What is a Mac Pro?

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by CHMK, Nov 19, 2012.

  1. CHMK macrumors regular

    Sep 3, 2012
    Sorry, but can anyone tell me what a macpro really is used for?? is it just like a huge block of tech goodness that u can connect to a display monitor like a thunderbolt?
    cos i know i mac is a monitor with the tech goodness built inside.

    so are mac minis and mac pros just connected to any old monitor? havent really been able to find the answer.

    and if so, can u actually connect a mac pro to say a macbook pro or an iMac? just really confused. i know its a workstation whatever that is so if someone could tell me in simple terms id be grateful. thanks!
  2. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    A Mac Pro is a desktop computer, in the same way that the Mac mini is a desktop computer. Both are used with an external display, mouse, keyboard, etc. The iMac is a desktop computer with the display built-in. The Mac mini and iMac don't have as much expansion capability as the Mac Pro, as their design isn't as "open" for adding internal drives and other components.

  3. peeaanuut macrumors 65816

    Sep 10, 2007
    Southern California
    mac pro is more like a PC tower physically. There tends to be more configuration options. They can plug into older and newer monitors depending on adapters that you want and they are to a point user upgradable. In the Mac land they tend to not be common for most users and they are over the top for some.

    A mac mini is the a smaller version. Generally not user upgradable, even though they can be if you have some knowledge. They are also headless, whcih means you need to add your own monitor. Again newer or older monitor depending on adapter. The mini is a great way for someone that already has a monitor and keyboard and mouse that wants to make a switch to a mac and doesnt want the full expense of an iMac.
  4. lampliter macrumors member

    Feb 28, 2008
    It is a very old, very expensive but very cool computer.
  5. ActionableMango macrumors G3


    Sep 21, 2010
    Actually the Mac Pro is quite outdated. I believe it is the only Mac that doesn't have Thunderbolt. It also doesn't have USB 3.0, it is two generations behind when it comes to the CPU and GPU, and its SATA connections are outdated.

    Don't get me wrong, I love the Mac Pro. However, it is seriously outdated at this point. The number of scenarios where it makes sense to buy one is greatly diminished for most people.
  6. violst macrumors 6502


    Jun 14, 2012
    The Mac Pro is the workstation of the mac computer line up.

    It is in desperate need of a processor upgrade but it is what most video, photographic and 3D professionals would use if they work on a mac.

    It can hold the most ram have the most processor cores and is the most expandable mac for both hard drives and GPU.

    Thats the mac pro in a nut shell.
  7. Phrygian macrumors regular

    Nov 26, 2011
    its the relic of a forgotten time... in the long long ago...
  8. stepandy macrumors member

    Apr 23, 2007
    Melbourne, Australia
    Remember the good old days
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  9. calaverasgrande macrumors 65816


    Oct 18, 2010
    Brooklyn, New York.
    Mac pro may not have the latest data ports and protocols. But it does come with dual 6 core configurations. Even with it's older slower data connects and ram speed is still faster than any iMac or MBP.
    Dual CPU's with 4 ram channels total means it essentially has twice the width of its data buss "mouth".
    That and you can pummel it with rendering for hours and it wont overheat as badly as a MBP or iMac would.
  10. alphaod macrumors Core


    Feb 9, 2008
    It's the most powerful Mac you can buy (technically it is even though it hasn't been updated in almost 2 years).

    Hell, with multithreaded applications my 2009 Mac Pro still faster than my latest 15" MacBook Pro.
  11. CHMK thread starter macrumors regular

    Sep 3, 2012
    Thanks everyone for the answers. So theoretically if I got an adaptor I could use it with an apple monitor?

    Also what happens if you connect it to a MacBook Pro or IMac? Does it provide your MacBook Pro or iMac with its specs as well as ur IMac or MacBook Pro?

  12. primalman macrumors 6502a

    Jul 23, 2002
    at the end of the hall
    ? What in the world are you asking?
  13. GermanyChris macrumors 601


    Jul 3, 2011
    Why would you do this?
  14. mac1984user macrumors 6502a


    Dec 10, 2009
    United Kingdom
    Good luck hooking up the Mac Pro to one of the newer Apple monitors, as it lacks Thunderbolt. Hope you're not holding out for USB 3.0 either. Also, I'm not certain about screen sharing capabilities, but I'm fairly certain you won't be able to connect the Mac Pro to either an iMac or a MacBook Pro. Also...why would you want to if you already have a display? The Mac Pro is essentially the same thing as a PC tower. It requires a monitor, keyboard and mouse to be used as a desktop machine.
  15. blanka macrumors 68000

    Jul 30, 2012
    No, it is not. It is a FLOOR computer. I never see them on desks as it is humongous.
  16. MacsRgr8 macrumors 604


    Sep 8, 2002
    The Netherlands
    The Mac "Pro" kinda makes fun of its own name.
    If only the iMac would have the best grfx cards, there is absolutely no reason for a Mac Pro.

    I now own a Mac Pro '08 with Radeon 5870. I have this Mac almost 5 years now (!!!) and there still is no good reason to replace it.
    The newest iMac 27" CTO with GeForce GTX 680MX is the Mac Pro killer now, though.

    Wouldn't surprise me to find out that the expected Mac Pro '13 just is a maxxed out iMac with Thunderbolt RAID solution... ;)
  17. xgman macrumors 601


    Aug 6, 2007
  18. MattSepeta macrumors 65816


    Jul 9, 2009
    375th St. Y
    Yes. It works best with more than one macbook and imacs though.
  19. calaverasgrande macrumors 65816


    Oct 18, 2010
    Brooklyn, New York.
    Apple still sells the LED Cinema Display, which is Displayport.
    As far as running a Mac Pro headless, I do this all day long at work, but it's kind of silly to do if you don't have 6 or 7 computers.
  20. thekev macrumors 604


    Aug 5, 2010
    The cpus are technically a generation behind. Ivy Bridge is not out for that socket type. You'd be looking at Sandy Bridge E until next year.
  21. ActionableMango macrumors G3


    Sep 21, 2010
    You are technically right, I can't argue with that.

    But as a different point of view, how many MP owners even need a Xeon vs the non-Xeon version? Maybe some scientific or medical researchers need that ECC ram support, but most MP owners seem to be either enthusiasts or in the media industry. Since most don't really need or want Xeon/ECC, we're really two generations behind what we'd like to have. I suspect most would rather have a more up to date processor and less expensive RAM.

    Of course I know there are exceptions, which is why I say "most".
  22. Dr. Stealth macrumors 6502a

    Dr. Stealth

    Sep 14, 2004
    SoCal-Surf City USA
    The Mac Pro


    As little as most people recognize the fact......

    The Mac Pro falls squarely into the "UNIX Workstation" category.

    Plain and simple. I've worked on nearly every flavor of UNIX workstation ever made and the mac pro is my favorite UNIX Workstation.

    It has two outstanding features that bring it to the top of the category.

    1. No one else has ever made such a beautifully engineered case.

    2. No one else has ever made such a beautifully refined GUI on top of a UNIX core.

  23. PowerPCMacMan macrumors 6502a


    Jul 17, 2012
    PowerPC land
    To the OP of this thread

    The very nature of why you ask what a Mac Pro is gives me more than enough reasons to state that you don't need one.

    Sorry for being a little negative here, but it is kind of ambiguous.
  24. thekev macrumors 604


    Aug 5, 2010
    We're back to the portion of users that would be better served by the elusive headless imac. People have argued that cause for years.At this point if they're making a workstation, I hope they pay attention to GPGPU support and internal storage. If I have those two things and it's specced at least somewhat reasonably for the asking price, I will buy one. CUDA computation and the rest of that isn't completely there yet. It's just that's the kind of thing I'm hoping to see. CUDA and OpenCL have been making their way into tons of software that I use, and there's still a significant gap between the gpus available for Windows and those within OSX based machines.
  25. maxmaut macrumors regular

    Nov 13, 2011
    This is amazing how any thread in this part of a forum might be turned into... well, you know.

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