Review Roundup: Mac Pro with Intel Nehalem Xeon Processors

Submitted by lalit on May 30, 2009 - 10:00am.

Apple updated its Mac Pro lineup with Intel “Nehalem” Xeon Processors in March 2009. The new Nehalem architecture delivers up to twice the performance of the previous generation system. Apple also lowered the starting price by $300 to $2,499. In fact, out of all three Apple desktop updates in March this year, Mac Pro was the most significant one as it was adopting completely new system architecture.

For Mac Pro, Apple now gives the option of two base models - $2,499 Quad-Core model with 2.66GHz Xeon Processor, 3GB DDR3 RAM, 640GB hard drive and 512MB NVIDIA GeForce GT 120 graphics, and the second $3,299 8-Core model with dual 2.26GHz Quad-Core Xeon Processor, 6GB DDR3 RAM, 640GB hard drive and 512MB NVIDIA GeForce GT 120 graphics. The Mac Pro desktops can be configured with up to 2.93GHz Quad-Core Xeon processors, 32GB RAM, 512MB ATI Radeon HD 4870 graphics and four ITB hard drives.

Most Mac Pro reviewers agree that by using Nehalem based Xeon processors, Apple has doubled the performance of the Mac Pro desktops as well as made them more energy efficient. Tom Yager of InfoWorld says it the best “Nehalem Mac Pro is impeccably built, extraordinarily configurable and expandable, owner-serviceable, quiet, green, friendly, fast and custom-made for Snow Leopard. Apple made one machine fit for commercial desktop, workstation, or pedestal server duty without straining at any role.”

Below we have added links to seven best reviews we found online: