Pros

  • Fast processors
  • Good game frame-rate performance
  • Additional ports on front and back
  • Huge memory capacity

Cons

  • Lack of a sub-$2,000 entry-level model
  • Limited performance gains in software not optimized for multi-core systems
  • Pricey, rare RAM format
  • Non-native software (notably Adobe Creative Suite) must be translated via Rosetta

At A Glance

Apple completes its transition to Intel-based hardware with this Power Mac replacement that's powered by two dual-core Intel Xeon chips. Unlike its previous desktop offerings, Apple has just one standard configuration -- but there are millions of different configurations. Most notably, Mac users can select dual-core 2GHz, 2.66GHz, or 3GHz chips; they can choose between several different graphics card options; they can stock the four hard-drive bays with extra storage (up to TB); and they can max out the installed Fully Buffered Memory modules to 16GB. AirPort Express and Bluetooth wireless connectivity are options as well; there is no installed modem.

Manufacturer’s Description

It provides four hard-drive bays and a cable-free installation process with no cables or connectors to trouble you. A tool-less PCi bracket simplifies the installation and removal of expansion cards. The double-wide graphics slot means you don't have to sacrifice a valuable expansion slot. Eight FB-DIMM slots on two riser cards offer quick, easy memory installation. And you'll find more ports up front for added convenience including a FireWire 800 and another USB 2.0 port.Every Mac Pro comes with a single 16x SuperDrive, but a second bay lets you outfit your Mac Pro with a pair of SuperDrives. Talk about productivity gains, with two 16X SuperDrives, you can simultaneously read from one drive and write to the other. Read from both drives. Or even write to both.

Manufacturer’s Website

http://www.apple.com/

The Specs

Processor
Processor type Intel Xeon
Processor speed 2660.0 MHz
Display
Included monitor No
Graphics
Primary Graphics Chipset Nvidia GeForce 7300 GT
General Information
UPC Code 885909091843
Memory
Memory type DDR2
Other Features
Devices
  • Keyboard
  • Mouse
Case
Chassis style Tower (Midsize)

Performance

Macworld Labs
iTunes 7.5 0:52
Photoshop CS3 0:51
iMovie HD 6 0:39
Tested Configuration Mac OS X 10.5 with 2GB of RAM
Unreal Tournament 2004 93.5fps
Cinema 4D XL 10.5 0:28
Speedmark 5 Score 260
Compressor 1:19