Mac Pro Mid 2012 Manual

Avoid interrupting your Macbook Pro’s reinstallation of OS X. In some cases, your computer may take up to several hours to reinstall OS X, depending on your Internet speed. If the progress bar has not advanced after one hour, select the option to quit installation or reboot your computer to restart the installation process. Global Nav Open Menu Global Nav Close Menu; Apple; Shopping Bag +. Mac Pro (Mid 2010) and Mac Pro Server (Mid 2010) 2010-12-06 to @crjackson2134 that now stopped working, but was saved by the Internet Archive. It's the second most recent version of the guide, tim.id.au version is the first one, Apple Technician Guide Mac Pro (Mid 2010) 2010-08-31, and don't have the Server model. However, there is no Apple user manual for the MacBook Pro (15-inch Mid 2012)-only a couple of downloadable brochures. for me and the other buyers of this new, month-old model, I guess! 😟 My thanks to you both for reponding, anyway.

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Apple MacBook Pro 13-Inch 'Core i7' 2.9 Mid-2012 Specs

Identifiers: Mid-2012 13' - MD102LL/A - MacBookPro9,2 - A1278 - 2554*

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The MacBook Pro 'Core i7' 2.9 13-Inch (Mid-2012/USB 3.0) features a 22 nm 'Ivy Bridge' 2.9 GHz Intel 'Core i7' processor (3520M), with two independent processor 'cores' on a single silicon chip, a 4 MB shared level 3 cache, 8 GB of 1600 MHz DDR3L SDRAM (PC3-12800) installed in pairs (two 4 GB modules), a 750 GB Serial ATA (5400 RPM) hard drive, an 8X DL 'SuperDrive', an 'integrated' Intel HD Graphics 4000 graphics processor that shares system memory, an integrated 720p FaceTime HD webcam, and an LED-backlit 13.3' widescreen TFT active-matrix 'glossy' display (1280x800 native resolution).
Connectivity includes AirPort Extreme (802.11a/b/g/n), Bluetooth 4.0, Gigabit Ethernet, a Firewire '800' port, two USB 3.0 ports, a 'Thunderbolt' port, audio in/out, and an SDXC card slot.
This model uses a 'Unibody' aluminum case design -- milled from a single piece of aluminum -- and has a backlit keyboard, a 'no button' glass 'inertial' multi-touch trackpad, and a non-swappable battery design that provides an Apple estimated 7 hours of battery life.
Compared to its predecessor, this model essentially is identical externally with the exception of the aforementioned USB 3.0 ports. Internally, however, it has a faster processor, architecture, graphics, and RAM.
Also see:

  • What are the differences between the 'Mid-2012' 13-Inch and 15-Inch MacBook Pro models?
  • What are the differences between the 'Mid-2012' MacBook Pro models and the 'Late 2011' MacBook Pro models that they replaced?

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Introduction Date:June 11, 2012 Discontinued Date:October 22, 2013*
Details:The 'Introduction Date' refers to the date a model was introduced via press release. The 'Discontinued Date' refers to the date a model either was replaced by a subsequent system or production otherwise ended.
*On October 22, 2013, Apple discontinued this model as a standard configuration, but it remained available as a custom configuration of the MacBook Pro 'Core i5' 2.5 13' Mid-2012 (MD101LL/A).
Also see: All Macs introduced in 2012.
Details:Also see: All models with a 64-Bit processor courtesy of EveryMac.com's Ultimate Mac Sort.
Details:Geekbench 2 benchmarks are in 32-bit and 64-bit modes, respectively. These numbers reflect an average of user provided 32-bit and 64-bit results as submitted to the Geekbench website. Higher numbers are better.
You also might be interested in reviewing all 32-bit and 64-bit Geekbench 2 user submissions for Macs with the MacBookPro9,2 Model Identifier, which may include multiple models.
To dynamically compare Geekbench 2 results from different Macs side-by-side, see EveryMac.com's Ultimate Mac Comparison.
Details:These Geekbench 3 benchmarks are in 32-bit mode and are for a single processor core and all processor cores, respectively. Both numbers reflect an average of user provided results as submitted to the Geekbench website. Higher numbers are better.
You also might be interested in reviewing all 32-bit single core and multicore Geekbench 3 user submissions for Macs with the MacBookPro9,2 Model Identifier, which may include multiple models.
To dynamically compare 32-bit Geekbench 3 results from different Macs side-by-side, see EveryMac.com's Ultimate Mac Comparison.
Details:These Geekbench 3 benchmarks are in 64-bit mode and are for a single processor core and all processor cores, respectively. Both numbers reflect an average of user provided results as submitted to the Geekbench website. Higher numbers are better.
You also might be interested in reviewing all 64-bit single core and multicore Geekbench 3 user submissions for Macs with the MacBookPro9,2 Model Identifier, which may include multiple models.
To dynamically compare 64-bit Geekbench 3 results from different Macs side-by-side, see EveryMac.com's Ultimate Mac Comparison.
Details:These Geekbench 4 benchmarks are are for a single processor core and all processor cores, respectively. All Geekbench 4 benchmarks are 64-bit. Both numbers reflect an average of user provided results as submitted to the Geekbench website. Higher numbers are better.
You also might be interested in reviewing all single core and multicore Geekbench 4 user submissions for Macs with the MacBookPro9,2 Model Identifier, which may include multiple models.
To dynamically compare Geekbench 4 results from different Macs side-by-side, see EveryMac.com's Ultimate Mac Comparison.
Details:These Geekbench 5 benchmarks are are for a single processor core and all processor cores, respectively. All Geekbench 5 benchmarks for the Mac are 64-bit. Both numbers reflect an average of user provided results as submitted to the Geekbench website. Higher numbers are better.
You also might be interested in reviewing all single core and multicore Geekbench 5 user submissions for Macs with the MacBookPro9,2 Model Identifier, which may include multiple models.
To dynamically compare Geekbench 5 results from different Macs side-by-side, see EveryMac.com's Ultimate Mac Comparison.
Processor Speed:2.9 GHz Processor Type:Core i7 (I7-3520M)
Details:This model is powered by a 22 nm, 64-bit Intel Mobile Core i7 'Ivy Bridge' (I7-3520M) processor which includes two independent processor 'cores' on a single silicon chip. Each core has a dedicated 256k level 2 cache, shares 4 MB of level 3 cache, and has an integrated memory controller (dual channel).
This system also supports 'Turbo Boost 2.0' -- which 'automatically increases the speed of the active cores' to improve performance when needed (up to 3.6 GHz for this model) -- and 'Hyper Threading' -- which allows the system to recognize four total 'cores' or 'threads' (two real and two virtual).
Also see: How fast are the 'Mid-2012' 13-Inch and 15-Inch MacBook Pro models compared to one another? How fast are they compared to the models each replaced?
Details:N/A
Details:Also see: Can you upgrade the processor in the 'Unibody' MacBook Pro models?
System Bus Speed:5 GT/s*Cache Bus Speed:2.9 GHz (Built-in)
Details:*This system has a 'Direct Media Interface' (DMI) that 'connects between the processor and chipset' in lieu of a traditional system bus. Intel reports that it runs at 5 GT/s.
Details:N/A
Details:Each core has its own dedicated 256k level 2 cache and the system has 4 MB of shared level 3 cache.
Details:Supports 1600 MHz PC3-12800 DDR3L SDRAM SO-DIMMs (204-pin).
Also see: How do you upgrade the RAM in the 'Mid-2012' 13-Inch and 15-Inch MacBook Pro models? How much RAM of what type do they support?
Details:8 GB of RAM is installed as two 4 GB modules, no slots free.
*Apple officially supports a maximum of 8 GB of RAM, but third-parties have determined that this model actually is capable of using up to 16 GB of RAM with two 8 GB memory modules.
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Also see: Actual Max RAM of All G3 & Later Macs.
Details:N/A
Details:This model has an Intel HD Graphics 4000 graphics processor that shares memory with the system.
Also see: What type of video processor is provided by the 'Unibody' MacBook Pro models? Is it upgradable? Which models have 'dedicated' and 'integrated' video memory?
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Details:*Apple and Intel do not report the minimum memory usage for the Intel HD Graphics 4000 graphics processor. However, with 4 GB of RAM installed, the graphics processor uses 512 MB of RAM for video function. With 8 GB of RAM, 768 MB is reserved for video function and with 16 GB of RAM, 1 GB is reserved for video function.
Built-in Display:13.3' WidescreenNative Resolution:1280x800
Details:13.3' color widescreen LED-backlit TFT active-matrix 'glossy' display with a 1280 by 800 native resolution.
Apple reports that this system also supports '1152 by 720, 1024 by 640, and 800 by 500 pixels at 16:10 aspect ratio; 1024 by 768, 800 by 600, and 640 by 480 pixels at 4:3 aspect ratio; 1024 by 768, 800 by 600, and 640 by 480 pixels at 4:3 aspect ratio stretched; 720 by 480 pixels at 3:2 aspect ratio; 720 by 480 pixels at 3:2 aspect ratio stretched.'
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2nd Display Support:Dual/Mirroring2nd Max. Resolution:2560x1600
Details:The maximum resolution supported on an external display is 2560x1600.
Also see: Are there any adapters or 'hacks' that make it possible to connect a second external display to a MacBook, MacBook Pro, or MacBook Air model?
Standard Storage:750 GB HDDStd. Storage Speed:5400 RPM
Details:By custom configuration, this model could be equipped with a 1 TB Serial ATA hard drive for an additional US$100. It also can be configured with a 128 GB, 256 GB, or 512 GB SSD for an additional US$100, US$400, or US$900, respectively.
Also see: How do you upgrade the hard drive or SSD in the 'Mid-2012' 13-Inch and 15-Inch MacBook Pro models? What type of storage do these models support?
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Also see: SSD Compatibility Guide for All G3 & Later Macs.
Storage Dimensions:2.5' (9.5 mm)Storage Interface:Serial ATA (6 Gb/s)
Details:This model supports a single SATA III (6 Gb/s) 2.5' hard drive or SSD that is up to 9.5 mm thick.
Standard Optical:8X DL 'SuperDrive'Standard Disk:None
Details:Apple reports that this slot-loading 'SuperDrive' (DVD±R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW) has a maxium write speed of '8x DVD-R, DVD+R; 4x DVD-R DL (double layer), DVD+R DL (double layer), DVD-RW, DVD+RW; 24x CD-R; 10x CD-RW' and a maximum read speed of '8x DVD-R, DVD+R, DVD-ROM; 6x DVD-ROM (double layer DVD-9), DVD-R DL (double layer), DVD+R DL (double layer), DVD-RW, and DVD+RW; 24x CD'.
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Standard Modem:NoneStandard Ethernet:10/100/1000Base-T
Standard AirPort:802.11a/b/g/n (450 Mbit*)Standard Bluetooth:4.0
Details:AirPort Extreme (802.11a/b/g/n) and Bluetooth 4.0 standard. *This model unofficially supports 450 Mbit/sec 802.11n Wi-Fi using MIMO.
Also see: What is 802.11n? How is it different from 802.11b, 802.11g, and 802.11a?
Details:Two USB 3.0 ports (up to 5 Gbps), one Firewire '800' (up to 800 Mbps) port.
Details:This model has an SDXC card slot. No expansion bays are provided.
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Also see: Which SD Card storage solution is best for the Retina Display MacBook Pro? Which models are compatible? Is this type of storage safe?
Incl. Keyboard:Full-sizeIncl. Input:Trackpad (Inertial)
Details:Apple reports that the backlit integrated keyboard has '78 (US) or 79 (ISO) keys, including 12 function keys, 4 arrow keys (inverted 'T' arrangement).'
The glass multi-touch trackpad supports 'inertial scrolling, pinch, rotate, swipe, three-finger swipe, four-finger swipe, tap, double-tap, and drag capabilities'.
Details:This MacBook Pro uses a black and silver 'unibody' case design milled from a single piece of aluminum with a 'catchless' magnetic latch.
Apple Order No:MD102LL/AApple Subfamily:Mid-2012 13'
Details:The Apple order number should be unique to this system.
Apple Model No:A1278 (EMC 2554*)Model ID:MacBookPro9,2
Details:*Please note that these identifiers refer to more than one model. In this case, please also note that the EMC number is not externally listed on the notebook so it cannot be used readily for identification.
Also see: All Macs with the A1278 Model Number, the 2554* EMC Number, and the MacBookPro9,2 Model Identifier.
For more about these identifiers and how to locate them on each Mac, please refer to EveryMac.com's Mac Identification section.
Details:Apple reports that this model has a '63.5-watt-hour lithium-polymer battery' that provides 'up to 7 hours of wireless web' use.
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Pre-Installed MacOS:X 10.7.3 (11D2515)Maximum MacOS:X 10.15.x*

Mac Pro Mid 2012 Manual

Details:*This system fully supports the last version of OS X 10.8 'Mountain Lion.' OS X 10.9 'Mavericks', and OS X 10.10 'Yosemite' as well as OS X 10.11 'El Capitan' with the exception of the 'Power Nap' feature. It is capable of running macOS Sierra (10.12) as well, although it does not support the Auto Unlock feature. This model is capable of running macOS High Sierra (10.13), and it supports HEVC (High-Efficiency Video Coding), but it does not support hardware accelerated HEVC.
This model is compatible with the final version of macOS Mojave (10.14) and the final version of macOS Catalina (10.15), as well. It does not support macOS Big Sur (macOS 11) or later versions of the macOS.
Also see: Which Macs are compatible with macOS Catalina (10.15)? What are the system requirements? What are the major new features? Has anything been removed from previous versions of the macOS?
Minimum Windows:7 (32-Bit)*Maximum Windows:10 (64-Bit)*
Details:*Apple's Boot Camp 4 supports the 32-bit of Windows 7, Boot Camp 5 supports the 64-bit versions of Windows 7 and Windows 8, and Boot Camp 6 supports the 64-bit version of Windows 10. Earlier versions of Windows are not supported.
MacOS 9 Support:NoneWindows Support:Boot/Virtualization
Details:Also see: Are there any third-party programs to run Mac OS 9/Classic applications on Intel Macs?
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For more on running Windows on Intel Macs, please refer to the exhaustive Windows on Mac Q&A.
Dimensions:0.95 x 12.78 x 8.94Avg. Weight:4.5 lbs (2.06 kg)
Details:In inches while closed - height by width by depth, (2.41 cm, 32.5 cm, 22.7 cm).
Original Price (US):US$1499Est. Current Retail:US$400-US$650
Details:Please note that on average the estimated current retail pricing of used systems is updated twice a year (please refer to the date on the bottom of the page for the date last updated).
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Video (Monitor): 1 (Thunderbolt) Floppy (Ext.): None
Details:Thunderbolt is backwards-compatible with Mini DisplayPort-equipped displays as well as adapters that are compatible with Mini DisplayPort (DVI, VGA, dual-link DVI and HDMI). It also can support other peripherals that use the Thunderbolt standard, which provides a maximum theoretical 10 Gbps of bandwidth in both directions.
Details:N/A
Details:N/A
Details:Two USB 3.0 ports (up to 5 Gbps), one Firewire '800' (up to 800 Mbps) port.
Details:No internal modem. Gigabit Ethernet, AirPort Extreme (802.11n) and Bluetooth 4.0 standard.
Details:N/A
Details:Internal omnidirectional microphone. Has a single 'audio in/out' port.
Details:Has a single 'audio in/out' port.
Details:N/A
Details:100V-240V AC, 60W 'MagSafe' power adapter. Also see: What is the 'Magsafe' power connector? How does it work? How was it designed to not cause data loss?

Global original prices for the MacBook Pro 13-Inch 'Core i7' 2.9 Mid-2012 in 34 different countries and territories follow; organized alphabetically by region.

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Original Prices - North & South America

Mexico:MXN $25,999 United States:US$1499

Original Prices - Europe

Denmark:DKK 12,099Finland:€1599
Ireland:€1599Italy:€1579
Norway:NOK 12.490 Portugal:€1599
Switzerland:CHF 1'699 United Kingdom:£1249

Original Prices - Asia

India:Rs 99,900 Indonesia:Rp 14,999,000
Malaysia:RM 4,599The Philippines:PHP 72,990
Thailand:THB 49,900Vietnam:VND 34,499,000

Original Prices - Australia & New Zealand


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Apple Mac Pro 'Quad Core' 3.2 (2012/Nehalem) Specs

Identifiers: Mid-2012 - MD770LL/A - MacPro5,1 - A1289 - 2629

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The Mac Pro 'Quad Core' 3.2 (Mid-2012/Nehalem) is powered by a single 3.2 GHz Quad Core 45-nm Xeon W3565 (Nehalem) processor with a dedicated 256k of level 2 cache for each core and 8 MB of 'fully shared' level 3 cache.
By default, it is configured with 6 GB of 1066 MHz DDR3 ECC SDRAM, a 1 TB (7200 RPM, 32 MB cache) 3Gb/s Serial ATA hard drive, an 18X dual-layer 'SuperDrive' and an ATI Radeon HD 5770 graphics card with 1 GB of GDDR5 memory.
Expansion includes two external 5.25' 'optical' bays (one free by default), four internal 3.5' 'cable-free, direct attach' hard drive bays (three free by default), and four PCIe 2.0 slots (one free PCIe 2.0 x16 slot and two free PCIe 2.0 x4 slots with the default single graphics card installed).
Ports include five USB 2.0 ports, four Firewire '800' ports, dual Gigabit Ethernet, two Mini DisplayPorts and a dual-link DVI port, among others. AirPort Extreme (802.11a/b/g/n) and Bluetooth 2.1+EDR is standard.
Please note that the 'Mid-2012' Mac Pro models practically are identical to the 'Mid-2010' models before them, but there are some differences in terms of specs and identifiers and EveryMac.com has documented them as their own models, accordingly.
Also see:

  • What are the differences between the standard 'Mid-2012' Mac Pro models? What are the differences between the standard and custom configurations of the 'Mid-2012' Mac Pro line?
  • What are the differences between the 'Mid-2012' Mac Pro models and the 'Mid-2010' Mac Pro models that they replaced? Are there any differences? How can these lines be differentiated from one another?

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Introduction Date:June 11, 2012 Discontinued Date:October 22, 2013*
Details:The 'Introduction Date' typically refers to the date a model was introduced via press release, although no press release was issued for this model. The 'Discontinued Date' refers to the date a model either was replaced by a subsequent system or production otherwise ended.
*This model was discontinued in the US on October 22, 2013. However, Apple stopped online orders in the EU on February 18, 2013, and discontinued it altogether in the EU on March 1, 2013.
Also see: All Macs introduced in 2012.
Details:Also see: All models with a 64-Bit processor courtesy of EveryMac.com's Ultimate Mac Sort.
Details:Geekbench 2 benchmarks are in 32-bit and 64-bit modes, respectively. These numbers reflect an average of user provided 32-bit and 64-bit results as submitted to the Geekbench website. Higher numbers are better.
You also might be interested in reviewing all 32-bit and 64-bit Geekbench 2 user submissions for Macs with the MacPro5,1 Model Identifier, which may include multiple models.
To dynamically compare Geekbench 2 results from different Macs side-by-side, see EveryMac.com's Ultimate Mac Comparison.
Details:These Geekbench 3 benchmarks are in 32-bit mode and are for a single processor core and all processor cores, respectively. Both numbers reflect an average of user provided results as submitted to the Geekbench website. Higher numbers are better.
You also might be interested in reviewing all 32-bit single core and multicore Geekbench 3 user submissions for Macs with the MacPro5,1 Model Identifier, which may include multiple models.
To dynamically compare 32-bit Geekbench 3 results from different Macs side-by-side, see EveryMac.com's Ultimate Mac Comparison.
Details:These Geekbench 3 benchmarks are in 64-bit mode and are for a single processor core and all processor cores, respectively. Both numbers reflect an average of user provided results as submitted to the Geekbench website. Higher numbers are better.
You also might be interested in reviewing all 64-bit single core and multicore Geekbench 3 user submissions for Macs with the MacPro5,1 Model Identifier, which may include multiple models.
To dynamically compare 64-bit Geekbench 3 results from different Macs side-by-side, see EveryMac.com's Ultimate Mac Comparison.
Details:These Geekbench 4 benchmarks are are for a single processor core and all processor cores, respectively. All Geekbench 4 benchmarks are 64-bit. Both numbers reflect an average of user provided results as submitted to the Geekbench website. Higher numbers are better.
You also might be interested in reviewing all single core and multicore Geekbench 4 user submissions for Macs with the MacPro5,1 Model Identifier, which may include multiple models.
To dynamically compare Geekbench 4 results from different Macs side-by-side, see EveryMac.com's Ultimate Mac Comparison.
Details:These Geekbench 5 benchmarks are are for a single processor core and all processor cores, respectively. All Geekbench 5 benchmarks for the Mac are 64-bit. Both numbers reflect an average of user provided results as submitted to the Geekbench website. Higher numbers are better.
You also might be interested in reviewing all single core and multicore Geekbench 5 user submissions for Macs with the MacPro5,1 Model Identifier, which may include multiple models.
To dynamically compare Geekbench 5 results from different Macs side-by-side, see EveryMac.com's Ultimate Mac Comparison.
Processor Speed:3.2 GHz Processor Type:Q. Core Xeon W3565
Details:The 64-bit 45-nm Xeon W3565 (Nehalem) processor has four independent processor 'cores' each with a dedicated 256k level 2 cache, 8 MB of 'fully shared' level 3 cache, an integrated memory controller, and 'a 128-bit SSE4 SIMD engine'. It also supports 'Hyper-Threading' -- which 'allows two threads to run simultaneously on each core' (so Mac OS X recognizes eight total cores on this model, four real and four virtual) -- and 'Turbo Boost' -- which 'automatically boosts the processor speed based on workload' (so if an application is only using one of the four cores it will automatically increase the speed of the core in use and turn off the unused cores).
Also see: How fast are the 'Mid-2012' Mac Pro models compared to one another? How fast are the 'Mid-2012' Mac Pro models compared to the 'Mid-2010' models replaced? Are they actually faster?
Details:*The standard configuration of this model (MD770LL/A) could be equipped with a single 3.33 GHz Six Core 'Westmere' Xeon (W3680) processor for an additional US$500.
As requested by readers, EveryMac.com also has documented custom configurations as their own models.
Details:*Details regarding the processor mounting can be added when they become available. By default, this type of processor uses a Socket P (LGA 3647).
System Bus Speed:4.8 GT/s*Cache Bus Speed:3.2 GHz (Built-in)
Details:*This model has a 'QuickPath Interconnect' (QPI) system described as a 'bidirectional, point-to-point connection' that provides 'quick access to the disk, I/O, and other Mac Pro subsystems' in lieu of a 'traditional' system bus. Intel reports that it runs at 4.8 GT/s.
Details:N/A
Details:*Each core has its own dedicated 256k level 2 cache and the system has 8 MB of 'fully shared' level 3 cache as well.
Details:Uses '1066 MHz DDR3 ECC SDRAM' (PC3-8500) modules.
Also see: How do you upgrade the RAM in the 'Mid-2012' Mac Pro models? How much RAM do they actually support?
Details:6 GB of RAM is installed as three 2 GB modules. One slot is free.
**Apple officially supports 32 GB of RAM. However, as first noted by site sponsor Other World Computing, this model actually can support 48 GB of RAM.
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Also see: Actual Max RAM of All G3 & Later Macs.
Details:*Four memory slots are provided on the 'slide out' processor tray. Note that this model supports triple channel memory addressing and performance is improved by installing memory in groups of three.
Details:By default, an ATI Radeon HD 5770 with 1 GB of GDDR5 memory is installed in a double-wide, 16-lane PCI Express 2.0 graphics slot. The card has two Mini DisplayPorts and one dual-link DVI port. By custom configuration it also can be equipped with an ATI Radeon HD 5870 which also has 1 GB of GDDR5 memory for an additional US$200 or two ATI Radeon HD 5770 video cards for an additional US$250.
Also see: What are the default graphics cards provided with each Mac Pro? What Mac Pro compatible video cards are available for purchase later? Which video cards have which ports?
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Details:Other graphics cards can be pre-installed at the time of purchase or can be installed later.
Display Support:Up to 6 Displays*Resolution Support:2560x1600*
Details:*Apple advertises that this system is capable of supporting up to six displays but notes that 'connecting more than three displays requires installation of two ATI Radeon HD 5770 video cards'. Apple also notes that there is 'a maximum of two DVI-based displays per graphics card.' By default, one ATI Radeon HD 5770 video card is installed and this default video card is capable of supporting three displays -- digital resolutions up to 2560x1600 and analog resolutions up to 2048x1536.
2nd Display Support:Dual/Mirroring2nd Max. Resolution:2560x1600
Details:The ATI Radeon HD 5770 is capable of supporting three 30-inch displays with a resolution of 2560x1600 in either dual display or mirrored mode.
Also see: Apple Cinema Displays.
Standard Storage:1 TB HDDStd. Storage Speed:7200 RPM
Details:By default, this system shipped with a single 1 TB (7200 RPM, 32 MB cache) Serial ATA 3Gb/s hard drive. Via custom configuration, Apple also offered to swap the 1 TB drive with a 2 TB drive for an extra US$150 or with a 512 GB SSD for an extra US$1250.
Also see: How do you upgrade the hard drives in the Mac Pro models? How many drives of what type are supported?
In the US (and many other countries), site sponsor Other World Computing sells storage upgrades for this Mac Pro.
In the UK, site sponsor Flexx sells storage upgrades for this Mac Pro.
In Canada, site sponsor CanadaRAM sells SSDs and other upgrades for this Mac Pro.
In Australia, site sponsor Macfixit sells storage upgrades for this Mac Pro.
Also see: SSD Compatibility Guide for All G3 & Later Macs.
Storage Dimensions:3.5' (25.4 mm)Storage Interface:Serial ATA (3 Gb/s)
Details:Apple formally supports up to 8 TB of storage with four 3.5' 2 TB hard drives (one in each internal bay).
Also see: How do you upgrade the hard drives in the Mac Pro to SSDs? What SSD options are available? Which SSD configuration provides the fastest performance?
Standard Optical:18X DL 'SuperDrive'Standard Disk:None
Details:Apple reports that this SATA '18X' double layer DVD±R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW SuperDrive 'writes DVD+R and DVD-R discs at up to 18x speed, DVD+R DL and DVD-R DL discs at up to 8x speed, DVD+RW discs at up to 8x speed, 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, [and] reads CDs at up to 32x speed.'
Also see: What options are available for the second 'optical drive bay' on the Mac Pro? How do you install a second optical drive or replace the primary one?
Details:The system has 'two independent 10/100/1000BASE-T [Gigabit] Ethernet (RJ-45) interfaces with support for jumbo frames.'
Standard AirPort:802.11a/b/g/nStandard Bluetooth:2.1+EDR
Details:AirPort Extreme (802.11a/b/g/n) and Bluetooth 2.1+EDR is standard.
Details:This Mac Pro model has five USB 2.0 ports on the system (two on the front panel and three on the back) and four Firewire '800' ports (two on the front and two on the back). Apple also advertises that there are 'two USB 2.0 ports on [the] included keyboard'.
Expansion Slots:4 PCIe 2.0*Expansion Bays:4 3.5', 2 5.25'
Details:*This model has four full-length PCI Express (PCIe) 2.0 expansion slots, two x16 slots and two x4 slots. In the default configuration, one PCIe 2.0 x16 slot is occupied by the graphics card. Apple also reports that 'all slots provide mechanical support for 16-lane cards' and there is a '300W combined maximum for all PCI Express slots.'
In the default configuration, one internal 3.5' bay is occupied by a hard drive and three are free, and one external 5.25' bay is occupied by a 'SuperDrive' and the other is free.
Also see: How many PCI slots of what type are provided by each Mac Pro model? How do you install a PCIe card in the Mac Pro?
In the US (and many other countries), site sponsor Other World Computing sells a wide variety of internal and external expansion options and hand-picked accessories ranging from internal PCIe cards to external storage, stands, keyboards, cables, adapters, and more for this Mac Pro.
In Australia, site sponsor Macfixit offers an extensive selection of external expansion options and accessories like docks, stands, chargers, keyboards, and security products (as well as some PCIe cards) for this Mac Pro.
Incl. Keyboard:Apple Aluminum KBIncl. Input:Magic Mouse
Details:Ships with an 'ultra-thin aluminum' Apple Keyboard with an embedded numeric keypad (0.33 inches at the front edge) and the Apple wireless 'Magic Mouse', where the 'entire top is a seamless multi-touch surface' that allows one to 'navigate using intuitive finger gestures'. As an optional US$69 upgrade, this model also can be configured with a 'Magic Trackpad' that provides multi-touch input like on a recent Apple notebook.
Details:
Details:The Apple order number should be unique to this system.
Details:Please note that these identifiers refer to more than one model.
Also see: All Macs with the A1289 Model Number, the 2629 EMC Number, and the MacPro5,1 Model Identifier.
For more about these identifiers and how to locate them on each Mac, please refer to EveryMac.com's Mac Identification section.
Details:N/A
Pre-Installed MacOS:X 10.7.4* (11E53)Maximum MacOS:X 10.14.x**
Details:*Although OS X 10.7.4 initially was pre-installed, this model also is capable of booting Mac OS X 10.6 'Snow Leopard.'
**This system fully supports the last version of OS X 10.8 'Mountain Lion' and OS X 10.9 'Mavericks' with the exception of the 'AirPlay Mirroring' and 'Power Nap' features. It also supports the last version of OS X 10.10 'Yosemite' and OS X 10.11 'El Capitan' and is compatible with Mac-to-Mac AirDrop, but other advanced features are not supported. It is capable of running macOS Sierra (10.12) as well, although the Universal Clipboard, Auto Unlock, and Apple Pay features are not supported. This model is capable of running macOS High Sierra (10.13), and it supports HEVC (High-Efficiency Video Coding), but it does not support hardware accelerated HEVC.
Finally, this model is compatible with the last version of macOS Mojave (10.14) when equipped with a 'recommended Metal-capable GPU.' It does not support macOS Catalina (10.15) or subsequent versions of the macOS.
Additionally, please note that OS X 'Lion' 10.7 and subsequent versions of OS X are not capable of running Mac OS X apps originally written for the PowerPC processor as these operating systems do not support the 'Rosetta' environment. To run PowerPC applications on this Mac, it will be necessary to use Mac OS X 10.6 'Snow Leopard'.
Also see: Which Macs are compatible with macOS Mojave (10.14)? What are the system requirements? Are 32-bit apps compatible?
Minimum Windows:XP SP2 (32-Bit)*Maximum Windows:8.1 (64-Bit)*
Details:*Apple's Boot Camp 4 supports the 32-bit version of Windows XP SP2, Windows Vista, and Windows 7, as well as the 64-bit version of Windows Vista on this model. Apple's Boot Camp 5 supports the 64-bit versions of Windows 7 and Windows 8.
Although Apple does not support Windows 10 via Boot Camp 5 (officially or otherwise), this system meets Microsoft's hardware requirements and it very well may be possible to boot Windows 10 on this Mac. If you have installed Windows 10 on this system (successfully or unsuccessfully), please share the results of your experiment. Thank you.
MacOS 9 Support:NoneWindows Support:Boot/Virtualization
Details:Also see: Are there any third-party programs to run Mac OS 9/Classic applications on Intel Macs?
Site sponsor OHS specializes in heavily upgraded Macs capable of running both Mac OS X and Mac OS 9 applications.
For more on running Windows on Intel Macs, please refer to the exhaustive Windows on Mac Q&A.
Dimensions:20.1 x 8.1 x 18.7Avg. Weight:39.9 lbs. (18.1 kg)

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Details:In inches - height by width by depth, (51.1 cm, 20.6 cm, 47.5 cm).

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Original Price (US):US$2499Est. Current Retail:US$600-US$1100
Details:Please note that on average the estimated current retail pricing of used systems is updated twice a year (please refer to the date on the bottom of the page for the date last updated).
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Details:Two Mini DisplayPorts and one dual-link DVI port provided by the default ATI Radeon HD 5770 graphics card. Supports dual display and mirroring modes. This default card is capable of supporting as many as three displays and the Mini DisplayPorts are capable of multichannel audio.
Also see: What graphics cards are available for the Mac Pro? Which models have which ports?
Details:*Supports internal Serial Attached SCSI, external SCSI support can be added with an aftermarket PCIe card.
Details:N/A
Details:This Mac Pro model has five USB 2.0 ports on the system (two on the front panel and three on the back) and four Firewire '800' ports (two on the front and two on the back). Apple also advertises that there are 'two USB 2.0 ports on [the] included keyboard'.
Details:No internal modem. Gigabit Ethernet, AirPort Extreme (802.11a/b/g/n) and Bluetooth 2.1+EDR are standard.
Details:N/A
Details:Includes a rear mounted 'optical digital audio input Toslink port' and an 'analog stereo line-level input' minijack.
Details:Includes a rear mounted 'optical digital audio output Toslink port' and an 'analog stereo line-level output' minijack. Also has a front-mounted headphone jack.
Details:N/A
Details:Apple reports that the line voltage is '100-120V AC or 200-240V AC (wide-range power supply input voltage)' and the maximum current is '12A (low-voltage range) or 6A (high-voltage range)'.

Global original prices for the Mac Pro 'Quad Core' 3.2 (2012/Nehalem) in 34 different countries and territories follow; organized alphabetically by region.

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Original Prices - North & South America

Mexico:MXN $42,999 United States:US$2499

Original Prices - Europe

Denmark:DKK 18,999Finland:€2699
Ireland:€2849Italy:€2419
Norway:NOK 19.990 Portugal:€2490
Switzerland:CHF 2'499 United Kingdom:£2049

Original Prices - Asia

India:N/A Indonesia:Rp 25,499,000
Malaysia:RM 7,999The Philippines:PHP 122,990
Thailand:THB 84,900Vietnam:VND 56,999,000

Original Prices - Australia & New Zealand


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