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Apple Mac Pro (2009)

Apple Mac Pro (2009)
alaScore 85

33 reviews

Apr, 2014

  • No negative mentions yet

alaTest has collected and analyzed 33 reviews from magazines and websites. People really like the usability. The value for money is also appreciated.

design, value for money, usability

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Desktops the Apple Mac Pro (2009) is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 85/100 = Very good quality.

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Apple Mac Pro (Dual Intel Xeon Quad-Core 2.26GHz, Winter 2009)

 

In addition to revamping its iMac and Mac Mini desktops in the beginning of March, Apple also updated its highest end professional-level Mac Pros. Available as before in four- and eight-core configurations, the newest Mac Pros have a number of new...

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...

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Easy to work on. Reliable and can do it all.

 

I own a few PC's . This was my first MAC. I must say that I am impressed with the intuitive OS , the ease of upgrading, and the support options. I highly recommend Bootcamp for those PC software programs. However. remember to ram up when using...

Can run both Snow leopard and Windows. Adding ram a piece of cake

There is nothing I do not like about this product

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"Easy to work on. Reliable and can do it all."

 

I own a few PC's . This was my first MAC. I must say that I am impressed with the intuitive OS , the ease of upgrading, and the support options. I highly recommend Bootcamp for those PC software programs. However. remember to ram up when using...

Can run both Snow leopard and Windows. Adding ram a piece of cake.

There is nothing I do not like about this product.

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Apple Mac Pro (Dual Intel Xeon Quad-Core 2.26GHz, Winter 2009)

 

I own a few PC's . This was my first MAC. I must say that I am impressed with the intuitive OS , the ease of upgrading, and the support options. I highly recommend Bootcamp for those PC software programs. However. remember to ram up when using...

Can run both Snow leopard and Windows. Adding ram a piece of cake

There is nothing I do not like about this product

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Save yourself - don't make my mistake if a professional

 

I bought a 2010 1/2 Mac Pro 12 core with all the bells, my first Apple computer. If you're going for a Mac Pro then like me you are probably in a design field using programs such as 3Ds Max & rendering engines... in which case you're going to be using...

Excellent build quality & great physical design. Apple support (only problem is they consistantly can't help despite their good intentions). The Apple OS really is very very good but will you being using it or really windows 7? See the cons

Its not really compatible with windows 7 & advanced PC applications. You'll spend a lot of time in discussion forums trying to find work arounds. You'll love it less every day

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Apple Mac Pro (Dual Intel Xeon Quad-Core 2.26GHz, Winter 2009)

 

I bought a 2010 1/2 Mac Pro 12 core with all the bells, my first Apple computer. If you're going for a Mac Pro then like me you are probably in a design field using programs such as 3Ds Max & rendering engines... in which case you're going to be using...

Excellent build quality & great physical design. Apple support (only problem is they consistantly can't help despite their good intentions). The Apple OS really is very very good but will you being using it or really windows 7? See the cons

Its not really compatible with windows 7 & advanced PC applications. You'll spend a lot of time in discussion forums trying to find work arounds. You'll love it less every day

Consumer review by:

"Powerhouse System"

 

As a creative pro / CD and consultant, I run the widest range of applications of anyone I have ever known and, as a software / hardware reviewer, I am constantly pushing apps and peripherals to their extreme limits. I have found the Nehalem 8-core '09...

Super fast with mulithreaded apps, expandable, excellent connectivity, superior design, unmatched OS, most bang for buck in price class, and the absolute best product support in the industry. The 16 data streams are more than a little impressive.

Graphics support is very good but is not the top performer in high-end 3-D animation applications

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Powerhouse System"

 

As a creative pro / CD and consultant, I run... 

Super fast with mulithreaded apps, expandable, excellent connectivity, superior design, unmatched OS, most bang for buck in price class, and the absolute best product support in the industry. The 16 data streams are more than a little impressive

Graphics support is very good but is not the top performer in high-end 3-D animation applications

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Excellent Desktop for a creative Pro

 

In Comparison with a 2.0 ghz dual core G5, the new intel box is much noticably faster on the front end (opening apps, using ilife and work suite as well as MS office 2008. In Illustrator, rendering of a 3d shape took hardly any time at all, where on...

Faster Processor and more ram = no more spinning beach balls

stock Nvidia graphics card shows some minor glitches, especially web browsing in Safari

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Excellent Desktop for a creative Pro

 

In Comparison with a 2.0 ghz dual core G5, the new intel box is much noticably faster on the front end (opening apps, using ilife and work suite as well as MS office 2008. In Illustrator, rendering of a 3d shape took hardly any time at all, where on...

Faster Processor and more ram = no more spinning beach balls

stock Nvidia graphics card shows some minor glitches, especially web browsing in Safari

Product Specifications

Whether you're editing feature films or scoring them, composing symphonies or visualizing mass spectrometry analyzes, Mac Pro makes it easier than ever to create your personal dream machine: a powerful system that not only meets your needs today but, thanks to an ingeniously designed enclosure, expands easily to meet tomorrow's challenges as well.

Audio Output

Type:Sound card

Cabinet (Chassis)

Form Factor:Tower
Manufacturer Form Factor:Tower

Cabinet (Chassis)

Form Factor:Tower
Manufacturer Form Factor:Tower

Cache Memory

Installed Size:8MB
Per Processor Size:8MB

Dimensions & Weight

Depth:18.7in
Height:20.1in
Weight:39.9lbs/41.2lbs
Width:8.1in

Display (Projector)

Type:None.

Environmental Standards

ENERGY STAR Qualified: Yes
EPA Energy Star Compliant: Yes
EPEAT Compliant: Yes
EPEAT Level:EPEAT Gold

Header

Compatibility:Mac
Manufacturer:Apple
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Apple Mac Pro

Modem

Type: None

Networking

Data Link Protocol:Bluetooth 2.1 EDR / Ethernet / Fast Ethernet / Gigabit Ethernet
Type:Network adapter
Wireless Protocol:Bluetooth 2.1 EDR

Optical Storage

Read Speed:32x (CD) / 18x (DVD)
Rewrite Speed:32x (CD) / 6x (DVD-RW) / 8x (DVD+RW)
Type:DVD
Write Speed:32x (CD) / 18x (DVD

OS Provided

Type:Apple MacOS X 10.5 / Apple MacOS X 10.6

Processor

64-bit Computing: Yes
Clock Speed:2.26GHz/2.66GHz
Installed Qty:1/2
Manufacturer:Intel
Max Supported Qty:1/2
Multi-Core Technology:Quad-Core
Type:Quad-Core Xeon

RAM

Installed Size:3GB/6GB
Max Supported Size:32GB/8GB
Technology:DDR3 SDRAM

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Storage Hard Drive

Interface Type:Serial ATA-300

Storage Hard Drive (2nd)

Type: None

Storage Removable

Type: None

System

Hard Drive(-s) Total Capacity:640GB
Type:Personal computer

Video Memory

Installed Size:512MB

Video Output

Graphics Processor / Vendor:NVIDIA GeForce GT 120
Interface Type:PCI Express 2.0 x16
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