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Apple Mac Pro 2013 (2nd Gen, A1481, MD878, ME253, MQGG2)

Apple Mac Pro 2013 (2nd Gen, A1481, MD878, ME253, MQGG2)
alaScore 92

155 reviews

Sep, 2018

alaTest has collected and analyzed 155 reviews of Apple Mac Pro 2013 (2nd Gen, A1481, MD878, ME253, MQGG2). 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. Reviewers really like the design. The usability also gets good views. There are some negative opinions about the price, and reviews are divided on the size.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Desktops the Apple Mac Pro 2013 (2nd Gen, A1481, MD878, ME253, MQGG2) is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 92/100 = Excellent quality.

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Consumer review (amazon.co.uk)

Amazon.co.uk review summary for Apple Mac Pro 2013 (2nd Gen, A1481, MD878, ME253, MQGG2)

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 8 user reviews of Apple Mac Pro 2013 (2nd Gen, A1481, MD878, ME253, MQGG2) 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.

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

This summary is based on the products: Apple Mac Pro Tower Desktop (Xeon E5 3.5GHz, 16GB RAM, 256GB SSD, FirePro D500 Dual GPU, Mavericks OS X 10.9)Apple Mac Pro Tower Desktop (Xeon E5 3.5GHz, 16GB RAM, 256GB SSD, FirePro D500 Dual GPU, Mavericks OS X 10.9)

Sep, 2018

Consumer review (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Apple Mac Pro 2013 (2nd Gen, A1481, MD878, ME253, MQGG2)

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 79 user reviews of Apple Mac Pro 2013 (2nd Gen, A1481, MD878, ME253, MQGG2) from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 4.2/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Desktops on Amazon.com. Reviewers are impressed by the design and usability, whereas views are divided on the price. Some have doubts about the size.

reliability, usability, design

size

85% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Apple Mac Pro MD878LL/A DesktopApple Mac Pro MD878LL/A Desktop

Sep, 2018

Expert review by : Dana Wollman (engadget.com)

Apple Mac Pro review (2013): small, fast and in a league of its own

 

It would be an understatement to say that Apple's Mac Pro workstation was getting a little long in the tooth. As of summer 2012, it was missing Apple's o

Compact, space-saving design ; Strong graphics performance, fast disk speeds ; Runs quietly ; Supports up to three 4K displays

Runs a little warm, and can take a while to cool down ; Many apps still need to be optimized to take advantage of two GPUs

There isn't another computer we know of that's this powerful and also this compact. With a starting price of $2,999, going all the way up to nearly $10,000, it's quite pricey, but for videographers, photographers, animators and other creative...

Dec, 2013

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Expert review by : Brian Westover (pcmag.com)

Apple Mac Pro (2013)

 

The Apple Mac Pro (2013) is a powerhouse in a surprisingly small package, leveraging innovative design and extreme connectivity to completely re-imagine the professional desktop workstation.

Dramatic departure from boring, boxy designs. Powerful performance thanks to Intel Xeon E5 processor and dual AMD FirePro graphics. Supports multiple simultaneous 4K video streams, and a wealth of external expansion options. Lots of ports, with 6...

Expensive, even for an Apple product. No internal access to processor or graphics cards. Warranty is relatively short.

There's no ignoring it, the new Apple Mac Pro (2013) is stunning. Aside from the occasional joke about the resemblance to more mundane objects—garbage cans, coffee makers, wine chillers—the Mac Pro (2013) has been grabbing attention because of it's...

Dec, 2013

Expert review by : David Pierce (theverge.com)

Apple Mac Pro review (2013)

 

"We're working on something really great for later next year." After years of seemingly neglecting Apple's most hardcore, highest-paying users, a 2012 email from Tim Cook finally gave people...

Can be incredibly fast ; Small, sleek design ; Virtually silent ; Excellent graphics performance

Needs software tuning to get performance right ; Very expensive

Maybe not a must-buy for now, but almost certainly one soon

Dec, 2013

Expert review by (cnet.com)

Apple Mac Pro 2013

 

Apple's new Mac Pro is a stunningly fresh take on the desktop computer. But it's probably not for you.

The Mac Pro '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,...

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 : Matt Hill (t3.com)

Mac Pro review

 

The new Apple Mac Pro is finally here but does it deliver everything it promises?

Stunning ; iconic looks ; Immensely fast and powerful ; Very quiet

Brutally expensive ; No physical media drives ; Needs more optimised software

Jan, 2014

Expert review by : Stuart Miles (pocket-lint.com)

Apple Mac Pro eyes-on (again) - Pocket-lint

 

Following the launch of the Mac Pro in June we've now seen the desktop computer in the flesh, not behind glass at the Apple 22 October event. The Mac Pro

Oct, 2013

Expert review by : Ian Osborne (techradar.com)

Apple Mac Pro review

 

With a unique design and tremendous power, this is the workstation to beat

Stellar design ; Lots of expansion ports ; Twin GPUs ; Incredible performance ; Removable SSD

Few internal expansion possibilities ; No bundled keyboard or mouse ; No two-processor option ; No optical drive

Not everyone needs the workstation-level power and performance offered by the new Mac Pro, but wouldn't you just love one? It's a masterpiece of engineering and suitably expensive. Fresh ideas such as the unified thermal core and backlit expansion...

Jan, 2014

ExpertReviews Award

Expert review by : David Ludlow (expertreviews.co.uk)

Apple Mac Pro (2013) review

 

Incredible power, excellent value and a stunning case that's as quiet as it is beautiful - the ultimate workstation

On top of all that, it's the most attractive and desirable desktop computers that we've ever seen. If you need a workstation-class computer, the Mac Pro is a landmark computer and our Ultimate choice.

Jan, 2014

Expert review by : Dan Ackerman (cnet.com.au)

Apple Mac Pro (2013)

 

Apple radically re-imagines the professional desktop with the new Mac Pro, featuring a design that looks fantastic and offers genuine breakthrough advantages.

Incredibly powerful hardware ; Whisper quiet performance

Limited internal expandability ; Very much aimed at professional users

Via CNET.com

Dec, 2013

Expert review by : Barry Collins (crn.com.au)

Review: Apple Mac Pro (2014)

 

Revolutionary design to turn workstation market on its head.

Revolutionary design set to turn the workstation market on its head.

Apr, 2014

Product Specifications

Certificates

Certification:BFR, PVC / FR-free, PVC-free, Highly recyclable
Energy Star certified:Y / Yes
EPEAT compliance:Gold
RoHS compliance: Yes

Design

Cable lock slot: Yes
Chassis type:Desktop / Tower
Color of product:Black
Placement supported:Vertical
Water cooling system:N / Y

Energy Management

Power consumption (typical):450
Power supply:450
Power supply input frequency:50 - 60 / 50/50 / 50/60
Power supply input voltage:100 - 240 / 200 - 240

Graphics

CUDA: No
Discrete graphics adapter:Y
Discrete graphics adapter memory:2 / 2048 / 3 / 3072 / 6 / 6144 / 7
Discrete graphics adapter model:AMD FirePro D300 / AMD FirePro D500 / AMD FirePro D700
Discrete graphics memory type:GDDR4 / GDDR5
Number of discrete graphics adapters:1 / 2
NVIDIA G-SYNC:N
NVIDIA GameWorks VR:N
On-board graphics adapter:N / No
On-board graphics adapter model:No / Not available

Memory

ECC:Y / Yes
Internal memory:1 / 12 / 16 / 32 / 64
Internal memory type:DDR2-SDRAM / DDR3-SDRAM / DDR3L-SDRAM
Maximum internal memory:16 / 64
Memory clock speed:1600 / 1866
Memory layout:2 x 8 / 3 x 4 / 4 x 16 / 4 x 4 / 4 x 8
Memory layout (slots x size):2 x 8 / 3 x 4 / 4 x 16 / 4 x 4 / 4 x 8
Memory slots:1x SO-DIMM / 3x DIMM / 4x DIMM / 4x SO-DIMM

Networking

Bluetooth:No / Y / Yes
Bluetooth range:393.7
Bluetooth version:3.1 / 4.0
Cabling technology:10/100/1000Base-T(X) / 10/100Base-T(X)
Ethernet LAN:N / Y
Ethernet LAN connection:No / Yes
Ethernet LAN data rates:10,100 / 10,100,1000 / 100,1000
Internal modem:No / Yes
Top Wi-Fi standard:IEEE 802.11ac
Wake-on-LAN ready: Yes
Wi-Fi:No / Y / Yes
Wi-Fi standards:802.11a, 802.11ac, 802.11b, 802.11g / 802.11a, 802.11ac, 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n / 802.11a, 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n / 802.11a,802.11ac,802.11b,802.11g,802.11n / 802.11ac / IEEE 802.11a, IEEE 802.11ac, IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11n / IEEE 802.11a,IEEE 802.11ac,IEEE 802.11b,IEEE 802.11g,IEEE 802.11n

Operational Conditions

Non-operating altitude:-1574.8 - 1850.4 / -598.4 - 420000
Operating altitude:0 - 196850.4
Operating relative humidity (H-H):5 - 95
Operating relative humidity range:5 - 95
Operating temperature (T-T):10 - 35
Operating temperature range (T-T):10 - 35
Storage relative humidity (H-H):20 - 95 / 5 - 95
Storage relative humidity range:20 - 95 / 5 - 95
Storage temperature (T-T):-40 - 47 / -40 - 65 / -47 - 47
Storage temperature range (T-T):-40 - 47 / -40 - 65 / -47 - 47

Optical Drive

LightScribe: No
Optical Drive Type:DVD±RW / N / No
Optical drives quantity:1

Other Features

Built-in speaker(s):Y
Built-in speakers: Yes
Cooling type:Active
Intel Virtualization Technology:VT-x, VT-d
Intel® Virtualization Technology (Intel® VT):VT-x,VT-d

Packaging Content

AC adapter bundled: Yes
AC adapter included:Y
Aspect Ratio:16:9
Bundled software:iPhoto\niMovie\nGarageBand\nNumbers\nKeynote\niBooks\nSafari\nFaceTime\nTime Machine\nPhoto Booth\niTunes\nGame Center\nMac App Store / iPhoto\niMovie\nGarageBand\nPages\nNumbers\nKeynote\nMaps\niBooks\nSafari\nMail\nFaceTime\nMessages\nCalendar\nContacts\nReminders\nTime Machine\nPhoto Booth\niTunes\nGame Center\nPreview\nNotes\nMac App Store / iPhoto\niMovie\nGarageBand\nPages\nNumbers\nKeynote\nSafari\niBooks\nFaceTime\nTime Machine\nPhoto Booth\niTunes\nGame Center\nApp Store / Photos\niMovie\nGarageBand\nPages\nNumbers\nKeynote\niBooks\nSafari\nMail\nFaceTime\nTime Machine\nPhoto Booth\niTunes\nGame Center\nApp Store
Cables included:AC / AC, Lightning
Display included:N / No / Yes
Drivers included:Y / Yes
Keyboard supplied:N / No
Manual:Y / Yes
Mouse included:N / No / Yes

Performance

Compatible processor series:Xeon
Password protection:BIOS / Y
Password protection type:BIOS
Product type:PC / Workstation

Ports & interfaces

Combo headphone/mic port:No / Y
DC-in jack:No / Y / Yes
DVI port:N / No
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) ports:1 / 2 / 3
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) ports quantity:1 / 2 / 3
HDMI ports quantity:1 / 2
HDMI version:1.1 / 1.4 / 2.0
Headphone outputs:1
Line-out:No / Y / Yes
Microphone in:N / No / Y / Yes
S/PDIF out port: No
SmartCard slot: No
Thunderbolt 2 ports quantity:6
USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A ports quantity:4
VGA (D-Sub) ports quantity:6

Power

Power consumption (typical):450
Power supply:450
Power supply input frequency:50 - 60 / 50/50 / 50/60
Power supply input voltage:100 - 240 / 200 - 240

Processor

Bus type:FSB / QPI
Conflict Free processor:N
ECC supported by processor:N / Y
FSB Parity:N / No
Maximum internal memory supported by processor:256 / 768
Maximum number of PCI Express lanes:40
Memory bandwidth supported by processor (max):59.7
Memory channels supported by processor:Quad
Memory clock speeds supported by processor:800,1066,1333,1600 / 800,1066,1333,1600,1866
Memory types supported by processor:DDR3-SDRAM
Number of processors installed:1
Number of QPI links:2
PCI Express configurations:x4, x8, x16
PCI Express slots version:3.0
Processor:E5-1620V2 / E5-1650V2 / E5-2690V2 / E5-2697V2 / U4025 / Unspecified
Processor boost frequency:3.5 / 3.6 / 3.9
Processor cache:10 / 12 / 25 / 30
Processor cache type:L3 / Smart Cache
Processor codename:Ivy Bridge / Ivy Bridge EP
Processor cores:12 / 4 / 6 / 8
Processor family:Intel® Pentium® M / Intel® Xeon® / Intel® Xeon® E5 Family / Intel® Xeon® E5 V2 Family
Processor frequency:2.7 / 3 / 3.5 / 3.7
Processor lithography:22
Processor model:E5-1620V2 / E5-1650V2 / E5-1680V2 / E5-2690V2 / E5-2697V2 / Unspecified
Processor operating modes:64-bit
Processor Series:Intel Xeon E5-1600 v2 / Intel Xeon E5-2600 v2
Processor socket:LGA 2011 (Socket R) / Socket R (LGA 2011)
Processor threads:12 / 16 / 20 / 24 / 8
Stepping:M1
System bus data transfer rate:8
System bus rate:8
Tcase:70 / 85 / 86 / 88
Thermal Design Power (TDP):130

Processor special features

Conflict Free processor:N
CPU configuration (max):1 / 2
Embedded options available:N / No
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology:Y / Yes
Execute Disable Bit:Y / Yes
Idle States:Y / Yes
Intel 64:Y
Intel AES New Instructions:No / Yes
Intel Anti-Theft Technology: No
Intel Clear Video HD Technology:No / Yes
Intel Clear Video Technology:N
Intel Clear Video Technology for MID: No
Intel Demand Based Switching:Y / Yes
Intel Dual Display Capable Technology:N / No
Intel Enhanced Halt State:Y / Yes
Intel Fast Memory Access:N / No
Intel FDI Technology:N / No
Intel Flex Memory Access:N / No
Intel Hyper-Threading Technology: Yes
Intel Identity Protection Technology:No / Yes
Intel Identity Protection Technology version:0.00
Intel Insider:No / Yes
Intel InTru 3D Technology:No / Yes
Intel My WiFi Technology: No
Intel Quick Sync Video Technology:No / Yes
Intel Rapid Start Technology:No / Yes
Intel Rapid Storage Technology:N / No
Intel Secure Key Technology version:1.00
Intel Smart Cache: Yes
Intel Smart Connect Technology:No / Yes
Intel Smart Response Technology:No / Yes
Intel Trusted Execution Technology:No / Y / Yes
Intel TSX-NI:N
Intel TSX-NI version:0.00
Intel Turbo Boost Technology:2.0 / No / Yes
Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-x):Y
Intel Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-d):N / Y
Intel vPro Technology: Yes
Intel VT-x with Extended Page Tables (EPT):No / Y / Yes
Intel Wireless Display (WiDi) Technology: No
Intel® AES New Instructions (Intel® AES-NI):N / Y
Intel® Anti-Theft Technology (Intel® AT):N
Intel® Clear Video HD Technology (Intel® CVT HD):N / Y
Intel® Clear Video Technology for Mobile Internet Devices (Intel CVT for MID):N
Intel® Hyper Threading Technology (Intel® HT Technology):Y
Intel® Identity Protection Technology (Intel® IPT):N
Intel® Insider™:N / No / Yes
Intel® InTru™ 3D Technology:N / No / Y
Intel® My WiFi Technology (Intel® MWT):N
Intel® OS Guard:Y
Intel® Quick Sync Video Technology:N / No / Yes
Intel® Rapid Start Technology:No / Yes
Intel® Secure Key:Y
Intel® Small Business Advantage (Intel® SBA):N
Intel® Smart Cache:Y
Intel® Smart Response Technology:No / Yes
Intel® Turbo Boost Technology:2.0 / No / Y / Yes
Intel® vPro™ Technology:Y
Intel® Wireless Display (Intel® WiDi):N / Y
InTru™ 3D Technology:No / Yes
Physical Address Extension (PAE):32 / 46
Processor ARK ID:75279 / 75283 / 75779 / 75780 / 77912
Processor code:SL8SV / SR1MJ
Processor package size:52.5 / 52.5 x 45
Scalability:1S / 2S
Supported instruction sets:AVX
Thermal Monitoring Technologies:No / Y / Yes

Software

Bundled software:iPhoto\niMovie\nGarageBand\nNumbers\nKeynote\niBooks\nSafari\nFaceTime\nTime Machine\nPhoto Booth\niTunes\nGame Center\nMac App Store / iPhoto\niMovie\nGarageBand\nPages\nNumbers\nKeynote\nMaps\niBooks\nSafari\nMail\nFaceTime\nMessages\nCalendar\nContacts\nReminders\nTime Machine\nPhoto Booth\niTunes\nGame Center\nPreview\nNotes\nMac App Store / iPhoto\niMovie\nGarageBand\nPages\nNumbers\nKeynote\nSafari\niBooks\nFaceTime\nTime Machine\nPhoto Booth\niTunes\nGame Center\nApp Store / Photos\niMovie\nGarageBand\nPages\nNumbers\nKeynote\niBooks\nSafari\nMail\nFaceTime\nTime Machine\nPhoto Booth\niTunes\nGame Center\nApp Store
Operating system architecture:32-bit / 64-bit
Operating system installed:Mac OS X 10.10 Yosemite / Mac OS X 10.11 El Capitan / Mac OS X 10.12 Sierra / Mac OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion / Mac OS X 10.9 Mavericks / macOS Sierra

Storage

Card reader integrated:N / No
Flash drive interface:PCI Express
Number of hard drives installed:1
Number of SSDs installed:1
Number of storage drives installed:1
Solid-state drive capacity:1000 / 256 / 512
Solid-state drive interface:PCI Express
Solid-state drive interfaces:PCI Express
Storage media:Flash / SSD
Total Storage Capacity:1000 / 1024 / 16 / 256 / 512

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:6.57 / 6.6 / 6.61
Height:9.88 / 9.9 / 9.92
Weight:11 / 8.87 / 9.06
Width:6.57 / 6.6 / 6.61 / 65.6