When Apple began work on the new Mac Pro, every element that defines a pro computer was considered - graphics, storage, expansion, processing power, and memory, all in search of the best, most forward... Read More
When Apple began work on the new Mac Pro, every element that defines a pro computer was considered - graphics, storage, expansion, processing power, and memory, all in search of the best, most forward-looking way possible to engineer each one of them. At last, when it was all put together, the result was something entirely innovative. Something radically different from anything before it. Something that provides an extremely powerful argument against the status quo. Now ready to perform at the highest levels of demand, this version Mac Pro comes stacked with a 3.7GHz Quad-Core Xeon E5 processor with 10MB L3 cache and Turbo Boost up to 3.9GHz. But there's more than just hardcore processing under the hood, there's also 12GB of DDR3 ECC memory, Dual AMD FirePro D300 graphics processors with 2GB of GDDR5 VRAM each, and 256GB of PCIe-based flash storage for lightning-fast access to your programs and files that's up to 10x faster then ever before.
The new Mac Pro is muscle through and through, starting with the new-generation Intel Xeon E5, with 4 cores of processing power on a single die. And with up to 10MB of L3 cache, 40GB/s of PCI Express gen 3 bandwidth, and 256-bit-wide floating-point instructions, you'll never be at a loss for speed.
Every component in the new Mac Pro is optimized for performance. That includes a four-channel DDR3 memory controller running at 1866MHz. It comes with 12GB of memory, with support for up to 64GB total, and delivers up to 60GB/s of memory bandwidth, which means you can fly through even the most compute-intensive tasks in no time. And since it's ECC memory, your render job, video export, or simulation won't be stopped by transient memory errors.
Engineered around workstation graphics with dual GPUs, PCIe-based flash storage, high-performance Thunderbolt 2, new-generation Xeon processors, ultrafast memory, and support for 4K video, the new Mac Pro delivers state-of-the-art performance across the board.
Traditionally, pro computers have relied primarily on the CPU for their computing power. But as GPU performance has dramatically increased, software developers have begun to leverage that power in their apps. With the new Mac Pro, Apple looked ahead and engineered an even more powerful GPU architecture. Not only does it feature a state-of-the-art AMD FirePro workstation-class GPU - it features two of them. And each is available with 2GB of dedicated VRAM and up to 1526 stream processors. With all that power, you'll be able to do things like seamlessly edit full-resolution 4K video while simultaneously rendering effects in the background - and still have enough power to connect up to three high-resolution 4K displays.
There's flash storage, and then there's next-generation PCIe-based flash storage. We're talking storage that's up to 2.4 times faster than the fastest SATA-based solid-state drive and up to 10 times faster than a 7200-rpm SATA hard drive. Most flash storage systems connect via SATA buses designed for slower spinning hard drives. But the new Mac Pro was designed around PCIe-based flash controller technology to deliver the fastest solid-state drives available standard in a desktop computer. So you'll have 256GB of storage, expandable up to 1TB, that will let you boot up, launch apps, and even open massive files in, well, a flash.
A unified thermal core
The new Mac Pro packs an unprecedented amount of power in an unthinkable amount of space. A big reason it's able to do that is the ingenious unified thermal core. Rather than using multiple heat sinks and fans to cool the processor and graphics cards, Apple built everything around a single piece of extruded aluminum designed to maximize airflow as well as thermal capacity. It works by conducting heat away from the CPU and GPUs and distributing that heat uniformly across the core. That way, if one processor isn't working as hard as the others, the extra thermal capacity can be shared efficiently among them.
A single breakthrough fan
An incredible amount of innovation went into designing a fan system capable of cooling such a high-performance device. Instead of adding extra fans, Apple engineered a single, larger fan that pulls air upward through a bottom intake. As air passes vertically through the center of the device, it absorbs heat and carries it out the top. It's simple and elegant - and also astonishingly quiet. To achieve that, Apple designers had to consider every detail: the number of blades, the size of the blades, the spacing of the blades, and even the shape of the blades. By minimizing air resistance throughout the system, the fan was designed with backward-curved impeller blades that runs at fewer revolutions per minute, draws air more efficiently as it spins, and creates considerably less noise.
Thunderbolt combines PCI Express and DisplayPort into one high-speed, versatile I/O technology. Thunderbolt 2 delivers twice the throughput, providing up to 20Gb/s of bandwidth to each external device. So you're more than ready for the next generation of high-performance peripherals, without being limited by the number of expansion slots inside your computer. You can connect massive amounts of storage, add a PCI expansion chassis, and work with the latest external displays - including 4K desktop displays and peripheral devices capable of broadcast monitoring in 4K. And since each Thunderbolt 2 port allows you to daisy-chain up to six peripherals, you can go all out by plugging in up to 36 external devices via Thunderbolt 2 alone.
Other I/O connections
Mac Pro equips you with all kinds of connections for all kinds of peripherals. USB 3 gives you the versatility to hook up dozens of different types of external devices. Two Gigabit Ethernet ports let you connect to multiple networks. And an HDMI 1.4 port provides support for the latest televisions, projectors, and displays, including Ultra HD TVs. But the thought that was put into expandability extends beyond the types of peripherals you can use. As you rotate Mac Pro to plug in a device, it senses the movement and automatically illuminates the I/O panel. So you can easily see the ports you need when you need them.
Access your network over three-stream 802.11ac Wi-Fi for the latest in high-speed wireless connectivity. For all your other wireless connections, Mac Pro includes Bluetooth 4.0. It's the easiest way to connect your keyboard, mouse, and other wireless devices without having to physically attach anything.
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Comments about Apple Mac Pro 3.7GHz Quad-Core Xeon E5-1620v2 (MD253LL/A):
Guitar Center delivered my new Mac Pro quickly. I like that I didn't have to figure out how I wanted it configured. I just wanted to buy a machine and get to work. Last thing I need to do is a bunch of thinking. Guitar Center provides a basic build that is reasonably priced, as Macs go, and ready to start loading your software when you open the box. They had two choices. A Quad Core and a Six Core Mac Pro which was sold out. I saved some money with the Quad Core and it runs sweet. 12GB Ram with one available slot for another 4GB Ram chip. So 4 slots to do your Ram thing. I had all my software loaded, authorized, and tweeked in three late nite sessions and I was recording for a client on the fourth. Ran smooth with Pro Tools 10 64bit. You need an exterior drive. I could not write the recording session to the onboard 256GB flash drive. go figure. Used a 1.5TB Glyph drive purchased earlier from GC and a Firewire to Thunderbolt adaptor and it worked well. A 12 volt adaptor Veiw Sonic Monitor did not work but my other Veiw Sonic with the 110 power cord plugging directly into it did. My HDMI Dynex TV as a monitor worked real well with it. So your old monitor needs a Thunderbolt adaptor or an HDMI cable as it has that port. Hope this is helpfull. Cheers! TS
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