmagic Disk Speed Test around 800mbps. It is a big ticket item, but I got 6 good years out of my last Mac Pro and it is still a very capable machine. Even so not in the same league as this new generation. This will save me a ton of time in the edit suite and will pay for itself in short order.
    Date published: 2014-02-10
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome I upgraded to this bad boy from a high spec 2008 model about a year ago. At first, I was worried about expandability and connectivity, but after some carefully researched accessory purchases, I am proud to say that this is by far the best computer I have ever owned. It's certainly not for everyone, but when time is money, this is the way to go. I work as a digital tech for a handful of world renowned photographers. While I usually use rented tech equipment, I was getting tired of lugging around my giant old generation mac pro or suffering with a maxed out yet still somehow underpowered MacBook Pro. When the new mac pro was announced, I knew I had found the perfect machine. Extremely powerful yet highly portable. Now, I know most mac pro users don't place portability at the top of their want list, but nonetheless, this machine is still a beast on the desk. If you need to handle thousands or RAW files or multiple layers of video and effects, this is the machine for you. Of course, I'm speaking about the line as a whole, not necessarily this specific configuration.A bit about why I chose this setup. For photographers, the 6 core model is the way to go. The slower clock speed of the 8 core will actually slow you down, as most photo applications rely more on single core speed than distributing data across multiple cores. And for the rest of you, if you look at benchmark results, you will see that the moderate power increase with the 8 core model isn't the best bang for your buck. The hardcore video people out there will definitely want the 12 core model, but for photographers, the 6 core hits the sweet spot. I chose the D700 GPUs for 2 reasons. For one, my old model saw 3 different GPU upgrades over the course of 6 years. Knowing that I could not someday upgrade if the need arose with this machine, I chose to go with the best option in the first place. Second, as someone who uses Capture One every day, I was aware that it only takes full advantage of the dual GPUs with the D700 card. Anyone doing a lot of graphics work of any kind will want to go with this option. Not only is it insanely fast, it's somewhat future proof compared to the other GPU options. RAM. I chose to go with the factory installed 32GB option rather than upgrading a stock 16GB model with 3rd party RAM simply because of the price. I was concerned about the ease of future upgrades with all four slots full from the factory, but this option was about $100 cheaper than installing two 3rd party 16GB sticks. 32GB has proven to be more than enough for my purposes so far and I think a 64GB upgrade is a while off. The 1TB SSD was overkill, I could have survived just fine with 512GB, but I certainly appreciate having the choice to edit an entire video project off the internal drive when speed is key. Not to mention, I occasionally tech on shoots that end up with well over 300GB of RAW files and exports, and I like knowing that internal storage space will not be an issue. Its an expensive upgrade that isn't for everyone, but if you think you will need the space at some point, you should save yourself some time now and just go for it. And man this SSD is fast! It blows the old 2.5 6G SSD in my Macbook Pro out of the water.Certainly, this computer is not for everyone. Despite Apple's move away from the professional market in recent years, this machine was clearly designed solely for power users, and they will not be disappointed. Now, you might be concerned about buying a now 2 year old computer, especially with the recent announcement of Thunderbolt 3 and a new generation of processors on the horizon, but I can say with certainty that this computer will definitely withstand the test of time and I do not regret the investment. It is already clear that with this release, Apple has prolonged the product cycle of the Mac Pro and I think it will be some time before this machine becomes irrelevant. You've been thinking about it for a long time now, you know you want it, just buy the darn thing. You won't regret it.
    Date published: 2015-06-03
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from This computer is the perfect addition for your office! This new Apple Mac Pro will provide you with the fastest computer for rendering any video and photoshop assignments. I know you're saying it's pricey....trust me, it's well worth the investment. If I could give it more stars, I would!
    Date published: 2016-08-23
    Rated 1 out of 5 by from Very disappointing in design and organization of the Mac Pro This machine is poor in its initial design concept. You can not see the turn on button which is blocked by the wires in the back of the machine, which you now have to view if you want to find and reach the turn on button. No general viewable light that the machine is turned ON. Limited USB ports as well. POOR general design of the machine.
    Date published: 2017-09-07
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Yes, I would buy this computer again. After running Lightroom and Photoshop on a MacBook Pro for about 5 years, I finally broke down and bought the Mac Pro. I did not realize how much time I had been wasting, twiddling my thumbs while the old MacBook churned away processing images. The Mac Pro is very fast and quiet and has a nice assortment of ports. After purchasing a Thunderbolt to Firewire adapter, I was able to quickly mount two daisy chained external Firewire drives along with a USB3 drive and a new Thunderbolt backup drive. It is also nice to have the 1TB internal flash drive for software and temporary storage. It took me a while to figure out that I needed a new, Thunderbolt to Display Port cable to connect the Mac Pro to my 27 inch NEC monitor. Once I got the NEC cable and a keyboard, I was quickly up and running with a monitor resolution of 2560 x 1440 (no adaptor required). Although the Mac Pro does not have an optical drive, I learned that it can share the drive on my MacBook Pro using WiFi or an ethernet cable. I was able to use this approach to install some software that I have on CDs. Overall, I am very happy with the Mac Pro. It may be the last computer that I ever buy.
    Date published: 2017-08-26
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