The Apple Mac Pro is a computer packed with lots of power, software, and performance. But it's designed to take on even more. The Mac Pro computer's smart design makes installing massive amounts of me... Read More
The Apple Mac Pro is a computer packed with lots of power, software, and performance. But it's designed to take on even more. The Mac Pro computer's smart design makes installing massive amounts of memory, adding expansion cards, and increasing storage surprisingly simple and intuitive. Plus, there are plenty of I/O ports to connect more external devices to give you a complete arsenal all in one tower computer.
The Mac Pro features four full-length expansion slots, including an even higher-performance PCI Express 2.0 graphics slot, with up to twice the bandwidth of PCI Express. The graphics slot is double-wide, so your graphics card won't cover an adjacent slot. In addition, three available expansion slots, one PCI Express 2.0 and two PCI Express, provide room to grow. Thanks to a tool-less PCI bracket, you can take out cards as fast as you put them in.
It also comes with four 3.5-inch internal hard drive bays for an enormous amount of internal storage -- up to 4TB. These bays are direct-attach and cable free, so it's easy to add or remove drives to meet your needs. Just attach the drive carrier to either a Serial ATA 3Gb/s or Serial Attached SCSI 3Gb/s drive, and slide the drive into place. There are no connectors or cables to contend with. Lock the drives with the side door latch, and you're done. It's that simple!
When you're ready to install more memory, it's also a snap, literally. There are two memory riser cards with four fully buffered DIMM slots each, and all you have to do is just slide out the riser cards and snap in the memory. You don't have to dig around inside the computer or wrestle with wires or cables. With a total of eight DIMM slots available, you can install up to 32GB of 800MHz ECC fully buffered DIMM memory.
There are also plenty of places to connect external devices to your Mac Pro. On the front, where it's more convenient to connect storage, multimedia devices and peripherals, you'll find a FireWire 800 port, a FireWire 400 port, two USB 2.0 ports, and a headphone minijack right up front - where it's more convenient to connect storage, multimedia devices, and high-speed peripherals. And there are even more ports on the back: three USB 2.0, one FireWire 800, one FireWire 400, optical audio in and out, analog in and out, and dual Gigabit Ethernet ports.
Eight-core processing power was once only for top-of-the-line machines. With the Mac Pro it's the standard. The Intel inside is Quad-Core Intel Xeon "Harpertown" processors that run at blazingly fast speeds up to 3.2GHz. Every Intel Xeon processor features an enhanced SSE4 SIMD engine. Capable of completing 128-bit vector computations in a single cycle, SSE4 is ideal for transforming large sets of data, such as applying a filter to an image or rendering a video effect. Based on the new 45-nm Intel Core microarchitecture, they deliver amazing performance but still maintain outstanding energy efficiency. Performance is more phenomenal than ever -- up to two times faster than the previous standard-configuration Mac Pro. A huge amount of L2 cache -- 12MB per processor -- keeps frequently used data and instructions close to the processor cores and improves overall performance. 6MB of cache is shared between pairs of processor cores, allowing an individual core to use all the available shared cache at any one time. All this and you'll get the multicore technology enhancements of Mac OS X Leopard too.
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Comments about Apple MAC PRO 2.8 8CX/2X1G/320/2600XT/SD-USA:
This is a server in a smaller package. With its 8 core system and now Mac Mac OS X Leopard, and up to 4TB of memory it blows minds. This Mac is not only an amazing computer but it is also run Vista. This computer was originally suggested to me by a friend who uses his in his recording studio, and I would suggest it to any one else. (the 4 tb of memory is NOT standard)
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