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Apple Mac Pro MB535B/A

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      26.03.2010 17:48
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      A Mac that is not for the faint-hearted, but ideal for the power-hungries out there.

      I've been a Windows user for as long as I can remember, since school and the choice when I've purchased a desktop/laptop for home. I've been intrigued about the Mac. I'm in the process of starting a business in shooting wedding films etc, and wanted a computer that can handle a professional editing software. I knew I couldn't use a regular home computer and decided to splash out on a new for editing use only. After a bit of research I opted for this beast. And what a beast it is. The 6GB RAM is ideal for running the Final Cut Studio installed and the full Adobe CS4 Master Collection. These are some serious power hungry applications which the Mac handles easily. The 640GB hard-drive is OK for now, but I'm sure I will need to upgrade this either internally or an external hard-drive. Upgrading is made that little bit easier with less use of having to unscrew anything. It has a lever at the rear which you pull to release the lock holding one of the side panels that can be pull away to gain access to the inside. This machine is for the serious person - I wouldn't recommend it for someone who is trying out the Mac or buying their first computer. I was shocked when it was delivered. The box it came in was huge, about the same size as a medium size luggage. Be warned about the weight of the unit - around 25KG! But I guess the performance has to be matched by the weight. There are just about enough connections you will need. However, I felt that a machine of this magnitude and the hefty price it carries, the least Apple could have done to say a special "thank you" was to supply a wireless mouse - you only get the standard wired Apple keyboard and mouse. The wire length for the keyboard and mouse are quite short, but they only supply one extension lead. Not to worry because there are two additional USB ports that the mouse can be connected to. I'm extremely happy with my purchase and would highly recommend it for someone wanting a powerful and quick Mac Pro.


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  • Product Details

    Whether you're editing feature films or scoring them, composing symphonies or visualizing mass spectrometry analyses, Mac Pro makes it easier than ever to create your personal dream machine: A powerful system that not only meets your needs today but, thanks to an ingeniously designed enclosure, expands easily to meet tomorrow's challenges as well.

    The easy-access interior of the Mac Pro feels like the well-organized workstation it is. No rat's nest of components here. You don't need to turn the system on its side or struggle to reach into awkward spaces to make changes. Just remove the side panel for instant access to everything. Slide out the processor tray to add memory. Slide out drive bays to add storage. Slide a simple bar to change up to four expansion cards at once. And with plenty of I/O ports both front and back, you'll have room for all your external devices.

    When it's time to upgrade, a quick slide of the retention bar frees up the four expansion card slots for easy access. Thanks to a thumbscrew PCI bracket, you can swap out cards without any tools.

    The Mac Pro comes with four drive bays for an enormous amount of internal storage. For faster access to your data, you can also configure your Mac Pro with up to four solid-state drives. The bays are direct-attach and cable free, so it's easy to add or remove drives. Just attach the drive carrier to a drive and slide the drive into place. There are no connectors or cables to contend with. Lock the drives with the side door latch, and you're done.

    Install more memory in your Mac Pro in a snap. Literally. The easy-access interior lets you slide out the processor tray in one smooth motion, then simply snap new memory into place. You don't have to dig around inside the computer or wrestle with wires or cables.

    The Mac Pro is built with a recyclable aluminum enclosure. Aluminum is very desirable to recyclers, which means the raw materials used in the Mac Pro can be reused in other products. Apple also simplified the internal design, replacing over 6 feet of cables with more material-efficient connectors that allow easy disassembly at end of life. In addition, one of the few remaining plastic assemblies in the Mac Pro is made from postconsumer recycled plastic.

    Technical Data

    Product Description: Apple Mac Pro - Xeon 2.26 GHz - Monitor : none.
    Type: Personal computer
    Form Factor: Tower
    Localisation: English / United Kingdom
    Processor: 2 x Intel Xeon 2.26 GHz ( Quad-Core )
    Processor Main Features: Hyper-Threading Technology
    Cache Memory: 16 MB L3 Cache
    Cache Per Processor: 8 MB
    RAM: 6 GB (installed) / 32 GB (max) - DDR3 SDRAM - ECC - 1066 MHz
    Storage Controller: SATA ( SATA 3Gb/s )
    Hard Drive: 1 x 640 GB - SATA 3Gb/s
    Optical Storage: DVD±RW (±R DL)
    Monitor: None.
    Graphics Controller: PCIe 2.0 x16 - NVIDIA GeForce GT 120
    Video Memory: 512 MB GDDR3 SDRAM
    Audio Output: Integrated
    Networking: Gigabit LAN, Bluetooth 2.1 EDR
    Power: AC 120/230 V ( 50/60 Hz )
    OS Provided: Apple MacOS X 10.6
    Dimensions (WxDxH): 20.6 cm x 47.5 cm x 51.1 cm
    Weight: 18.7 kg
    Environmental Standards: ENERGY STAR Qualified , EPEAT Gold