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Apple Mac Pro


An Intel-based replacement for the Power Mac G5 had long been expected prior to the release of the Mac Pro. The iMac, Mac mini, MacBook and MacBook Pro had moved to an Intel-based architecture starting in January 2006, leaving the Power Mac G5 as the only machine in the Mac lineup still based on the PowerPC. Speculation about the G5's eventual replacement was common.

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  • 2x 2.4GHz 4-core Intel Xeon Westmere
  • Built To Order (BTO): 2x 2.66GHz 6-core or 2x 2.93 6-core
  • 6GB DDR3 ECC 1066MHz std 32GB max;
  • 1333MHz for 2.66GHz and 2.93GHz. 8 slots total.
  • 1x 1TB, 7.2K, SATA-II
  • BTO: RAID Card
  • 2TB 7.2K SATA II
  • 512GB SSD
  • Dual Channel FC Card 4Gbp or Quad Channel FC 4Gbp
  • Up to 2 more SATA ports available in optical bay
  • ATI Radeon HD 5770 1GB
  • 2x Mini DP out, plus one dual-link DVI
  • Supports 3 displays per card.
  • BTO: 2nd ATI Radeon HD 5770, or ATI Radeon HD 5870 1GB
  • 5x USB 2.0
  • 4x FW 800
  • 2x 10/100/1000 Ethernet
  • BTO: Wi-Fi (802.11n)
  • 1x 18x SuperDrive
  • BTO: 2nd 18x SuperDrive
  • 3 full-length PCI Express slots (One x16 and two x4)
  • - 300W max combined.
  • TOSLINK, analog stereo line in/out
  • 2.1 EDR


So I had an iMac, and also a Macbook Pro. I've always absolutely loved the G5 and Mac Pro - ever since they came out. I almost got a G5 years ago, but I opted for a similarly priced PC at the time. I've always wanted to know what it is like on the other side!

So finally, recently I bought a 2006 Mac Pro - 2.66ghz CPU used. I love it, and I did a few things that really helped it out - and for anyone considering this machine, as can also be found from searching the forum, these things do work great:

1.) I put in an OCZ Vertex 2 SSD drive. Big difference, it's much faster loading applications and starting up. I used the OCZ adapter mounted to the adjacent drive to hold the SSD drive in place, works great. Booted right up.

2.) I changed the ATI 1900XT for an ATI 5770, took 2 minutes to do and booted right up, performance is much better in games.

3.) RAM! Ram is so easy to add. I had 5 gigs, and am now up to 9 and want to go to 12 or 16.

4.) Bluetooth and Magic Mouse: My Magic Mouse was giving me tracking problems, so after a few searches, apparently the wires on the bluetooth/airport modules are switched. So I popped open my case, and switched the wires to the recommended positions, and all of my bluetooth problems were solved!

I have the magic track pad too, and while I like it, I still feel the mouse is more accurate when pointing in precise documents or entering stuff like music notation.

Overall I am happy! These machines are still very capable and fast, plus the expandability is amazing.

Review from Rondocap at Mac Rumors


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