Excerpt: After years of seemingly neglecting Apple’s most hardcore, highest-paying users, a 2012 email from Tim Cook finally gave people hope. Hope for the first truly rethought version of the Mac Pro since it was introduced in 2006.
Pros: Can be incredibly fast, Small, sleek design, Virtually silent, Excellent graphics performance
Cons: Needs software tuning to get performance right, Very expensive
Conclusion: Mac-using professionals who've been holding their breath for 9 months can finally exhale. The new Intel Xeon-powered Apple Mac Pro is a worthy successor to the Power Mac G5 and its variants.
Pros: Microsoft Windows- and Mac OS X-compatible (with Boot Camp). Quad-core performance. Approaches Native PPC performance, even with older apps. Ordering system simplified. PCIe slots galore support multiple monitors with extra graphics cards. Easy to service and upgrade. Quieter than the old Power M...
Cons: Windows support isn't quite there yet (still beta). Stratospheric pricing as configured. ECC DDR2 memory is expensive.
Conclusion: The Apple Mac Pro (Xeon E5620) might be overkill compared with some of its workstation rivals and all-in-one alternatives, but it's still a worthy addition to your art/scientific/entertainment company's arsenal of number-crunching weapons.
Pros: Pro grade equipment. Lots of input/output ports. Easy expansion.
Prepare for ludicrous speed: Ars reviews the 8-core Mac Pro
7 April 2009
Conclusion: Despite fully saturating the cores, Cinema 4D doesn't scale as well as I thought it would. It's respectable, but considering that all sixteen threads are maxed, this isn't a great result.
Pros: Ridiculous speed for multi-threaded 3D rendering in certain applications, Even better internal layout than previous models, Still a very quiet workstation overall, Good power consumption-to-speed ratio
Cons: Eight-core machines are very expensive, RAM slot count not well matched to triple-channel memory, No adapters included for mini DisplayPort to DVI, No workstation-class 3D card option and GT 120 graphics card is painfully underpowered, Currently, very few applications make full use of eight cores...
Apple goes to Harpertown: a review of the new Mac Pro
20 February 2008
Conclusion: Unlike the transition from the Power Macintosh G5 to the Mac Pro, the change from the first- to second-generation Mac Pro is evolutionary, not revolutionary. Apple has stuck with the same exterior form factor that it has used for going on five years (the G5 was originally introduced in July 2003),...
Pros: Eight cores and a 3.0GHz clock speed makes for a blazing fast computer, It's easy to add hard drives and another DVD burner, Two PCIe 2.0 ports, Not much in the way of fan noise, A plethora of ports: USB 2.0, FireWire 400, FireWire 800, Will run just about any OS you throw at it, Bluetooth includ...
Cons: Hard drives can be loud when Time Machine or Spotlight are doing their thing, 320GB, 8MB cache default hard drive configuration, FB-DIMMs mean you pay more for memory, A $150 video card in a $3,599 computer
Conclusion: After poking, prodding, booting, and rebooting Apple's latest and greatest, the big question is whether all the anticipation was worth it. First, did Apple adequately address the flaws of the previous pro desktop design?