Apple Mac Pro (mid 2013)

91
Engadget
Score
The best in its category. We highly recommend it.
91

The best in its category. We highly recommend it.

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Apple Mac Pro review (2013): small, fast and in a league of its own

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.

Pros
  • Compact, space-saving design
  • Stronggraphics performance, fast disk speeds
  • Runs quietly
  • Supports up to three 4K displays
Cons
  • 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
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Model
Quad-Core

Key Specs

Type
Desktop
Bundled OS
Mac OS
Processor speed
3.7 GHz
Video outputs
HDMI
System RAM
12 GB

General

Type
Desktop
Bundled OS
Mac OS (Mavericks [10.9])

Processor

Processor make
Intel (Xeon) (E5)
Processor speed
3.7 GHz
Number of CPUs
1
Number of cores (per CPU)
Quad-core

Video

Graphics adapter
Discrete (ATI / AMD)
SLI
yes (Dual)
Video outputs
HDMI (v1.4)
Integrated TV tuner
no

Optical media

Optical drives
None

Networking

WiFi
yes (802.11a, 802.11ac, 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n) (WEP, WPA, WPA2)
Ethernet
10/100/1000 [Gigabit] (2 ports)
Analog modem
None

Memory details

RAM bus / speed
DDR3 (1866)

Storage details

Storage interface
SATA

System

Chipset
Intel

Environmental

System cooling
Fan-cooled

Other features

Wireless keyboard / mouse
yes (Bluetooth)

Memory and storage (basic)

System RAM
12 GB

Connections

USB (rear)
3.0 (4 port(s))
USB (front)
None
Thunderbolt
yes (6 port(s))
FireWire (rear)
no
FireWire (front)
no
Bluetooth
4.0

Audio

Type
Integrated
Audio inputs
3.5mm
Audio outputs
3.5mm
Audio channels
Stereo
Built-in microphone
no
Speakers
Stereo

Power

Power adapter
External
Model
6-Core

Key Specs

Type
Desktop
Bundled OS
Mac OS
Processor speed
3.5 GHz
Video outputs
HDMI
System RAM
16 GB

General

Type
Desktop
Bundled OS
Mac OS (Mavericks [10.9])

Processor

Processor make
Intel (Xeon) (E5)
Processor speed
3.5 GHz
Number of CPUs
1
Number of cores (per CPU)
Hexa-core

Video

Graphics adapter
Discrete (ATI / AMD)
SLI
yes (Dual)
Video outputs
HDMI (v1.4)
Integrated TV tuner
no

Optical media

Optical drives
None

Networking

WiFi
yes (802.11a, 802.11ac, 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n) (WEP, WPA, WPA2)
Ethernet
10/100/1000 [Gigabit] (2 ports)
Analog modem
None

Memory details

RAM bus / speed
DDR3 (1866)

Storage details

Storage interface
SATA

System

Chipset
Intel

Environmental

System cooling
Fan-cooled

Other features

Wireless keyboard / mouse
yes (Bluetooth)

Memory and storage (basic)

System RAM
16 GB

Connections

USB (rear)
3.0 (4 port(s))
USB (front)
None
Thunderbolt
yes (6 port(s))
FireWire (rear)
no
FireWire (front)
no
Bluetooth
4.0

Audio

Type
Integrated
Audio inputs
3.5mm
Audio outputs
3.5mm
Audio channels
Stereo
Built-in microphone
no
Speakers
Stereo

Power

Power adapter
External