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Apple Mac Pro (Mid 2006) MA356

Apple Mac Pro (Mid 2006) MA356
alaScore 84

185 reviews

Oct, 2014

alaTest has collected and analyzed 185 reviews from magazines and websites. People really like the reliability. The usability is also appreciated, whereas there are some critical opinions about the value for money.

design, usability, reliability

price

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Desktops the Apple Mac Pro (Mid 2006) MA356 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 84/100 = Very good quality.

Review analysis

(Based on 185 reviews)

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Amazon.com review summary for Apple Mac Pro (Mid 2006) MA356

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 142 user reviews of Apple Mac Pro (Mid 2006) MA356 from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 4.6/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Desktops on Amazon.com.

design, reliability, usability

value for money

95% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Apple Mac Pro MA356LL/A Desktop (Two 2.66 GHz Dual-Core Intel Xeon Processors, 1 GB RAM, 250 GB Hard Drive, SuperDrive)Apple Mac Pro MA356LL/A Desktop PC (Two 2.66 GHz Dual-Core Intel Xeon Processors, 1 GB RAM, 250 GB Hard Drive, SuperDrive)Apple Mac Pro Desktop (One 2.8GHZ Quad-Core Intel Xeon Processor

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Apple Mac Pro Xeon/2.66GHz (12 core)

 

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Apple Mac Pro Xeon/2.26GHz (8 Cores)

 

New Nehalem microprocessor ; Easier to upgrade internal components ; Lower price

Most routine apps perform better with fewer, faster processors

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Apple Mac Pro/8-core 2.8GHz Xeon 5400

 

Strong storage options ; Dual enhanced quad-core processors ; Faster memory and frontside bus ; Doubled PCI Express specifications ; Faster video cards

Limited storage and RAM on default model

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Apple Mac Pro Xeon/2.4GHz (8 Core)

 

These days, the consumer-oriented iMacs stand on their own against (and in some cases, surpass) the Mac Pro in day-to-day performance. Does that mean that the Mac Pro has lost ...

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Mac Pro/8-Core Xeon 2.26GHz

 

The first update to Apple's high-end desktop in more than a year features a new system architecture along with Nehalem versions of Intel's Xeon processors. Nehalem is the code-name Intel has given a new micro-processor architecture that features...

Upon opening the case, you immediately notice major changes in the layout of the components. The memory modules are no longer installed on two sliding trays—instead, the memory and processor all rest on a sled at the bottom of the case, which you...

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Apple Mac Pro 8-Core 2.93GHz review

 

Apple stole a march on other computer manufacturers with its latest range of Mac Pro computers, being the first company to include Intel's Xeon 3500 and 5500 Quad Core processors.

It’s probably best not to think about the price when looking at a maxed-out system such as this. Clearly, with a price approaching the £5k mark, the 8-Core Mac Pro with a 2.93GHz CPU is a specialist system that’s beyond both the budget and means of...

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Mac Pro 2.66GHz 12-core review

 

At £3,999, is the Mac Pro 2.66GHz 12-core worth the additional investment?

The fastest option for running applications that take advantage of all 12-cores (or 24 virtual cores)

Hefty price; most users really won’t need all that power and a big hole in their pocket; there’s a faster 6-core option if it’s speed you want

At four grand the 12-core Mac Pro is no impulse buy. Nor is it the fastest Mac you can buy, that accolade goes to the BTO 6-core 3.33GHz Mac Pro; it beats the standard 12-core model by just two points, but costs £1,040 less. However, if you’re using...

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Mac Pro 8-Core 2.93GHz review

 

We take a look at a custom build to order Mac Pro with the 8-Core 2.93GHz upgrade and ATI Radeon HD 4870 graphics card. It's the first Mac to break the 400 SpeedMark barrier, but such power comes at a price.

Pros: Breathtaking speed that’s only going to get faster when Snow Leopard arrives, tower case provides upgrade path, stunning build quality

Just look at the price

It’s probably best not to think about the price when looking at a maxed-out system such as this. Clearly, with a price approaching the £5k mark, the 8-Core Mac Pro with a 2.93GHz CPU is a specialist system that’s beyond both the budget and means of...

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Apple Mac Pro Xeon/2.26GHz (8 Cores)

 

If you can afford one buy one and I promise you will not regret it!

Design. Speed. Upgradability. Performance. Scored 13701 on a geekbench. All of my programs are running very well. I use to own the i7 iMac and the only thing I miss is that beautiful screen. Multiple Cores which OSX pushes to the limit which is great...

None. It's built for the long haul

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Apple Mac Pro/8-core 2.8GHz Xeon 5400

 

I've had this machine for a year and its still better and faster than any windows machine I've ever played with. Add Mac OSX and your cooking. I don't understand why anyone would want to boot into Windows OS for regular day to day computing. Just about...

Speed, never crashes, expandability, quiet, powerful, OSX, build quality

power consumption, but you can't have all that good stuff and do away with power consumption

Product Specifications

Meet Mac Pro. Mac Pro ushers in a new era of workstation performance. And, thanks to a design tour de force, Mac Pro also raises the bar on desktop usability. Its redesigned enclosure offers improved functionality and greater accessibility. The Mac you've been waiting for. Demanding graphics deserve serious attention. The type they get from the Mac Pro. Delivering high-end workstation graphics and built-in support for HD Display, Mac Pro systems help your dreams come true. Right before your eyes.

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:12MB/16MB/24MB/8MB
Per Processor Size:12MB/4MB/8MB

Dimensions & Weight

Depth:18.7in
Height:20.1in
Weight:42.3lbs
Width:8.1in

Display (Projector)

Type:None.

Environmental Standards

ENERGY STAR Qualified: Yes
EPA Energy Star Compliant: Yes

Header

Compatibility:Mac
Country Kits:Belgium / Luxembourg/Canada/Denmark/Finland/France/Germany/Italy/Netherlands/Norway/Sweden/United Kingdom/United States
Localization:Danish/Dutch/English/Finnish/Flemish/French/German/Italian/Norwegian/Spanish/Swedish
Manufacturer:Apple
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Apple Mac Pro

Mainboard

Data Bus Speed:1333MHz/1600MHz

Miscellaneous

Refurbished:Refurbished

Modem

Type: None

Networking

Data Link Protocol:Bluetooth 2.0 EDR / Ethernet / Fast Ethernet / Gigabit Ethernet/Ethernet / Fast Ethernet / Gigabit Ethernet
Type:Network adapter
Wireless LAN Supported: Yes
Wireless Protocol:802.11 a/b/g/n (draft) / Bluetooth 2.0 EDR/Bluetooth 2.0 EDR

Optical Storage

Read Speed:32x (CD) / 16x (DVD)
Rewrite Speed:24x (CD)/32x (CD) / 6x (DVD-RW) / 8x (DVD+RW)
Type:DVD
Write Speed:24x (CD) / 16x (DVD/32x (CD) / 16x (DVD

Optical Storage (2nd)

Read Speed:32x (CD) / 16x (DVD)
Rewrite Speed:24x (CD)
Write Speed:24x (CD) / 16x (DVD

OS Provided

Type:Apple MacOS X 10.4/Apple MacOS X 10.5

Processor

64-bit Computing: Yes
Clock Speed:2.66GHz/2.8GHz/3GHz
Installed Qty:1/2
Manufacturer:Intel
Max Supported Qty:2
Multi-Core Technology:Dual-Core/Quad-Core
Processor Number:5150/5160
Type:Dual-Core Xeon/Quad-Core Xeon

RAM

Installed Size:1GB/2GB
Max Supported Size:16GB/32GB
Technology:DDR2 SDRAM

Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty

Storage Controller (2nd)

Type:IDE

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:250GB/320GB/500GB/750GB
Type:Personal computer

Video Memory

Installed Size:256MB/512MB

Video Output

Graphics Processor / Vendor:ATI Radeon HD 2600XT/ATI Radeon X1900 XT/NVIDIA GeForce 7300 GT
Interface Type:PCI Express 2.0 x16/PCI Express x16