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Apple Mac Pro 2008 (MA970, MB451)

Apple Mac Pro 2008 (MA970, MB451)
alaScore 89

174 reviews

Apr, 2019

alaTest has collected and analyzed 174 reviews of Apple Mac Pro 2008 (MA970, MB451). 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. Reviews about the reliability and size are generally positive. The usability and design also get good feedback.

price, design, usability, size, reliability

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Desktops the Apple Mac Pro 2008 (MA970, MB451) is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 89/100 = Very good quality.

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Consumer review (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Apple Mac Pro 2008 (MA970, MB451)

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 110 user reviews of Apple Mac Pro 2008 (MA970, MB451) from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 4.5/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Desktops on Amazon.com. People are impressed by the reliability and design. The usability and price are also mentioned favorably.

price, usability, design, reliability

90% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

Apr, 2019

Expert review by : Dan Ackerman (cnet.com)

Apple's new Mac Pro desktop tested

 

This radically reimagined pro-level desktop is built for 4K video.

The ; '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, with a...

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...

Apr, 2017

Expert review by : Rich Brown (cnet.com)

Apple Mac Pro (Winter 2009) review: Apple Mac Pro (Winter 2009)

 

Apple Mac Pro (Winter 2009)

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...

Mar, 2009

Expert review by (expertreviews.co.uk)

Apple Mac Pro: No update for 2018 – but expect a new Mac Pro in 2019

 

The Mac Pro's big modular update could be unveiled at WWDC 2019

According to a report published by Bloomberg, Apple has "internally weighed previewing a new version of the high-end new Mac Pro" at WWDC 2019 in June. If the rumours are to be believed, this will be our first glimpse of the modular Mac Pro; this...

Feb, 2019

Expert review by : Craig Simms (cnet.com.au)

Apple Mac Pro (July 2010)

 

Apple has given some long overdue love to its desktop range. While it doesn't come with the same fanfare as an iPhone launch, significant updates were rolled out today that are bound to make creative professionals happy.

Oct, 2010

Consumer review (newegg.com)

Nice case...

 

The mac pro seriously breaks my heart as a system builder. I have nothing against OSX, it's a great OS, but I strongly urge potential buyers to look at their options here (you are, apparently, already at the Egg so look around). And If you love the...

OSX, good looking case. But seriously, Apple, how about a refresh?! For this price you could be giving your loyal customers a whole lot more computer ; honestly, I'm pretty sure buying a pre-assembled machine on the Egg is sacrilege

The last defense for buying this machine, besides OSX of course, was the 8 core machismo. Unfortunately for the Mac Pro, You can now you can get a Core i7 920, Sunbeam core contact freezer or TRUE, X58 T-power, and 6GB of DDR3 1600 all for about $800...

Feb, 2009

Consumer review (newegg.com)

This is a Fantastic Deal for the Price

 

For the money, this is possible the best machine that you can buy or build depending on what you do.

All the people complaining that this is too expensive are either anti-Mac trolls, or just woefully uninformed. No, you can't build this machine for a third the price, and to the guy who suggested 2 C2Q's in a computer, good luck with that. It's...

There are none.

Feb, 2009

Consumer review (newegg.com)

keeps crashing

 

For the price might as well build a power pc. If yah really want to be different then build a PC and use linux, why pay steve jobs for an OS that's just a version of linux

Price...err nevermind

keeps crashing and shutting down, after a week it finally died on me. I got my money back.

Jan, 2009

Consumer review (newegg.com)

Pricey for what you get

 

The only reason I bought this is because I needed to get a mac and couldn't stand the weak power of the iMacs, so I had to settle for this. It does what it needs to after I poured in another 500 dollars.. Oh gee thats where it went..

Two quad processors, sleek case design, and leopard is about all this desktop has going for it.

Weak graphics card, not kidding, you could buy this card for 50 bucks on newegg, a 50 dollar graphics card in an almost 3grand desktop.. Then they only load it up with 2 gigs of ram at 800mhz, I mean you gotta be kidding, whats the points of having all...

Dec, 2008

Consumer review (newegg.com)

Really not that expensive...

 

I bought this refurb from Apple for $2399, and after looking around at just the cost of the 2.8 Quad XEON (Server Class you ignorant Desktop chip naysayers!) this computer is actually a very good deal. Upgrading the memory isn't very expensive, I...

8 Cores, 8 Memory slots, 4 incredible HDD bays, QUIET, OS X, Fast as hell. I know it's no authoritative speed benchmark, but on ripping a 2 hour movie in Handbrake I went from 8-10 hours on my 1Ghz PB G4, to 2 hours on my 2Ghz C2D Macbook to FIFTEEN...

Sadly, even though it's the most gorgeous inside design of ANY computer, it doesn't have the cheap plexiglass window.

Oct, 2008

Consumer review (newegg.com)

The Beast Is Released

 

This computer has virtually consumed all my previous computers. I am running Sheepshaver for de-archiving of ten years of MacOS 7-9 work. I am running Vmware Fusion for 8 years of Windows work. Both of these open while I edit in Final Cut Pro and...

Outstanding speed, build quality, operating system. It's whisper-quiet and power saving always works correctly, unlike Windows.

Not many RAID options, only four hard drive bays (but I love the drive trays). Mighty Mouse is cute but too small for my hands and the virtual "second button" just doesn't cut it -- sometimes it clicks right, sometimes it doesn't.

Oct, 2008

Product Specifications

Certificates

Energy Star certified:Y
EPEAT compliance:Gold

Design

Chassis type:Desktop / Tower
Product color:Black
Water cooling system:N

Energy Management

Power supply input frequency:50 - 60
Power supply input voltage:100-120V / 200-240V AC

Graphics

Discrete graphics adapter:Y
Discrete graphics adapter memory:3 / 6
Discrete graphics adapter model:AMD FirePro D500 / AMD FirePro D700
Discrete graphics memory type:GDDR5
Maximum graphics adapter memory:0.256 / 0.5
Number of discrete graphics adapters:2
On-board graphics adapter:N
On-board graphics adapter model:Not available

Memory

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

Networking

Bluetooth:Y
Bluetooth version:4.0
Cabling technology:10/100/1000Base-T(X)
Ethernet LAN:Y
Ethernet LAN data rates:10,100,1000
Top Wi-Fi standard:IEEE 802.11ac
Wi-Fi:Y
Wi-Fi standards:IEEE 802.11a,IEEE 802.11ac,IEEE 802.11b,IEEE 802.11g,IEEE 802.11n

Operational Conditions

Operating altitude:0 - 196850.4
Operating relative humidity (H-H):5 - 95
Operating temperature (T-T):10 - 35

Optical Drive

Optical Drive Type:N

Other Features

Built-in speaker(s):Y
Graphics:GeForce 8800 GT / Radeon HD 2600 XT
Graphics adapter:GeForce 8800 GT / Radeon HD 2600 XT
Wireless Technology:Bluetooth 2.0 + EDR

Packaging Content

AC adapter included:Y
Bundled software:iLife ’08 (iTunes, iPhoto, iMovie, iDVD, iWeb, GarageBand)
Cables included:AC
Display included:N / No
Mouse included:N

Performance

Product type:Workstation

Ports & interfaces

Combo headphone/mic port:N
DC-in jack:N
DVI port:N
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) ports:1 / 2
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) ports quantity:1 / 2
Firewire (IEEE 1394) ports:4
HDMI ports quantity:1
HDMI version:1.4
Headphone outputs:1 / 2
I/O ports:2 x DVI
Line-out:Y
Microphone in:Y / Yes
S/PDIF out port:N
SmartCard slot:N
Thunderbolt 2 ports quantity:6
USB 2.0 ports quantity:5
USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A ports quantity:4

Power

Power supply:450
Power supply input frequency:50 - 60 / 50/60
Power supply input voltage:100 - 240 / 100-120V / 200-240V AC

Processor

Bus type:QPI
ECC supported by processor:Y
FSB Parity:N
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 / 2
Number of QPI links:2
PCI Express configurations:x4, x8, x16
PCI Express slots version:3.0
Processor:Unspecified
Processor boost frequency:3.5 / 3.9
Processor cache:12 / 24 / 25 / 30
Processor cache type:L2 / Smart Cache
Processor codename:Ivy Bridge / Ivy Bridge EP
Processor cores:12 / 6 / 8
Processor family:Intel® Xeon® / Intel® Xeon® E5 Family / Intel® Xeon® E5 V2 Family
Processor frequency:2.7 / 2.8 / 3 / 3.2 / 3.5
Processor front side bus:1600
Processor lithography:22
Processor model:E5-1650V2 / E5-1680V2 / E5-2697V2 / Unspecified
Processor operating modes:64-bit
Processor series:Intel Xeon E5-1600 v2
Processor socket:LGA 2011 (Socket R)
Processor threads:12 / 16 / 24
Stepping:M1
System bus rate:8
Tcase:70 / 85 / 86
Thermal Design Power (TDP):130

Processor special features

Conflict Free processor:N
CPU configuration (max):1 / 2
Embedded options available:N
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology:Y
Execute Disable Bit:Y
Idle States:Y
Intel 64:Y
Intel Clear Video Technology:N
Intel Demand Based Switching:Y
Intel Dual Display Capable Technology:N
Intel Enhanced Halt State:Y
Intel Fast Memory Access:N
Intel FDI Technology:N
Intel Flex Memory Access:N
Intel Identity Protection Technology version:0.00
Intel Rapid Storage Technology:N
Intel Secure Key Technology version:1.00
Intel Trusted Execution Technology:Y
Intel TSX-NI version:0.00
Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-x):Y
Intel Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-d):Y
Intel VT-x with Extended Page Tables (EPT):Y
Intel® AES New Instructions (Intel® AES-NI):Y
Intel® Anti-Theft Technology (Intel® AT):N
Intel® Clear Video HD Technology (Intel® CVT HD):N
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
Intel® InTru™ 3D Technology:N
Intel® My WiFi Technology (Intel® MWT):N
Intel® OS Guard:Y
Intel® Quick Sync Video Technology:N
Intel® Secure Key:Y
Intel® Small Business Advantage (Intel® SBA):N
Intel® Smart Cache:Y
Intel® Smart Response Technology:N
Intel® Turbo Boost Technology:2.0 / Y
Intel® vPro™ Technology:Y
Intel® Wireless Display (Intel® WiDi):N
Physical Address Extension (PAE):46
Processor ARK ID:75283 / 75780 / 77912
Processor code:SR1MJ
Processor package size:52.5
Scalability:1S / 2S
Supported instruction sets:AVX
Thermal Monitoring Technologies:Y

Software

Bundled software:iLife ’08 (iTunes, iPhoto, iMovie, iDVD, iWeb, GarageBand)
Operating system architecture:64-bit
Operating system installed:Mac OS X 10.9 Mavericks

Storage

Card reader integrated:N
Hard disk rotational speed:7200
Hard Drive Capacity:2048 / 320 / 500
Hard Drive Interface:Serial ATA
Hard drive speed:7200
Host interface:SATA
Storage media:Flash
Total Storage Capacity:1024 / 512

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:18.7 / 20.1 / 6.57
Height:18.7 / 20.1 / 9.88
Weight:11 / 42.3
Width:6.57 / 8.11