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Mac Pro (Early 2009) - Technical Specifications

Processing

  • 8-core: Two 2.26GHz, 2.66GHz, or 2.93GHz Quad-Core Intel Xeon 5500 series processors
  • Quad-core: One 2.66GHz, 2.93GHz, or 3.33GHz Quad-Core Intel Xeon 3500 series processor
  • Next-generation Intel microarchitecture
    • 8MB of fully shared L3 cache per processor
    • Integrated memory controller
    • Turbo Boost dynamic performance (up to 3.33GHz on 8-core 2.93GHz system, up to 3.6GHz on quad-core 3.33GHz system)
    • Hyper-Threading technology for up to 16 virtual cores
    • 128-bit SSE4 SIMD engine
    • 64-bit data paths and registers
    • Optimized for energy efficiency

Memory

  • 1066MHz DDR3 ECC SDRAM
  • 8-core: Eight memory slots (four per processor) supporting up to 32GB of main memory using 1GB, 2GB, or 4GB DIMMs
  • Quad-core: Four memory slots supporting up to 16GB of main memory using 1GB, 2GB, or 4GB DIMMs

Graphics and displays

  • Double-wide, 16-lane PCI Express 2.0 graphics slot with one of the following graphics cards installed:
    • NVIDIA GeForce GT 120 with 512MB of GDDR3 memory, PCI Express 2.0, one Mini DisplayPort, and one dual-link DVI port
    • ATI Radeon HD 4870 with 512MB of GDDR5 memory, PCI Express 2.0, one Mini DisplayPort, and one dual-link DVI port
  • Multiple graphics card configurations available with two, three, or four NVIDIA GeForce GT 120 cards
  • Support for up to eight 30-inch displays 1
  • Support for digital resolutions up to 2560 by 1600 pixels
  • Support for analog resolutions up to 2048 by 1536 pixels
  • Video adapters available for:
    • Additional DVI output using Mini DisplayPort to DVI Adapter (optional)
    • Additional dual-link DVI output using Mini DisplayPort to Dual-Link DVI Adapter (optional)
    • VGA output using Mini DisplayPort to VGA Adapter or DVI to VGA Display Adapter (optional)

Communications

  • Two independent 10/100/1000BASE-T Ethernet (RJ-45) interfaces with support for jumbo frames
  • Bluetooth 2.1 + Enhanced Data Rate (EDR)
  • Optional AirPort Extreme 802.11n Wi-Fi wireless networking card;2 IEEE 802.11a/b/g compatible

Storage

  • 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 8TB of internal storage3 in hard drive bays 1 through 4 using hard drives in the following capacities:
    • 640GB Serial ATA 3Gb/s, 7200 rpm, 16MB cache
    • 1TB or 2TB Serial ATA 3Gb/s, 7200 rpm, 32MB cache
    • Optional Mac Pro RAID Card with 512MB cache and 72-hour cache battery backup
    • 18x SuperDrive with double-layer support (DVD±R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW)
      • Writes DVD+R and DVD-R discs at up to 18x speed
      • Writes DVD+R DL and DVD-R DL discs at up to 8x speed
      • Writes DVD+RW discs at up to 8x speed
      • Writes DVD-RW discs at up to 6x speed
      • Reads DVDs at up to 18x speed
      • Writes CD-R and CD-RW discs at up to 32x speed
      • Reads CDs at up to 32x speed
    • One open optical drive bay for optional second SuperDrive

Electrical and operating requirements

  • Line voltage: 100-120V AC or 200-240V AC (wide-range power supply input voltage)
  • Frequency: 50Hz to 60Hz single phase
  • Current: Maximum of 12A (low-voltage range) or 6A (high-voltage range)
  • Operating temperature: 50° to 95° F (10° to 35° C)
  • Storage temperature: -40° to 116° F (-40° to 47° C)
  • Relative humidity: 5% to 95% noncondensing
  • Maximum operating altitude: 10,000 feet

Environmental Status Report

  • BFR-free
  • PVC-free (internal cables)
  • Highly recyclable aluminum enclosure
  • Meets ENERGY STAR 5.0 requirements4
  • Rated EPEAT Gold4

Acoustic Performance

DECLARED NOISE EMISSIONS in accordance with ISO 9296

  Sound Power Level
LWAd (B)
1 B = 10 dB
Sound Pressure Level
Operator Position
LpAm (dB)
2.66 GHz 2.26 GHz 2.66 GHz 2.26 GHz
Idle 3.7 3.5 26 25
Hard drive accessing 3.7 3.6 26 25
CD drive accessing 4.9 5.2 41 41
  1. LWAd is the statistical upper-limit A-weighted sound power level (rounded to the nearest 0.1 B).
  2. LpAm is the mean A-weighted sound pressure level measured at the operator position (rounded to the nearest dB).
  3. 1 B (bel) = 10 dB (decibel).

Connections and audio

  • Four FireWire 800 ports (two on front panel, two 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 internal 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 slots5
    • One PCI Express 2.0 x16 slot
    • Two PCI Express 2.0 x4 slots
  • All slots provide mechanical support for 16-lane cards
  • 300W combined maximum for all PCI Express slots

Software

  • Mac OS X v10.6 Snow Leopard (includes iTunes, Time Machine, Quick Look, Spaces, Spotlight, Dashboard, Mail, iChat, Safari, Address Book, QuickTime, iCal, DVD Player, Photo Booth, Front Row, Xcode Developer Tools)
  • iLife (includes iPhoto, iMovie, iDVD, iWeb, and GarageBand)

You can also have the following software pre-installed, only at the Apple Online Store:

  • iWork
  • Final Cut Express
  • Aperture
  • Logic Express
  • Filemaker

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 (standard configuration):
    • 8-core: 41.2 pounds (18.7 kg)6
    • Quad-core: 39.9 pounds (18.1 kg)6

In the box

  • Mac Pro
  • Power cord
  • Apple Keyboard with Numeric Keypad and Apple Mouse
  • USB keyboard extension cable
  • Install/restore DVDs
  • Printed and electronic documentation

Configuration Options

  Quad-Core (MB871LL/A) 8-Core (MB535LL/A)
Processor 2.66GHz Quad-Core Intel Xeon Two 2.26GHz Quad-Core Intel Xeon
Cache 8MB fully shared L3 cache 8MB fully shared L3 cache per processor
Memory 3GB (three 1GB DIMMs) of 1066MHz DDR3 ECC SDRAM 6GB (six 1GB DIMMs) of 1066MHz DDR3 ECC SDRAM
PCI Express 2.0 graphics NVIDIA GeForce GT 120 with 512MB GDDR3 memory, Mini DisplayPort, and dual-link DVI video output
Hard disk drive 640GB Serial ATA (3Gb/s); 7200 rpm
Optical drive 18x SuperDrive with double-layer support (DVD±R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW)
Wireless Built-in Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR (Enhanced Data Rate)
PCI Express Three open full-length PCI Express 2.0 expansion slots with mechanical support for 16-lane cards; 300W combined maximum for all PCI Express slots
Build-to-Order Options
  • 2.93GHz Quad-Core Intel Xeon
  • 3.33GHz Quad-Core Intel Xeon
  • 6GB memory (three 2GB DIMMs)
  • 8GB memory (four 2GB DIMMs)
  • 12GB memory (three 4GB DIMMs)
  • 16GB memory (four 4GB DIMMs)
  • ATI Radeon HD 4870 with 512MB GDDR5
  • Two NVIDIA GeForce GT 120
  • Three NVIDIA GeForce GT 120
  • Four NVIDIA GeForce GT 120
  • Hard drive bays 1-4: 640GB Serial ATA 3Gb/s (7200 rpm) or 1TB Serial ATA 3Gb/s (7200 rpm)3
  • Mac Pro RAID Card
  • Two 18x SuperDrive optical drives
  • AirPort Extreme Wi-Fi card with 802.11n2
  • Apple Keyboard
  • Apple Wireless Keyboard
  • Dual-Channel 4Gb Fibre Channel card
  • Quad-Channel 4Gb Fibre Channel card
  • Two 2.66GHz Quad-Core Intel Xeon
  • Two 2.93GHz Quad-Core Intel Xeon
  • 8GB memory (four 2GB DIMMs)
  • 12GB memory (six 2GB DIMMs)
  • 16GB memory (eight 2GB DIMMs)
  • 32GB memory (eight 4GB DIMMs)
  • ATI Radeon HD 4870 with 512MB GDDR5
  • Two NVIDIA GeForce GT 120
  • Three NVIDIA GeForce GT 120
  • Four NVIDIA GeForce GT 120
  • Hard drive bays 1-4: 640GB Serial ATA 3Gb/s (7200 rpm) or 1TB Serial ATA 3Gb/s (7200 rpm)3
  • Mac Pro RAID Card
  • Two 18x SuperDrive optical drives
  • AirPort Extreme Wi-Fi card with 802.11n2
  • Apple Keyboard
  • Apple Wireless Keyboard
  • Dual-Channel 4Gb Fibre Channel card
  • Quad-Channel 4Gb Fibre Channel card

Upgrades

  • 1GB Memory Kit
  • 2GB Memory Kit
  • 4GB Memory Kit
  • 640GB SATA Drive Kit
  • 1TB SATA Drive Kit
  • 2TB SATA Drive Kit
  • Promise 450GB SAS Drive for Mac Pro
  • Mac Pro RAID Card
  • ATI Radeon HD 4870 Graphics Upgrade Kit
  • Apple Dual-Channel 4Gb Fibre Channel PCI Express Card
  • Apple Quad-Channel 4Gb Fibre Channel PCI Express Card

Accessories

  • Apple LED Cinema Display
  • Time Capsule
  • AirPort Extreme Base Station
  • AirPort Express Base Station
  • Apple Keyboard
  • Apple Wireless Keyboard
  • Magic Mouse
  • AppleCare Protection Plan

Applications

  • Final Cut Studio
  • Final Cut Express
  • Aperture
  • Logic Pro
  • Logic Express
  • Mac OS X Server v10.5 (10-client license)
  • Mac OS X Server v10.5 (Unlimited-client license)
  • Apple Remote Desktop
  • iWork

  1. Requires installation of four NVIDIA GeForce GT 120 graphics cards.
  2. Wireless Internet access requires a wireless access point and Internet access; fees may apply.
  3. 1GB = 1 billion bytes and 1TB = approximately 1 trillion bytes; actual formatted capacity less.
  4. Mac Pro systems configured with a Mac Pro RAID card or Fibre Channel card do not meet ENERGY STAR and EPEAT requirements.
  5. PCI Express slots are not compatible with PCI or PCI-X expansion cards.
  6. Actual weight varies by configuration and manufacturing process.

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