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Apple's powerhouse desktop PC gets even beefier components, making it the continued go-to choice for creative professionals. quote


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Critic reviews

8.2
9 reviews
  • Speed and features
    8.5
  • Design and form factor
    8.7
  • Expandability
    8.2
  • Noise
    10
  • Size and weight
  • Power consumption
    6.0

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User reviews

8.7
31 reviews
8.1
CNET Mar 19, 2009

Apple's new eight-core Mac Pro demonstrates marked improvements over the older model in high-intensity digital media and multitasking scenarios... Any Apple-bound design professional would welcome this new tool in his or her arsenal.

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8.0
Ars Technica Oct 5, 2010

Depending on what you do, and what benchmarks matter to you, this machine could either be a colossal failure or worth the extra cost if you're shopping for a new Mac Pro. Twelve cores may not always put up a good showing for efficiency, but this is the fault of the software...

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8.0
Macworld Sep 2, 2010

The new Mac Pros may be little more than speed bumps from the systems they replace, but they do offer better performance at the same price, while offering even more options for customization... the Mac Pro offers power users the flexibility to create a system custom fit to fill their needs.

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8.0
ZDNet Oct 26, 2010

The top-end 12-core Mac Pro reviewed here is an expensive specialist purchase, but there are plenty of more affordable configurations for those with less exotic requirements. We have some quibbles, but the Mac Pro is highly recommended.

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9.0
SlashGear Sep 21, 2010

If you’re involved in frequent video, audio or image editing, however, or any sort of CAD or other processor-intensive application, then the Mac Pro deserves serious consideration. Strong performance not only in OS X but when running Windows 7 offers the best of both worlds for the platform...

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8.0
MacLife Oct 12, 2010

It might be the entry-level Pro, but it’s great for pros and home users alike. A Blu-ray drive was never in the cards anyway, and although expensive, it’s not bad value for the money.

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9.0
TechRadar Sep 27, 2010

The entry-level mid-2010 Mac Pro gives us little cause for complaint. A Blu-ray drive would be welcome but was never on the cards, and it's expensive, but not poor value for money. It's great to see that even in the midst of a recession, Apple isn't neglecting its high-end range.

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8.0
T3 Sep 8, 2011

All in all, the new Mac Pro is an excellent machine. Fast, configurable and attractive, it’s everything a Mac should be. You know you want one, but can you justify the expense?

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10
Bordgious Bordgious

This was my first Macintosh that I purchased in October of 2007. I purchased it with the release of OS X 10.5 (Leopard) and the knowledge that I could still run Windows via Parallels and Boot Camp. However, I had every intention of switching away; I have now found programmes for everything I left...

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10
mkuzmick mkuzmick

One of my all-time favorites. Annoyed with myself for starting with MacBook then iMac--should have grabbed this thing ages and ages ago. Using FCP and CS4 on my old machines was such a pain that I began to unconsciously avoid work for reasons other than simple procrastination....

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10
joshknepper joshknepper

I still need to add a few more things to this baby - a bit more RAM and a couple more 1TB drives - but as is all my film editing needs are met. Running FCP with dual HD Cinema displays and editing in RT at full frame rate with no dropped frames is sooo nice! Having the processing power to run...

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10
drewsf drewsf

Pros: It's quiet, fast, easily upgradable, innovative, dependable and runs Mac OS. It's nice having a machine that can really run Mac OS X to it's full potential. If this one I got for free ever crapped out, I'm positive I'd buy another one on the spot. Cons: It's a...

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4.0
ArmpitOfDeath ArmpitOfDeath

Why the low score? The single major problem for me is that the Pro is a workstation engineered as a home computer, and not a particularly heavy-duty one at that. While admirably quiet in idle or low-level-usage scenarios and sleekly fitting into most decor - unlike for example the hulking Dell...

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9.0
timj0 timj0

I've had the Mac Pro for several years and it has rarely had any hardware problems. Buying the Apple Care was worth it though because the DVD burner died and also that warranty covered the Time Capsule piece of junk. The software upgrades are a lot less reliable, so you must back up your drives...

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10
iMario iMario

THE best computer I've ever had! I sell those so I get to work on every incarnation of Mac Pro. LOVE them.

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7.0
MtnSloth MtnSloth

As stated in my comments about the "Speed and features" score, this is not now nor has it ever been an attractive system for the PC gamer - it is not even remotely competitive on that front. This is both unfortunate and disappointing given the lip service that Apple is giving to gaming on OS X....

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