2010-2013 Apple Mac Pro Tower - Model 5,1

Configure Your 2010-2013 Apple Mac Pro Tower - Model 5,1

  • Processors

    The Mac Pro can be configured with single or dual 64-bit Intel Xeon 'Westmere' 6-core processors. It supports Hyper-Threading which allows two threads to run simultaneously on each core -- so Mac OS recognizes up to 24 total cores on this model, 12 real and 12 virtual. It also supports "Turbo Boost" which automatically boosts the processor speed based on workload - so if an application is only using 1 of the 12 cores it will automatically increase the speed of the cores in use and turn off the unused cores.

    Single Processor

    Dual Processor


    When configured with dual processors, the Mac Pro supports up to 128GB of DDR3 1333MHz ECC memory in eight slots. When configured with a single processor, the Mac Pro supports up to 64GB of DDR3 1333MHz ECC memory in four slots. All memory sets are new.

    Single Processor

    Dual Processor

    PCIe SSD / Flash Storage (Boot Drive)

    Apple produced the Mac Pro with a SATA II (3GB/s) onboard drive bay controller. New SSDs are SATA III (6GB/s). Installing your SSD on the PCI-Express (PCIe) controller instead of the SATA II controller will allow the SSD to perform at full speed; achieving up to double the speed.

    SATA II SSD's (Drive Bay) offer a max transfer rate of ~275Mbps.
    SATA III SSD's (PCIe) offer a max transfer rate of ~550Mbps.

    The new 'cylinder' Mac Pros use flash storage drives which perform at ~1350Mbps. We are able to install the 'cylinder' flash storage drives in the tower Mac Pro.

    Since these drives will be installed on a PCI-Express slot, the drive bays will be free. Thus, allowing the SSD/flash boot drive plus 4 hard drives.

    PCIe SSD / Flash Storage (Secondary)

    If you would like to completely eliminate hard drives from your Mac Pro to only go with SSD's, you can select a second PCIe SSD. The second SSD can hold the files you are currently editing or your sessions/samples if you are in audio production.

    In addition to the two PCIe SSD's, you can have four more SSDs or hard drives in the below hard drive bays.

    Hard Drive / SSD - Bay 1

    Your Mac Pro includes four drive bays, allowing you to configure it with up to four hard drives or solid-state drives, in any combination. Configure each drive bay separately. All hard drives and solid-state drives are new.

    Hard drives perform at ~150Mb/s. Solid-State drives on the drive bay perform at ~275Mb/s. Selecting your boot drive as a solid-state drive instead of a hard drive will generate faster boot time, import/open/saving of large files, and application start-up.

    Hard Drive / SSD - Bay 2

    Configure the second drive bay with an additional hard drive or solid-state drive.

    Hard Drive / SSD - Bay 3

    Configure the third drive bay with an additional hard drive or solid-state drive.

    Hard Drive / SSD - Bay 4

    Configure the fourth drive bay with an additional hard drive or solid-state drive.


    Configure your Mac Pro with a graphics card. The Mac Pro tower is limited to one graphics card due to power supply restrictions.

    1080P editing - GTX 680 +
    4K editing - GTX 980 +
    Audio recording - default 5770
    Standard performance / Mojave supported / 3x Displays / 4K RES - GT 640
    Moderate performance / Mojave supported / 4x Displays / 4K RES - GTX 680 / AMD RX 580
    Moderate performance (photo/cad editing) with OS 10.10 to 10.13 - GTX 970
    Moderate performance (photo/cad editing) with OS 10.12 to 10.13 - GTX 1070
    High performance (4K video editing) with OS 10.10 to 10.13 - GTX 980Ti
    High performance (4K video editing) with OS 10.12 to 10.13 - GTX 1080 / 1080Ti

    ATI Radeon HD (Compatibility: Leopard 10.5.8 to High Sierra 10.13)

    AMD Radeon RX (Compatibility: High Sierra 10.13 to Catalina 10.15)

    NVIDIA GTX Kepler (Compatibility: Mountain Lion 10.8 to Catalina 10.15)

    NVIDIA GTX Maxwell (Compatibility: Yosemite 10.10 to High Sierra 10.13)

    NVIDIA GTX Pascal (Compatibility: Sierra 10.12 and High Sierra 10.13)

    NVIDIA Quadro (Compatibility: Snow Leopard 10.6.8 to Catalina 10.15)

    Optical Drive - Upper

    Your Mac Pro comes standard with one 18x double-layer SuperDrive that writes and plays CDs and DVDs.

    Optical Drive - Lower

    This bay is usually empty. Any of the following can be installed.

    USB 3.0 / USB-C / 10GBe Ethernet

    The Mac Pro comes standard with five USB 2.0 ports, four Firewire 800 ports, and two Gigabit Ethernet ports.

    Enhance your Mac Pro with USB 3.0 Type-A (5GB/s), USB 3.1 Type-A (10GB/s), and/or USB 3.1 Type-C (10GB/s) for external storage.

    Wireless and Bluetooth

    Operating System

    Choose the macOS that is compatible with your software applications.

    A solid-state drive is recommended for macOS El Capitan 10.11 and newer.
    A 'metal' supported graphics card is required for macOS Mojave 10.14 and newer. (GeForce GT640 / GTX 680/780, Quadro 4000/5000, or AMD Radeon RX580)


    Mouse and Magic Trackpad

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    $ 1,500
  • Model Identifier5,1
    Chassis TypeTower
    Chassis ModelA1289
    Processor ClassIntel Xeon 'Westmere'
    Processor SocketLGA1366
    Base Clock SpeedsDual Quad-Core 3.46GHz
    Dual 6-Core 2.66GHz/2.93GHz/3.06GHz/3.33GHz/3.46GHz
    Memory Slots8
    Memory TypeDDR3 1333MHz ECC
    Maximum Memory128GB
    Drive Bays4
    Drive ControllerSATA 2 (3GB/S)
    Optical Bays2
    Optical ControllerSATA 2 (3GB/S)
    PCIe ExpansionFour PCIe 2.0
    USB 2.02x Front
    3x Rear
    USB 3.0Optional 4-port
    Firewire 400None
    Firewire 400 to 800 Adapter Available
    Firewire 8002x Front
    2x Rear
    ThunderboltNot Supported
    AudioOne Speaker/Headphone - Front
    One Speaker/Headphone - Rear
    One Optical Audio Out - Rear
    One Optical Audio In - Rear
    HDMIOptional (Graphics Card Upgrade)
    NetworkDual Gigabit Ethernet
    Wi-FiAirport Extreme 802.11n
    BluetoothBluetooth 2.0
    Power Supply980W
    Operating SystemSnow Leopard 10.6 - Catalina 10.15 (Latest)
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