Mac Pro Early 2007 Explained

Mac Pro
Source: apple.com – Mac Pro

In the ever-evolving landscape of technology, there are milestones that mark significant leaps in innovation. One such milestone was the introduction of the Apple Mac Pro Early 2007, a powerhouse personal computer that left a lasting impression on the tech industry.

The Mac Pro Early 2007 was a flagship addition to Apple’s lineup of computers, embodying the pinnacle of performance and innovation at the time. Priced at $3,999, it catered to discerning users who demanded uncompromising power and flexibility in their computing experience.

One of the defining features of the Mac Pro Early 2007 was its fully customizable nature. Powered by quad-core processors, it offered users the option to upgrade to eight cores for enhanced performance. From memory configurations ranging from 1 GB to a staggering 16 GB to storage options including 160, 250, or 500 GB drives, users had the freedom to tailor the Mac Pro to their specific needs.

Graphics capabilities were a cornerstone of the Mac Pro Early 2007’s appeal. Equipped with an NVIDIA GeForce 7300 GT as the default option, users had the flexibility to add one, two, or three additional graphics cards, including options from ATI Radeon and NVIDIA’s Quadro FX series. This ensured seamless handling of graphics-intensive tasks and applications.

Mac Pro
Source: apple.com – Mac Pro

The Mac Pro Early 2007 was designed with connectivity in mind. Featuring a plethora of ports including USB 2.0, FireWire 400, FireWire 800, and a headphone jack conveniently located on the front panel, users could effortlessly connect their peripherals and devices for a seamless computing experience.

While the Mac Pro Early 2007 offered unparalleled customization options, there were a few surprises in terms of what was not included by default. Bluetooth 2.0 and AirPort Extreme, standard on other Intel Macs, were notably absent. However, users had the option to upgrade to a wireless (Bluetooth) keyboard and mouse for added convenience.

At its core, the Mac Pro Early 2007 was a formidable machine designed to tackle the most demanding tasks with ease. Boasting two Quad-Core 3 GHz Intel Xeon X5365 processors, 1 GB of RAM, a 250 GB hard drive, and a dedicated NVIDIA GeForce 7300 GT graphics card in its base configuration, it set a new standard for performance and reliability.

Mac Pro Accessibility
Source: apple.com – Mac Pro Accessibility

Despite its impressive capabilities, the Mac Pro Early 2007 had a relatively short lifespan in the market. Discontinued on January 8, 2008, just months after its introduction, it left a lasting legacy as a testament to Apple’s commitment to pushing the boundaries of innovation.

Today, as we reflect on the 17-year anniversary of the Mac Pro Early 2007, it serves as a reminder of the rapid pace of technological advancement. While newer, more powerful machines have since taken its place, the Mac Pro Early 2007 remains a revered symbol of Apple’s legacy of excellence in computing.

Source: apple.com – Mac Pro Side

Mac Pro Early 2007 Details

IntroducedApril 4, 2007 – 17 years ago
DiscontinuedJanuary 8, 2008 – 16 years ago
Time on the Market279 days (9 months)
Model IdentifierMacPro2,1
Model NumberA1186
EMC2138
Order NumberMA356LL/A
Original Price$3,999
ColorsAluminum
Weight42.4 Ibs.
19.232 KG
Dimensions20.1” H x 8.1” W x 18.7” D
51.05 cm H x 20.57 cm W x 47.49 cm D

Mac Pro Tech Specs

Processor

ProcessorTwo Quad-Core Intel Xeon X5365
Processor SpeedTwo 3 GHz (2x Quad-Core)
Architecture64-bit
Number of Cores8 (2x Quad-Core)
System BusDual 1.33 GHz
Cache8 MB shared L2 per processor (16 MB in total)

Storage & Media

Storage250 GB 7200 rpm
500 GB 7200 rpm
750 GB 7200 rpm
Media1 – 16x DVD-R/CD-RW “SuperDrive”

Memory

Built-in Memory1 GB
Maximum Memory16 GB (Apple)
32 GB (Actual)
Memory Slots8 – PC2-5300 240-pin DDR2 ECC or NECC SDRAM 667 MHz
Interleaving SupportYes

Display

Built-in DisplayNone

Graphics

Graphics CardNVIDIA GeForce 7300 GT
NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GT
NVIDIA Quadro FX 4500
ATI Radeon X1900 XT
Graphics Memory256 MB (NVIDIA GeForce 7300 GT)
512 MB (NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GT, NVIDIA Quadro FX 4500, ATI Radeon X1900 XT)
Display Connection1 – DVI and 1 – dual-link DVI (NVIDIA GeForce 7300 GT)
1 – dual-link DVI and 1 – Stereo 3D port (NVIDIA Quadro FX 4500)
2 – dual-link DVI (ATI Radeon X1900 XT)
Display ModesDual display extended and video mirroring

Expansion

Expansion Slots4 – PCI Express
Bays4 – Internal 3.5″ Serial ATA drive bays
2 – Optical drive bay
Hard Drive Interface4 – 3 Gbps Serial ATA (SATA) controllers
Optical Drive Interface2 – Ultra ATA/100
Internal RAIDMac Pro RAID Card with 256 MB cache and 72-hour cache battery backup (Optional)

Connections

Ethernet2 – 10/100/1000BASE-T ports (support for jumbo frames)
ModemApple USB Modem MA03AZ/A (optional)
Wi-FiAirPort Extreme Card 802.11b/g (optional)
BluetoothBluetooth 2.0 + EDR (optional)
USB5 – 480 Mbps (USB 2.0)
FireWire2 – 400 Mbps
2 – 800 Mbps
Audio In1 – 3.5-mm analog input jack
1 – optical S/PDIF (Toslink) input
Audio Out2 – 3.5-mm analog output jack
1 – optical S/PDIF (Toslink) output
1 – Built-in speaker
Display1 – DVI and 1 – dual-link DVI (NVIDIA GeForce 7300 GT)
1 – dual-link DVI and 1 – Stereo 3D port (NVIDIA Quadro FX 4500)
2 – dual-link DVI (ATI Radeon X1900 XT)

Keyboard and Mouse

PeripheralsApple Keyboard
Apple Mighty Mouse

Software

Original OSMac OS X 10.4.9
Later OSMac OS X 10.4.10
Mac OS X 10.5
Maximum OSMac OS X 10.7.5
FirmwareIntel Extensible Firmware Interface
Bundled SoftwareMac OS X 10.4
iLife ’06 (includes iTunes, iPhoto, iMovie HD, iDVD, iWeb, GarageBand)
Comic Life
Omni Outliner
Microsoft Office 2004 for Mac Test Drive
iWork ’06 (30-day trial)
FileMaker Pro 8.5 trial

Power

Backup Battery3 V CR2032 Lithium (922-6476)
Maximum Continuous PowerUnknown
Line Voltage100 – 125 V AC or 200 – 240 V AC

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