Apple Mac Pro Quad Core 3.2 (2010/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 Quad Core 3.2 (Mid-2010/Nehalem) is powered by one 3.2 GHz Quad Core 45-nm Xeon W3565 (Nehalem) processor with a dedicated 256k level 2 cache for each core and 8 MB of fully shared level 3 cache.

It is configured with 3 GB of 1066 MHz DDR3 ECC SDRAM, a 1 TB (7200 RPM, 32 MB cache) 3Gb/s Serial ATA hard drive, an 18X dual-layer SuperDrive and an ATI Radeon HD 5770 graphics card with 1 GB of GDDR5 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, two Mini DisplayPorts and a dual-link DVI port, among others. AirPort Extreme (802.11a/b/g/n) and Bluetooth 2.1+EDR are standard.

The Mid-2010 models look essentially the same externally as the Early 2009 models, though all Mid-2010 models are equipped with faster graphics. There are significant technical differences for the higher-end Westmere models, including faster processors and as many as twelve cores (two six core processors) via custom configuration.

3.2 GHz Q. Core Xeon W3565
3 GB 48 GB
Radeon HD 5770 GDDR5 SDRAM
Details: By default, an ATI Radeon HD 5770 with 1 GB of GDDR5 memory is installed in a double-wide, 16-lane PCI Express 2.0 graphics slot. The card has two Mini DisplayPorts and one dual-link DVI port. By custom configuration it also can be equipped with an ATI Radeon HD 5870 which also has 1 GB of GDDR5 memory for an additional US$200 or two ATI Radeon HD 5770 video cards for an additional US$250.
1 GB 1 GB
Details: Other graphics cards can be pre-installed at the time of purchase or can be installed later.
Up to 6 Displays 2560×1600
Details: Apple advertises that this system is capable of supporting up to six displays but notes that “connecting more than three displays requires installation of two ATI Radeon HD 5770 video cards”. Apple also notes that there is “a maximum of two DVI-based displays per graphics card.” By default, one ATI Radeon HD 5770 video card is installed and this default video card is capable of supporting three displays — digital resolutions up to 2560×1600 and analog resolutions up to 2048×1536.
Dual/Mirroring 2560×1600
Details: The ATI Radeon HD 5770 is capable of supporting three 30-inch displays with a resolution of 2560×1600 in either dual display or mirrored mode.
1 TB (7200 RPM) Serial ATA (3 Gb/s)
18X DL “SuperDrive” None
None Gigabit (x2)
Details: The system has “two independent 10/100/1000BASE-T [Gigabit] Ethernet (RJ-45) interfaces with support for jumbo frames.”
802.11a/b/g/n 2.1+EDR
5 (2.0) 4 (800)
4 PCIe 2.0 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 Magic Mouse
Tower Mac Pro
BTO/CTO Mid-2010
A1289 (EMC 2314-2) MacPro5,1
Details: Please note that these identifiers refer to more than one model.Also see: All Macs with the A1289 Model Number, the 2314-2 EMC Number, and the MacPro5,1 Model Identifier.
X 10.6.4 (10F2521) Current
Original Price (US): $2899

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