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Apple Mac Pro MA970LL/A Desktop (Two 2.8GHz Quad-Core Intel Xeon Processors, 2 GB RAM, 320 GB Hard Drive, 16x SuperDrive)
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Manufacturer: Apple Computer
Average Customer Rating: Average rating of 5.0/5Average rating of 5.0/5Average rating of 5.0/5Average rating of 5.0/5Average rating of 5.0/5

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Binding: Personal Computers
Brand: Apple
CPU Manufacturer: Intel
CPU Speed: 2.8
CPU Type: Intel Pentium II Xeon
EAN: 0718908999318
Feature: Two 2.8 GHz quad-core Intel Xeon processors with dual-independent 1600 MHz front side buses
Hard Disk Size: 320
Label: Apple Computer
Manufacturer: Apple Computer
Model: MA970LL/A
Processor Count: 8
Publisher: Apple Computer
Studio: Apple Computer
System Memory Size: 2000
System Memory Type: DDR2 SDRAM

Features
Two 2.8 GHz quad-core Intel Xeon processors with dual-independent 1600 MHz front side buses
2 GB RAM expandable up to 32 GB, 320 GB hard drive, 16x Double-Layer SuperDrive
ATI Radeon HD 2600 XT 256MB (Two dual-link DVI)
Two FireWire 800 ports, two FireWire 400 ports, five USB 2.0 ports, and two USB 2.0 ports on keyboard
Mac OS X v10.5 Leopard (includes Time Machine, Quick Look, Spaces, Spotlight, Dashboard, Mail, iChat, Safari, Address Book, QuickTime, iCal, DVD Player, Photo Booth, Front Row, Xcode Developer Tools), iLife '08 (includes iTunes, iPhoto, iMovie, iDVD, iWeb, and GarageBand)

Accessories
MobileMe Retail
VMware Fusion 2
Roxio Toast 9 Titanium
Adobe Photoshop Elements 6 (Mac)
Parallels Desktop 4.0 for Mac

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Editorial Reviews:

Start your engines, all eight of them. Eight-core processing power was once only top-of-the-line. Now it comes standard. This time around, performance is more phenomenal than ever - up to two times faster than the previous standard-configuration Mac Pro. And with the multi-core technology enhancements of Mac OS X Leopard, the new Mac Pro is a force to be reckoned with. For what ever your working on, either Photoshop or Final Cut Pro enjoy up to 1.8 times faster processing power with this new Mac Pro. All-new high-performance graphics cards from ATI make Mac Pro graphics technology even more cutting edge. ATI Radeon HD 2600 XT with 256MB of GDDR3 memory, PCI Express 2.0, and two dual-link DVI ports - provides great performance for typical creative applications. The Mac Pro has four 3.5-inch internal hard drive bays that allows for an enormous amount of internal storage, up to 4TB. These bays are direct-attach and cable free, just attach the drive carrier to a Serial ATA hard drive and slide the drive into place. Another smart design allows you to install more memory in a snap. Mac Pro has two memory riser cards with four fully buffered DIMM slots each. Just slide out the riser cards and snap in the memory. With a total of eight DIMM slots available, you can install up to 32GB of 800MHz ECC DIMM memory. If you're looking for a powerful and a sweet looking desktop this is the one for you. ATI Radeon HD 2600 XT 256MB GDDR3 video memory SuperDrive with double-layer support Bluetooth 2.0 + EDR Two independent 10/100/1000BASE-T Ethernet Front ports - FireWire 800, FireWire 400, 2 USB, Headphone minijack and speaker Back ports - FireWire 800, FireWire 400, 3 USB, Optical Digital Audio In/Out TOSLINK ports, Stereo line-level input/output, 2 RJ-45, 2 DVI ports Expansion slots - 2 PCI Express x4, 1 PCI Express 2.0 x16 Drive bays - One open optical drive bay for optional second SuperDrive, 4 internal 3.5 Mo


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Customer Rating: Average rating of 4/5Average rating of 4/5Average rating of 4/5Average rating of 4/5Average rating of 4/5
Summary: very nice, overpriced
Comment: The Appleheads are right: This is a great machine with a nice operating system. The Apple OS, though flawed, is better than MS, especially Vista.

The Appleheads are wrong: It is probably not worth double the price of a comparable PC. There are almost as many weird crashes and oddball things that don't work as with XP. One reason I got it was Vista is getting such a bad rap and XP will not be supported forever.

My bottom line: If prices were roughly equivalent (or if money is no object for you), I would recommend the Apple over the PC. As it is I am not so sure. I think Appleheads overstate the advantages. For the most part the advantages and disadvantages cancel each other, in my view, with a slight edge to Apple. Hopefully MS will get it together with Windows 7.

It would have been nice if Apple had licensed its operating system to other vendors. Their hardware is good, but not always the best out there. Most of their parts come from the same place as the PC parts. Some of their design concepts are useful and superior, others are just "look cool" nonsense. If other computer manufacturers could offer the Apple OS the competition would leave us all be better off.

Customer Rating: Average rating of 5/5Average rating of 5/5Average rating of 5/5Average rating of 5/5Average rating of 5/5
Summary: Hi, I'm a Mac :)
Comment: I've decided to retire my second generation G4 (8.5 years old) as it has served its purpose. Never complaining or crashing unlike WinTurd machines I've used at work and home. But video wasn't great in a web browser and I couldn't upgrade to the latest OS or use the latest Adobe suite.

The new Mac arrived and in a few minutes I slapped in another 8 gigs of ram (4 x 2) and two 1TB drives. This machine SMOKES faster than anything I've ever used. Photoshop CS3 opens in like 2 seconds. I could start up and shut down 5 times before my Winturd machine will fully boot.

And what people say about silence is true. When you walk into a room there's virtually no sound, it's whisper silent. Of course when you use a DVD you can hear the drive spinning the disc.

This Mac ROCKS, just buy it.

Customer Rating: Average rating of 4/5Average rating of 4/5Average rating of 4/5Average rating of 4/5Average rating of 4/5
Summary: Great workstation at great price with few flaws
Comment: I know how you always here how apple products are much more expensive then a like minded pc. well, when it comes to workstations, it just isn't true. If you look at the competition (dell) and look at a similarly specced Precision, the price of the dell is higher. Plus, with Apple, you get the option of running other OS as well as OS X. I run os x, windows xp, vista business, and ubuntu on my macbook pro and i couldn't ask for more flexiblity from a laptop that most people who aren't familiar with the real Apple experience would just say is some type of trend or status symbol.
There is no doubt this is the real deal when it comes to workstation use.
The only things about the Mac Pro i can find to criticize are the lack of a higher level video card in the stock machine. You can get it configured with an 8800gt from apple but the nvidia card just can't match the core performance. ATI now offers the hd3870 which is a big step above the 2600xt and a nice performer in os x and windows . i wish apple would have specced the HD a little higher, but the price you are paying for this machine is for the two cpus, the motherboard with a little profit for apple. If you are looking for a workhorse, this is it. Of all the pcs i have ever built for gaming, work, and everything else, i am much more happier with the Mac Pro. If you get this, i would highly recommend bumping the ram up to at least 8gb, the kits are fairly cheap these days, and you get 4x2gb sticks to give you the full output performance of the memory system (2 sticks just doesn't cut it).
oh, the only other thing is don't strain your back picking the box up, it's amazingly heavy for a computer.


Customer Rating: Average rating of 5/5Average rating of 5/5Average rating of 5/5Average rating of 5/5Average rating of 5/5
Summary: Overkill?? Hardly!
Comment: I'm not going to tell you how wonderful this Mac is. If you've been around Macs for any length of time, you already know there will be no disappointment if you choose this model.

Instead, I want to address those who wonder if the Mac Pro is overkill. Listen, if you make your living on the Mac (or if you simply want the best) this machine is a terrific value. It is an engineering marvel, especially from the user's point of view. It is highly self-serviceable thanks to the designers at Apple. If you want to add RAM (cheap right now), a second optical drive, an expansion card, or an internal hard drive or three, its a snap. Oh yeah, and it's very fast and practically noiseless.

Each time I buy a new Mac, I remind myself that you don't buy the computer you need today, you buy the one you'll need tomorrow.

One more thing. If you can't pull the trigger on this Mac, consider the iMac. All my consumer-level Mac-using friends have one and without exception they love 'em. The only thing is, the iMac is an enclosed unit that you won't be able to service yourself in the event your hard drive or optical drive fails.

Customer Rating: Average rating of 5/5Average rating of 5/5Average rating of 5/5Average rating of 5/5Average rating of 5/5
Summary: Blazing Fast and Dependable.
Comment: Self-installed another 8GB of RAM along with a 1TB drive.

This thing is so fast that I just keep looking for more tasks to throw at it but the Activity monitor keeps showing that it has tons of processing power and RAM to spare.

Wow. Nice machine, Apple.


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