Apple Mac Pro "Twelve Core" 2.7 (Late 2013) - BTO/CTO

Apple Mac Pro "Twelve Core" 2.7 (Late 2013) - BTO/CTO

Late 2013 - BTO/CTO - MacPro6,1 - A1481 - 2630

There is no mistaking the "Late 2013" Mac Pro models for earlier ones as they present an Apple described "radical" departure from the large, highly expandable tower case design of yore and instead feature a compact dark gray, glossy cylinder design that is approximately one eighth of the mass but has limited internal expansion.

Apple explains that these "Space Gray" cylinder Mac Pro models are "designed around an innovative unified thermal core" and have not only faster processors than earlier models but also dual workstation class graphics processors, faster memory, and faster PCIe 2.0 x4 flash storage. Instead of internal expansion, the system provides extensive high speed ports for external connectivity options.

The Mac Pro "Twelve Core" 2.7 (Late 2013) technically is a "configure-to-order" configuration of either the Mac Pro "Quad Core" 3.7 (Late 2013) or Mac Pro "Six Core" 3.5 (Late 2013), but also is documented as a separate model for reader convenience. Other than processor, this model can be identical to either of the stock models.

The Mac Pro "Twelve Core" 2.7 (Late 2013) is powered by a single 2.7 GHz Twelve Core 22-nm Xeon E5-2697v2 processor with a dedicated 256k of level 2 cache for each core and 30 MB of level 3 "Smart Cache." If otherwise equipped as the default models, this configuration has 12 GB or 16 GB of 1866 MHz DDR3 ECC SDRAM, a 256 GB SSD, and dual AMD FirePro D300 or D500 graphics processors with 2 GB or 3 GB of GDDR5 memory each, respectively.

Connectivity includes six Thunderbolt 2 ports, one HDMI 1.4 UltraHD port, 4 USB 3.0 ports, and Dual Gigabit Ethernet ports in addition to 802.11ac and Bluetooth 4.0. It supports as many as three 4K displays or six Thunderbolt displays.

  • Intro Date: October 22, 2013*
  • Standard Hard Drive: 256 GB SSD
  • Int. HD Interface: Proprietary* (PCIe)
  • Standard RAM: 12 GB, 16 GB
  • Maximum RAM: 128 GB
  • Processor Speed: 2.7 GHz
  • Processor Type: 12 Core Xeon E5-2697v2
  • System Bus Speed: 5 GT/s (DMI2)*
  • RAM Type: PC3-8500 DDR3 ECC
  • Min. RAM Speed: 1866 MHz
  • Video Card: AMD FirePro D300/D500 x2*
  • Standard VRAM: 2 GB, 3 GB
  • Native Resolution: N/A
  • Built-in Display: None
  • 2nd Display Support: Dual/Mirroring
  • 2nd Max. Resolution: 4K (3840x2160) x2*
  • Standard Optical: None
  • Standard Modem: None
  • Standard Ethernet: Gigabit (x2)
  • Standard AirPort: 802.11ac
  • Standard Bluetooth: 4.0
  • USB Ports: 4 (3.0)
  • Firewire Ports: None
  • Expansion Slots: None
  • Apple Order No: BTO/CTO
  • Model ID: MacPro6,1
  • Battery Type: N/A
  • Battery Life: N/A
  • Dimensions: 9.9 x 6.6*
  • Avg. Weight: 11 lbs. (4.99 kg).

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The first generation Intel-based Mac Pro “Quad Core” (MA356LL/A) features two 2.66GHz dual core Intel Xeon 5150 processors that share 4MB of level 2 cache per processor, a 128-bit SSE3 vector engine, and 1.33GHz 64-bit dual independent frontside buses. Apple also offers a custom configuration with two 2GHz Dual Core Xeon 5130, two 3GHz Dual Core Xeon 5160, or two 3GHz Quad Core Xeon X5365 processors.

The 2.66GHz Mac Pro come standard with 1GB of 667 MHz DDR2 ECC “fully-buffered” RAM with a heatsink design different from generic FB-DIMMs. This is upgradable to 16GB maximum RAM. They come standard a 250GB (7200RPM) 3Gb/s Serial ATA hard drive and a dual-layer 16X Superdrive and a NVIDIA GeForce 7300 GT video processor the had 256MB of VRAM that supports one dual link DVI port and one single-link DVI port.

The Mac Pro offers a number additional expansion options than its predecessor, the G5 PowerMac. One of the first noticeable options is a second 5.25” optical bay, followed by four 3.5” direct attach hard drive bays. Four PCIe slots, dual Gigabit Ethernet, five USB 2.0 ports, two Firewire 400, two Firewire 800 ports, optical audio in/out, etc are also standard. AirPort Extreme 802.11g/n, Bluetooth 2.0 and a modem are optional expansions. The Airport Extreme and Bluetooth are no longer available from Apple, so USB wifi and Bluetooth adapters can be purchased.

Mac Pro Early 2008

The early 2008 Mac Pro Eight Core (MA970LL/A) is powered by two 2.8GHz Quad Core Intel Xeon E5462 processors with 12MB of level 2 cache per processor, a 128-bit SSE4 SIMD vector engine and 1.6GHz 64-bit dual independent frontside busses. The Eight Core 2.8GHz processor utilizes a more advanced architecture that makes this processor faster and more efficient with larger level 2 caches and faster frontside busses, more memory, and support of faster SCSI drives. Apple also offers a custom configuration of a single 2.8GHz Quad Core Xeon, two 3GHz Quad Core Xeon, or two 3.2 GHz Quad Core Xeon processors.

The 2.8GHz Mac Pro come standard with 2GB of 800 MHz DDR2 EEC fully-buffered RAM (max 32GB). It also features a 320GB (7200RPM) with 8MB cache 3Bg/s Serial ATA hard drive. The optical drive remained the same as the original release, but graphics processor was upgraded to an ATI Radeon HD 2600 XT card with 256MB of GDDR3 VRAM

Mac Pro Early 2009

Before Intel even announced the Nehalem processors, Apple began offering this processor in their Mac Pro. The early 2009 Mac Pro Quad Core (MB871LL/A) is powered by one 2.66GHz (MB871LL/A) Quad Core Xeon W3520 Nehalem processor or two 2.26GHZ Quad Core Nehalem processors with 256k of dedicated level 2 cache per core, and 8MB of fully shared level 3 cache. The new 64-bit Nehalem architecture is substantially faster than previous processors and supports Hyper-Threading which allows two threads to run simultaneously on each core. Turbo Boost also automatically boosts the processor speed based upon its workload. The frontside bus has also been replaced with a QuickPath Interconnect (QPI) system that allows fast access to the I/O, disk, and other Mac Pro subsystems.

The 2.66 Quad Core comes standard with 3GB of 1066 MHz DDR3 SDRAM, upgradable to 16GB and 2.26 Eight Core has 6GB upgradable to 32GB. Also standard on both models is a 640GB (7200RPM) 16MB cache 3Gb/s Serial ATA hard drive and an 18X dual-layer SuperDrive. The Quad Core’s graphics processor is a NVIDIA GeForce GT 120 with 512 MB of GDDR3 VRAM. Other changes consist of four PCIe 2.0 slots, four Firewire 800 ports and a reengineered interior with memory and processors on an easy to remove tray.

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