- New Nehalem microprocessor
- Easier to upgrade internal components
- Lower price
- Most routine apps perform better with fewer, faster processors
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.
The new Mac Pro introduces Turbo Boost: a dynamic performance technology that automatically boosts the processor clock speed based on workload. If you're using an application that doesn't need every core, Turbo Boost shuts off the idle cores while simultaneously increasing the speed of the active ones.
|Processor type||Intel Xeon Quad-Core 5500|
|Processor speed||2.26 MHz|
|Primary Graphics Chipset||Nvidia GeForce GT 120|
|Ports and Connections|
|SpeedMark 6 Score||206.0|
|Cinema 4D XL 8.5||206|
|iMovie HD 6||0:34|
|Tested Configuration||Mac OS X 10.5.6 with 6GB of RAM|
|Cinema 4D XL 10.5||0:13|