Apple Mac Pro Eight Core 3.0 (Late 2013)

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. 

Other 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

These cylinder Mac Pro models are designed around an innovative unified thermal core and not only have faster processors than earlier models but also have faster memory, dual workstation class graphics processors, and faster PCIe 2.0 x4 flash storage. The system provides extensive high speed ports for external connectivity options instead of internal expansion options.

The Mac Pro Eight Core 3.0 (Late 2013) is powered by one 3.0 GHz Eight Core 22-nm Xeon E5-1680v2 processor with a 256k level 2 cache for each core and 25 MB of level 3 Smart Cache. This model has 12 GB or 16 GB of 1866 MHz DDR3 ECC SDRAM, a 256 GB SSD, and dual AMD FirePro D300 or D500 graphics processors with 2 GB or 3 GB of GDDR5 memory each.

Connectivity includes 4 USB 3.0 ports, six Thunderbolt 2 ports, one HDMI 1.4 UltraHD port, and Dual Gigabit Ethernet ports in addition to 802.11ac and Bluetooth 4.0. It supports up to three 4K displays or six Thunderbolt displays.

3.0 GHz 8 Core Xeon E5-1680v2
12 GB, 16 GB 128 GB
AMD FirePro D300/D500 x2 GDDR5 SDRAM
Details: If otherwise configured as one of the default configurations, this system has either dual AMD FirePro D300 or D500 graphics processors with 2 GB or 3 GB of GDDR5 memory each, respectively.The AMD FirePro D300 graphics processors have “1280 stream processors, a 256-bit-wide memory bus, 160 GB/s of memory bandwidth, and provide 2 teraflops of performance.” The AMD FirePro D500 graphics processors have “1526 stream processors, [a] 384-bit-wide memory bus, 240 GB/s memory bandwidth, and 2.2 teraflops performance.”

It also can be custom configured with dual AMD FirePro D700 [graphics processors], each with 6 GB of GDDR5 VRAM, 2048 stream processors, [a] 384-bit-wide memory bus, 264 GB/s memory bandwidth, and 3.5 teraflops performance.”

2 GB, 3 GB 2 GB, 3 GB
Details: Other graphics cards also can be pre-installed at the time of purchase. Subsequent upgrades also may be possible, but the design is proprietary.
Up to 6 Displays 4K (3840×2160)
Details: This system supports up to three 4K displays (3840×2160) — two using Thunderbolt 2 ports and one using the HDMI port — or as many as six displays up to 2560×1600 using Thunderbolt 2 ports.
Dual/Mirroring 4K (3840×2160) x2
Details: This model supports as many as three 4K displays (3840×2160) or as many as six Thunderbolt displays (up to 2560×1600).
256 GB SSD Proprietary (PCIe)
None None
None Gigabit (x2)
Details: This system has dual 10/100/1000BASE-T [Gigabit] Ethernet (RJ-45) ports.
802.11ac 4.0
4 (3.0) None
None None
Details: This Mac Pro has no expansion slots in the traditional sense (PCIe, for example) nor expansion bays for additional storage.
None None
Cylinder Mac Pro (Gray Cylinder)
BTO/CTO Late 2013
A1481 (EMC 2630) MacPro6,1
Details: Please note that these identifiers refer to more than one model.Also see: All Macs with the A1481 Model Number, the 2630 EMC Number, and the MacPro6,1 Model Identifier.
N/A N/A
X 10.9.1 (13B4116) Current
Original Price (US): $4999

Rating overview

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Total score
Excellent 5

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