The Mac Pro 5.1: Salient Features


Mac Pro 5.1: Salient Features

Released on July 27, 2010, the Mac Pro 5.1 became one of the high-end devices for creative professional work. This one is the most potent workstation produced by Apple so far. In the present Mac lineup, it serves as the best model of the four desktop computers from Apple. The other three desktop computers are iMac, iMac Pro, and Mac Mini. Now, let us know more about the most talked-about Mac Pro 5.1.

Mac Pro 5.1: Salient Features
Mac Pro 5.1: Salient Features

Magnificent Design

The dynamic first-generation Mac Pro came with a rectangular tower case. The tower case made the device look exactly like the Power Mac G5, an old version. This one also has expansion capabilities like the Mac G5. The second-generation Mac Pro 5.1 was a topic for anticipation among the tech lovers across the globe. The design of this model was announced in 2013. The Apple Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) opened with an announcement of its design. In this conference, Apple announced that the performance level of this revamped model is supposed to be twice the previous one. This model is thinner in dimension and lighter in weight than the other models. The two thunderbolt ports and 1 HDMI port are designed with utmost precision. The third generation Mac Pro 5.1 has been recently announced in 2019 (WWDC). This one is returning back to the old tower design.

Mac Pro 5.1: CPU And Memory

The Mac Pros are available with one or two CPUs, and there is an option of expanding from two to twelve cores. For instance, the Quad-core Intel E5620 Xeon CPUs and the Hexa Core Intel Xeon X5670 CPUs are the two variations of the Mac Pro 2010. Both the variants perform differently due to the CPU configuration. The old Mac Pro models used  LGA 771 socket to power, while the later ones used the  LGA 1366 socket.

667 MHz DDR2 ECC FB-DIMMs is the memory of the original Mac Pro. There are variations depending upon the launch time and configuration. Each of the two riser cards of the unique model come with powerful 4 DIMM slots. It allows no less than a 32 GB memory. To increase the memory, some install more RAM in the Mac Pro while some increase its memory latency. The bandwidth can be increased to 16 GB by installing two FB-DIMMs. However, the pre-2009 Mac Pro models were reported by some clients for their excessive heatsinks on the memory modules. Apple has made a solution with third-party RAM. After 2009, none of the advanced Mac Pro models use memory modules with heatsinks.

Mac Pro 5.1: Salient Features
Mac Pro 5.1: Salient Features

Mac Pro 5.1: Operating System

EFI 1.1 makes the Apple Mac Pro run so efficiently. The EFI 1.1 technology depends upon Apple’s open firmware. Moreover, the boot camp of Apple is backward compatible with BIOS. These operating systems can be easily installed on the Apple computers with Intel x86. Some of the other operating systems are Mac OS X 10.4.7, Microsoft Windows XP, Vista, and Linux x86. Apple does not support the user to install an additional operating system other than Windows directly. However, using third-party drivers, it is still possible.

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