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Apple Mac Pro 2008 (MA970, MB451)

Apple Mac Pro 2008 (MA970, MB451)
alaScore 85

180 reviews

Oct, 2018

alaTest has collected and analyzed 180 reviews of Apple Mac Pro 2008 (MA970, MB451). The average rating for this product is 4.4/5, compared to an average rating of 4.2/5 for other Desktops for all reviews. Reviews about the reliability and size are overall positive. The design and usability are also appreciated.

price, usability, design, size, reliability

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Desktops the Apple Mac Pro 2008 (MA970, MB451) is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 85/100 = Very good quality.

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Consumer review (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Apple Mac Pro 2008 (MA970, MB451)

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 110 user reviews of Apple Mac Pro 2008 (MA970, MB451) from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 4.5/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Desktops on Amazon.com. Comments about the reliability and design are overall positive. The usability and price are also mentioned favorably.

price, usability, design, reliability

90% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: 4GB (2x2GB) Memory Apple Mac Pro 3,1 2008 Quad Core, 8-core PC2-6400 DDR2 800MHz Fully Buffered ECC FB-DIMM Nemix Ram MA970LL/A4GB (2x2GB) Memory Apple Mac Pro 3,1 2008 Quad Core, 8-core PC2-6400 DDR2 800MHz Fully Buffered ECC FB-DIMM Nemix Ram MA970LL/A

Oct, 2018

Expert review by : Dan Ackerman (cnet.com)

Apple's new Mac Pro desktop tested

 

This radically reimagined pro-level desktop is built for 4K video.

The ; 's hardware is incredibly powerful, especially if you're using it for pro-level graphics and video tasks. It can output to up to three 4K displays simultaneously, thanks to six Thunderbolt 2 ports plus HDMI. The system is whisper-quiet, with a...

Internal expandability is limited, and even the starting price is a hefty $3,000. While it's a very high-design product, the components inside are intended for professional use, and not especially suitable for Apple-loving home consumers.

Apple radically re-imagines the professional desktop with the new Mac Pro, featuring a design that looks fantastic and offers genuine breakthrough advantages. But, consumer-level Apple enthusiasts should note that this product isn't specifically...

Dec, 2013

Expert review by : Rich Brown (cnet.com)

Apple Mac Pro (Winter 2009) review: Apple Mac Pro (Winter 2009)

 

Apple Mac Pro (Winter 2009)

Best-in-class desktop design; interior makes upgrades and parts replacement simple; strong performance on HD video and 3D rendering thanks to new Intel CPU and faster RAM

Relatively slow performance on programs such as Photoshop that rely on single-core CPU speed; we wish it had eSATA instead of FireWire 800 for external hard-drive connections.

Apple's new eight-core Mac Pro demonstrates marked improvements over the older model in high-intensity digital media and multitasking scenarios. We also love the design tweaks that improve on Apple's already industry-leading sensibilities. Any...

Mar, 2009

Expert review by (expertreviews.co.uk)

Apple Mac Pro: No update for 2018 – but expect a new Mac Pro in 2019

 

Whatever Apple reveals at its September event, the Mac Pro's big update isn't coming until next year

That doesn’t necessarily mean we’ll have to wait until September 2019, however. While new iPhones tend to come out to a regular annual cycle, Mac hardware is much less predictable. In previous years, plenty of new models and updates have emerged...

Sep, 2018

Consumer review (newegg.com)

Nice case...

 

The mac pro seriously breaks my heart as a system builder. I have nothing against OSX, it's a great OS, but I strongly urge potential buyers to look at their options here (you are, apparently, already at the Egg so look around). And If you love the...

OSX, good looking case. But seriously, Apple, how about a refresh?! For this price you could be giving your loyal customers a whole lot more computer ; honestly, I'm pretty sure buying a pre-assembled machine on the Egg is sacrilege

The last defense for buying this machine, besides OSX of course, was the 8 core machismo. Unfortunately for the Mac Pro, You can now you can get a Core i7 920, Sunbeam core contact freezer or TRUE, X58 T-power, and 6GB of DDR3 1600 all for about $800...

Feb, 2009

Consumer review (newegg.com)

This is a Fantastic Deal for the Price

 

For the money, this is possible the best machine that you can buy or build depending on what you do.

All the people complaining that this is too expensive are either anti-Mac trolls, or just woefully uninformed. No, you can't build this machine for a third the price, and to the guy who suggested 2 C2Q's in a computer, good luck with that. It's...

There are none.

Feb, 2009

Consumer review (newegg.com)

keeps crashing

 

For the price might as well build a power pc. If yah really want to be different then build a PC and use linux, why pay steve jobs for an OS that's just a version of linux

Price...err nevermind

keeps crashing and shutting down, after a week it finally died on me. I got my money back.

Jan, 2009

Consumer review (newegg.com)

Pricey for what you get

 

The only reason I bought this is because I needed to get a mac and couldn't stand the weak power of the iMacs, so I had to settle for this. It does what it needs to after I poured in another 500 dollars.. Oh gee thats where it went..

Two quad processors, sleek case design, and leopard is about all this desktop has going for it.

Weak graphics card, not kidding, you could buy this card for 50 bucks on newegg, a 50 dollar graphics card in an almost 3grand desktop.. Then they only load it up with 2 gigs of ram at 800mhz, I mean you gotta be kidding, whats the points of having all...

Dec, 2008

Consumer review (newegg.com)

Really not that expensive...

 

I bought this refurb from Apple for $2399, and after looking around at just the cost of the 2.8 Quad XEON (Server Class you ignorant Desktop chip naysayers!) this computer is actually a very good deal. Upgrading the memory isn't very expensive, I...

8 Cores, 8 Memory slots, 4 incredible HDD bays, QUIET, OS X, Fast as hell. I know it's no authoritative speed benchmark, but on ripping a 2 hour movie in Handbrake I went from 8-10 hours on my 1Ghz PB G4, to 2 hours on my 2Ghz C2D Macbook to FIFTEEN...

Sadly, even though it's the most gorgeous inside design of ANY computer, it doesn't have the cheap plexiglass window.

Oct, 2008

Consumer review (newegg.com)

The Beast Is Released

 

This computer has virtually consumed all my previous computers. I am running Sheepshaver for de-archiving of ten years of MacOS 7-9 work. I am running Vmware Fusion for 8 years of Windows work. Both of these open while I edit in Final Cut Pro and...

Outstanding speed, build quality, operating system. It's whisper-quiet and power saving always works correctly, unlike Windows.

Not many RAID options, only four hard drive bays (but I love the drive trays). Mighty Mouse is cute but too small for my hands and the virtual "second button" just doesn't cut it -- sometimes it clicks right, sometimes it doesn't.

Oct, 2008

Consumer review (newegg.com)

Great for me, but it's not for everyone.

 

For me (a film student and, at times, a visual effects/motion graphics artist) there was no other choice. Premiere Pro is garbage and that only leaves Avid as a possible choice for editing on a Windows machine (don't try an tell me Vegas or Edius are...

2x2.8GHz Xeon Quad Cores, etc...

Only 2gb of memory, the HD 2600 is kind of meh, and that's about it for me. Drop a couple bucks here or elsewhere online and you'll be at 8-10GB total and boom, no more to complain about. If you want, throw down an extra $150 to apple and get the...

Sep, 2008

Product Specifications

Design

Chassis type:Tower

Energy Management

Power supply input frequency:50 - 60
Power supply input voltage:100-120V / 200-240V AC

Graphics

Maximum graphics adapter memory:0.256 / 0.5

Memory

ECC: Yes
Internal memory:2
Internal memory type:DDR2-SDRAM
Maximum internal memory:32
Memory layout:2 x 1
Memory layout (slots x size):2 x 1

Other Features

Graphics:GeForce 8800 GT / Radeon HD 2600 XT
Graphics adapter:GeForce 8800 GT / Radeon HD 2600 XT
Wireless Technology:Bluetooth 2.0 + EDR

Packaging Content

Bundled software:iLife ’08 (iTunes, iPhoto, iMovie, iDVD, iWeb, GarageBand)
Display included: No

Performance

Product type:Workstation

Ports & interfaces

Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) ports:1 / 2
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) ports quantity:1 / 2
Firewire (IEEE 1394) ports:4
Headphone outputs:1 / 2
I/O ports:2 x DVI
Microphone in: Yes
USB 2.0 ports quantity:5

Power

Power supply input frequency:50 - 60
Power supply input voltage:100-120V / 200-240V AC

Processor

Number of processors installed:1 / 2
Processor:Unspecified
Processor cache:12 / 24
Processor cache type:L2
Processor family:Intel® Xeon®
Processor frequency:2.8 / 3 / 3.2
Processor front side bus:1600
Processor model:Unspecified

Software

Bundled software:iLife ’08 (iTunes, iPhoto, iMovie, iDVD, iWeb, GarageBand)

Storage

Hard disk rotational speed:7200
Hard Drive Capacity:2048 / 320 / 500
Hard Drive Interface:Serial ATA
Hard drive speed:7200
Host interface:SATA

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:18.7 / 20.1
Height:18.7 / 20.1
Weight:42.3
Width:8.11