Summary: After years of waiting/saving and serendipitously having a career requirement to upgrade my computer, I finally made the investment in this desktop. I know this is the lower-end model of the Mac Pros at the time, but it is definitely fulfilling my needs. Yes, I wish encoding could be a bit faster and that I had more processors to work with when I'm running and utilizing dozens of different apps along with Parallels and Windows 7, but it's generally not an issue.
Good, not great - Always something with this machine
20 October 2012
Summary: I use this computer with 16GB of ram primarily for photoshop and final cut. I have problems with both unexpectedly closing whenever this diva of a machine doesn't want to render simple filters. Here's the final straw I've had with this Machine: This morning I arrived at work to work on a newsletter I was hired to bang out. It couldn't wake it up. Mind you, it's on, it just won't wake up. This has been one of a million tiny things that drive me crazy about this machine.
This is about the MP, but mostly about Amazon's amazing customer service
12 March 2012
Summary: A lot of this has to be abridged for confidentiality purposes. I am working on a project of genuinely historic significance (designed to make a huge impact on America's most underserved geographic community). The total cost of the project will end up in 9 figures. I (my new company) was blessed enough to land a critical role in the project. One of my duties involved data. I bought a Mac Pro. It failed within two weeks.
Summary: I just don't see what the rave is about on the MACpros .This is not money well spent, I have this at work for about 3 months now and all I can say is "that's it?" for 2.5K it only has 3gigs of ram and it is the base entrance level pile of poop Ram, don't bother scoring your system it isn't worth being proud of.
Summary: This is a great computer -- no question about it. And if you need lots of monitor real estate, you have to go with this machine. It will handle three 30" monitors out of the box and will support three more with an additional graphics card. For those of you who miss the Apple 30" monitor, I recommend the Dell U3011. It's a better monitor and costs less than what Apple charged for theirs. The MacPro graphics card has two Mini DisplayPort interfaces and one dual link DVI.
Summary: I have been running Mac Pro / PowerMac as our primary desktop since 2003 and they continue to be very solidly built, well designed, dead quiet, and reliable workhorse desktops. I very seriously considered trying to move to using a Mac Mini or MacBook Pro instead of a bulky tower, but every time I did the final evaluation, I kept going back to the Mac Pro, despite its price.
Summary: I stepped up from an 2010 iMac i7 to the 2.8 Quad Core Mac Pro after realizing that I wanted a system that can grow with me as new tech comes down the pipeline. You can easily upgrade RAM, videocard, drives, and even the CPU if you are careful. The base 2.8 model gives you the best bang for the buck. I bought from Amazon and got 12 GB of RAM with the money I saved vs. Apple and no tax. And now the machine flys with all the extra memory.
Summary: First things first...this computer is fast. I have been using a 2007 Macbook Pro and 2010 iMac along with a with a expensive Windows rig for awhile now... and this computer blows them away. I use Adobe Illustrator, Soundbooth, and Premiere Pro on a daily basis on it and it works great. Pros: Apple OS X (duh!) Sexy aluminum case Extremely well constructed Easily upgradeable Easily hook up dual displays (that aren't glossy!