Pros

  • Strong storage options
  • Dual enhanced quad-core processors
  • Faster memory and frontside bus
  • Doubled PCI Express specifications
  • Faster video cards

Cons

  • Limited storage and RAM on default model

At A Glance

This standard configuration replaces the two dual-core 2.66GHz Xeon chips on the preceeding Mac Pro offering with a pair of quad-core 2.8GHz processors. Other changes include a bigger hard drive, more installed RAM (not to mention double the RAM capacity), and a new graphics card. In addition to this standard configuration, Apple offers several build-to-order models, from a single quad-core 2.8GHz machine to dual quad-core Mac Pros with 3GHz and 3.2 GHz processors.

Manufacturer’s Description

Eight-core processing power was once only top-of-the-line. Now it comes standard. This time around, performance is more phenomenal than ever ? up to two times faster than the previous standard-configuration Mac Pro.1 And with the multicore technology enhancements of Mac OS X Leopard, the Mac Pro is a force to be reckoned with.

Manufacturer’s Website

http://www.apple.com/

The Specs

Processor
Processor type Intel Xeon
Processor speed 2800.0 MHz
Graphics
Primary Graphics Chipset ATI Radeon HD 2600 XT
General Information
UPC Code 885909168606
Ports and Connections
Available Interfaces Bluetooth
Memory
Memory type DDR2
Motherboard
Motherboard Chipset Intel 5000X Chipset
Other Features
Devices
  • Keyboard
  • Mouse
Case
Chassis style Tower

Performance

Macworld Labs
iTunes 7.5 0:47
Photoshop CS3 0:49
iMovie HD 6 0:30
Tested Configuration Mac OS X 10.5.1 with 2GB of RAM
Unreal Tournament 2004 100.8fps
Cinema 4D XL 10.5 0:16
Speedmark 5 Score 314
Compressor 0:46