Mac Pro Early 2008 Datasheet

Mac Pro
Source: apple.com – Mac Pro

The Apple Mac Pro Early 2008 is a personal computer that formed part of the Mac Pro line, designed, manufactured, and sold by Apple from 2008 to 2009. It was unveiled on January 8, 2008, with a starting price of $2,299.

Apple introduced this iteration of the Mac Pro with eight processor cores and a novel system architecture that boasted up to twice the performance of its predecessor. The system combined two of Intel’s new 45-nanometer Quad-Core Xeon processors, capable of running at speeds of up to 3.2 GHz.

This, along with potent graphics capabilities and potential internal storage of up to 4 TB, made it an ideal choice for creative professionals, 3D digital content creators, and scientists. The base configuration, featuring 8 cores, commenced at $2,799.

Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing, commented on the release, stating, “The new Mac Pro is the fastest Mac we’ve ever made.” This assertion was supported by the Mac Pro’s impressive specifications, including 3.2 GHz 8-core Xeon processing, a 1600 MHz front-side bus, and 800 MHz memory, leveraging the fastest Intel Xeon architecture available at the time.

Key features of the Mac Pro Early 2008 included the latest Quad-Core Intel Xeon 5400 series processors, each boasting 12 MB of L2 cache for enhanced performance and power efficiency. The system also offered significant improvements in memory throughput, thanks to a new high-bandwidth hardware architecture, dual-independent 1600 MHz front side buses, and support for up to 32 GB of 800 MHz DDR2 ECC FB-DIMM memory.

Source: apple.com – Mac Pro Side

Graphics capabilities were provided by the ATI Radeon HD 2600 XT graphics card with 256 MB of video memory, with support for additional graphics cards via a new PCI Express 2.0 graphics slot. This enabled the Mac Pro to drive multiple displays simultaneously, making it suitable for advanced visualization and large display setups.

In terms of expandability, the Mac Pro boasted four internal hard drive bays, supporting cable-free installation of up to four 1 TB Serial ATA hard drives, with the option for high-performance SAS drives for tasks such as film and video editing. External connectivity options were abundant, with ports including USB 2.0, FireWire 400 and 800, optical and analog audio in and out, dual Gigabit Ethernet ports, and a headphone jack.

Every Mac Pro Early 2008 shipped with Leopard, the sixth major release of Apple’s operating system, known for its numerous features enhancing user experience and system performance. Additionally, the package included the new ultra-thin aluminum Apple Keyboard, with built-in Bluetooth 2.0 for wireless connectivity.

The base model of the Mac Pro Early 2008 featured a choice of 2.8 GHz, two 2.8 GHz, two 3 GHz, or two 3.2 GHz Quad-Core Intel Xeon E5000 series processors, 2 GB of RAM, a 320 GB or 500 GB hard drive, a 16x DVD-R/CD-RW “SuperDrive,” and 256 MB ATI Radeon HD 2600 XT graphics.

Mac Pro Front and Back
Source: apple.com – Mac Pro Front and Back

The production of the Mac Pro Early 2008 was discontinued on March 3, 2009. As of today, it marks 16 years since its initial release, signifying its enduring legacy in the realm of personal computing.

Mac Pro
Source: apple.com – Mac Pro

Mac Pro Early 2008 Details

IntroducedJanuary 8, 2008 – 16 years ago
DiscontinuedMarch 3, 2009 – 15 years ago
Last Software UpdateJuly 18, 2016 – 8 years ago
Time on the Market13 months (1 year)
Time of Support102 months (8 years)
Model IdentifierMacPro3,1
Model NumberA1186
Order NumberMA970LL/A
Original Price$2,299
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


ProcessorIntel Quad-Core Xeon X5462 (2.8 GHz)
Two Intel Quad-Core Xeon X5462 (2x 2.8 GHz)
Two Intel Quad-Core Xeon X5472 (2x 3 GHz)
Two Intel Quad-Core Xeon X5482 (2x 3.2 GHz)
Processor Speed2.8 GHz (1x Quad-Core)
Two 2.8 GHz (2x Quad-Core)
Two 3 GHz (2x Quad-Core)
Two 3.2 GHz (2x Quad-Core)
Number of Cores4 (1x Quad-Core)
8 (2x Quad-Core)
System BusSingle or Dual 1.66 GHz
Cache12 MB L2 per processor (6 MB for each pair of cores)

Storage & Media

Storage300 GB 15000 rpm
320 GB 7200 rpm
500 GB 7200 rpm
750 GB 7200 rpm
1 TB 7200 rpm
Media1 – 16x DVD-R/CD-RW “SuperDrive”


Built-in Memory2 GB
Maximum Memory32 GB
Memory Slots8 – PC2-6400 240-pin DDR2 ECC DIMM
Interleaving SupportYes


Built-in DisplayNone


Graphics CardATI Radeon HD 2600 XT
NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GT
NVIDIA Quadro FX 5600
Graphics Memory256 MB (ATI Radeon HD 2600 XT)
512 MB (NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GT)
1.5 GB (NVIDIA Quadro FX 5600)
Display Connection2 – dual-link DVI and 1 – Stereo 3D port (NVIDIA Quadro FX 5600)
2 – dual-link DVI (ATI Radeon HD 2600 XT and NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GT)
Display ModesDual display extended and video mirroring


Expansion Slots2 – 16-lane PCI Express 2.0
2 – 4-lane PCI Express 1.1
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)


Ethernet2 – 10/100/1000BASE-T ports (support for jumbo frames)
ModemApple USB Modem MA03AZ/A (optional)
Wi-FiAirPort Extreme Card 802.11b/g/n (optional)
BluetoothBluetooth 2.0 + EDR (optional)
USB5 – 480 Mbps (USB 2.0)
FireWire2 – 400 Mbps
2 – 800 Mbps
Fibre ChannelMB355G/A (Optional)
MB356G/A (Optional)
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
Display2 – dual-link DVI and 1 – Stereo 3D port (NVIDIA Quadro FX 5600)
2 – dual-link DVI (ATI Radeon HD 2600 XT and NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GT)

Keyboard and Mouse

PeripheralsApple Keyboard with Numeric Keypad
Apple Mighty Mouse


Original OSMac OS X 10.5.1
Later OSMac OS X 10.5.2
Mac OS X 10.5.4
Maximum OSOS X 10.11.6
FirmwareIntel Extensible Firmware Interface
Bundled SoftwareMac OS X 10.5
iLife ’08 (includes iTunes, iPhoto, iMovie, iDVD, iWeb, and GarageBand)


Backup Battery3 V CR2032 Lithium
Maximum Continuous PowerUnknown
Line Voltage100 – 125 V AC or 200 – 240 V AC

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