Apple Mac Pro Quad Core 2.66 (Original)

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 Quad Core 2.66 is the first Intel-based tower Mac. It is powered by two 2.66 GHz dual core Intel Xeon 5150 processors with 4 MB of shared level 2 cache per processor, a 128-bit SSE3 vector engine, and 1.33 GHz 64-bit dual independent frontside buses. Offered with custom configuration were two 2 GHz Dual Core Xeon 5130 processors, two 3 GHz Dual Core Xeon 5160processors, or two 3 GHz Quad Core Xeon X5365 (Clovertown) processors.

It was configured with 1.0 GB of 667 MHz DDR2 ECC fully-buffered FB-DIMM memory (with a heatsink design that is slightly different from generic FB-DIMMs), a 250 GB (7200 RPM) 3 Gb/s Serial ATA hard drive, a double-layer 16X SuperDrive, and a NVIDIA GeForce 7300 GT video card with 256 MB of GDDR2 SDRAM, one dual-link DVI port and one single-link DVI port.

Expansion includes four internal 3.5″ cable-free, direct attach hard drive bays (three free by default), two external 5.25″ optical bays (one occupied by default), and four PCIe slots (three free with one graphics card installed). Ports include five USB 2.0 ports, dual Gigabit Ethernet, two Firewire 400 ports, two Firewire 800 ports, and optical digital audio in/out, among others. Bluetooth 2.0+EDR, AirPort Extreme (802.11g/n), and a modem are optional.

2.66 GHz D. Core Xeon 5150 x2
1 GB 32 GB
GeForce 7300 GT GDDR2 SDRAM
Details: The NVIDIA GeForce 7300 GT with 256 MB of GDDR2 SDRAM is installed in a “double-wide” 16-lane PCI Express slot. It has one single-link DVI port and one dual-link DVI port. Other graphics card options included the 512 MB ATI Radeon X1900 XT and the 512 MB NVIDIA Quadro FX 4500, Stereo 3D with two dual-link DVI ports.
256 MB 256 MB
Details: Other graphics cards could be pre-installed at the time of purchase or installed later. Two other cards were offered at the time of purchase with 512 MB of memory.
Up to 8 Displays 2560×1600
Details: Apple advertised that this model can support “up to eight displays” with four NVIDIA GeForce 7300 GT graphics cards installed, each supporting two displays (one card is installed by default). The NVIDIA GeForce 7300 GT is capable of supporting “digital resolutions up to 1920 by 1200″ pixels, the dual-link DVI port supports “up to 2560 by [1]600 pixels”. It also supports analog resolutions “up to 2048 by 1536″.
Dual/Mirroring 1920×1200
Details: The NVIDIA GeForce 7300 GT is capable of simultaneously supporting a 30″ display like the 30″ Cinema Display HD (2560×1600 native) and a 23″ display like the 23″ Cinema Display (1920×1200 native).
250 GB (7200 RPM) Serial ATA (3 Gb/s)
6X DL “SuperDrive” None
None Gigabit (x2)
Details: An external Apple USB Modem was available 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) 2.0+EDR (Optional)
5 (2.0) 2 (400), 2 (800)
4 PCIe, AP/BL 4 3.5″, 2 5.25″
Details: The Mac Pro has four PCIe expansion slots (one double-wide 16-lane PCI Express slot is occupied by the NVIDIA GeForce 7300 GT in the default configuration, and three full-length PCI Express expansion slots are open). Apple also reports that the system has “configurable bandwidth that mechanically supports 16-lane cards [and supports] 300W combined max for all PCI Express slots.”
Apple Keyboard Mighty Mouse
Tower Mac Pro
MA356LL/A Mac Pro
A1186 (EMC 2113) MacPro1,1
Details: The custom configuration of the original Mac Pro with two 3 GHzQuad Core Xeon X5365 processors identifies itself as MacPro2,1. It has a variety of different characteristics in addition to a different model identifier and has documented it as its own model.
X 10.4.7 (8K1079) X 10.7.5
Original Price (US): $2499

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