Apple Mac Pro Tower Model 5,1 - Year 2010-2012

Configure Your Apple Mac Pro Tower Model 5,1 - Year 2010-2012

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    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 macOS will recognize up to 24 total cores, 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.

    Single Processor

    Dual Processor

    PCIe SATA & NVMe Solid-State Drives

    The Mac Pro has a SATA II (3GB/s) drive bay controller. New solid-state drive (SSDs) are SATA III (6GB/s). Installing your SSD on a PCI-Express (PCIe) slot instead of the Drive Bay will allow the SSD to perform at full (SATA III) speed; achieving up to double the speed.

    SATA 2.5-inch SSD in the drive bay | ~250MB/s
    SATA 2.5-inch SSD in the PCIe slot | ~500MB/s
    NVMe M.2 SSD in the PCIe slot | ~1,500MB/s (Compatible on macOS High Sierra 10.13.6, Mojave 10.14, and Catalina 10.15)

    We recommend having your primary boot drive (macOS + Applications) installed on the PCIe slot for optimal performance.

    Video Production: If you will be editing 4K video, we recommend a second dedicated PCIe SSD for footage/projects/cache.
    Audio Production: If you have large sessions with lots of tracks, you can add a second dedicated PCIe SSD for sessions.

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

    Hard Drive / Solid-State Drive Bays

    The 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 SSDs and HDDs are new.

    Hard drives read/write at ~150Mb/s. Solid-State drives on the drive bay read/write at ~250Mb/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.


    Configure your Mac Pro with a graphics card. The Mac Pro tower is limited to one graphics card due to power supply restrictions. All graphics cards show the macOS boot and option screens. Most Popular Selections:

    Standard Performance (Audio Production / General Business)
    Snow Leopard to High Sierra = ATI 5770
    High Sierra to Catalina = GTX 680

    Moderate Performance (CAD / Photo Editing)
    Mountain Lion to High Sierra = GTX 680
    High Sierra to Catalina = AMD RX 580

    High Performance (Video Editing)
    Mountain Lion to Mavericks = GTX 680
    High Sierra to Catalina = AMD RX 580

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

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

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

    Optical Drive Bays

    The Mac Pro includes two optical bays, allowing you to configure it with up to two optical drives or solid-state drives, in any combination. One Superdrive (DVD Writer) is included by defualt. Configure each optical bay separately.

    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. All expansion cards are new.

    Wireless and Bluetooth

    Operating System

    Choose the macOS most compatible with your commonly used applications.


    Mouse and Magic Trackpad

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  • 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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New: Purchased new from an Apple authorized dealer. Never used.

Refurb Grade A: Pre-owned. Inspected, cleaned, tested, and upgraded. Excellent cosmetic condition. Might have a small scratch or scuff, but overall looks great.

Refurb Grade B: Pre-owned. Inspected, cleaned, tested, and upgraded. Good cosmetic condition. No bends, dents, or dings. Will have light scratches and/or scuffs. Nothing severe. We do not purchase units that are in poor cosmetic condition.