Sunday, August 22, 2010

New Apple 12-core Mac Pro Review

12 Core Mac Pro

On Tuesday 27 July, Apple introduced their new and revamped Mac Pro  and giving it power of processing upto 12 Cores that s upto 50 percent greater than previous generations. As said by Apple's senior vice president of worldwide marketing, Philip Schiller, "The new Mac Pro is the most powerful and configurable Mac we've ever made. With up to 12 cores, the new Mac Pro outperforms our previous top-of-the-line system by up to 50 percent, and with over a billion possible configurations, our customers can create exactly the system they want."

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Here is a review of the New Mac Pro:

Size and weight:
  • Height:
    20.1 inches (51.1 cm)
  • Width:
    8.1 inches (20.6 cm)
  • Depth:
    18.7 inches (47.5 cm)
  • Weight:
    8-core 41.2 pounds (18.7 kg)2
    Quad-core 39.9 pounds (18.1 kg)2
  • 8-core (standard configuration)
  • Two 2.4GHz Quad-Core Intel Xeon E5620 “Westmere” processors
  • 12MB of fully shared L3 cache per processor
  • 8MB of fully shared L3 cache per processor
  • Advanced Intel micro-architecture
Connections and audio:
  • Four FireWire 800 ports (two on front panel, two on back panel)
  • Five USB 2.0 ports (two on front panel, three on back panel)
  • Two USB 2.0 ports on included keyboard
  • Front-panel headphone minijack and internal speaker
  • Optical digital audio input and output TOSLINK ports
  • Analog stereo line-level input and output minijacks
  • Multichannel audio through Mini DisplayPort
Graphics and displays:
  • Double-wide, 16-lane PCI Express 2.0 graphics slot with one of the following graphics cards installed:
  • ATI Radeon HD 5770 with 1GB of GDDR5 memory, PCI Express 2.0, two Mini DisplayPort outputs, and one dual-link DVI port
  • ATI Radeon HD 5870 with 1GB of GDDR5 memory, PCI Express 2.0, two Mini DisplayPort outputs, and one dual-link DVI port
  • Option to install two ATI Radeon HD 5770 cards
  • Support for up to six displays
  • Support for digital resolutions up to 2560 by 1600 pixels
  • Support for analog resolutions up to 2048 by 1536 pixels
  • Video adapters
  • Dual-processor systems
      -2.4GHz system: 1066MHz DDR3 ECC SDRAM
      -2.66GHz and 2.93GHz systems: 1333MHz DDR3 ECC SDRAM
      -Eight memory slots (four per processor) supporting up to 32GB of main memory using --1GB, 2GB,     or 4GB DIMMs
  • Single-processor systems
     -2.8GHz and 3.2GHz systems: 1066MHz DDR3 ECC SDRAM
     -3.33GHz system: 1333MHz DDR3 ECC SDRAM
     -Four memory slots supporting up to 16GB of main memory using 1GB, 2GB, or 4GB DIMMs
  • Built-in AirPort Extreme 802.11n Wi-Fi wireless networking;4 IEEE 802.11a/b/g compatible
  • Bluetooth 2.1 + Enhanced Data Rate (EDR) wireless technology
  • Two independent 10/100/1000BASE-T Ethernet (RJ-45) interfaces with support for jumbo frames
Electrical and operating requirements:
  • Line voltage: 100-120V AC or 200-240V AC (wide-range power supply input voltage)
  • Frequency: 50Hz to 60Hz single phase
  • Current: Maximum of 12A (low-voltage range) or 6A (high-voltage range)
  • Operating temperature: 50° to 95° F (10° to 35° C)
  • Storage temperature: -40° to 116° F (-40° to 47° C)
PCI Express expansion:
  • Three open full-length PCI Express expansion slots6
  • One PCI Express 2.0 x16 slot
  • Two PCI Express 2.0 x4 slots
  • All slots provide mechanical support for 16-lane cards
  • 300W combined maximum for all PCI Express slots
  • Four 3.5-inch cable-free, direct-attach drive bays with built-in independent 3Gb/s Serial 
  • ATA channels; four internal drive carriers included
  • Up to 8TB of internal storage in bays 1 through 4 using hard drives or solid-state drives
  • Optional Mac Pro RAID Card with 512MB cache and 72-hour cache battery backup7
  • 18x SuperDrive with double-layer support (DVD±R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW)
  • Writes DVD+R and DVD-R discs at up to 18x speed
  • Writes DVD+R DL and DVD-R DL discs at up to 8x speed
  • Writes DVD+RW discs at up to 8x speed
  • Writes DVD-RW discs at up to 6x speed
  • Reads DVDs at up to 18x speed
  • Writes CD-R and CD-RW discs at up to 32x speed
  • Reads CDs at up to 32x speed
  • One open optical drive bay for optional second SuperDrive
  • Starts at $2,499 for a 2.8GHz quad-core Intel Xeon W3530 processor
  • Up to $3.499 for an 8-core with two 2.4 GHz quad-core Intel Xeon E5620 processors.
    (Now available in Apple's online store and retail outlets.)
Compared to the old Mac Pro
  • Apple's last-generation Mac Pro came in two configurations: a quad-core and an 8-Core.The first had one 2.66GHz quad-core Intel Xeon "Nehalem" processor, 3GB of RAM, a 640GB hard drive, 18x SuperDrive and the Nvidia GeForce GT 120 with 512MB.
    This Mac Pro cost $2,499.
  • The high-end 8-core Mac Pro model had two 2.26GHz quad-core Nehalem processors, 6GB of RAM, a 640GB hard drive, an 18x SuperDrive, and the Nvidia GeForce GT 120 with 512MB. This Mac Pro cost $3,299.

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