Pros

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

Cons

  • 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.

Manufacturer’s Description

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.

The Specs

Processor
Processor type Intel Xeon Quad-Core 5500
Processor speed 2.26 MHz
Display
Included monitor No
Graphics
Primary Graphics Chipset Nvidia GeForce GT 120
General Information
UPC Code 885909235803
Ports and Connections
Available Interfaces
  • Bluetooth
  • DVI (dual link)
  • Mini DisplayPort
Memory
Memory type DDR3
Other Features
Devices
  • Keyboard
  • Mouse
Case
Chassis style Tower

Performance

Macworld Labs
SpeedMark 6 Score 206.0
Quake 4 70.8fps
Cinema 4D XL 10.5 0:13
Tested Configuration Mac OS X 10.5.6 with 6GB of RAM
Photoshop CS3 0:36
Compressor 0:57
Cinema 4D XL 8.5 206
iMovie HD 6 0:34
iTunes 7.5 0:47