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22 of 29 people found the following review helpful
on January 25, 2011
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Remember to always purchase an Apple Care Plan with your Mac computer products when spending big bucks. The only downside to this product is its not sold with the 1333MHz DDR3 Memory it comes with 1066MHz. The 8 core Westmere chips are burnt with a guideline to only accept a speed up to 1066MHz. You also can not customize your Mac when buying with your Amazon Prime membership. I recommend that you purchase your additional memory from a third party qualified seller. As far as bang for your buck and years of not having to worry about replacing your tower because of technology moving forward. A Mac tower should give you a minimum of close from seven to ten years. There's an upside and a downside. Apple still manufactures the parts here in the United States, but has gone to having these towers assembled overseas. That's where you can run into problems. Apple use to build everything here in the USA. Getting back to the topic on hand. The first one I had purchased though Amazon had a bad optical disc drive, plus I learn from Apple that the computer had been registered back in September. I bought mine in December 2010. If the computer hadn't been preregistered I would have had an Apple tech come to my house and replace the drive or Apple could have sent me the part and I would have done it myself. I have an "Amazon Prime" membership, it helps if you have a problem with your purchase. Since I had spent over $3,000 for a product the only thing to keep in mind is you want to talk to a call center in the USA and not in the Philippine's. Plus you have to deal with a supervisor qualified to authorize an exchange or refund over a $2000.00 purchase. Unless you're fortunate to get someone on the phone that knows exactly how to do their job. This was my first time ever with Amazon I had a major headache in taking care of getting an item replaced. The second one sent to me by Amazon wasn't Apple's, or Amazon's fault. FedEx trashed the package during transportation and I had to refuse delivery. The box was torn and crushed while in transit. This is an important side note for anyone buying a new Mac Tower. At the top of the box is where your re-Installation discs and keyboard are packaged. So if you received a box that is damaged in any way "REFUSE IT" and call Amazon right away. My third one arrived the following day and the box had no damage (It was shipped via FedEx) and it worked just fine. Since I already had my Apple Care Plan, I had a direct number of a supervisor to contact at Apple to check and make sure that the computer hadn't been previously registered before I opened the box. For more details on that you'd have to speak with an Apple supervisor on how some products you purchase have gotten previously registered. I unpacked my Mac Pro hooked everything up and she purred like a kitten. When this computer was released it said the Ram was 1333MHz. It turns out that unless you purchase a six core or 12 core the speed is only 1066MHz (so I repeat). I can always down the road get a better grade video card if I want. The graphic card it comes with is fine for the average person. I'm just glad that Apple went back to using "ATI" graphic cards and the standard is now 1GB GDDR5 HD 5770 video card without an additional upgrade fee. You'll get up to 8TB SATA worth hard drive space and you are set to go when the solid state drives have been out for a little while. Currently the specs show 2TB SSD (Solid State Drive) worth of drive space. The machine is extremely user friendly for upgrading. If you aren't comfortable doing it yourself you can always take it to an Apple Store and have it done there. You never go wrong when it comes to Mac's! If you don't need a Mac Pro like myself then you can get an excellent deal on an iMac here on Amazon. Just check your online Apple Store to check your specs against the Amazon product description. A quality product always in a Mac. Plus haven't you people out in computer world noticed that Apple is always ahead of the curve when it comes to computer technology. Don't forget you can turn your Mac Pro into an expensive PC if you really wanted to, at least it will last longer than your plastic machine. Serious though, I'm sure "Murphy's Law" won't apply to the majority of you out there. You can save money buying an Apple product through Amazon. Mac's are user friendly and you don't have to worry about constantly looking for drivers. Take it from me, I'm a former IBM'er!
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on December 28, 2010
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I bought this for my husband and all he could say was , WOW:). Easy access for drive upgrades, RAM. Very fast. Photoshop changes are rapid. He is a photographer and restores old photographs. This machine is perfect for this application.
Can't go wrong with a MAC.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on November 30, 2010
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SO far so good ... this is an excellent computer, my main used is for 3D and Visual Effects.
Amazon price unbeatable. I change the I few thing from the original setup, I added 16 GB of Ram and I might update to 24 or 32 in a near future, I also put one SSD for Boot and apps... 5 second to shutdown and around 10 to 15 sec to boot up to open any application its fast.

Im thinking in getting a Quadro 4000 but I will wait and see how the reviews goes ...

I will update this review in the future if something change ....
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on May 3, 2012
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Bought this machine a while ago, put in a Quadro 4000, BlackMagic Decklink HD card, 24Gb RAM, Kingston 240Gb SSD.
It's a monster, handles grading 2k video with no stutter or slowdown which is just perfect for what we needed.

Sure you have to pay your "Apple Tax", but like with all Apple products the physical design is worth paying a bit
more for and for some software you just have to have OSX, and throwing hours away at trying to build a stable Hackintosh at a cheaper price is worse for most of us than spending the extra cash and getting a proper machine. Upgrading this thing is like nothing i've experienced in any other machine, it's so beautiful and simple inside i just want to leave the cover off the thing.

It loses a star for being a bit long in the tooth, the MacPro is overdue for an upgrade in all departments.
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on March 13, 2013
If I had the option for more stars, I'd give it the maximum available. I've had 4 of these beauties and they are built like tanks! They provided unparalleled options for upgrades, and each and every upgrade was phenomenally simple to install thanks to their unique build. I still have one in use in my recording studio, but have replaced the others with maxed out iMac 27s. If I weren't retired from my work as a commercial artist and a professional composer, I likely would be using the MacPros to this day. However, if you don't need everything built in, or ultimate expandability, the iMacs are total winners!
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on August 23, 2012
I finally converted from a PC desktop to a Mac desktop, after owning an MBP since 2006. I was going to buy the new 12-core Mac Pro but found a bargain for one of the refurbished units. I'm glad I made that choice to buy this. Not only is this machine well equipped to handle all my tasks, the money that I saved by buying one of these allowed me to add 1 512GB SSD and 48GB of DDR1333 ECC RAM to my system. I'm very happy with the performance of the machine.
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on September 12, 2014
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So far, so good. Cheaper than buying a new Mac. Upgraded CPUs and RAM and have basically a new machine.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on October 2, 2011
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hi greatings!! im very happy my computer works perflectly and i have no problems everything arrived on time thanks amazon
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4 of 14 people found the following review helpful
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ordered a Mac Pro a week ago... it said *NEWEST VERSION*.
when arrived, I was shocked to see that the operating system is at least 6 months old...
how come this machine being the newest version does not have OS X Lion that was shipped in July 2011?
or this is a newest version of March 2011?

very disappointed with Amazon for the misleading title/advertising of this product.

I'm having double thoughts about returning this unit... not happy...

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16 of 53 people found the following review helpful
on September 29, 2010
I read a lot of reviews on here about how happy people were to move up from their PowerMac G5s but when I tried it at the store I didn't see what the big deal was about. My PowerMac is 8 years old and for the most part it runs really well. After using it for a couple of days I will have to restart it to keep it running fast but other than that I don't see why the MacPro is such a big upgrade. It has the same case as the PowerMac, Apple is no longer making adjustments to the case every year or two like they did with the PowerMac G4. You are basically spending a fortune to get the same exact case. For a premium price I would expect more.

The inside of the case is very different. It supports 4 hard drives instead of 2 however since you can now buy 2 terabyte hard drives you can fit a whopping 8 terabytes into the old PowerMacs which is adequate for most people. The advantage of the new MacPro is that you can put in solid state drive as an option. It will be very expensive but you are able to add 2 terabytes worth of solid state hard drives. The dual processor version can store 32 gigabytes of ram which is probably the biggest selling point of the machine. I max out the 8 gig limit on the PowerMac quite often. It makes me wonder how much ram I would be using if I could go beyond 8 gigs. With new programs taking better use of ram having over 8 gigs of ram will probably continue to get more important.

Now I can somewhat understand why there hasn't been huge updates to this machine. Apple has had a lot of market share success with iOS devices and I know they are working over time right now making iOS versions of Apple TV, notebooks and iMacs. It makes sense. But there are some things that would be very easy to add that they could have had time to add. I believe all the Macs have SD cards today but yet the biggest Mac, the one that has the most space to put a card reader still doesn't have this feature. This makes no sense to me. Also we still can't use the remote that all the other Macs currently use. I don't even know why MacPros come with Front Row, you can't even use it.

So to sum up this review after having a PowerMac for 8 years this new MacPro is a snoozer of an update. With no significant updates to either the hardware or the operating system why even bother?!?

PS Someone posted a comment after I wrote this telling me that the hardware was significantly different. And yes that is true it is a lot faster than a machine from 8 years ago at some things but what I meant was the case is has had no interesting advancements in 9 years. No over Mac has gone anywhere near that long and it's time for them to start innovating in this area. That is what I pay them a premium for. When I said that the operating system is the basically the same I was comparing 10.5 (the last PPC OS) to 10.6.

Some one else mentioned that all the current software is available only on Intel. I decided to go through all the programs I have on my computer and found the following have the newest versions available on the PowerPC:

iBank
Fontcase
Knapsack
Leap
Fresh
Deep
Divvy
Cinch
OmniFocus
Bento
Caffenine
Amazon MP3 Downloader
Flip4Mac
Disc Cover
RealPlayer
RealPlayer Converter
Corel Painter Essentials
Billings
Tweetie
Journler
MacJournal
Live Interior 3D
Missing Sync
Paperless
Omniweb
LittleSnapper
Labels & Addresses
OmniDazzle
OmniDiskSweeper
OmniOutliner
SelfControl
SketchUp
SuperDuper
Spyder 2 Pro
Things
VirusBarrier X6
TechTool Deluxe
Acrobat
Safari

Not a short list. Keep in mind this is just the software that is installed on my computer. This isn't a complete list of PowerPC software with the newest version available for PowerPC. Like I believe I already said the software that is Intel only isn't that important. Adobe CS5 is mostly a small update and the same can be said of Snow Leopard. Since there are so many features introduced in CS3 and CS4 there is no reason to buy CS5. There is nothing here that can even come close to justifying $3,500+.
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