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New Use for Old Macs - Plex!

For long time Mac users, iTunes became the default media server for all your movies, television shows, music, home videos, and the like. It worked decently enough, but the user really had to take the time to manage file information, metadata, album or movie artwork, and much more. Plex A much better solution has gained widespread adoption over the last few years, and that is Plex. Plex does what iTunes does, serving up your content over your network, but it does so much more, and it does it so much better. Old Mac Do you have an older Mac sitting...

Mac Pro 5,1 Geekbench Scores

Apple's Mac Pro 5,1 series is an excellent machine to upgrade. By upgrading the original server with an Intel Hex Core CPU of 3.2GHz or 3.33GHz, our benchmark tests show a 70% increase in CPU power for the multi-core version.  And don't forget, all of our upgraded Macs come with a 30 day money-back guarantee.   CPU Description Single-Core Multi-Core 2.8 GHz Quad Core Original Mac Pro 5,1 (no upgrades) 2140 8455 3.2 GHz Hex Core Upgraded Mac Pro 5,1 (3.2 GHz) 2604 14692 3.33 GHz Hex Core Upgraded Mac Pro 5,1 (3.33 GHz) 2748 15465 Geekbench 3.3.2 for Mac...

2013 Mac Pro - Internal Storage

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The 2013 Mac Pro will come standard with a Solid State Drive (SSD) connected via a PCIe port for faster data transfer rates as compared to standard SATA III. This is definitely one of the faster options that will be available on the market. The downside is the internal SSDs are of limited size.  The base option is 256GB, configurable to 512GB or 1TB upon purchase. There is only one drive slot as well, so again, internal drive bay expansion is limited. This was a definite design decision on the part of Apple, however. They are pushing Thunderbolt peripherals very...

2013 Mac Pro - Introduction

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Apple announced the new revision for its 2013 Mac Pro line at the company's WWDC and provided more details at their keynote in October. Coming in December, the new Mac Pro boasts an all-new, substantially revamped design. Apple Mac Pro Memory, for example, will use a four channel memory controller at speeds of 1866MHz.  Let's take a look at the new machine and compare it to its recent predecessors.  Each individual user will have different needs for their machines, so we'll cover all the different components and let you be the judge as to how the 2013 Mac Pro will...

2013 Mac Pro - Processor

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The 2013 Mac Pro will be sporting the newest Intel Xeon E5 processor. Apple offers two base configurations, a quad-core and six-core, but the Mac Pro is configurable up to 12 cores upon purchase. The hyper-threading advances made in the chipset will allow users up to 24 virtual cores. There are not really a lot of downsides here; developers may potentially have a hard time coming up with applications to fully utilize the large amounts of horsepower this processor can put out. Processor Specs: 2013 Mac Pro 2012 Quad-Core Mac Pro 2012 12-Core Mac Pro Intel Xeon E5 One 3.2GHz...

2013 Mac Pro - Memory

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The RAM for Mac Pro in the 2013 Mac Pro will use a 4 channel memory controller at 1866MHz DDR3 ECC RAM. The maximum capacity for memory in the machine at this point is 64GB, utilizing four 16GB sticks of RAM.  The four slots offer 60 GB/s bandwidth - approximately double the bandwidth for the current aluminum models of Mac Pros! While the RAM is user upgradeable, the system has taken a step back on the number of slots.  There are no models that offer more than four memory slots. Mac Pro Memory Specs: 2013 Mac Pro 2012 Quad-Core Mac...

2013 Mac Pro - Graphics and Display

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The 2013 Mac Pro will offer dual AMD FirePro GPUs. These graphics processors are powerful and blazing fast.  The base 4-core 2013 Mac Pro model will offer dual D300 graphics processors with 2GB of GDDR5 VRAM each, while the 6-core offers the D500 with 3GB of GDDR5 VRAM each.  Each model can be configured higher, up to dual D700 graphics processors offering 6GB of GDDR5 VRAM with 3.5 teraflops performance.  The graphics processors, combined the the Intel Xeon E5 processor, makes a combination so powerful, users will be able to run three “4K” ultra-high resolution streams simultaneously. Due to the...

2013 Mac Pro - Expansion and Connections

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When it comes to upgrade-ability, the 2013 Mac Pro has multiple external expansion ports. At release, it will ship with four USB 3.0 Ports, six Thunderbolt 2 ports, two Ethernet ports, and one HDMI port. The memory modules for the machine are user upgradeable, so some modifications are possible. Sadly, that is about the extent of the internal upgrade-ability, which falls short when compared to some of its predecessors. The limit of one SSD internally or not being able to add additional GPUs is a significant down side for some users. The new Mac Pro is essentially trading forward thinking...

What is a Mac Pro?

The Mac Pro is one of three desktop computers available from Apple today, and is the most powerful option you will have available most of the time. Different configurations and upgrades to other Macs might make them faster or more powerful, but at their base level, the Mac Pro is the best option if you are in need of a computer that offers speed. The machine has been around for several years, and even though it might resemble the older Power Mac G5, it is actually quite a bit different. Still, it does have the ability to expand and become...

What is Inside a Mac Pro?

The ability to choose between the different processor options, and to change them if you need to have more power, gives people more freedom to create a system with just what they need. Let’s look at what you are going to find inside the modern Mac Pro on the market today. With the most recent version of the Mac Pro, you will be able to choose from the following processors:  a quad-core,two quad-cores (8-core), a 6-core, or two 6-cores (12-core.). All of the processors that are on the market today have Hyper Threading. What does this mean? It is possible...

What are the Mac Pro models?

The Mac Pro Model 1,1 was released in August of 2006. This 32-bit machine featured the Intel 5000X chipset, as well as two 2.66 GHz dual core Intel Xeon processors. Mac Pro DDR2 RAM 667MHz came with an original configuration of 1GB (2x512MB), and an nVidia GeForce 7300 graphics card with 256 MB or GDDR3 SDRAM. It included a 250 GB Serial ATA hard drive, a 16x SuperDrive optical drive, and uses OS X 10.7 Lion, although one can upgrade to Mountain Lion. Model ID 2,1 (DDR2 667MHz): Out in April of 2007, this device is very similar to the...