Apple Mac Pro Eight Core 2.93 (2009/Nehalem)

A versatile and powerful workstation 

Praised for years as Apple’s most customizable computer, the Mac Pro rivals — and in many cases surpasses — the performance of its iMac cousin. The elegant aluminum case design of the pre-2013 models maintains Apple’s trademark stylish professionalism, while the Late 2013 Mac Pro offers a strikingly modern and compact design. This stark contrast is still the subject of much debate, despite the unique strengths of both designs.

The ease with which users can upgrade the pre-2013 workstation is among its foremost appeals, especially considering the difficulty of upgrading any of Apple’s other modern devices. While this advantage is somewhat lost with the release of the 2013 models, the new Mac Pro still provides state-of-the-
art hardware and impressive computing power despite its compactness. 

DSC08804Other advantages of the 2013 model over its predecessor include a much quieter cooling system and smaller design, in addition to many ports in order to retain external expandability.

This high-end workstation provides a slew of configuration options straight from Apple, and such customized units can be found used in great variety. 

The Mac Pro is geared toward the professional. Any professional. Though entertainment options abound — and the Mac Pro won’t fail to impress — this desktop computer’s true talent stems from its versatility and power in the workplace. 

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Full Technical Specs of this Model

The Mac Pro Eight Core 2.93 (Early 2009/Nehalem) is powered by two 2.93 GHz Quad Core 45-nm Xeon X5570 (Nehalem) processors with a 256k level 2 cache for each core and 8 MB of fully shared level 3 cache per processor.

It was configured with 6 GB of 1066 MHz DDR3 ECC SDRAM, a 640 GB (7200 RPM, 16 MB cache) 3Gb/s Serial ATA hard drive, an 18X dual-layer SuperDrive and an NVIDIA GeForce GT 120 with 512 MB of GDDR3 memory.

Expansion includes four internal 3.5″ cable-free, direct attach hard drive bays (three free by default), two external 5.25″ optical bays (one free by default), and four PCIe 2.0 slots (one free PCIe 2.0 x16 slot and two free PCIe 2.0 x4 slots with the default single graphics card installed).

Ports include dual Gigabit Ethernet, five USB 2.0 ports, four Firewire 800 ports, and both a Mini DisplayPort and a dual-link DVI port, among others. Bluetooth 2.1+EDR is standard and AirPort Extreme (802.11g/n) is optional.

The Early 2009/Nehalem models look much the same externally as the Early 2008 models, though there are major technical differences. The 64-bit Nehalem architecture is substantially faster and supports Hyper-Threading — which allows two threads to run simultaneously on each core (so MacOS X recognizes sixteen virtual cores on this model) — and Turbo Boost — which boosts the processor speed based on workload (so if an application is only using one of the eight cores it will automatically increase the speed of the core in use and turn off the unused cores).

It replaces the frontside bus with a new QuickPath Interconnect (QPI) system described as a bidirectional, point-to-point connection that provides quick access to the I/O, disk, and other Mac Pro subsystems.

Other changes include a redesigned interior case with the processors and memory on a removable tray.

2.93 GHz Q. Core Xeon X5570 x2
6 GB 128 GB
GeForce GT 120 GDDR3 SDRAM
Details: By default, a NVIDIA GeForce GT 120 with 512 MB of GDDR3 memory was installed in a double-wide, 16-lane PCI Express 2.0 graphics slot. It has both a Mini DisplayPort and a dual-link DVI port. By custom configuration, this model also was available with as many as four NVIDIA GeForce GT 120 graphics cards (for US$150/each after the first one) or an ATI Radeon HD 4870 with 512 MB of GDDR5 memory, for an additional US$200.
512 MB 512 MB
Details: Other graphics cards could be pre-installed at the time of purchase or can be installed later.
Up to 8 Displays 2560×1600
Details: With four video cards installed. By default, one NVIDIA GeForce GT 120 was installed and it can support two 30-inch displays. The default video card is capable of supporting digital resolutions up to 2560×1600 and analog resolutions up to 2048×1536.
Dual/Mirroring 2560×1600
Details: The NVIDIA GeForce GT 120 is capable of supporting two 30-inch displays with a resolution of 2560×1600 in either dual display or mirrored mode.
640 GB (7200 RPM) Serial ATA (3 Gb/s)
18X DL “SuperDrive” None
None Gigabit (x2)
Details: External Apple USB Modem offered for US$49. The system has “two independent 10/100/1000BASE-T [Gigabit] Ethernet (RJ-45) interfaces with support for jumbo frames.”
802.11a/b/g/n (Opt) 2.1+EDR
5 (2.0) 4 (800)
4 PCIe 2.0, AP 4 3.5″, 2 5.25″
Details: This model has four full-length PCI Express (PCIe) 2.0 expansion slots, two x16 slots and two x4 slots. In the default configuration, one PCIe 2.0 x16 slot is occupied by the graphics card. Apple also reports that “all slots provide mechanical support for 16-lane cards” and there is a “300W combined maximum for all PCI Express slots.”
Apple Aluminum KB Mighty Mouse
Tower Mac Pro
BTO/CTO Early 2009
A1289 (EMC 2314) MacPro4,1
Details: Please note that these identifiers refer to more than one model.Also see: All Macs with the A1289 Model Number, the 2314 EMC Number, and the MacPro4,1 Model Identifier.
X 10.5.6 (9G3553) Current
Original Price (US): $5899

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Excellent 5

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