Pros Excellent speed and multitasking usability
Future proof (should last for at least 5-6 years) and will be even more enhanced with the introduction of Snow Leopard as well as multi core aware software of the future. Easy Upgrade ability. Excellent Case
Cons Not many just the 2.93 Ghz one I got was pricey even though its still cheaper then a similarly spec'd Dell or HP.
Summary I got my Mac Pro Monday and I am just loving it so far anything I've thrown at it its handled with ease not even breaking a sweat. (I upgraded to this from my 17in macbook pro). So far for 3D rendering, photoshop, and video editing its run very fast and suprisingly quiet. if Anyone is considering buying one of these DO BUY IT YOU WONT REGRET IT. and some advice to save money if your a college student use APPLES Student Developer Connection it gives u nearly a 20% price break.
My setup right now looks like
2 x 2.93 Gainestown Xeons
16 gb (8 x 2GB ddr3 ram)
1 x 640 GB 7200 rpm HD
2 x 1 TB 7200 rpm HD's
ATI Radeon 4870 HD
and Apple's gorgeous 24in LED ACD.
Havent found any short comings so far the ease of upgradability was amazing I installed 2 HD's and 8 sticks of ram in under 5 mins.
And this things quiter then my laptop most of the time
Pros nice CPU
NO BLU-RAY SUPPORT for pre-recorded content
Summary With being considered a technology leader, they are actually proving
to be quite the opposite here. Using their clout, Apple is choosing
to NOT allow Blu-Ray products into any of its Mac Computers.
None of their products have a Blu-Ray drive, or Blu-Ray option. They
bill their "Superdrive" as a drive which can read/write all types of
DVD/CD material but has chosen to not adopt the latest optical media
drives which can additionally read/write Blu-Ray. What makes this
even more frustrating is that large amounts of Mac owners are Blu-Ray
owners who want to extend playback to their mac's including portable
An even more strange twist is that Apple is on the Blu-Ray consortium
board, but maybe that is not enough to trump their selfish interest in
supporting Digital Downloads of movie/tv content which they even offer
HD content in the iTunes store to computers and Apple TV.
Steve Jobs has claimed that Blu-Ray Licensing is "a world of hurt,"
but other companies such as HP, Sony, Compaq, Alienware, Dell, Gateway
and more all offer models with Blu-Ray. Apple also has worked with
Blu-Ray consortium to allow for a digital version to be held within
iTunes with DRM so people can have a very reduced quality version on
their computers, ipods, iphones. But of course aside from that, there
is zero support for the High Def optical format.
This is a huge issue in the making, please get on board and press
publically Apple. Much Apple coverage is by companies dependent upon
Apple for things. Also Mac rumor websites are less worried about HDTV
issues than things like this.
To make the matter even more frustrating, Apple has not enabled their
entire OS from being able to playback protected Blu-Ray content, so
even if a consumer installed a blu-Ray drive on their own computer, a
blu-ray movie would not playback.
Countless HD video editing software on Mac, Programs supporting blu-
Ray drives like Toast Titanium, data storage and more. but ... Apple
is continuing to prevent Blu-Ray adoption because of protecting
digital downloads via iTunes.
Pros Excellent build quality & great physical design. Apple support (only problem is they consistantly can't help despite their good intentions). The Apple OS really is very very good but will you being using it or really windows 7? See the cons.
Cons Its not really compatible with windows 7 & advanced PC applications. You'll spend a lot of time in discussion forums trying to find work arounds. You'll love it less every day.
Summary I bought a 2010 1/2 Mac Pro 12 core with all the bells, my first Apple computer. If you're going for a Mac Pro then like me you are probably in a design field using programs such as 3Ds Max & rendering engines... in which case you're going to be using Windows. If not then you should be shoping for the better value iMacs - you can make use of the terrific Mac OS & never have a problem. The main problem is that despite bootcamp, the Mac is not happy in windows... and when you start using troublesome programs like 3Ds Max and mentalray, you'll wish that you were on a PC... its the little things that add up, the keys that are missing, the fact that you can't access a bios to turn off hyperthreading, etc. In 3 weeks of ownership, I have spent more time on the phone to tech support, and in the many forums that exist because of these issues, than I sent in 15 yrs of PC ownership. The Apple tech support is terrific in the quick response and attempts to help but you'll quickly realize that you are on your own in a sea of internet forums because they know nothing about windows, how the apple system works (or doesn't) in a windows environment, and little about the limitations of bootcamp. On the other side, application tech support has the same issue in that they don't understand that your machine doesn't really work the way they think it should. As a professional I need a machine that just works - which this doesn't. Apparently Apple ownership involves a lot of work. I'm really disappointed (see the pros listed) & I might have to sell this machine.
"Start using Blu-Ray"on by j422j3
Pros it's the best computer period but shamelessly it doesn't include a Blu-Ray drive.
Cons Doesn't have Blu-Ray. Small harddrive.
Summary If you don't already have a Mac Pro then this is the best computer you can buy, but if you need BluRay then you're out of luck.