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The middle 2010 Mac Pro
The middle 2010 Mac Pro

The Mac Pro was first announced August 7, 2006 at WWDC, ending the PowerPC to Intel Transition. According to Phil Schiller, the first models are 1.6 to 2.1 times as fast as the PowerMac G5s that they replace.

The Mac Pro, which came in the same enclosure as the PowerMac G5, started shipping immediately after the announcement. While the external is almost identical, except for the extra optical drive panel, the internals have been drastically rearranged.


Rev. D


The first Mac Pro revision to offer 12 physical cores (24 virtual cores) as a BTO option, these Macs handle well the heavy lifting of sorts - distributed compiles, render jobs - that get thrown at them.


1x CPU
2x CPU
Processor(s) 1x 2.8GHz Intel Xeon Nehalem 8MB shared L3 2x 2.4GHz 4-core Intel Xeon Westmere
BTO: 1x 3.2GHz 4-core Nehalem ($400); 1x 3.33 GHz 6-core Westmere ($1,200) BTO: 2x 2.66GHz 6-core ($1,500): 2x 2.93 6-core ($2,700);
Memory 3GB DDR3 ECC std, 16GB max. 1066MHz; 1333MHz for 6-core. 4 slots total. 6GB DDR3 ECC 1066MHz std 32GB max; 1333MHz for 2.66GHz and 2.93GHz. 8 slots total.
Storage 1x 1TB, 7.2K, SATA-II
BTO: RAID Card ($700), 2TB 7.2K SATA II ($150 for first, $300 for Bays 2-4); 512GB SSD ($1,250 first, $1,400 for Bays 2-4); Dual Channel FC Card 4Gbp ($600) or Quad Channel FC 4Gbp ($1,000)
(Up to 2 more SATA ports available in optical bay.)
Graphics ATI Radeon HD 5770 1GB. 2x Mini DP out, plus one dual-link DVI. Supports 3 displays per card.
BTO: 2nd ATI Radeon HD 5770 ($250), or ATI Radeon HD 5870 1GB. ($200)
Ports 5x USB 2.0
4x FW 800
2x 10/100/1000 Ethernet
Wi-Fi (802.11n)
Media 1x 18x SuperDrive
BTO: 2nd 18x SuperDrive
Other 3 full-length PCI Express slots (One x16 and two x4)
- 300W max combined.
Audio: TOSLINK, analog stereo line in/out
Bluetooth 2.1 EDR

Rev. C


Released on March 3, 2009, the new Mac Pro marked the first usage by Apple of the "Nehalem" micro-architecture. Nehalem is a huge leap over the Core micro-architecture in several ways. It features integrated memory controllers, Turbo Boost technology and hyper-threading to allow 4 cores to act like 8 virtual cores.


Quad-core (8 threads) 8-core (16 threads) Build-to-order options
Price (USD) $2,499 $3,299
Processor 1x 2.66 GHz Quad-core Xeon processor 2x 2.26 GHz Quad-core Xeon processor 1x 2.93 GHz Quad-core, 2x 2.66 GHz Quad-core or 2x 2.93 GHz Quad-core
8 MB shared L3 cache per processor
Memory 3 GB 1066 MHz DDR3 ECC SDRAM 6 GB 1066 MHz DDR3 ECC SDRAM Up to 32 GBs of RAM
Storage 640 GB at 7200rpm 1 TB at 7200rpm
Media SuperDrive Second 18x SuperDrive
Graphics NVIDIA GeForce GT 120 with 512 MB GDDR3 RAM Up to 4x NVIDIA GeForce GT 120 512 MB with 512 MB GDDR3 RAM or ATI Radeon 4870 with 512 MB GDDR3 RAM

Rev. B


Released silently on January 8, 2008, one week before MacWorld, the new Mac Pro featured numerous upgrades such as the new Penryn-based processors and 8-cores as standard. The standard graphics card is a vast improvement over last revision's 7300 GT and all graphics cards now include 2x dual-link DVI. New hard drives also boasted faster speeds while Bluetooth was added as standard. However, the price point received a $300 increase which may be mainly down to eight-cores now being standard.


Standard configuration Build-to-order options
Price (USD) $2799
Processor 2x 2.8 GHz Quad-core Xeon processors "Penryn" 1x 2.8 GHz Quad-core Xeon processor, 2x 3.0 GHz Quad-core Xeon processors, 2x 3.2 GHz Quad-core Xeon processors
12 MB L2 cache per processor
Memory 2 GB 800 MHz FB-DIMM (2x 1 GB) 4 GB (4x 1 GB), 8 GB (4x 2 GB), 16 GB (8x 2 GB), 16 GB (4x 4GB) or 32 GB (8x 4 GB)
Storage 320 GB at 7200rpm 500 GB, 750 GB, 1 TB at 7200rpm and 300 GB at 15,000rpm SAS (requires RAID card)
Media 16x SuperDrive Second 16x SuperDrive
Graphics ATI Radeon HD 2600 XT 256 MB NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GT 512MB, Nvidia Quadro FX 5600 1.5 GB (Stereo 3D), up to 4x ATI Radeon HD 2600 XT 256 MB
Modem No USB Modem ($49)
Wireless Bluetooth 2.0 + EDR module Airport Extreme card

Rev. A


Announced at WWDC 2006 on August 7, 2006, the Mac Pro was the replacement for the PowerMac G5. On April 4, 2007, Apple released an 8-core configuration for $1498 USD additional over the price of the standard configuration. [1]


Standard configuration Build-to-order options
Price (USD) $2499
Processor 2 x 2.66 GHz Dual-core Xeon "Woodcrest" 2 x 2.0 GHz Dual-core Xeon "Woodcrest", 2 x 3.0 GHz Dual-core Xeon "Woodcrest", 2 x 3.0GHz Quad-core Xeon "Clovertown"
4 MB L2 cache
Memory 1 GB 667 MHz FB-DIMM 2 GB (4x 512 MB), 4 GB (4x 1 GB), 8 GB (8x 1 GB), 8 GB (4x 2 GB) or 16 GB (8x 2 GB)
Storage 250 GB Bay 1: 250 GB, 500 GB or 750 GB, Bays 2-4: 500GB or 750 GB, all Serial ATA 3Gb/s; 7200-rpm; 8 MB cache
Media 16x SuperDrive Second 16x SuperDrive
Graphics NVIDIA GeForce 7300 GT, 256 MB ATI Radeon X1900 XT 512 MB (2x dual-link DVI), Nvidia Quadro FX 4500 512 MB, Stereo 3D (2 x dual-link DVI), up to 4 x Nvidia GeForce 7300 GT 256 MB
Modem No USB Modem ($49)
Wireless No Bluetooth 2.0 + EDR module, Airport Extreme card


  • Uses FB-DIMMS RAM which are significantly more expensive than previous DIMMs and provide slightly poorer performance for gaming.


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