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If you are working with intensive graphical applications, the industry standard tends to lean toward Apple’s workstations, such as the MAC pro, which is based on Xeon microprocessors, but are similar to the Power Mac G5 they replaced. This system’s 8 core processors (some up to 12) offer speeds that are twice as fast as its competitors. Other than specialty configurations which are certified by software manufacturers, such as Autodesk for AutoCAD applications, Apple is usually the best choice. However, these systems are generally more expensive than their counterparts with prices ranging from the low $2000 range to the high $6000 range. System memory is often connected to a processor through a separate I/O controller. But each Intel Xeon “Nehalem” processor features an integrated memory controller — another leap forward for workstation system architecture. By connecting memory directly to the processor, the new Mac Pro processors have faster access to data stored in memory, and memory latency is reduced by up to 40 percent.

The integrated memory controller, along with fast 1066MHz DDR3 ECC SDRAM, also gives Mac Pro up to a 2.4x increase in memory bandwidth over previous generations. More bandwidth allows for more data to be fed to the processor faster, helping each core spend its time processing data, not waiting for information to arrive. And Error Correction Code (ECC) corrects single-bit errors and detects multiple-bit errors automatically. That’s especially important in mission-critical and compute-inten

The major difference between the MAC pro and its counterparts would likely be the ingenuity behind the system and its utilities, functionalities, and hardware. Apple’s Mac Pro introduced the new Turbo Boost. This is an active performance solution that automatically increases the processor’s clock speed based on the workload being thrown at it. What’s even better is that the time will come when you don’t need all of the cores. Turbo Boost actually turns off the idle cores and increases the speed of the active ones all at the same time.

Their star workstation system, the MAC pro is built with the professional in mind. It has almost everything you need for a long lasting efficient machine. Apple took expandability to heart with this design. The computer boasts four PCI Express 2.0 expansion slots, four 3.5″ SATA drive bays, and 8x RAM which can support up to 32GB. Both the front of the unit and the back have USB ports as well as FireWire-800. The back has a ton of bells and whistles including optical ports analog audio and dual Gigabit Ethernet.  slots which can support a total 32GB memory capacityThey keep the end user in mind, even offering easy to use handles for lifting.

All of this runs on the Mac OS X Snow Leopard 10.6, 64-bit operating system with all the bells and whistles. It features automatic backups, powerful search tools, and a plethora of other useful utilities. The MAC pro also has Bluetooth, nVIDIA graphics and dual layer disk support.  The system also has Boot Camp so you can run windows, as well as Front Row so your workstation becomes a high end media canter. The system comes standard with iLife ‘11’s complete suite of digital editing applications. This software will allow you to do everything from video editing to composing music.

Enough about the tower, what about the peripherals? Well, usually you’d find this system packaged with the Apple LED Cinema Display, which is a top of the line high definition viewing device. The tower allows for dual CVI port connections, and also has bays that allow for up to four nVIDIA GeForce GT 120 cards, to which you can connect up to 8 displays! If your looking for a powerful solution with capabilities that would make any creative connoisseur drool, you cant go wrong with an Apple.All this hardware runs on Apple’s Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard operating system. The 64-bit OS features Time Machine backup, which automatically backs up system data to an external hard drive. It also features intuitive Cover Flow navigation, the powerful Spotlight search tool, and Quick Look document preview. You’ll be able to use Boot Camp to run Windows on your Mac, or Front Row to turn your Mac into an impressive media player.

iLife ’11, a complete suite of digital creativity applications, is installed on the system. Easy enough for anyone to use, iLife will help you edit your home movies, organize digital photos, and compose original music. The system is also powerful enough to run Apple’s professional-level applications, perfect for those who are ready to move up to the next level of creative software.All this hardware runs on Apple’s Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard operating system. The 64-bit OS features Time Machine backup, which automatically backs up system data to an external hard drive. It also features intuitive Cover Flow navigation, the powerful Spotlight search tool, and Quick Look document preview. You’ll be able to use Boot Camp to run Windows on your Mac, or Front Row to turn your Mac into an impressive media player.

iLife ’11, a complete suite of digital creativity applications, is installed on the system. Easy enough for anyone to use, iLife will help you edit your home movies, organize digital photos, and compose original music. The system is also powerful enough to run Apple’s professional-level applications, perfect for those who are ready to move up to the next level of creative software.

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