Apple Mac Pro (mid 2013)
There isn't another computer we know of that's this powerful and also this compact. With a starting price of $2,999, going all the way up to nearly $10,000, it's quite pricey, but for videographers, photographers, animators and other creative professionals, it could be well worth the investment.
- Compact, space-saving design
- Stronggraphics performance, fast disk speeds
- Runs quietly
- Supports up to three 4K displays
- Runs a little warm, and can take a while to cool down
- Many apps still need to be optimized to take advantage of two GPUs
- Critic Reviews (9)
- User Reviews (3)
- 89AVERAGE CRITIC SCORE9 ReviewsMacworld80Mac Pro quad-core review: A good investment for usFor pros that use apps that take advantage of multiple processing cores, the Mac Pro is a time-saver, but is probably overkill for everyday tasks. The $2999 Mac Pro is a real step up from its predecessor.Wired80Apple Mac Pro Power Play... for those compiling thousands of lines of code a day, manipulating HD or 4K video streams, or constantly rendering CPU-intensive animations or images, this shiny cylinder of power has come from the future to save you time.AnandTech90The Mac Pro Review (Late 2013)All of that being said, I don’t expect there to be a lot of cross shopping between DIY builders and those looking for a Mac Pro.Engadget90Apple Mac Pro review (2013): small, fast and in aThere isn't another computer we know of that's this powerful and also this compact. With a starting price of $2,999, going all the way up to nearly $10,000, it's quite pricey, but for videographers, photographers, animators and other creative professionals, it could be well worth the investment.CNET90Apple's radically reimagined Mac Pro is a powerhou... featuring a design looks fantastic and offers genuine breakthrough advantages. But, consumer-level Apple enthusiasts should note that this product isn't specifically targeted at them and DIY upgraders will lament the loss of traditional desktop tower flexibility.MacworldNot RatedThe new Mac Pro: First look and hands-on slideshowEven during the 4K video workout it seemed fairly cool to the touch. Much of the warmth seems to be quite effectively transmitted to the central core and then blown out the top.CNETNot RatedApple's radically reimagined Mac Pro is a powerhouIt's a stretch to say this is a computer for casual consumers, but the starting price isn't more than you'd pay for a similarly configured Windows PC and the radically different design is cool enough to appeal to any design enthusiast who wants nothing but the best-looking, best-performing products.EngadgetNot RatedA closer look at Apple's new Mac Pro workstation (It also looks less black than it does on Apple's site -- more like the "Space Gray" that it actually is. As it happens, that case is easy to unlock and slip off, on the rare occasion that you want to replace the RAM, storage or one of the GPUs. Hopefully, of course, you won't need to do this often.PC MagNot RatedHands On With the New Apple Mac ProThe system is dead quiet, especially at idle. Even under load, streaming 16 4K HD video streams, we couldn't hear the system over the ambient room noise, which was admittedly lively in the demo room. Still, this system will appeal to video and music professionals who need to work in a quiet studio.TechCrunchNot RatedHands On: Appleâ€™s New Mac Pro Is An Insanely QuiOther than the demo situations, it’s hard to say a whole lot about the performance of the devices, so we’ll have to wait until we get a review unit in hand to make any statements about the innards. But the industrial design is certainly striking.PC MagNot RatedVIDEO: First Look at Apple's New Mac ProSet into a slim, glowing panel are a half dozen Thunderbolt 2 ports and four USB 3.0 ports, along with an HDMI output and two Gigabit Ethernet ports. Internally, the Mac pro is equipped with 802.11ac Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0. The entire top of the Mac Pro is a handle for easy portability.TechCrunchNot RatedUp Close And Personal With Appleâ€™s New Mac Pro,The most impressive part of the Mac Pro might be how much Apple’s engineers managed to cram into such a small package. There are not one, not two, but six Thunderbolt 2 outputs, which adds tons of external expandability, as well as two FireWire 800 ports, audio in and out, HDMI and Ethernet.EngadgetNot RatedNext-generation Apple Mac Pro eyes-on at WWDC 2013All we know for now is that it'll make its debut "later this year," boasting four USB sockets, six Thunderbolt 2 ports, a full-size HDMI connector, a 3.5mm headphone port and a pair of gigabit Ethernet ports. And yes, it's almost certainly a fingerprint magnet.SlashGear80Mac Pro 2013 ReviewIt's hard not to be wowed by the Mac Pro. Apple has created a workstation that breaks new ground in design, delivers power in excess of PCs several times its size, and doesn't leave your office sounding like a turbine hall in the process.SlashGearNot RatedThe 2013 Mac Pro is here â€“ and itâ€™s beautifulWhile the new Mac Pro may first earn envious glances, it's the power not the aesthetics that need to be its legacy.The GuardianNot RatedApple Mac Pro 2: hands-on introduction - videoApple's new tower desktop computer is touted as their most powerful retail computer to date. It supports up to three 4K ultra high-definition displays, with powerful twin-graphics cards and processors. The new model is 70% more energy efficient and quiet even with high-speed flash storage.SlashGearNot RatedMac Pro 2013 hands-onIt’s power that Apple is pushing with the Mac Pro 2013, and the new desktop promises that in spades. Apple was showing simultaneous multi-angle rendering of 4K resolution video in Final Cut Pro, across two different 4K displays, and as far as we could tell it was hiccup-free.Washington PostNot RatedHands on with the new iPad Air, iPad mini, MacBookApple is happy to show off the raw computing power of this machine, which in the demo was running to 4K displays of video editing software without a stutter. The cylindrical shape of the Mac Pro is certainly a head-turner, even if people do joke that it looks like a trash can.PC World AustraliaNot RatedThe new Mac Pro: Hands on, and what you need to knGiven that the current Mac Pro looks essentially the same as the 2003 Power Mac G5, any new design would stand out, but the new Mac Pro's design is dramatically--nay, shockingly--different. Instead of the traditional blocky "cheese grater" tower, the 2013 Mac Pro takes the shape of a black cylinder.SlashGearNot RatedNew Mac Pro 2013 eyes-onThe design has evolved from “another desktop” to something reminiscent of the unusual aesthetic of the old Power Mac G4 Cube. A completely different shape, of course, but approaching design in such an offbeat way that it’s eye-catching and engaging in a way a PC workstation seldom manages.The Verge90Apple Mac Pro review (2013)The day-to-day performance is similar enough to that of the iMac that I'd have a difficult time convincing my boss to spend double the money on this computer, plus a monitor, plus the Thunderbolt peripherals I'd need to make it a viable solution.TechRadarNot RatedHands on: Mac Pro reviewIf you're thinking this Mac is too expensive, you're thinking about it in the wrong way. It's a completely different proposition than an iMac or Mac mini. This is a high end workstation for serious power computing and applications such as media processing and editing.T3Not RatedMac Pro review: Hands-onYet while we reckon the Mac Pro will attract some mainstream interest among the not-unwealthy due to its eye-catching looks, compact build and ease of use, this is not a Mac Mini – it's a professional machine.The VergeNot RatedUp close and personal with the new Mac Pro (hands-It cuts a striking figure, despite its relatively small stature. It's also incredibly dense, far heavier than I expected. Ten inches tall, 6 inches around, and about weighing in at around 11 pounds, it's definitely meant to be held by its bottom instead of its top lip.AppleInsiderNot RatedHands on with Apple's new Intel Xeon E5, dual AMDMounted upright, this allows a relatively slow fan mounted on top to pull air up through the thermal core and evacuate it out the top, assisted by the natural upward thermal convection.AppleInsiderNot RatedHands on with Apple's new Intel Xeon E5, dual AMDIn addition to a fast, multiple core Intel CPU, the Mac Pro makes dedicated use of one GPU for driving video displays while the second is reserved for computing, from audio and graphics processing to scientific number crunching or 3D rendering.TechRadarNot RatedHands on: Mac Pro reviewWe clicked and poked our way around the version of OS X loaded on our demo model and, perhaps unsurprisingly, failed to detect even slight lag when opening and closing apps.Expert Reviews100Apple Mac Pro (late 2013) reviewIncredible power, excellent value and a stunning case that's as quiet as it is beautiful - the ultimate workstation.TrustedReviews100Apple Mac Pro reviewApple has redefined what a workstation can be with the Mac Pro. It's not for everyone, but it delivers handsomely on what it sets out to do and sets a new standard for what's possible in a desktop computer.IT Pro PortalNot RatedApple Mac Pro: Hands-on previewThe system is dead quiet, especially at idle. Even under load, streaming sixteen 4K video streams, we couldn't hear the system over the ambient room noise, which was admittedly lively in the demo room.StuffNot RatedHands on with Apple's new Mac ProIt’s an astonishing example of the future of the desktop PC - and a design so radical it’s hard to think of any other firm that would come up with it.
- 97AVERAGE USER SCORE3 ReviewsEngadget Reader100June 18, 2014Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!Why did you rate speed and features a 5 out of 5?Although my config is 6-Core, compared to my Mac Pro 4,1 8-Core 2009. It's comparatively faster with its RAM speed 1866MHz vs 1066MHz and the use of flash storage > HDD.Why did you rate design and form factor a 5 out of 5?The new design is not only very stylish but also a very user friendly design in terms of the ease of accessing the parts (including:RAMs & Flash storage) to customise your Mac Pro and the pleasant experience of using it daily. Why did you rate expandability a 4 out of 5?One would easily judge its expandability by its size. It still has the ability to customise the RAM, the HDD and possibly the CPU, but definitely not the graphics card, one point down for expandability.If you wondered why: 1. Its graphics cards' circuit-board are somewhat a part of the motherboard, one of them attaches the flash storage. 2. It is not a usual PCI-e card, it's custom made by Apple, so you can either downgrade to Apple's custom-made D300 or upgrade to D700.Why did you rate noise a 5 out of 5?Just excellent, I'll give you $4000 dollars if you still hear the fan when you turn on the air-conditioner.Why did you rate size and weight a 5 out of 5?Definitely smaller, lighter and still has a handle..;-)Why did you rate power consumption a 5 out of 5?The maximum continuous power is 450W, what?!! wow(compared to my older 2009 ver 1440W)Engadget Reader100June 8, 2014Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!A gadget unicorn - EngadgetEngadget Reader90March 11, 2014Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!It's a lot smaller than I expected and looks beautiful on my desk. It's also virtually silent. They only time I ever hear it is when I'm exporting videos from Premiere Pro and After Effects. It's also blazing fast. I get bootup times of 6-7 seconds. I'm very happy with it
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