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Apple Mac Pro 2006/2007 (MA356)

Apple Mac Pro 2006/2007 (MA356)
alaScore 85

43 reviews

Feb, 2019

alaTest has collected and analyzed 43 reviews of Apple Mac Pro 2006/2007 (MA356). The average rating for this product is 4.3/5, compared to an average rating of 4.2/5 for other Desktops for all reviews. Reviewers are impressed by the usability. The reliability is also mentioned favorably. There are some mixed reviews about the price.

design, reliability, usability

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Desktops the Apple Mac Pro 2006/2007 (MA356) is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 85/100 = Very good quality.

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Consumer review ( review summary for Apple Mac Pro 2006/2007 (MA356)


alaTest has collected and analyzed 2 user reviews of Apple Mac Pro 2006/2007 (MA356) from The average user rating for this product is 5.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.2/5 for other Desktops on

100% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

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Feb, 2019

Consumer review ( review summary for Apple Mac Pro 2006/2007 (MA356)


alaTest has collected and analyzed 2 user reviews of Apple Mac Pro 2006/2007 (MA356) from The average user rating for this product is 1.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Desktops on

0% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Apple Mac Pro Desktop (One 2.8GHZ Quad-Core Intel Xeon ProcessorApple Mac Pro Desktop (One 2.8GHZ Quad-Core Intel Xeon Processor

Feb, 2019

Expert review by : James Galbraith and Mark Hattersley (

Apple Mac Pro 8-Core 2.93GHz review


Apple stole a march on other computer manufacturers with its latest range of Mac Pro computers, being the first company to include Intel's Xeon 3500 and 5500 Quad Core processors.

It’s probably best not to think about the price when looking at a maxed-out system such as this. Clearly, with a price approaching the £5k mark, the 8-Core Mac Pro with a 2.93GHz CPU is a specialist system that’s beyond both the budget and means of...

May, 2009

Expert review by : James Galbraith (

Mac Pro 2.66GHz 12-core review


At £3,999, is the Mac Pro 2.66GHz 12-core worth the additional investment?

The fastest option for running applications that take advantage of all 12-cores (or 24 virtual cores)

Hefty price; most users really won’t need all that power and a big hole in their pocket; there’s a faster 6-core option if it’s speed you want

At four grand the 12-core Mac Pro is no impulse buy. Nor is it the fastest Mac you can buy, that accolade goes to the BTO 6-core 3.33GHz Mac Pro; it beats the standard 12-core model by just two points, but costs £1,040 less. However, if you’re using...

Oct, 2010

Expert review by : James Galbraith and Mark Hattersley (

Mac Pro 8-Core 2.93GHz review


We take a look at a custom build to order Mac Pro with the 8-Core 2.93GHz upgrade and ATI Radeon HD 4870 graphics card. It's the first Mac to break the 400 SpeedMark barrier, but such power comes at a price.

Pros: Breathtaking speed that’s only going to get faster when Snow Leopard arrives, tower case provides upgrade path, stunning build quality

Just look at the price

It’s probably best not to think about the price when looking at a maxed-out system such as this. Clearly, with a price approaching the £5k mark, the 8-Core Mac Pro with a 2.93GHz CPU is a specialist system that’s beyond both the budget and means of...

May, 2009

Expert review by : James Galbraith (

Apple Mac Pro Xeon/2.66GHz (12 core)

Oct, 2010

Expert review by : James Galbraith (

Apple Mac Pro Xeon/2.26GHz (8 Cores)


New Nehalem microprocessor ; Easier to upgrade internal components ; Lower price

Most routine apps perform better with fewer, faster processors

Mar, 2009

Expert review by : Rik Myslewski (

Apple Mac Pro/8-core 2.8GHz Xeon 5400


Strong storage options ; Dual enhanced quad-core processors ; Faster memory and frontside bus ; Doubled PCI Express specifications ; Faster video cards

Limited storage and RAM on default model

Feb, 2008

Expert review by : Rich Brown (

Service & support


Apple Mac Pro Dual-Core Xeon 5150 2.66 GHz

Attractive exterior, innovative interior; great value for the baseline configuration; strong multicore CPU performance.

Configuration options are not as comprehensive as Dell's; weak support plan.

Apple's Mac Pro has design innovations that we hope will cross over to other systems. Its performance is as strong as you'd expect for a system in its class, and it's priced right, too. You might need more flexibility in your config options, especially...

Aug, 2006

Expert review by : Review Crew (

Apple Mac Pro Xeon/2.4GHz (8 Core)


These days, the consumer-oriented iMacs stand on their own against (and in some cases, surpass) the Mac Pro in day-to-day performance. Does that mean that the Mac Pro has lost ...

Oct, 2010

Expert review by : James Galbraith (

Mac Pro/8-Core Xeon 2.26GHz


The first update to Apple's high-end desktop in more than a year features a new system architecture along with Nehalem versions of Intel's Xeon processors. Nehalem is the code-name Intel has given a new micro-processor architecture that features...

Upon opening the case, you immediately notice major changes in the layout of the components. The memory modules are no longer installed on two sliding trays—instead, the memory and processor all rest on a sled at the bottom of the case, which you...

Mar, 2009

Consumer review (

Worth the Hype


For the people comparing the hardware prices of this to PC game stations, you are totally ignorant. There are only enterprise class parts in a Mac Pro, ECC Buffered memory, Xeon server processors, and specifically calibrated and designed motherboards,...

As someone who has a long technical understanding of both PC and Mac products, the Mac Pro is hands down one of the best workstations available for a consumer to put in their home. If you do any high-end graphics work, 3d design, music, photoshop, or...

Through the nature of competition, for what you're getting on this machine, absolutely no cons

Mar, 2008

Product Specifications

Whether you're editing feature films or scoring them, composing symphonies or visualizing mass spectrometry analyses, Mac Pro makes it easier than ever to create your personal dream machine: A powerful system that not only meets your needs today but, thanks to an ingeniously designed enclosure, expands easily to meet tomorrow's challenges as well.

Audio Output

Type:Sound card

Cabinet (Chassis)

Form Factor:Tower
Manufacturer Form Factor:Tower

Cache Memory

Installed Size:24MB/8MB
Per Processor Size:12MB/4MB/8MB


Energy Star certified:Y / Yes
EPEAT compliance:Gold


Chassis Type:Desktop / Tower
Colour of product:Black
Placement supported:Vertical
Water cooling system:N / No

Dimensions & Weight


Display (Projector)


Environmental Standards

ENERGY STAR Qualified: Yes
EPA Energy Star Compliant: Yes
EPEAT Compliant: Yes


Discrete graphics adapter memory:3 / 3072 / 6
Discrete graphics adapter model:AMD FirePro D500 / AMD FirePro D700
Discrete graphics memory type:GDDR5
Maximum graphics adapter memory:0.256
Number of discrete graphics adapters:2
On-board graphics adapter:N
On-board graphics adapter model:N


Country Kits:Norway/Sweden/United Kingdom
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Apple Mac Pro


Data Bus Speed:1333MHz/1600MHz


ECC:Y / Yes
Internal Memory:1 / 12 / 16 / 32 / 64
Internal memory type:DDR2-SDRAM / DDR3-SDRAM
Maximum internal memory:16 / 64
Memory clock speed:1866
Memory layout (slots x size):2 x 0.5 / 3 x 4 / 4 x 16 / 4 x 4 / 4 x 8
Memory slots:4x DIMM


Type: None


Bluetooth:Y / Yes
Bluetooth version:4.0
Cabling technology:10/100/1000Base-T(X)
Data Link Protocol:Bluetooth 2.0 EDR / Ethernet / Fast Ethernet / Gigabit Ethernet/Bluetooth 2.1 EDR / Ethernet / Fast Ethernet / Gigabit Ethernet/Ethernet / Fast Ethernet / Gigabit Ethernet
Ethernet LAN:Y / Yes
Ethernet LAN data rates:10,100,1000
Type:Network adapter
Wi-Fi:Y / Yes
Wi-Fi standards:802.11a, 802.11ac, 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n / IEEE 802.11a, IEEE 802.11ac, IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11n
Wireless Protocol:Bluetooth 2.0 EDR/Bluetooth 2.1 EDR

Operational conditions

Maximum operating temperature range (T-T):10 - 35
Operating altitude:0 - 5000
Operating relative humidity (H-H):5 - 95
Operating temperature (T-T):10 - 35
Storage temperature (T-T):-40 - 47

Optical Drive

DVD read speed:16
Optical Drive Type:DVD Super Multi DL / N / No

Optical Storage

CD / DVD Rewrite Speed:24x (CD)/32x (CD) / 6x (DVD-RW) / 8x (DVD+RW)
Read Speed:32x (CD) / 16x (DVD)/32x (CD) / 18x (DVD)
Type:DVD/DVD±RW (+R double layer)
Write Speed:24x (CD) / 16x (DVD/24x (CD) / 16x (DVD±R) / 6x (DVD+R DL)/32x (CD) / 16x (DVD/32x (CD) / 18x (DVD

OS Provided

Type:Apple MacOS X 10.5/Apple MacOS X 10.6

Other features

Drive device, buffer size:8
Form factor:Tower
Graphics adapter:GeForce 7300 GT
Mac compatibility: Yes
Maximum number of SMP processors:2
Non-operating relative humidity (non-condensing):5 - 95
Power requirements:100 - 120 V AC / 200 - 240 V AC

Packaging Content

Bundled software:iLife ’06, Comic Life, Omni Outliner \nMicrosoft Office 2004 for Mac Test Drive / iLife ’06, Comic Life, Omni Outliner \nMicrosoft Office 2004 Mac Test Drive
Cables included:AC
Display included:N / No
Drivers included:Y / Yes
Keyboard Included:N
Keyboard supplied:N / No
Manual:Y / Yes
Mouse included:N / No


Compatible processor series:Xeon
Password protection:Y / Yes
Product Type:Workstation

Ports & interfaces

DC-in jack: Yes
DVI port:N / No
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) ports:1 / 2
Firewire (IEEE 1394) ports:4
HDMI ports quantity:1
HDMI Version:1.4
Headphone outputs:1
Line-out:Y / Yes
Microphone in:Y / Yes
Thunderbolt 2 ports quantity:6
USB 2.0 ports quantity:5
USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A ports quantity:4
VGA (D-Sub) ports quantity:1


Power consumption (typical):300
Power Supply:450
Power supply input frequency:50 - 60 / 50/60
Power supply input voltage:100 - 240


64-bit Computing: Yes
Bus type:FSB / QPI
Clock Speed:2.26GHz/2.66GHz/2.8GHz
Conflict Free processor:N / No
CPU multiplier (bus/core ratio):8
ECC supported by processor:No / Y / Yes
FSB Parity:No / Yes
Installed Qty:2
Max Supported Qty:2
Maximum internal memory supported by processor:256 / 768
Maximum number of PCI Express lanes:40
Memory bandwidth supported by processor (max):59.7
Memory channels supported by processor:Quad
Memory clock speeds supported by processor:800,1066,1333,1600 / 800,1066,1333,1600,1866
Memory types supported by processor:DDR3-SDRAM
Multi-Core Technology:Dual-Core/Quad-Core
Number of Processing Die Transistors:291
Number of Processors Installed:1
Number of QPI links:2
PCI Express configurations:x4, x8, x16
PCI Express slots version:3.0
Processing Die size:143
Processor boost frequency:3.5 / 3.9
Processor cache:10 / 12 / 25 / 30 / 4
Processor cache type:L2 / L3 / Smart Cache / Smart Cache, L3
Processor codename:Ivy Bridge / Ivy Bridge EP / Woodcrest
Processor Cores:12 / 2 / 4 / 6 / 8
Processor family:Intel® Xeon® / Intel® Xeon® 5000 Sequence / Intel® Xeon® E5 Family / Intel® Xeon® E5 V2 Family
Processor frequency:2.66 / 2.7 / 3 / 3.5 / 3.7
Processor front side bus:1330 / 1333
Processor lithography:22 / 65
Processor Model:5150 / E5-1620V2 / E5-1650V2 / E5-1680V2 / E5-2697V2 / Unspecified
Processor Number:5150
Processor operating modes:64-bit
Processor Series:Intel Xeon 5100 series / Intel Xeon E5-1600 v2 / Intel Xeon E5-2600 v2
Processor Socket:Socket J (LGA 771) / Socket R (LGA 2011)
Processor system type:DP
Processor threads:12 / 16 / 2 / 24 / 8
System bus rate:8
Tcase:65 / 70 / 85 / 86
Thermal Design Power (TDP):130 / 65
Type:Dual-Core Xeon/Xeon

Processor special features

Conflict Free processor:N
CPU configuration (max):1 / 2
Embedded options available:N / No
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology:Y / Yes
Execute Disable Bit:Y / Yes
Idle States:Y / Yes
Intel 64:Y / Yes
Intel AES New Instructions:No / Yes
Intel Anti-Theft Technology: No
Intel Clear Video HD Technology: No
Intel Clear Video Technology: No
Intel Clear Video Technology for MID: No
Intel Demand Based Switching:No / Y / Yes
Intel Dual Display Capable Technology: No
Intel Enhanced Halt State:Y / Yes
Intel Fast Memory Access: No
Intel FDI Technology: No
Intel Flex Memory Access:N / No
Intel Hyper-Threading Technology:No / Yes
Intel Identity Protection Technology: No
Intel Identity Protection Technology version:0.00
Intel Insider: No
Intel InTru 3D Technology: No
Intel My WiFi Technology: No
Intel Quick Sync Video Technology: No
Intel Rapid Storage Technology: No
Intel Secure Key: Yes
Intel Secure Key Technology version:1.00
Intel Smart Cache: Yes
Intel Trusted Execution Technology:No / Y / Yes
Intel TSX-NI version:0.00
Intel Turbo Boost Technology:2.0 / No / Yes
Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-x):1 / Y / Yes
Intel Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-d):No / Y / Yes
Intel vPro Technology:No / Yes
Intel VT-x with Extended Page Tables (EPT):No / Y / Yes
Intel Wireless Display (WiDi) Technology: No
Intel® AES New Instructions (Intel® AES-NI):No / Y / Yes
Intel® Anti-Theft Technology (Intel® AT): No
Intel® Clear Video HD Technology (Intel® CVT HD): No
Intel® Clear Video Technology for Mobile Internet Devices (Intel CVT for MID): No
Intel® Hyper Threading Technology (Intel® HT Technology):Y / Yes
Intel® Identity Protection Technology (Intel® IPT):N / No
Intel® Insider™: No
Intel® InTru™ 3D Technology:N
Intel® My WiFi Technology (Intel® MWT): No
Intel® OS Guard:Y
Intel® Quick Sync Video Technology: No
Intel® Secure Key: Yes
Intel® Smart Cache:Y / Yes
Intel® Turbo Boost Technology:2.0 / No / Y / Yes
Intel® vPro™ Technology:Y / Yes
Intel® Wireless Display (Intel® WiDi): No
InTru™ 3D Technology: No
Physical Address Extension (PAE):32 / 46
Processor ARK ID:75283 / 75779 / 75780 / 77912
Processor code:SL8SV / SR1MJ
Processor package size:37.5 / 52.5
Scalability:1S / 2S
Supported instruction sets:AVX
Thermal Monitoring Technologies:No / Y / Yes


Installed Size:1GB/2GB/6GB
Max Supported Size:16GB/32GB

Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty


Bundled software:iLife ’06, Comic Life, Omni Outliner \nMicrosoft Office 2004 for Mac Test Drive / iLife ’06, Comic Life, Omni Outliner \nMicrosoft Office 2004 Mac Test Drive
Operating system installed:Mac OS X 10.9 Mavericks
Pre-installed software:814.1 / iPhoto, iMovie, GarageBand, Pages, Numbers, Keynote, Maps, iBooks, Safari, Mail, FaceTime, Messages, Calendar, Contacts, Time Machine, Photo Booth, Mac App Store, iTunes, Game Center, Preview, Notes, Reminders


Card reader integrated:N / No
Drive device, buffer size:8
Hard Drive Capacity:250
Hard Drive Interface:SATA / Serial ATA II
Hard drive speed:7200
Storage Media:Flash
Total Storage Capacity:1000 / 256 / 512

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Storage Hard Drive

Interface Type:Serial ATA-300

Storage Hard Drive (2nd)

Type: None

Storage Removable

Type: None


Hard Drive(-s) Total Capacity:250GB/320GB/640GB
Type:Personal computer

Video Memory

Installed Size:256MB/512MB

Video Output

Graphics Processor / Vendor:ATI Radeon HD 2600XT/NVIDIA GeForce 7300 GT/NVIDIA GeForce GT 120
Interface Type:PCI Express 2.0 x16/PCI Express x16

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:16.8 / 167.6 / 47.5
Height :25.1 / 251 / 51.1
Weight:19.2 / 251.5 / 5
Width:16.8 / 167.6 / 20.6