Mac Pro: Quad Core. Up to 3GHz.

Mac ProApple on WWDC 2006 unveiled Mac Pro, a G5 Power Mac successor. Mac Pro is Intel-powered Mac Pro. Running on the Intel Xeon dual core processor, codenamed "Woodcrest" while in development, the new 64-bitcomputer offers up to 3GHz speed, 4MB shared L2 cache, and a 1.33GHz front-side bus for each processor. With advanced performance, greater expansion, higher performance graphics options and unprecedented customization, the newly designed Mac Pro is the ideal system for the most demanding user. The introduction of the Mac Pro marks the completion of a rapid and seamless transition for Apple, with the entire Mac family now using Intel’s latest processors.

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Apple Store“Apple has successfully completed the transition to using Intel processors in just seven months—210 days to be exact,” said Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO. “And what better product to complete it with than the new Mac Pro, the workstation Mac users have been dreaming about.”

The new Mac Pro features the new Dual-Core Intel Xeon 5100 series processor based on the revolutionary Intel Core microarchitecture, delivering breakthrough performance and power efficiency. The new Mac Pro is up to twice as fast as the Power Mac G5 Quad running industry standard benchmarks and features two Dual-Core Intel Xeon processors running up to 3.0 GHz, each with 4MB of shared L2 cache and independent 1.33 GHz front-side buses. With 667 MHz DDR2 fully-buffered memory, the Mac Pro also boasts a 256-bit wide memory architecture for amazing bandwidth.

The standard configuration Mac Pro offers two 2.66GHz Dual Core Intel Xeon processors (making the computer a quad-core machine), 1GB of 667MHz DDR2 ECC RAM, a 250GB 7200RPM Serial ATA hard drive, a 16X Dual Layer SuperDrive, NVIDIA's GeForce 7300 GT video card with 256MB of Video RAM, and four PCI Express slots: one a double-wide graphics slot and the other three full-length slots. The standard configuration is priced at US$2499(MA356LL/A).

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It also features a pair of USB 2.0 ports, one FireWire 800 port, and one FireWire 400 port on the front, with three USB 2.0 ports, one FireWire 800 port, and one FireWire 400 port on the back. In addition, the Mac Pro has dual Gigabit Ethernet ports, optical digital input and output, and analog audio input and output. It supports AirPort Extreme and Bluetooth 2.0+EDR, which are built-to-order (BTO) options.

Other BTO options on the Mac Pro include 2.0GHz or 3.0GHz Dual Core Xeon processors, 16GB RAM, up to four 500GB hard drives, an extra SuperDrive, and an ATI Radeon X1900 XT or NVIDIA Quadro FX 4500 video card, either one with 512MB of Video RAM. The BTO video cards can drive a pair of 30-inch Apple Cinema HD displays, while the stock GeForce 7300 GT video card can accommodate one 30-inch display or a pair of smaller displays. The Quadro FX 4500 also has a stereo 3D port. Downgrade to 2.0 GHz Dual-Core Intel Xeon will have US$ 300, upgrade to 3.0 GHz Dual-Core Intel Xeon will cost $800 more.

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