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Apple Mac Pro 2010 (MC250, MC561, MC915)

Apple Mac Pro 2010 (MC250, MC561, MC915)
alaScore 84

46 reviews

Feb, 2019

alaTest has collected and analyzed 46 reviews of Apple Mac Pro 2010 (MC250, MC561, MC915). 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 design and size. The usability and reliability also get good comments.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Desktops the Apple Mac Pro 2010 (MC250, MC561, MC915) is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 84/100 = Very good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 1 user review of Apple Mac Pro 2010 (MC250, MC561, MC915) from The average user rating for this product is 2.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.2/5 for other Desktops on

0% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

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Consumer review ( review summary for Apple Mac Pro 2010 (MC250, MC561, MC915)


alaTest has collected and analyzed 16 user reviews of Apple Mac Pro 2010 (MC250, MC561, MC915) from The average user rating for this product is 4.3/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Desktops on Reviews about the design and size are on the whole positive. The usability and reliability are also mentioned favorably.

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94% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

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Editor's Choice!

Expert review by : Jonathan Rougeot (

Apple Mac Pro (2010 Version)


Apple's powerhouse desktop PC gets even beefier components, making it the continued go-to choice for creative professionals.

Easy expansion; stellar unibody case; great gaming performance (for a Mac)

Much more expensive than a similarly equipped PC; no Blu-ray drive option; no flash-card reader

Double your display real estate by adding a second monitor. It's a snap: Here's how

Aug, 2010

Expert review by : Digital Arts (

Apple Mac Pro 12-core review


As we discovered last month, Apple's new 27-inch iMac offers everything many creatives need – from powerful performance to a great display. But this hasn't left the Mac Pro redundant.

Incredibly powerful for video and animation work. Flexible

Very expensive. Daughterboard tricky to reseat

Nov, 2010

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The Mac Pro is the most powerful of all Macs. ”


As the title says, the Mac Pro is the most powerful Mac. It beats the iMac, the MacBook, and the Macbook Pro. Why? It's because the Mac Pro allows up to two processor chips, or CPUs. This means you get twice the processing power (compared to only one...

Jan, 2011

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Apple Mac Pro is great for work ”


I'm a graphic designer, and this is the best computer I've ever worked on. It's fast, the Mac interface is fantastic, it's pretty, and it's reliable. I've never had it crash or give me problems.

Jan, 2011

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Easy To Upgrade! ”


When I was first looking into getting a Mac computer after using them at work and school for years, I was torn between getting a MacPro and an iMac.  While both have their pros and cons, the pro user in me decided to get a MacPro. 

Jan, 2011

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Apple Mac Pro ”


I was looking for a new mac because i sold my old one to a friend when i stumbled across this. At first i thought " Apple doesn't make Mid tower Mac pros do they?" This surprised me and i decided to pick one up for my self. other Macs i saw were all...

Dec, 2010

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apple mac pro. expect more from it ”


The Apple Mac Pro is good. the one i have is 8 core model. it's running at pretty good speed and everything. however, i don't think the statement they used to make on their tv commercial is true, such as it won't crash and things like that. my mac pro...

Dec, 2010

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This is super fast, awesome desktop ”


This machine is a true work of art, it is quiet, powerful, and simple to service. Adding Hard drives is so easy it literally takes less than a minutes per drive.Adding Ram is also very simple, definitely no screw driver or small hands necessary. The...

Dec, 2010

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Mac Pro is a rock solid work station ”


My Mac Pro is a toughly designed supercomputer workstation that stands up to the rigors of a power user who's doing graphic design, digital photography and high end digital editing for a living. The speed of the Mac Pro is impressive, but the real gem...

Dec, 2010

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The Mac Pro lives up to its name. ”


The Mac Pro is a beastly computer with lots of computing power and expandability to make it last for years and years.  The machine I have is capable of running up to 16 Gb of memory and works perfectly well with the 4 Gb that came installed from the...

Nov, 2010

Product Specifications


Certification:EPEAT G
Energy Star certified: Yes
EPEAT compliance:Gold


Chassis type:Desktop / Midi Tower / Mini Tower / Tower
Color of product:Aluminium / Grey / Metallic / Silver / Stainless Steel / White
Number of 3.5" bays:4
Product color:Aluminium

Energy Management

Power consumption (typical):300
Power supply:300 / 500
Power supply input frequency:50 - 60 / 50/60
Power supply input voltage:100 - 240 / 200 - 240 / 220 - 240

Expansion Slots

PCI Express x16 slots:1 / 2
PCI Express x4 slots:2


Discrete graphics adapter memory:1024
Discrete graphics adapter model:AMD Radeon HD 5770 / AMD Radeon HD 5870
Discrete graphics memory type:GDDR5
Maximum graphics adapter memory:0.001 / 1.024 / 2.048
On-board graphics adapter:N / No / Y
On-board graphics adapter family:Intel® HD Graphics
On-board graphics adapter model:Intel HD Graphics 3000 / No


ECC: Yes
Internal memory:12 / 24 / 3 / 32 / 6 / 8
Internal memory type:DDR2-SDRAM / DDR3-SDRAM
Maximum internal memory:16 / 32 / 64
Memory clock speed:1066 / 1333
Memory layout:2 x 4 / 3 x 1 / 4 x 2 / 6 x 1 / 6 x 2
Memory layout (slots x size):2 x 4 / 3 x 1 / 4 x 2 / 6 x 1 / 6 x 2
Memory slots:4x DIMM / 8x DIMM
Non-ECC: Yes


Bluetooth: Yes
Bluetooth version:2.1+EDR
Cabling technology:10/100/1000Base-T(X)
Ethernet LAN:Y
Ethernet LAN connection: Yes
Ethernet LAN data rates:10,100,1000 / 1000
Internal modem: No
Top Wi-Fi standard:IEEE 802.11n
Wi-Fi: Yes
Wi-Fi standards:802.11a, 802.11b, 802.11g / 802.11a, 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n / 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n

Operational Conditions

Maximum operating temperature range (T-T):10 - 35
Non-operating altitude:-1574.8 - 1850.4
Operating altitude:0 - 118110.2 / 0 - 120000 / 0 - 129921.3
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
Relative humidity:0 - 95 / 5 - 95
Storage relative humidity (H-H):5 - 95
Storage relative humidity range:5 - 95
Storage temperature (T-T):-40 - 47
Storage temperature range (T-T):-40 - 47

Optical Drive

DVD read speed:16
DVD write speed:18
LightScribe: No
Optical Drive Type:DVD Super Multi / DVD Super Multi DL / DVD-RW
Optical drives quantity:1

Other Features

Audio formats supported:AAC, MP3, WAV, WMA
Audio Input:1
Audio system full duplex: Yes
BIOS password: Yes
Built-in camera: No
Built-in Microphone:No / Yes
CD read speed:32
CD rewrite speed:32
CD write speed:32
Compatible operating systems:Mac OS
Compliance industry standards:IEEE 802.11a/b/g / IEEE 802.3, 802.3u, 802.3ab / IEEE 802.3, IEEE 802.3u, IEEE 802.3ab / IEEE 802.3/802.3u/802.3ab
Desktop power supply with standby +5V:12
Drive device, buffer size:32
Drive device, transfer rate:3000
DVD rewrite speed:6 / 8
Energy efficiency class:A+
Energy efficiency compliance:A+
Ethernet interface type:Gigabit
Fiber Channel:N
Fibre Channel: No
Floppy drive installed: No
Graphics:Radeon HD 5770 / Radeon HD 5870
Graphics adapter:Radeon HD 5770 / Radeon HD 5870
Graphics adapter family:AMD / AMD, Intel / ATI
Graphics adapter multiple display support:Y
Internal drive bays:4 x 3.5"
Mac compatibility: Yes
Maximum hard drive capacity:8000
Maximum number of SMP processors:12 / 2
Maximum Resolution:2560 x 1600
Maximum storage capacity:8
Memory Type:DDR3
Networking features:AirPort Extreme / Ethernet / Gigabit Ethernet / Gigabit Ethernet (10/100/1000) / Gigabit Ethernet, WLAN / Gigabit LAN
Non-operating relative humidity (non-condensing):5 - 95
Number of hard drives supported:1 / 4
Number of loudspeakers:2
Number of Speakers:2
On-board graphics adapter:No / Yes
Operating temperature (T-T):50 - 95
Operating temperature range (T-T):50 - 95
Platform:Mac / PC
Power Requirements:100 - 240V / 100-120V / 100-120V AC/200-240V AC, 50/60Hz / 100-240V / 100-240V, 50/60Hz / 200 - 240 V AC / 200-240V, 50/60Hz / 220 - 240V, 50/60Hz
Power supply type:100 - 240V, 50 - 60Hz / AC / AC/DC
Processor Manufacturer:Intel
Processor upgrade:Y
Rack mounting: No
Speakers: Yes
TV tuner integrated: No
Video in:N
Weight:39.9 / 41.2
Weight (imperial):39.9
Wireless Technology:802.11n / 802.11n/IEEE 802.11a/b/g / Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR / Wi-Fi

Packaging Content

Bundled software:iLife / Includes iTunes, Time Machine, Quick Look, Spaces, Spotlight, Dashboard, Mail, iChat, Safari, Address Book, QuickTime, iCal, DVD Player, Photo Booth, Front Row, and Xcode Developer Tools.
Display included: No
Drivers included: Yes
Handheld remote control:No / Yes
Keyboard Layout:QWERTY
Keyboard supplied: Yes
Keyboard type:QWERTY
Mouse included: Yes
Numeric keypad: No
Touch screen: Yes
Windows keys: No


Audio system:HD / HDA
Compatible processor series:Xeon
Product type:PC / Workstation

Ports & interfaces

DC-in jack:No / Yes
DisplayPorts quantity:1 / 2 / 4
DVI port:No / Yes
DVI-D ports quantity:2
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) ports:2
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) ports quantity:2
Firewire (IEEE 1394) ports:1 / 2 / 4
HDMI ports quantity:1 / 2
Headphone outputs:1 / 2
Line-in: Yes
Line-out:No / Yes
Microphone in:No / Yes
Mini DisplayPort quantity:1 / 2 / 4
Mini DisplayPorts quantity:1 / 2 / 4
S/PDIF out port:No / Yes
Serial ports quantity:2
SmartCard slot: No
TV out:N
TV out port: No
USB 2.0 ports quantity:4 / 5 / 7
VGA (D-Sub) ports quantity:1 / 2


Power consumption (typical):300
Power supply:300 / 500
Power supply input frequency:50 - 60 / 50/60
Power supply input voltage:100 - 240 / 200 - 240 / 220 - 240


Bus type:QPI
Conflict Free processor:N
CPU multiplier (bus/core ratio):18 / 20 / 21 / 22
ECC supported by processor:Y
FSB Parity: No
L2 cache:12
L3 cache:6.4
Maximum internal memory supported by processor:24 / 288
Memory bandwidth supported by processor (max):25.6 / 32
Memory channels supported by processor:3 / Triple
Memory clock speeds supported by processor:800,1066 / 800,1066,1333
Memory types supported by processor:DDR3 800/1066 / DDR3-SDRAM
Number of Processing Die Transistors:731
Number of processors installed:1 / 2
Number of QPI links:1 / 2
PCI Express slots version:2.0
Processing die size:263
Processor:E5620 / Unspecified / W3530 / X5650 / X5670
Processor boost frequency:2.66 / 3.06 / 3.33
Processor cache:12 / 8
Processor cache type:L3 / Smart Cache
Processor codename:Bloomfield / Westmere EP
Processor core voltage (AC):1.55
Processor cores:12 / 4 / 6
Processor family:Intel® Xeon® / Intel® Xeon® 3000 Sequence / Intel® Xeon® 5000 Sequence
Processor frequency:2.4 / 2.66 / 2.8 / 2.93
Processor front side bus:1066
Processor lithography:32 / 45
Processor model:E5620 / Unspecified / W3530 / X5650 / X5670
Processor operating modes:64-bit
Processor series:Intel Xeon 3500 series / Intel Xeon 5600 series
Processor socket:Socket B (LGA 1366)
Processor system type:DP
Processor threads:12 / 8
Stepping:B1 / D0
System bus data transfer rate:4.8 / 5.86 / 6.4
System bus rate:4.8 / 5.86 / 6.4
Tcase:67.9 / 77.6 / 81.3
Thermal Design Power (TDP):130 / 80 / 95

Processor special features

Conflict Free processor:N
CPU configuration (max):1 / 2
Embedded options available:No / Yes
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology: Yes
Execute Disable Bit: Yes
Idle States: Yes
Intel 64:Y
Intel AES New Instructions:No / Yes
Intel Anti-Theft Technology: No
Intel Clear Video HD Technology: No
Intel Clear Video Technology:N
Intel Clear Video Technology for MID: No
Intel Demand Based Switching: Yes
Intel Dual Display Capable Technology: No
Intel Enhanced Halt State: Yes
Intel Fast Memory Access: No
Intel FDI Technology: No
Intel Flex Memory Access: No
Intel Hyper-Threading Technology: Yes
Intel Insider: No
Intel InTru 3D Technology: No
Intel My WiFi Technology: No
Intel Quick Sync Video Technology: No
Intel Rapid Storage Technology: No
Intel Smart Cache: Yes
Intel Trusted Execution Technology:No / Yes
Intel Turbo Boost Technology: Yes
Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-x):1 / Y
Intel Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-d):N / Y
Intel vPro Technology: No
Intel VT-x with Extended Page Tables (EPT): 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
Intel® Clear Video Technology for Mobile Internet Devices (Intel CVT for MID):N
Intel® Hyper Threading Technology (Intel® HT Technology):Y
Intel® Insider™: No
Intel® InTru™ 3D Technology:N
Intel® My WiFi Technology (Intel® MWT):N
Intel® Quick Sync Video Technology: No
Intel® Smart Cache:Y
Intel® Turbo Boost Technology: Yes
Intel® vPro™ Technology:N
Intel® Wireless Display (Intel® WiDi):N
InTru™ 3D Technology: No
Physical Address Extension (PAE):36 / 40 / Yes
Processor ARK ID:41313 / 47920 / 47922 / 47925
Processor code:SLBKR / SLBV3 / SLBV4 / SLBV7
Processor package size:42.5
Supported instruction sets:SSE4.2
Thermal Monitoring Technologies:No / Yes


Bundled software:iLife
Drivers included:Y
Operating system installed:Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard / Mac OS X 10.7 Lion / Mac OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion / Mac OS X Server Snow Leopard / No


Card reader integrated:No / Yes
Drive device, buffer size:32
Hard disk rotational speed:7200
Hard Drive Capacity:1 / 100 / 1000 / 1500 / 1512 / 2000 / 2512 / 3000 / 3512 / 4000 / 512
Hard Drive Interface:Serial ATA / Serial ATA II / Serial Attached SCSI (SAS)
Hard Drive Size:3.5
Hard drive speed:7200
Host interface:SATA / Serial ATA II / Serial Attached SCSI (SAS)
Number of hard drives installed:1 / 2 / 4
Number of SSDs installed:1
RAID levels:0, 1, 0+1, 5 / 0, 1, 5
Solid-state drive capacity:512
Solid-state drive interface:Serial ATA
Solid-state drive interfaces:SATA
Storage media:HDD
Total Storage Capacity:1000 / 1024 / 1512 / 2000 / 2048 / 3000 / 4000 / 512 / 8000

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:1.87 / 18.7
Height:20.1 / 20.4
Weight:39.9 / 41.2