This isn't merely the ultimate Mac, but an impossibly idealistic concept for a fast, green, silent, rugged, expandable, and affordable top-end workstation, made real
- Fast, green, silent, rugged, expandable
If my take is right, then the 2009 Nehalem Mac Pro hardware platform, once purchased, is one that should stay stable and upgradable until, say, PCI Express 3 becomes an imperative.
Price$ 5,899.00 (AUD)
You can't tell from the outside that Apple's new two-socket, eight-core Mac Pro, based on Intel's new Nehalem Xeon CPU, is much changed from the two-socket, quad-core Mac Pro that preceded it. The only giveaway? One front panel FireWire port has been upped from 400Mbps to 800Mbps.
If Apple hewed to PC tradition, that port, and the swapped-in Nehalem guts, would be the headline changes to the platform. Nehalem Mac Pro could get my attention, and the attention of the top echelon of Mac users, with that alone. What completely blows me away is that Nehalem Mac Pro is a reengineering of the entire Mac Pro platform, the 2006 edition of which set a bar for build quality that nothing in its price class can touch.
Apple used Nehalem as an occasion to build the ideally fast and modern Mac, but it didn't stop there. In the new Mac Pro, Apple also created a computing platform that satisfies a combination of criteria that buyers only dream of demanding: Toxin-free, recyclable, quiet, low power, rugged, transportable, field-repairable, upgradable without tools, broadly configurable, internally and externally expandable, and the kicker, affordable.
Nehalem certainly deserves its due. It is thoroughly modernized with on-chip memory controllers, three-level cache, and a point-to-point bus design. The 1066MHz DDR3 RAM is the fastest memory yet made. Based on Apple's numbers, it looks like Nehalem packs 50 to 90 percent more firepower into the Mac Pro chassis compared to prior and current top configurations. The arrival of Intel's world-class architecture couldn't be more timely. Nehalem Mac Pro is a hand-in-glove fit for the full 64-bit Snow Leopard (Mac OS X 10.6) that will put Mac Pro on par with two-processor RISC Unix workstations.
I'm embarking on a full review, with performance testing, of the top-end Nehalem Mac Pro now, but I got an early look at a more basic Mac Pro config expressly so that I could share some of the more remarkable aspects of the platform. Some of the enhancements are new, and some continue along the path set by the original Mac Pro, but in combination, they afford owners a unique level of flexibility and investment protection. And they mark the new Mac Pro as wildly different.
Like the Mac Pro before it, Nehalem Mac Pro is loaded with I/O. This front panel has a headphone jack, along with two USB 2.0 ports and two 800Mbps FireWire ports. There are three more USB 2.0 ports, two more FireWire 800 ports, stereo line in and out, TOSLINK optical digital audio in and out, and two gigabit Ethernet ports around back. One day, these 800Mbps FireWire ports will be killer conduits to external storage, but cables and adapters for 400Mbps peripherals are available.
Mac Pro has four internal, side-facing 3.5-inch SATA drive bays. Empty bays are filled with aluminum drive trays in which you can mount raw SATA drives. Hard drives and PCI Express 2 expansion cards plug into Mac Pro the same way, by being inserted into backplane sockets. There are no loose hard drive cables in the system or in the drive trays, just SATA plug headers stuck right onto the logic board that mate directly with the drives. Inserting and removing drive trays requires no tools, and is so easy that you may, as I do, treat these as removable storage.
Join the newsletter!
Panasonic OLED 4K Ultra HD TV - TH-55EZ950U
Breitling Superocean Heritage Chronographe 44
Panasonic OLED 4K Ultra HD TV - TH-77EZ1000U
Bang and Olufsen BeoVision 14
WD MY PASSPORT™ Gaming Storage
Nespresso Creatista Coffee Machine
WD MY PASSPORT™ X Gaming Storage
SanDisk MicroSDXC™ for Nintendo® Switch™
Dyson Supersonic™ Hair Dryer Fuchsia/Iron
cloudandco Smart Cane
Toys for Boys
LaCie Rugged USB-C Portable Hard Drive
Propel Star Wars T-65 X-Wing Drone
Google Daydream View VR Headset
UBTech First Order Stormtrooper Robot
Leica M10 Digital Rangefinder Camera
Lego Mindstorms EV3
Ubiquiti Network’s Front Row Camera
Onyx Smart Walkie Talkie
Bose SoundLink Micro
Dearear Endear In-ear Wireless Earphones
Belkin Pocket Power 10,000mAh
Xbox One X
WD MY CLOUD™ HOME Personal Cloud Storage
PETKIG Go Smart Dog Leash
Toffee Bags Commuter Satchel
Panasonic 4K UHD Blu-Ray Player and Full HD Recorder with Netflix - UBT1GL-K
Nest Protect Smart Smoke Alarm
iRobot Roomba 980 Vaccum Cleaning Robot
Panasonic Hi-Fi - SC-UA7GS-K
Amazon Echo Bluetooth Speaker
Urbanworx Full HD Action Camera
Logitech Doodle Collection Wireless Mouse
Raspberry Pi Starter Kit
Panasonic Portable Splashproof Fun - RF-D20U
Tile Pro Bluetooth Tracker
Ikea NORDMÄRKE Wireless Charging Pad
Kogan Bluetooth Soundbar
3SIXT 3-in-1 Smartphone Lens Kit
Lexon Flip Alarm Clock
Razer DeathAdder Expert Ergonomic Gaming Mouse
Fallout Geeki Tikis
Most Popular Reviews
- 1 Fitbit Ionic review: Impressive but not quite iconic
- 2 Acer Spin 5 review: Value for money but conditions apply
- 3 Huawei Mate 10 Pro Review: A solid winter flagship that cribs from the best
- 4 Sony LF-S50G review: Google Assistant and then some
- 5 Google Pixel 2 review: not quite 'pixel perfect' but damn close
Latest News Articles
- CES 2018: Everything Announced By ASUS
- CES 2018: Everything Announced By Dell
- CES 2018: Intel Reveals VR-Ready ‘Hades Canyon’ NUC
- iMac Pro first look: Apple’s most powerful Mac is a multiprocessing beast
- macOS High Sierra ‘root’ security issue allows admin access to your Mac—but there's a fix
PCW Evaluation Team
I would recommend this device for families and small businesses who want one safe place to store all their important digital content and a way to easily share it with friends, family, business partners, or customers.
It’s easy to set up, it’s compact and quiet when printing and to top if off, the print quality is excellent. This is hands down the best printer I’ve used for printing labels.
Brainstorming, innovation, problem solving, and negotiation have all become much more productive and valuable if people can easily collaborate in real time with minimal friction.
The print quality also does not disappoint, it’s clear, bold, doesn’t smudge and the text is perfectly sized.
The Huddle Board’s built in program; Sharp Touch Viewing software allows us to easily manipulate and edit our documents (jpegs and PDFs) all at the same time on the dashboard.
The biggest perks for me would be that it comes with easy to use and comprehensive programs that make the collaboration process a whole lot more intuitive and organic
- CES 2018: Belkin go big on wearables accessories
- CES 2018: Alcatel Embrace 18:9 Aspect Ratio In 2018
- OPPO Load Up A73 Smartphone With Flagship Features
- What's the difference between an Intel Core i3, i5 and i7?
- Laser vs. inkjet printers: which is better?
Product Launch Showcase
- TPBusiness Analyst - Health - 12+ month contractQLD
- CCData ArchitectWA
- TPBusiness AnalystACT
- FTSenior Analyst Programmer C++ - Financial Services - Permanent - SydneyNSW
- CCMining Planning System EngineerQLD
- FTSenior Sharepoint Web DeveloperOther
- CCProject ManagerNSW
- CCProject Manager ? COTS ImplementationsQLD
- FTInfrastructure ArchitectOther
- CCProject ManagerNSW
- FTTest Analyst - SAP ERPOther
- CCProject ManagerNSW
- FTNatural/ADABAS ProgrammerOther
- TPAndroid DeveloperQLD
- FTSQL Developer - Greenfield projectQLD
- FTDatastage Systems Engineer - Financial Services - Permanent - Sydney CBDNSW
- CCService Desk AnalystWA
- CCSQL / .Net Developers (1 Snr & 2 Mid Level)WA
- FTProject Manager - Immediate startACT
- FTJunior Account Manager - Global Cloud OrganisationVIC
- FTGun Java Developers wantedVIC
- FTDevOps Engineer, Continuous Delivery, Cloud AutomationOther
- CCHFC Project Manager (Delivery) - 6 mth contract - Nth SydneyNSW
- CCChange ManagerNSW
- FTCyber Security ArchitectOther