Apple Mac Pro: Unboxing, Overview, & Benchmarks

by birtanpublished on May 27, 2021

Hey guys Mike here the Detroit Board with a look at the new Mac Pro so we have been waiting a very long time to finally see this product this is a high-end desktop workstation computer this has full desktop class components in it not mobile components like you get with the iMac or the Mac Mini and of course the MacBook Pros so this is the best computer you can get from Apple now of course it's just the computer it doesn't include monitor or even the keyboard and mouse now this is also a expensive computer to price accordingly so this starts off at $3,000 for a quad-core and a six-course starts off at

$4,000 and that's the version I have here this is a stock 6 core xeon powered computer and i can also configure this up to 8 and 12 cores which can push the price all the way up to 10 grams so this can get quite expensive alright so let's go ahead and pull this open all right so let's just lift the lid and inside we'll find some packaging here looks like we have a Mac Pro wrapped in plastic so I'm just going to grab the handle to lift it up there it is like durty pull that off alright so let's take a closer look at the packaging so we have

Mac Pro branding with the Mac Pro in profile on the side we have a little pull tab up here to open this up and of course we'll do that just a second Apple logo on the side same thing on the back same thing on the other side now on the bottom you'll find all of the specs so let me get situated here so you can take a look at that now the big label on the bottom of the box reveals the stock configuration we have here again 6 core 3.5 gigahertz intel xeon e5 processor we have 16 gigs standard of ram this is clocked at 866 megahertz this is ECC memory so it's high speed ram tends to

Be more expensive but you can upgrade this yourself all the way up to 64 gigs now to get to 64 gigs third party it cost about $100 which is a little cheaper than what Apple will charge think it's 1200 so we have 2 AMD FirePro d500 graphics processors so all mac pros come with dual graphics and the six core comes standard with D 500 the quad core comes standard with D 300 now the d 300 comes standard with 2 gigs of gddr5 memory the D 500s comes with 3 gigs and the d700 s come with 7 hour 6 gigs now we have 256 gigs of PCI based or standard you can't upgrade this up to

One terabyte so that's high-speed storage so you get really good performance there and we'll demonstrate that in this video now I'll talk about the i/o ports when we get to the Mac Pro this does come with a low 2.11 AC Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0 built in now if you look closer you also see designed by Apple in California and assembled in the USA so these are assembled in Texas now this isn't the only Mac to be assembled in the USA the iMac is also assembled here if you get a custom configuration alright so let's go ahead and open the box they give us a little tab here to

Pull open instead of cutting these seal alright so let's go ahead and lift the lid here and inside we'll actually find this literature packet let's go ahead and pull this out so let's take a quick look at that so you can see designed by Apple in California now the first pamphlet says full speed ahead of course leading to the fact that this is a high-end high-speed desktop we have Mac Pro which is basic regulatory information and warranty information and we have something really special here which are these black Apple stickers unique to the Mac Pro that's kind of

Neat to see now let's take a closer look at this pamphlet which is kind of nice so full speed ahead welcome to your new Mac Pro you're about to begin a very happy and productive relationship so let's get started pick it up the curved edge on the top is meant to be used as a handle set it up this is no forum I'll go ahead and keep it right on your desk which is what I plan to do open it up just slide the release to the right and lift up and of course I'll demonstrate all of this and pile up so you've got four channels of blazing-fast memory and upgrading is just as fast you also have

Lots of i/o on here so you have six Thunderbolt ports which allows you to connect up to 36 Thunderbolt devices of course you can daisy chain them together that's what they're referring to and I can power it up so we can't wait to see what you do next and that's about it alright so let's go ahead and get it out of its box and take a close look alright so let's get to the Mac Pro and we have some styrofoam here holding it nice and securely as you can see everything is well engineered even the packaging and inside you can see down there styrofoam also holding in its base so

I'm just gonna grab the handle like they say and lift up and it's about 12 pounds so it does feel quite hefty for something that's size alright so let's set that aside for just a moment and inside we'll find our cable so it's gonna pull this out of here you see our power cable and of course the power supply is internal all right so let's unpack our cable here again black to match the Mac Pro so black is the theme going on here it's gonna kill this apart it's pretty much a standard Apple cable you can see it's got that same design as something like on an iMac I have the

Point at which it connects to the Mac Pro which is curved which gives us a nice flush design and we're gonna take a look at that in a minute now I also have a matching black Thunderbolt cable which was introduced with the new Mac Pro as well so I pick one of those up so I can take a look at it all right so there's our Mac Pro still wrapped in its plastic wrappers so we have a little zipper here to pull down to release it so let's go ahead and do that there we go alright so let's go and take a close look at the design of the Mac Pro which is a story in itself so it's quite unusual for a

Desktop computer certainly a stark departure from the outgoing cheesegrater style a Mac Pro which was more of a classic desktop Tower so this is cylindrical because it's based on a thermal core it's basically got a huge heatsink in the center that connects to all of your components including your graphics processor and CPUs and it ventilates toward the top so there's a single fan at the top very large fan custom designed by Apple and it ventilates from the bottom and blows out the top so this keeps it very quiet so we have a much more quiet desktop and

The outgoing Mac Pro and of course much more compact now this is about nine point nine inches tall six point six inches wide has an aluminum external enclosure which is milled this is actually extruded aluminum that has been milled and polished this very shiny finish it's not quite black kind of has a metal or gunmetal finish to it it doesn't look like any other Apple device doesn't look like Space Gray or something like that it's kind of unique to the Mac Pro now we also have our switch here for opening up the shelf so you can see we have nice metal switch

Here is not plastic so they've done a very nice job with every single detail on this now in terms of i/o we have audio input and output as well as four USB 3.0 ports we have six Thunderbolt 2.0 ports which have speeds of up to 20 gigs per second and we have two Gigabit Ethernet ports now we also have an HDMI 1.4 port and that's good for 4k displays at 29 Hertz which is not great definitely want higher but hopefully this is upgraded to 2.0 through software we're not sure at this point of course we have our power button and we have our power connector

Now if you flip the Mac Pro upside down you can see the ventilation on the bottom this is the intake vent on the bottom you also find this rubber foot which is just gripping enough to hold on to a desktop but not too grippy to prevent you from turning around to access the i/o ports on the back you can see we have our Mac Pro branding up here designed by Apple in California assembled in the USA now along the top we have our exhaust vent which also acts as our handle so let's go ahead and remove this shell so we can take a look at the internals all right so to open

This up just unlock it lift up alright so let's go take a close look at the design of the Mac Pro so up here you can see the locking mechanism so you can see how that interfaces with the casing of the Mac Pro up top you'll see your ventilation now unfortunately you can't power this without the case on so you can't run it without the case on but if you're looking inside you can actually see the fans for the moving in there when you move it around so you can see that this is all metal this is part of that – middle the metal design now the top piece here is plastic so that's

A plastic component now of course you see all of our Isle ports which are flanked by these rubber fittings this is part of the case design which basically as you can see in here has these little rails which interface with that rubber fitting here that prevents vibration and allows this to sort of guide itself onto the chassis without scratching it along the side you'll find your RAM slots so you can see we have RAM slots on either side of the i/o very symmetrical so you have four ports here and they're all labeled 1 2 3 4 so on the right side we have 3 &

4 in order to eject them I have to do is press this button they pop out and as you can see you can pull them out pre easily like so now the great thing about the components supplied by Apple is that the back side is black so when you look at it sign on you can see that it matches the nice clean design of the Mac Pro and in order to reinstall them just slide them back in snap it into place push in and you're good now if we spin this around we can find our dual GPUs so you can see these are the back sides of the boards and the GPUs are actually on the inside of these connected to the

Heatsink on one side you'll actually find your storage so this is our PCIe storage right now it's only 256 but you can upgrade this basically it's a enclosure here which you can take off there's a standard Torx screw there so you can plug in your own storage but there are no expandable options here so there are no open slot ll that allow you to add additional storage they pretty much expect you to edit externally via Thunderbolt now the Mac Pro is actually very easily disassembled we have these Torx screws these they're basically standard Torx screws and you can see

They even color match them to the metal of the Mac Pro so every detail has been considered here even down to the colors of this Torx screws now if you look at the bottom we have this rubber gasket which also seals up the Mac Pro when the casing is in place now I just want to show you the internal of the external casing as you can see it's nicely polished one piece of metal feels pretty hefty if you look here you can actually see the locking mechanism pretty basic in just locks in and out now I'm not sure if there's a magnet in here which indicates to the Mac Pro whether this is

Locked or not but that prevents you from turning on the Mac Pro if this is not on now if you look here around the edge there is a gasket which seals the top of the Mac Pro basically provides some vibration protection as well from the computer itself so it doesn't rattle or anything like that now as you can see the plug itself is actually curved to the exterior of the Mac Pro so when you plug it in it's nice and flush now the Mac Pro has another trick here so it has a built-in accelerometer that lights up the i/o ports when you move it so say you want to access your i/o port so I

Have to do is move it lights it up for you and powers down after a few seconds now incidentally the power button remains lit when it's powered on all right so I've connected my Thunderbolt Display but of course you could connect a 4k display as well I also have my wireless Apple keyboard and my Magic Mouse so let me go ahead and power this on on terms of noise it's really quiet and barely audible you do hear a slight hum so you can hear the fan working but it's really silent you can also feel a little bit of air moving in fact if I put a paper towel over it

You kind of see the air movement here so not a lot of force there but it is there now just to give you some idea of the internal speaker performance I have one of my youtube videos plain so I'm going to unmute this we can take a listen that volume is at maxim's that how's the micro SD card slot as well as your sim tray I'm gonna kick it to this display audio nano SIM we're in Explorer of course all of them when we look at the device you buy these definitely have your own speakers now take a look at our synthetic benchmarks you can see on the Left we have Geekbench 3 black magic

Disk speed test and nova bench so Geekbench 3 we score about 3 500 on single core about 19,000 on multi-core now if you compare this to something like the late 2013 iMac which I also own that one scored almost 4000 on the single core score and the multi-core score was quite a bit less than the Mac Pro at 14000 7 7 4 which makes sense because we're dealing with more cores on the Mac Pro 6 versus 4 now the big gain here is on disk speed so this disk speed test shows that performance is around 800 Meg's right speed and about 900 on the read speed so that's definitely a

Big improvement over the iMac which scores about half that performance now the Mac Pro on nova bench scored about 1864 while the imac scored 1408 now for my next benchmark I'm just gonna explore it a quick 33 second AVC HD video just to show you the relative performance between this and the top and iMac so I'm going to export this using compressor I'm gonna click start so the Mac Pro took about 45 seconds to export this project while the iMac took about 52 seconds so if you combine this over a larger project right now this was only 33 seconds you can imagine just how

Much faster them Pro is when exporting the Mac Pro can support up to 3 4k displays or 6 Thunderbolt displays and I've connected a 4k display via HDMI and unfortunately HDMI 1.4 is limited to 30 Hertz so any 4k display connected to HDMI on the Mac Pro is stuck at 30 Hertz now most displays today operate about 60 Hertz so it gives you much higher frame rate so something like the Thunderbolt Display operates about 60 Hertz so this gives you a lower frame rate but gives you a lot of screen resolution a lot of real estate to deal with but

Unfortunately a lower frame rate means you do see some noticeable blur some noticeable frame dropping so this makes it unsuitable for things like video editing or gaming so that's something to consider when choosing the Mac Pro and the 4k display you're gonna want to get something that can support 60 Hertz over a compatible port now I want to give a big shout-out to John and TLD today I think you guys know who he is he's personally one of my favorite youtubers and he's just an outstanding guy to know and I have to thank him because he hooked me up with this Mac pro i

Pre-ordered one but it wasn't arriving until March 5th because I have a custom configuration that was a little tardy to get that order in so unfortunately it would've been a long time before I got my hands on the Mac Pro so if it wasn't for John who found the source in California gave me a call hooked me up and I was able to purchase one early and get it to you before March so thanks John and if you want to check out a great ram upgrade video he did one so I'm gonna link that in the description below so if you want to upgrade your RAM in this computer and do it more cheaply

Than Apple supplies it take a look at his video did a really nice job now does that name suggest the Mac Pro really is geared toward professionals who could take advantage of the internal specs so this is really geared toward video editors or 3d animators or people can take advantage of the accelerated hardware and software available for the Mac Pro so that's going to do for me in this video I hope you enjoyed it and I'll see you again in the next one

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