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Apple Mac Pro (Mid 2006) MA356

alaTest has collected and analyzed 55 reviews of Apple Mac Pro (Mid 2006) MA356. The average rating for this product is 4.1/5, compared to an average rating of 4.2/5 for other Desktops for all reviews. Reviewers really like the size and design. The reliability and usability are also appreciated, but many are critical about the price.

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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.

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Consumer review by: (amazon.co.uk)

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

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 2 user reviews of Apple Mac Pro (Mid 2006) MA356 from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 5.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.2/5 for other Desktops on Amazon.co.uk. Reviewers are impressed by the design.

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100% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the product: Apple Mac Pro X5 3,5GHz 16GB 256GB D500

Feb, 2016

Consumer review by: (amazon.com)

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

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 13 user reviews of Apple Mac Pro (Mid 2006) MA356 from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 2.9/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Desktops on Amazon.com. Reviewers are impressed by the size and design. The reliability and usability also get good feedback. Some have doubts about the price.

usability, reliability, design, size

price

62% 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 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

Feb, 2016

Expert review by: James Galbraith (pcworld.com)

Apple Mac Pro Xeon/2.66GHz (12 core)

 
Oct, 2010

Expert review by: James Galbraith (pcworld.com)

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

Mar, 2009

Expert review by: Rik Myslewski (pcworld.com)

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

Feb, 2008

Expert review by: Rich Brown (cnet.com)

Apple Mac Pro Dual-Core Xeon 5150 2.66 GHz review: Apple Mac Pro Dual-Core Xeon 5150 2.66 GHz

 

intro Professional designers, digital media hobbyists, and those simply into great design: meet your new lust object. Apple's new Mac Pro ($2,499 for the base model) is a winner on multiple levels. From the outside, it looks great--far more put...

Attractive exterior, innovative interior; great value for the baseline configuration; strong multicore CPU performance.

Configuration options are not as comprehensive as Dell's; weak support plan.

Apple's Mac Pro has design innovations that we hope will cross over to other systems. Its performance is as strong as you'd expect for a system in its class, and it's priced right, too. You might need more flexibility in your config options, especially...

Aug, 2006

Expert review by: Review Crew (reviewboard.com)

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 ...

Oct, 2010

Expert review by: James Galbraith (macworld.com)

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...

Mar, 2009

Expert review by: James Galbraith and Mark Hattersley (pcadvisor.co.uk)

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...

May, 2009

Expert review by: James Galbraith (macworld.co.uk)

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...

Oct, 2010

Expert review by: James Galbraith and Mark Hattersley (macworld.co.uk)

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...

May, 2009

Consumer review by: J (newegg.com)

Worth the Hype

 

For the people comparing the hardware prices of this to PC game stations, you are totally ignorant. There are only enterprise class parts in a Mac Pro, ECC Buffered memory, Xeon server processors, and specifically calibrated and designed motherboards,...

As someone who has a long technical understanding of both PC and Mac products, the Mac Pro is hands down one of the best workstations available for a consumer to put in their home. If you do any high-end graphics work, 3d design, music, photoshop, or...

Through the nature of competition, for what you're getting on this machine, absolutely no cons

Mar, 2008

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