Mac Pro Xeon/2.26GHz (8 Cores)

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Mac Pro Quad-Core/3.7GHz (Late 2013)

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Price
Pros
  • New Nehalem microprocessor
  • Easier to upgrade internal components
  • Lower price
  • Highly expandable
  • Up to 24 virtual processing cores available to applications that can use them
  • Highly expandable
  • Easily accessible case design
  • Impressive multi-core performance
  • Dual workstation-class GPUs
  • Fast internal storage
  • Plenty of external-expansion options
  • Compact, attractive design
  • Quiet and relatively cool
  • Many internal components upgradeable
Cons
  • Most routine apps perform better with fewer, faster processors
  • Many applications perform better with fewer-but-faster processors
  • Expensive compared to other desktop Macs
  • Not all applications benefit from extra processing cores
  • Single-core performance not substantially better (and sometimes worse) than that of other current Macs
  • No internal expansion options
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.

Specs

Processor

Processor type Intel Xeon Quad-Core 5500   Intel Xeon E5620 Intel Xeon E5
Processor speed 2.26  MHz 2.93  MHz 2.4  MHz  

Display

Included monitor No No No  

Graphics

Primary Graphics Chipset Nvidia GeForce GT 120 ATI Radeon HD 5770 ATI Radeon HD 5770 dual AMD FirePro workstation-class GPUs
Graphics Type       Discrete

General Information

UPC Code 885909235803 885909281015 885909397976  

Ports and Connections

Available Interfaces Bluetooth|DVI (dual link)|Mini DisplayPort Bluetooth|DVI (dual link)|Mini DisplayPort Bluetooth|DVI (dual link)|Mini DisplayPort HDMI|Line Out 1/8|Thunderbolt 2.0|USB 3.0
Ethernet Type       10/100/1000 Mbps
Wireless connection       802.11a|802.11ac|802.11b|802.11g|802.11n|Bluetooth

Memory

Memory type DDR3 DDR3 DDR3 DDR3
Memory speed       1866.0  MHz

Other Features

Devices Keyboard|Mouse Keyboard|Mouse Keyboard|Mouse  

Case

Chassis style Tower Tower Tower Tower (Midsize)

Storage

Drive 1 type       Solid-State Drive

Dimensions

Height       9.9  inches

Performance

Macworld Labs

SpeedMark 6 Score

206.0      
iTunes 7.5

0:47      
Cinema 4D XL 8.5

206      
Photoshop CS3

0:36      
iMovie HD 6

0:34      
Tested Configuration

Mac OS X 10.5.6 with 6GB of RAM      
Quake 4

70.8fps      
Cinema 4D XL 10.5

0:13      
Compressor

0:57