Original Mac Pro Datasheet

Mac Pro
Source: apple.com – Mac Pro

In the ever-evolving landscape of personal computing, few machines stand the test of time like the Original Mac Pro also known as “Mac Pro Mid 2006”. Introduced by Apple in 2006, the Mac Pro quickly became synonymous with power, innovation, and performance. Fast forward to today, and while the original Mac Pro may be 17 years old, its legacy remains deeply ingrained in Apple’s storied history.

On August 7, 2006, Apple unveiled the first Mac Pro, marking a significant milestone in the company’s transition to Intel processors. Priced at $2,199, the Mac Pro set a new standard for desktop workstations, boasting advanced performance, expandability, and customization options that catered to the most demanding users.

Powered by dual-core Intel Xeon processors running at speeds up to 3.0 GHz, the Mac Pro delivered breakthrough performance and power efficiency. With a 256-bit wide memory architecture and support for up to 2 TB of internal storage, users had unprecedented customization options, with over 4.9 million possible configurations to suit their specific needs.

Mac Pro
Source: apple.com – Mac Pro

The Mac Pro wasn’t just about raw processing power—it also excelled in graphics and connectivity. Equipped with NVIDIA GeForce 7300 GT as standard, users could opt for ATI Radeon X1900 XT or NVIDIA Quadro FX 4500 for enhanced graphics performance, ideal for demanding tasks like animation and scientific visualization. Connectivity options were plentiful, with multiple USB, FireWire, and Ethernet ports, as well as support for AirPort Extreme and Bluetooth 2.0+EDR.

Every Mac Pro came bundled with Mac OS X 10.4.7 Tiger, Apple’s advanced operating system that seamlessly integrated with the hardware. With built-in support for Universal applications, users had access to a vast ecosystem of software, including Apple’s own consumer and professional applications, making the Mac Pro an indispensable tool for creative professionals.

Despite its groundbreaking features and enduring popularity, the Mac Pro was discontinued on January 8, 2008, marking the end of an era. However, its legacy lives on, with many enthusiasts considering it a classic computer that still holds its own in today’s tech landscape.

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

While the original Mac Pro may have paved the way for future innovations, Apple continues to push the boundaries of desktop computing with newer models. From the sleek design of the latest Mac Pro to the unparalleled performance of the M-series chips, each iteration builds upon the legacy of its predecessors while charting new territory in the world of personal computing.

The Mac Pro may have been retired from Apple’s product lineup, but its impact on the world of computing is undeniable. From its revolutionary design to its unparalleled performance, the Mac Pro set a new standard for desktop workstations and left an indelible mark on Apple’s history.

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

Original Mac Pro Details

IntroducedAugust 7, 2006 – 17 years ago
DiscontinuedJanuary 8, 2008 – 16 years ago
Time on the Market17 months (1 year)
Model IdentifierMacPro1,1
Model NumberA1186
Order NumberMA356LL/A
Original Price$2,199
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 Mid 2006 Tech Specs


ProcessorIntel Xeon 5130 (2 GHz)
Intel Xeon 5150 (2.66 GHz)
Intel Xeon 5160 (3 GHz)
Processor SpeedQuad 2 GHz (2x Dual-Core)
Quad 2.66 GHz (2x Dual-Core)
Quad 3 GHz (2x Dual-Core)
Number of Cores4 (2x Dual-Core)
System BusDual 1.33 GHz
Cache4 MB shared L2 per processor (8 MB in total)

Storage & Media

Storage160 GB 7200 rpm
250 GB 7200 rpm
500 GB 7200 rpm
750 GB 7200 rpm
Media1 – 16x DVD-R/CD-RW “SuperDrive”


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


Built-in DisplayNone


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 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)


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


Original OSMac OS X 10.4.7
Later OSMac OS X 10.4.8
Mac OS X 10.4.9
Mac 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


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

Original Mac Pro Introduction Video

Do you like this article?

Let’s go social and follow us on X, Facebook, Instagram, or Threads, to stay updated.

Further Reading and References

Disclaimer: The data presented in this article is under continuous development and has been manually collected from various sources based on their availability. The author of this article may revise this dataset as additional research is conducted and reviewed. Please note that the information is provided “as is” and “as available” without express or implied warranties. The author cannot be held responsible for any omissions, inaccuracies, or errors in the published information. Any warranties relating to this information are hereby disclaimed.