Apple Mac Pro Eight-Core 2.8GHz Xeon Desktop Computer

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Processor: Two 2.8GHz Quad-Core Intel Xeon processors
- 12MB of L2 cache per processor (each pair of cores shares 6MB)
- 128-bit SSE4 SIMD engine
- 64-bit data paths and registers
- Energy efficiency optimization
- 1600MHz, 64-bit dual independent frontside buses

Memory: 2GB (two 1GB) of 800MHz DDR2 ECC fully buffered DIMM
- 800MHz DDR2 ECC fully buffered DIMM (FB-DIMM) memory
- Eight FB-DIMM slots on two memory riser cards (four slots per card) supporting up to 32GB of main memory
- 256-bit-wide memory architecture

PCI Express graphics: ATI Radeon HD 2600 XT 256MB (two dual-link DVI ports)
- Hard disk drive: 320GB Serial ATA 3Gb/s; 7200 rpm; 8MB cache

Four 3.5-inch cable-free, direct-attach hard drive bays with built-in independent 3Gb/s Serial ATA channels; four internal hard drive carriers included

Up to 4TB of internal storage

Internal RAID: Optional

Optical drive: 16x SuperDrive with double-layer support (DVD±R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW)
- One open optical drive bay for optional second SuperDrive

Wireless: Bluetooth 2.0 + EDR
- Optional 802.11n AirPort Extreme wireless networking

Peripherals and audio:
-Two FireWire 800 ports (one on front panel, one on back panel)
- Two FireWire 400 ports (one on front panel, one on back panel)
- Five USB 2.0 ports (two on front panel, three on back panel)
- Two USB 2.0 ports on included keyboard
- Front-panel headphone minijack and speaker
- Optical digital audio input and output TOSLINK ports
- Analog stereo line-level input and output minijacks

PCI Express expansion: Three open full-length PCI Express expansion slots
- One PCI Express 2.0 x16 slot
- Two PCI Express x4 slots

Software:

Mac OS X v10.5 Leopard:
- Time Machine
- Quick Look
- Spaces
- Spotlight
- Dashboard
- Mail
- iChat
- Safari
- Address Book
- QuickTime
- iCal
- DVD Player
- Photo Booth
- Front Row
- Xcode Developer Tools

iLife ’08:
- iTunes
- iPhoto
- iMovie
- iDVD
- iWeb
- GarageBand

Size and weight:
- Height: 20.1 inches (51.1 cm)
- Width: 8.1 inches (20.6 cm)
- Depth: 18.7 inches (47.5 cm)
- Weight: 42.4 pounds (19.2 kg)
If you have additional warranty questions, please contact the manufacturer at 800-MY-APPLE
(10 ratings)
Submitted February 8, 2008 by a customer from reeltimeproduction.com
"2008 Mac Pro 8 Core, Fastest Machine On the Market!!!!"
I think this is the last Computer I will buy for at least the next 3-5 years unless some other technology replaces the way we make music. I use my Mac Pro for Music/ Video multimedia web productions and Photography. I can not believe I have such a powerful tool, that will last for years to come.

Sound
Sounds great but of course you will want to use your own sound card or source, I just upgrade from a Delta 101Lt that I had on my Dual G5 PPC 2.5gz and 4gb of ram. To the Tascam Fw1080, I like this unit, firewire, controller and sound card and midi. Yeah I know there is better but this is for a home studio in my bedroom and it does just fine,

Features
New 2008 mac Pro with 8 cores, has so much power, "OMG" this thing is a beast, if you use it for audio and video productions you will want at least 4gb of Memory, I loaded 48 tracks of audio in Logic and effects on all tracks and I barely had a reading on 5 of the cpus, 24 tracks I barley had a reading at all. My G5 would get an error message with the included Demo songs that are shipped with logic, I had to freeze most of the tracks, but with the new mack pro, it plays with no problems using about 1.5 of memory and low cpu power. Its also super quiet, you would never know it was on unless you looked at your screen. Brand new sleek keyboard is nice too. The video is great, easy installation for memory and hard drives, just snap right in, no read more tools needed, I added 3x500 gb to go with the 320 that came with the system. Memory price is dropping fast I now have 12 gb of memory, I started with 2 from the factory.

Ease of Use
Vey Easy to setup firewire or usb devices.

Quality
Made like a tank as usual, Aluminum like the other Mac pros, very heavy, will last a lifetime

Value
Buy the basic system and upgrade it yourself save thousand of dollars.

Manufacturer Support
Apple gets better and better, I think if they came out with a 12 or 16 core in the near future I would keep my 8 core, the hardware is way beyond most software. Not to may 64 bit software as it is,

The Wow Factor
Every Mac users Dream Machine, this is the Rolls Royce of systems. You will not regret buying one, once you have it.

Musical Background:
Multimedia Web Productions/Producer Song Writer

Musical Style:
Jazz/Funk/ R&B
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