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The original Mac Pro Quad Core 2.66 is the first Intel-based Mac system. This tower is powered by two 2.66 GHz dual core Intel processors with 1 GB of MHz DDR2 RAM memory, a 250 GB Serial ATA hard drive a double-layer 16x DVD/CD disc drive, a NVIDIA GeForce graphics processing unit, one dual-link DVI port and one single-link DVI port.
System expansion included two optical bays, four hard drive bays, and four PCIe slots. Rear i/o consisted of dual Gigabit Ethernet, five USB 2.0 ports, two Firewire 400 ports, two Firewire 800 ports, and optical digital audio in/out. Additionally, the tower included AirPort Extreme, Bluetooth 2.0, and an optional modem. For those currently looking to purchase, the AirPort Extreme and Bluetooth or no longer available options from Apple Inc, so Bluetooth and Wifi adapters must be purchased separately from the Apple Store.
The second generation Mac Pro (early 2008) is powered by two 2.8 GHz Quad Core 45-nm Intel-based processors with 2 GB of DDR2 RAM memory, a 320 GB hard drive, a double-layer 16x DVD/CD disc drive, a Radeon HD 2600 XT graphics processing unit, and two dual-link DVI ports.
System expansion includes two optical bays, four internal hard drive bays, two PCIe x4 slots, and two PCIe 2.0 slots. Rear i/o consists of Gigabit Ethernet, five USB 2.0 ports, two Firewire 400 ports, two Firewire 800 ports, and optical digital audio in/out.
Compared to its predecessor, the early 2008 Mac Pro models use a more advanced system architecture, as well as a faster processor and memory. The two 16-lane PCIe 2.0 slots are also different from the previous 2006 model.
The early 2009 Mac Pro is powered by the eight core 2.66 GHz Quad Core 45-nm Xeon processor and includes 6 GB of 1066 DDR3 SDRAM, a 640 GB Serial ATA Hard Drive, an 18x dual-layer DVD/CD disc drive, and an NVIDIA GeForce graphics processing unit. System expansion includes two optical drive bays, four internal hard drive bays, and four PCIe 2.0 slots with two additional PCIe 2.0 x4 slots.
The rear i/o of the system includes five USB 2.0 ports, four Firewire 800 ports, dual Gigabit Ethernet, and both a Mini DisplayPort and a dual-link DVI port. Bluetooth 2.1 and AirPort Extreme are optional in the system.
Although this early 2009 model looks virtually identical to its 2008 predecessor, the internal differences are substantial. This system features a more advanced architecture and supports ‘hyper threading’ and ‘turbo boost’ for a massive boost in performance.
The mid 2010 Mac Pro uses technology built from a 2.8 GHz Quad Core 45-nm Xeon processor, equipped with 3 GB of 1066 DDR3 SDRAM, a 1 TB Serial ATA hard drive, an 18x dual-layer DVD/CD disc drive, and a Radeon HD graphics processing unit.
System expansion includes two optical bays, four internal hard drive bays, and four PCIe 2.0 slots. Rear i/o includes five USB 2.0 ports, four Firewire 800 ports, dual Gigabit Ethernet, two Mini DisplayPorts and a dual-link DVI port. AirPort Extreme and Bluetooth 2.1 are also included.
The mid 2010 model differs from the previous generation Mac Pro in that this model is equipped with faster graphics and better technical differences for higher-end models. Faster processors and custom configuration make this system a powerhouse for pro Mac users.
The mid 2012 Mac Pro features a Quad Core 3.2 GHz 45-nm Xeon processor, 6 GB of 1066 MHz DDR3 SDRAM, a 1 TB Serial ATA hard drive, an 18x dual-layer DVD/CD disc drive, and a Radeon HD graphics card.
System expansion slots include two external optical bays, four internal hard drive bays, and four double-wide PCI express 2.0 slots. Rear i/o support includes five USB 2.0 ports, four Firewire 800 ports, dual Gigabit Ethernet ports, two Mini DisplayPorts, and a dual-link DVI port. AirPort Extreme and Bluetooth 2.1 are also included. The mid 2012 Mac Pro model is virtually the same as the mid 2010 predecessor. However, the specifications in architecture vary slightly.
The complete refresh of the Mac Pro was made in late 2013. The radical departure from the large, expandable tower case design resulted in a design that features a compact dark and glossy cylinder chassis. The Mac Pro differs from other desktops like the iMac Pro in that expandability is the core functionality to this system.
The late 2013 Mac Pro cylinder design meant that the system had a faster processor than its predecessors, and included dual workstation graphics processors, faster memory, and faster PCI express 2.0 flash storage. The system replaces internal expansion with external connectivity options.
The late 2013 Mac Pro features a single 3.7 GHz Quad Core processor and was configured with 12 GB of 1866 MHz DDR4 ECC SDRAM, a 256GB SSD, and dual AMD FirePro graphics processing units.
Rear i/o connectivity includes one HDMI port, six thunderbolt 2 ports, 4 USB 3.0 ports, and Dual Gigabit Ethernet ports in addition to Bluetooth 4.0. Originally, the model supported up to three 4k displays. However, Apple quietly updated the system to support up to three 5k displays.
The 2019 Mac Pro is Apple’s return to a completely expandable Mac tower system for professionals. This 2019 Mac Pro line is one of the most expandable Mac Pro systems that Apple has ever released. The twelve RAM slots, Xeon W processor, eight PCI express slots, and Apple Pro Display promise to tackle any professional's needs. The Mac Pro differs from other desktops like the iMac Pro in that expandability is the core functionality to this system.
The mid 2019 Mac Pro features a 3.5 GHz 8-core or 12-Core Intel Xeon W processor with 32 GB of RAM, a 256 GB SSD, and an AMD Radeon graphics processing unit with 8 GB of GDDR5 (or GDDR6) memory. At its default, the rear i/o connectivity includes two USB 3 ports, four thunderbolt 3 ports, two HDMI 2.0 ports, two 10 GB Ethernet ports, and 3.5 mm headphone jack support. 802.11 ac Wifi and Bluetooth 5.0 are also included.
The mid 2019 Mac Pro also supports up to six 4k displays, two 5k displays, or two 6k Apple Pro XDR Displays with the default AMD Radeon Pro 580X graphics processing unit and Intel Xeon W processor. Additionally, expansion for extra computing power comes in the form of upgradable 12-core, 16-core, 24-core, and 28-core processor options. The 28-core being Apple’s most impressive processing technology by Intel. Expandable graphics modules include the Radeon Pro Vega II MPX module, and the Radeon Pro Vega II Duo MPX module.