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There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws.
82

There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws.

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Apple Nehalem-based Mac Pro in-depth impressions

When Apple's ever-so-slightly refreshed Nehalem-based Mac Pro showed up on our doorstep, we were understandably taken aback by the enclosure. Sure, it looks exactly like the previous Mac Pro externally, and only slightly more beautiful internally, but it's hard to deny the gorgeousness of this metallic wonder. That said, the so-called cheese grater design is one that's mighty familiar to Mac fans by now, so we'll spare you the details there. What you're probably wondering is whether or not this rig is really worth the steep asking price. At $2,499 for a single quad-core 2.66GHz rig and $3,299 for a twin quad-core 2.26GHz machine (which is our test system, by the way), neither option is particularly "affordable." And outside of the refreshed Intel Xeon processor, there aren't too many new hardware components to really convince you that an upgrade is a dire necessity. Follow us past the break to get a real-world perspective on the value proposition, and moreover, to get a better understanding of who exactly benefits most from a workstation of this magnitude.

Pros
  • Drop-dead sexy design
  • Plenty of expansion options
  • Quiet for a workstation
Cons
  • Limited USB ports
  • No SSD support / CTO options
  • Awful as a gaming rig
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Design and form factor

88
 

Power consumption

60
 

Speed and features

87
 

Noise

100
 

Expandability

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