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Apple's Mac Pro brings the power you need to tackle your heavy-duty workload. With the stunning speed of quad-core 2.8 GHz Intel Xeon processing with 12MB cache per processor, and the superior graphics performance of an ATI Radeon HD 2600 XT card with 256MB of GDDR3 memory, you'll enjoy astounding speed and breathtaking graphics. Whether it's video editing and graphics rendering, scientific modeling, or anything in between, Mac Pro has it covered!

Mac Pro supports 2 displays at a time, giving you the whole picture, at resolutions up to 2560 x 1600 pixels, using dual-link DVI ports. Sound designers and audio editors will appreciate Mac Pro's operation and audio quality, courtesy of Mac OS X Leopard. Convenient front and rear I/O panels give you all the connectivity you could wish for, including Fire Wire 800, dual Gigabit Ethernet ports, and Bluetooth.

Mac Pro features 4 side-loading aluminum drive bays, for up to 4TB of storage. The standard 2GB of RAM is easily expandable to 32GB. Tool-less PCI and drive installation makes it easy to update your Mac Pro with the latest technology down the road. The Mac Pro has all your computing needs covered, today, and well into the future!

  • newegg Dual Intel Xeon 5400 Processors The Apple Mac Pro MA970LL/A features two 2.8GHz Intel Xeon 5400 quad-core processors, each with 12MB shared L2 cache and running on 1600MHz FSB, delivering industry-leading 64-bit computing and unparalleled multi-core processing, perfect for 3D rendering, video editing and other audio-visual applications.
  • newegg ATi Radeon HD 2600XT GPU The ATi Radeon HD 2600XT GPU with 256MB dedicated video memory fully supports Microsoft DirectX 10, Shader Model 4.0 and ATi Avivo HD Video technology for the ultimate high-definition 3D gaming and HD video experience.
  • newegg Eight FB-DIMM Memory Slots The Apple Mac Pro MA970LL/A provides eight FB-DIMM memory slots, supporting up to 32GB of 800MHz DDR2 ECC fully-buffered memory for superior capability.
  • newegg SATA Hard Drive Support The Apple Mac Pro MA970LL/A is preinstalled with a 320GB SATA hard drive and supports storage expansion of up to four SATA drives.
  • newegg SuperDrive DVD Burner The built-in 16X SuperDrive enables users to burn any DVD+R/-R or DVD+RW/-RW disc and supports the dual-layer function for allowing up to 8.5GB data to be burned and saved on a single dual-layer DVD+R/RW disc. Burn your own DVD/VCD movies or backup data with ease!
  • newegg Mac OS X Leopard The Mac OS X Leopard (v10.5) operating system introduces over 300 more features than the previous version including a new desktop, updated Finder, Time Machine, Spaces, Boot Camp and more, delivering a brand new interaction experience, improved usability, enhanced data security and constant simplicity to boost your productivity.

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  • Harley L.
  • 3/7/2009 10:49:25 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

1 out of 5 eggsoh lord

Pros: OSX

Cons: Everything

Other Thoughts: I got this for my birthday, I'm selling it to a friend for $1,500 and I'm going to go buy a decent computer

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  • owen g.
  • 2/3/2009 11:35:52 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day

1 out of 5 eggsNice case...

Pros: OSX, good looking case. But seriously, Apple, how about a refresh?! For this price you could be giving your loyal customers a whole lot more computer; honestly, I'm pretty sure buying a pre-assembled machine on the Egg is sacrilege.

Cons: The last defense for buying this machine, besides OSX of course, was the 8 core machismo. Unfortunately for the Mac Pro, You can now you can get a Core i7 920, Sunbeam core contact freezer or TRUE, X58 T-power, and 6GB of DDR3 1600 all for about $800 dollars (or less). Core i7 runs 8 threads and when you consider the sizable bonus Core i7 architecture gives you paired with a 4GHz O.C., you will utterly destroy that pair of Xeons. The rest of the hardware In the Mac Pro can be found at a flea market for 89 cents, so I won't mention (maybe) the world of options you have for spending the rest of the 2k you would save by not buying this junk.

Other Thoughts: The mac pro seriously breaks my heart as a system builder. I have nothing against OSX, it's a great OS, but I strongly urge potential buyers to look at their options here (you are, apparently, already at the Egg so look around). And If you love the case this thing comes in, spend some of that leftover 2k on a tricked out Lian Li, Antec, or Cooler Master case... some of them are fantastic, super high quality, all aluminum cases. And if you game, spend $500 on a GTX295. The options are endless: Build a RAID with TB's of storage, Get a Velociraptor or SSD for your apps, double the ddr3 to 12GB's, get a Blueray player, or buy a huge monitor for your computer (actually you could do almost all of that sans the monitor for the price of the Mac Pro). Anyway you cut it this system is a rip off; is image still everything?

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  • Clay G.
  • 2/1/2009 12:40:45 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsThis is a Fantastic Deal for the Price

Pros: All the people complaining that this is too expensive are either anti-Mac trolls, or just woefully uninformed. No, you can't build this machine for a third the price, and to the guy who suggested 2 C2Q's in a computer, good luck with that. It's extremely fast, 16GB of Ram can be had aftermarket for less than 400$ shipped, and you can get an ATI 3870 for about 200$ that offers excellent performance in applications. It's quite, it's fast, it's attractive, and it's very well designed/built. There is absolutely nothing to dislike about this machine except for possibly the fact that you know eventually Apple will come out with an even faster Mac Pro.

Cons: There are none.

Other Thoughts: For the money, this is possible the best machine that you can buy or build depending on what you do.

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  • Matthew N.
  • 1/2/2009 3:55:10 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

1 out of 5 eggskeeps crashing

Pros: Price...err nevermind

Cons: keeps crashing and shutting down, after a week it finally died on me. I got my money back.

Other Thoughts: For the price might as well build a power pc. If yah really want to be different then build a PC and use linux, why pay steve jobs for an OS that's just a version of linux

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  • Anonymous
  • 12/13/2008 11:31:43 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

2 out of 5 eggsPricey for what you get

Pros: Two quad processors, sleek case design, and leopard is about all this desktop has going for it.

Cons: Weak graphics card, not kidding, you could buy this card for 50 bucks on newegg, a 50 dollar graphics card in an almost 3grand desktop.. Then they only load it up with 2 gigs of ram at 800mhz, I mean you gotta be kidding, whats the points of having all that processing power if you can't even utilize it. Then they have the nerve of charging about 500 dollars for just the OS, I put together all the parts and it only came to 2,253.92 yet they charge 2,800? Where is that money going?

Other Thoughts: The only reason I bought this is because I needed to get a mac and couldn't stand the weak power of the iMacs, so I had to settle for this. It does what it needs to after I poured in another 500 dollars.. Oh gee thats where it went..

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  • Joel J.
  • 10/13/2008 1:51:24 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggsReally not that expensive...

Pros: 8 Cores, 8 Memory slots, 4 incredible HDD bays, QUIET, OS X, Fast as hell. I know it's no authoritative speed benchmark, but on ripping a 2 hour movie in Handbrake I went from 8-10 hours on my 1Ghz PB G4, to 2 hours on my 2Ghz C2D Macbook to FIFTEEN MINUTES on my new 2.8 Octo Mac Pro. And then fans never ticked up 1 RPM, the 4 are constantly 600rpm on the rear, 500 on the CPU, 600 on the power supply, and 800 on the Hard Drives/Expansion ports.

I have 4 Hard Drives installed (1 Seagate from Apple (320), a WD Green (500) and 2 Samsung F1 (1TB)) and this is still a VERY quiet machine. AND! There aren't any annoying flashing LED lights and it doesn't glow in the dark. The cheesegrater design is several years old now, but it's just a perfect case design on space, cooling and aesthetics why change a good thing? Installing the HDD is simple, no cables. Upgrading RAM is simple, pull the card out and install in one of the EIGHT slots!

Cons: Sadly, even though it's the most gorgeous inside design of ANY computer, it doesn't have the cheap plexiglass window.

I have the ATI Radeon 2600XT which is more than enough for me (some call it cheap but whatever), however, it's the loudest part of the system, I can hear the fan speed up and slow down which is kind of annoying. Until I turn on iTunes, then I just hear music :)

Other Thoughts: I bought this refurb from Apple for $2399, and after looking around at just the cost of the 2.8 Quad XEON (Server Class you ignorant Desktop chip naysayers!) this computer is actually a very good deal. Upgrading the memory isn't very expensive, I bought 4GB (2x2) off Newegg for $130 to get me to 6GB real quick, and another 4GB will come soon.

LOTS of bang for the buck, great longevity (at least 5 years of good use!), Dual Display support right out of the box, SIMPLE hardware upgrades, and it tops off running OS X. Add that all up and it's really not that expensive

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  • William G.
  • 10/1/2008 2:31:26 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsThe Beast Is Released

Pros: Outstanding speed, build quality, operating system. It's whisper-quiet and power saving always works correctly, unlike Windows.

Cons: Not many RAID options, only four hard drive bays (but I love the drive trays). Mighty Mouse is cute but too small for my hands and the virtual "second button" just doesn't cut it -- sometimes it clicks right, sometimes it doesn't.

Other Thoughts: This computer has virtually consumed all my previous computers. I am running Sheepshaver for de-archiving of ten years of MacOS 7-9 work. I am running Vmware Fusion for 8 years of Windows work. Both of these open while I edit in Final Cut Pro and update my website in Dreamweaver.

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  • Eric S.
  • 9/14/2008 6:07:43 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

4 out of 5 eggsGreat for me, but it's not for everyone.

Pros: 2x2.8GHz Xeon Quad Cores, etc...

Cons: Only 2gb of memory, the HD 2600 is kind of meh, and that's about it for me. Drop a couple bucks here or elsewhere online and you'll be at 8-10GB total and boom, no more to complain about. If you want, throw down an extra $150 to apple and get the 8800GT and all your problems will be solved. And I'd suggest the 500GB boot drive option for the extra, what, $50 bucks?

Other Thoughts: For me (a film student and, at times, a visual effects/motion graphics artist) there was no other choice. Premiere Pro is garbage and that only leaves Avid as a possible choice for editing on a Windows machine (don't try an tell me Vegas or Edius are worth the time). And personally, I'd rather spend $1200 on a COMPLETE suite (FCS2) than spend almost $2000 on just an NLE. But this system should only be used by those who need it. If you're looking to make gains on general surfing speed, word processing, spreadsheet speed, etc... save yourself some money and buy a PC. And as far as gaming goes well, Mac guys just have to wait a little bit to be able to play but when we do, we never have to worry about lowering our video settings.

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  • Anonymous
  • 8/14/2008 9:55:34 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

5 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Worked with these at my last high school. Great performers expect for cons... Also if you do any type of multimedia work get this and run Final Cut Studios. Apple really has surprised me with OSX, I used to Hate Apples but now they have a place next to my PC's. Planning on buying one myself to replace an old Power Mac G4

Cons: Expensive and Worked great, just had terrible and I mean terrible issue running these as workstations with Windows Office. Mind you they work great individually but they don't like to play nice with Microsoft Products while running off a server. Caused the server to crash repeatedly... more than twice a month. But that was a while ago so they might have fixed those bugs and from what the Mac Reps said it was an Isolated Incident... Still, I lost alot of music I was working on because of these issues.

Other Thoughts: For those who do not understand server based systems, the ram inside is ECC/Fully Buffered meaning that you have an extra layer of security against memory read errors vs. standard desktop ram. Also the operating tolerances of server boards/CPU's/Ram is much more stringent than ordinary desktops. Don't let this fool you it's basically a server in a desktop package.

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  • Anonymous
  • 8/7/2008 5:14:51 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

5 out of 5 eggsGreat system. It's Apple!

Pros: Great computer. Great OS. Great company.

Keep in mind, when you buy a Mac, you're also buying a PC (because you can install Windows on this). So any trash about "you can't play games on a Mac" is a downright fabrication.

I've used a PC since I was 6 (I grew up in the '90s), and started on Win95- but using OS X Leopard made me realize that Apple is light years ahead of Microsoft when it comes to operating system features.

Cons: You have to buy video cards from Apple... but that's not a con is it?

Other Thoughts: This thing runs FAST. And I mean *FAST*. OS X Leopard blows Windows out of the water. I actually upgraded this thing with an extra 2GB RAM, which wasn't hard at all. Comes with four hard drive bays- no wires- just snap the hard drive into the tray and slide it back in.

Apple's products are always amazing. I actually bought this from Apple- as a refurbished computer- but it works perfectly fine.

I plan to never buy another PC. Macs are just amazing. You will NOT regret purchasing this system.

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