Mac Pro Xeon/2.66GHz (12 core)

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Pros
  • Highly expandable
  • Up to 24 virtual processing cores available to applications that can use them
  • New Nehalem microprocessor
  • Easier to upgrade internal components
  • Lower price
  • Highly expandable
  • Easily accessible case design
  • New Nehalem microprocessor
  • Easier to upgrade internal components
  • Lower price
Cons
  • Many applications perform better with fewer-but-faster processors
  • None significant
  • Expensive compared to other desktop Macs
  • Not all applications benefit from extra processing cores
  • 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. The 2.66GHz quad-core Mac Pro , which out-performed the other Mac Pro in our tests, would be a fine purchase for anyone replacing an older Mac or buying a new one for the first time.

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 speed 2.93  MHz 2.66  MHz 2.4  MHz 2.26  MHz
Processor type   Intel Xeon Quad-Core 3500 Intel Xeon E5620 Intel Xeon Quad-Core 5500

Display

Included monitor No No No No

Graphics

Primary Graphics Chipset ATI Radeon HD 5770 Nvidia GeForce GT 120 ATI Radeon HD 5770 Nvidia GeForce GT 120

General Information

UPC Code 885909281015 885909281015 885909397976 885909235803

Ports and Connections

Available Interfaces Bluetooth|DVI (dual link)|Mini DisplayPort Bluetooth|DVI (dual link)|Mini DisplayPort Bluetooth|DVI (dual link)|Mini DisplayPort Bluetooth|DVI (dual link)|Mini DisplayPort

Memory

Memory type DDR3 DDR3 DDR3 DDR3

Other Features

Devices Keyboard|Mouse Keyboard|Mouse Keyboard|Mouse Keyboard|Mouse

Case

Chassis style Tower Tower Tower Tower

Performance

Macworld Labs

SpeedMark 6 Score

  203.0   206.0
iTunes 7.5

  0:46   0:47
Cinema 4D XL 8.5

  203   206
Photoshop CS3

  0:35   0:36
iMovie HD 6

  0:29   0:34
Tested Configuration

  Mac OS X 10.5.6 with 3GB of RAM   Mac OS X 10.5.6 with 6GB of RAM
Quake 4

  81.2fps   70.8fps
Cinema 4D XL 10.5

  0:18   0:13
Compressor

  0:47   0:57