InformationWeek: Apple’s New Mac Pro Blows Away The Competition

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By: switchtoamac at: 11:00 AM on November 22, 2006 | Comments (0)
In a November 13, 2006 article, Richard Hoffman of InformationWeek reviews the Mac Pro.  He has some interesting comments for the enterprise as well as those who need a powerful workstation.

 The article starts out with Hoffman stating:
"After two weeks with one of the new Mac Pro desktops, I've got only one word: "Wow. The new Apple Mac Pro desktop is one of the best-designed, highly-performing desktops currently available at any price. Not only does it run Mac OS X and OS X applications at absolutely blazing speeds, but if you install Parallels Desktop for Mac (or Apple's Boot Camp), the Mac Pro makes a better Windows workstation than almost any other Windows desktop out there"

Hoffman then goes on to describe the features of the new Mac Pro including a detailed listing of ports and comments about the aluminum case.  He also detailed the specifications of their test machine:

  • 3 GHz Dual-Core Intel Xeon processors
  • 4 GB of 667 Mhz FB-DIMM RAM
  • 4 500GB SATA drives
  • ATI Radeon X1900 XT graphics card

The system was then put through a series of tests.  Hoffman states:
"Raw power is what the Mac Pro is all about. Overall XBench numbers were roughly five times higher on the Mac Pro than the Powerbook reference platform (170.64 versus 35.70); that scale of differential is not unexpected, given the Mac Pro's two dual-core 3 Ghz processors, each with its own independent 1.33 Ghz frontside bus, ATI Radeon X1900 XT card loaded with 512MB of GDDR3 SSDRAM, 4 GB of fast system RAM, and up to four Serial ATA drives, each with its own 3Gb/s channel. Cinebench 9.5 figures were similarly impressive, many multiples above the reference platform."

"But while Apple's mix of Universal binary professional digital audio, video, graphics and authoring applications (Logic Pro, Soundtrack Pro, Final Cut Pro, and Aperture) run at warp speed on the Mac Pro, the many professionals now using Adobe software will have to make do with running under Rosetta until Adobe releases Universal binary versions of their products next spring."

He ends his review with the following statement:
"The Mac Pro, however you look at it, is a very powerful, capable, expandable performer. Its dual OS X/Windows capability and adoption of a range of critical open standards make it worth consideration in any enterprise looking for the best possible machine for high-end use."

You can read the full review here.

Switch To A Mac Commentary
Once again, another great review for the Apple Mac Pro.  I was happy to see the closing comment make a reference to the enterprise.  It's only a matter of time before enterprises realize the value the new Intel based Macs bring to the table.  Not only do they run Mac OS X, but they are also capable of running Microsoft Windows.  The Mac Pro is the ultimate desktop Mac.

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