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Apple Mac Pro

Apple Mac Pro
alaScore 96

217 reviews

Apr, 2014

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 217 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers are impressed by the design.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Desktops the Apple Mac Pro is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 96/100 = Excellent quality.

Review analysis

(Based on 217 reviews)

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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...

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Apple Mac Pro review (2013)

 

“We're working on something really great for later next year.”

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

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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

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

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Apple Mac Pro (2013)

 

Editors' note: The Mac Pro is a high-end professional product too far-reaching to fully test in an initial day or two. We will continue to explore the system's functionality for video editing, graphics, and other tasks, and update this review regularly.

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...

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Apple Mac Pro 3GHz 8-core

 

Highly configurable and expandable ; Excellent performance in 3-D rendering

Little to no improvement in many tests ; Expensive

Editor's Choice!

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Apple Mac Pro

 

Mac-using professionals who've been holding their breath for 9 months can finally exhale. The new Intel Xeon-powered Apple Mac Pro is a worthy successor to the Power Mac G5 and its variants.

Microsoft Windows- and Mac OS X-compatible (with Boot Camp). Quad-core performance. Approaches Native PPC performance, even with older apps. Ordering system simplified. PCIe slots galore support multiple monitors with extra graphics cards. Easy to...

Windows support isn't quite there yet (still beta). Stratospheric pricing as configured. ECC DDR2 memory is expensive

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Apple Mac Pro Dual-Core Xeon 5150 2.66 GHz

 

The back panel of the Mac Pro also has a different layout than that of the Power Mac G5, but the changes are more a function of the internal design, which is one of the most exciting things about this system. The Power Mac G5 wowed people with its...

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...

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Review: Apple Mac Pro (Late 2013)

 

Apple reinvents the professional workstation

Superbly engineered- Beautiful, yet practical design- Incredible system bandwidth- Outstanding connectivity- Class-leading value for money

iMac outpaces Mac Pro in some areas on paper- Performance dependent on app optimization- Few Thunderbolt 2 peripherals at this time

Last June, Apple unveiled the new Mac Pro in what turned out to be a an excruciatingly long six-month wait for the shipping product. Now that we finally have our hands on one, the high-end standard configuration with a 6-core Intel Xeon and dual AMD

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Review: Apple Mac Pro (Late 2013)

 

Apple reinvents the professional workstation

Superbly engineered- Beautiful, yet practical design- Incredible system bandwidth- Outstanding connectivity- Class-leading value for money

iMac outpaces Mac Pro in some areas on paper- Performance dependent on app optimization- Few Thunderbolt 2 peripherals at this time

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Review: Apple's new Mac Pro is a speed demon

 

The upgraded Mac Pro pushes apps to the limit

When a colleague of mine heard that I was testing this particular configuration, he posed a question: "Given the price difference, is it worth purchasing Apple's Pro lines when the consumer lines seem plenty fast enough?"

Product Specifications

Whether you're editing feature films or scoring them, composing symphonies or visualizing mass spectrometry analyses, 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

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

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

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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