Review: Apple Mac Pro 2.66GHz dual-core Intel Xeon

“The stock Apple Mac Pro 2.66 GHz model includes two 2.66 GHz dual-core Intel Xeon processors, a new Intel four slot PCI Express architecture with a NVIDIA GeForce 7300 GT 256MB graphics card. Higher performance graphics options are available including the ATI Radeon X1900 XT ($250) and the NVIDIA’s Quadro FX 4500 ($1650) at the Apple Store. The Mac Pro comes with 1GB of 667MHz DDR2 fully buffered EEC memory. It has eight memory slots that can be used to upgrade to as much as 16GB of memory using 2GB chips. Each 2.66 GHz dual-core Intel Xeon 5100 series processor has 4MB of shared L2 cache and a front side bus speed of 1.33 GHz,” Michael Bean reports for AMUG.

Bean reports, “The Mac Pro includes a 250GB SATA hard drive and a 16x SuperDrive with double-layer support (DVD+R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW). One FireWire 800 port is provided on the rear and one on the front. Two FireWire 400 ports are also provided with one in front and one in the rear. Five USB 2.0 ports are included. Three are located on the rear and two in front. No modem is included but two gigabit ethernet ports are provided. Wireless airport, bluetooth and an external modem are all optional.”

Bean reports, “The Mac Pro package includes an Apple Keyboard, Mighty Mouse, USB keyboard extension cable and a DVI to VGA adapter. The software provided with the Mac Pro includes Mac OS X, iLife (includes iTunes, iPhoto, iMovie HD, iDVD, iWeb and GarageBand), iCal, DVD Player, Comic Life, OmniOutliner, QuickBooks, Xcode Development Tools and a demo of Office, iWork and FileMaker.”

Bean conducts a rather extensive review of the Mac Pro and writes, “While the PowerMac G5 Quad felt more like a Mac truck than a race car, the Mac Pro 2.66 GHz feels more like the race car. The startup time is more than twice as fast and it processes H.264 video with amazing speed. It could be argued that a few of the Mac OS X services are still starting up after the finder appears on the monitor and that this is just a speed trick. Even so, the Mac Pro feels like a considerable speed improvement over the G5 PPC. Using non-universal applications with the Mac Pro can change that feeling in a hurry. They take much longer to launch than when using the Quad. However, I see this as a short term issue. Within a year every application that you might want will be available in a universal version.”

Full review with much more here.

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