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Quad-Core and Eight-Core Mac Pros (2009 editions)

At a Glance

The new Mac Pros, with their cutting-edge Nehalem processor technology, are able to execute more tasks at a faster clip, despite lower processor speeds. And their new internal design makes adding hard drives, memory cards, and PCI Express 2.0 cards easier than ever. The 2.66GHz quad-core Mac Pro , which out-performed the other Mac Pro in our tests, would be a fine purchase for anyone replacing an older Mac or buying a new one for the first time.

Price when rated: $2,499

Pros

  • New Nehalem microprocessor
  • Easier to upgrade internal components
  • Lower price

Cons

  • None significant
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At a Glance

The new Mac Pros, with their cutting-edge Nehalem processor technology, are able to execute more tasks at a faster clip, despite lower processor speeds. And their new internal design makes adding hard drives, memory cards, and PCI Express 2.0 cards easier than ever. That said, this model was out-performed by the 2.66GHz quad-core Mac Pro, which costs $300 less.

Price when rated: $3,299

Pros

  • New Nehalem microprocessor
  • Easier to upgrade internal components
  • Lower price

Cons

  • Most routine apps perform better with fewer, faster processors
 Compare

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