Used MacPro model identification

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by NoNameBrand, Mar 12, 2009.

  1. NoNameBrand macrumors 6502

    Nov 17, 2005
    Halifax, Canada
    There's a used Mac Pro for sale locally. The ad says it's a quad 2.8 with 2 GB of RAM, an ATI 2600, a 320GB hard drive, and Leopard.

    So far so good, right? sounds like a non-upgraded single proc Early 2008 Mac Pro. The seller claims in the ad to have bought it in 2006, though.

    I emailed him asking him if he meant 2008 or 2006, and if the latter, what it really was, and he says he just copied down the info from the invoice, but that he did buy it in 2006.

    The price is good (but not low enough to send off warning signals), so I'm going to have a look at it - I assume the model number on the case will be the easiest way to tell what it really is - anything else I should pay attention to?

    I know About This Mac can be easily changed, but is System Profiler (either gui or from the Terminal) be so easily fooled?
  2. revisionA macrumors 6502

    May 27, 2005
    About this Mac... should be accurate.

    However 2006, first gen Mac Pro, would not be the same speed or type of processor or memory.

    2008 are penryn, and bus speed moved to 1.6ghz with ddr2800 fb-dimms.

    Maybe a more technical mac user can give you the model numbers to confirm your purchase.
  3. osx-linux macrumors member

    Apr 4, 2007
    Open terminal, and type:

    sysctl -n hw.model


    sysctl -n machdep.cpu.brand_string

    This will show you the macpro model numbers and CPU brand strings.

    model: (1,1) is 1st revision macpro
    model: (2,1) is 2nd...
    model: (3,1) is 3rd...

    CPU string should give you the model number of the CPU installed.
  4. NoNameBrand thread starter macrumors 6502

    Nov 17, 2005
    Halifax, Canada
    Thanks Mr. -linux!

    The text is stored in a plist somewhere. Easy to change.
  5. Abidubi macrumors 6502

    Feb 13, 2009
    At least on Power Mac G5s, if you remove the side door and look along the bottom where it slides in, there is a little plaque that says exactly what the computer shipped with.

    Mine reads:

    Serial number Ethernet ID
    Power Usage CPU/RAM/HD/Optical Drive/Video Card/Extra options

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