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Apple Mac Pro "Quad Core" 2.8 (2008) Specs

Identifiers: Early 2008 - BTO/CTO - MacPro3,1 - A1186 - 2180

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Apple Mac Pro The Mac Pro "Quad Core" 2.8 (Early 2008), technically is a "build-to-order" configuration of the Mac Pro "Eight Core" 2.8 (Early 2008), but also is documented as a separate model for reader convenience. Other than processor (this model has one 2.8 GHz Quad Core processor and the stock model has two), these two models are identical.

The Mac Pro "Quad Core" 2.8 (Early 2008) is powered by one 2.8 GHz Quad Core 45-nm Intel Xeon E5462 (Harpertown/Penryn) processor with 12 MB of level 2 cache (each pair of cores shares 6 MB), a 128-bit SSE4 SIMD vector engine, and a 1.6 GHz 64-bit independent frontside bus.

By default, it was configured with 2 GB of 800 MHz DDR2 EEC "fully-buffered" FB-DIMM memory, a 320 GB (7200 RPM, 8 MB cache) 3Gb/s Serial ATA hard drive, a double-layer 16X "SuperDrive", and an ATI Radeon HD 2600 XT graphics processor with 256 MB of GDDR3 memory and two dual-link DVI ports.

Expansion includes two external 5.25" "optical" bays (one free by default), four internal 3.5" "cable-free, direct attach" hard drive bays (three free by default), two PCIe x4 slots, and two PCIe 2.0 x16 slots (one free with one graphics card installed). Ports include dual Gigabit Ethernet, five USB 2.0 ports, two Firewire "400" ports, two Firewire "800" ports, and optical digital audio in/out, among others. Bluetooth 2.0+EDR is standard, AirPort Extreme (802.11g/n) and a modem are optional.

Compared to the original Mac Pro that it replaced, the "Early 2008" Mac Pro uses a more advanced architecture with faster and more efficient processors with larger level 2 caches, a more advanced vector engine, faster frontside buses (1.6 GHz instead of 1.33 GHz), faster memory (800 MHz instead of 667 MHz), support for optional faster Serial Attached SCSI drives (with the installation of the Mac Pro RAID card), and two 16-lane PCIe 2.0 slots.

Also see:

  • What are the differences between the "Early 2008" Mac Pro configurations?
  • What are the major differences between the "Early 2008" (Harpertown/Penryn) Mac Pro and the original Mac Pro?

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January 8, 2008 March 3, 2009
Details: The "Introduction Date" refers to the date a model was introduced via press release. The "Discontinued Date" refers to the date a model either was replaced by a subsequent system or production otherwise ended.

Also see: All Macs introduced in 2008.
1 (4 Cores) 64-Bit
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5669 6498
Details: Geekbench 2 benchmarks are in 32-bit and 64-bit modes, respectively. These numbers reflect an average of user provided 32-bit and 64-bit results as submitted to the Geekbench website. Higher numbers are better.

You also might be interested in reviewing all 32-bit and 64-bit Geekbench 2 user submissions for Macs with the MacPro3,1 Model Identifier, which may include multiple models.

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1525 5210
Details: These Geekbench 3 benchmarks are in 32-bit mode and are for a single processor core and all processor cores, respectively. Both numbers reflect an average of user provided results as submitted to the Geekbench website. Higher numbers are better.

You also might be interested in reviewing all 32-bit single core and multicore Geekbench 3 user submissions for Macs with the MacPro3,1 Model Identifier, which may include multiple models.

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1640 5516
Details: These Geekbench 3 benchmarks are in 64-bit mode and are for a single processor core and all processor cores, respectively. Both numbers reflect an average of user provided results as submitted to the Geekbench website. Higher numbers are better.

You also might be interested in reviewing all 64-bit single core and multicore Geekbench 3 user submissions for Macs with the MacPro3,1 Model Identifier, which may include multiple models.

To dynamically compare 64-bit Geekbench 3 results from different Macs side-by-side, see EveryMac.com's Ultimate Mac Comparison.
2.8 GHz Q. Core Xeon E5462
Details: The single 45-nm Xeon E5462 (Harpertown/Penryn) processor has four independent processor "cores" with 12 MB of level 2 cache (each pair of cores shares 6 MB). It also features a 128-bit SSE4 SIMD vector engine, and a 1.6 GHz "64-bit frontside bus."

Also see: How much faster are the "Early 2008" (Harpertown/Penryn) Mac Pro models compared to the original Mac Pro?
N/A N/A
Details: N/A
LGA 771 Sockets Integrated
Details: Also see: How do you upgrade the processors in the "Original/Early 2008" Mac Pro models? How are the processors mounted?
1.6 GHz 2.8 GHz (Built-in)
Details: 1.6 GHz (1600 MHz) 64-bit dual independent frontside buses.
EFI 64-Bit
Details: N/A
N/A 12 MB*
Details: *The Quad Core processor has 12 MB of level 2 cache with 6 MB of level 2 cache shared between each pair of cores.
PC6400 DDR2 ECC 800 MHz
Details: Uses "800 MHz DDR2 ECC fully-buffered DIMM (FB-DIMM) memory" and has a "256-bit wide memory architecture".

Also see: How do you upgrade the RAM in the "Early 2008" (Harpertown/Penryn) Mac Pro? How much RAM of what type does it support? Is it backwards compatible with RAM from the original Mac Pro?
2 GB 64 GB*
Details: 2 GB of RAM installed as two 1 GB modules. 6 slots free. RAM must be installed in pairs, and for "best acoustic performance" contain an "Apple-approved heat sink".

*Apple officially supports 32 GB of RAM in this model, but site sponsor OWC first discovered that it is capable of using 64 GB of RAM with appropriate high-density memory modules.

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Also see: Actual Max RAM of All G3 & Later Macs.
None 8
Details: Apple reports that the system has "eight FB-DIMM slots on two memory riser cards (4 slots per card)."
Radeon HD 2600 XT GDDR3 SDRAM
Details: By default, an ATI Radeon HD 2600 XT with 256 MB of GDDR3 memory is installed in a PCI Express 2.0 x16 slot. It has two dual-link DVI ports. Other graphics card options included the NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GT with 512 MB of GDDR3 memory or a NVIDIA Quadro FX 5600 with 1.5 GB of GDDR3 memory. All of the video cards offered have two dual-link DVI ports, and the Quadro FX 5600 has a stereo 3D port as well.

Also see: What are the default graphics cards provided with each Mac Pro? What Mac Pro compatible video cards are available for purchase later? Which video cards have which ports?
256 MB 256 MB
Details: Other graphics cards could be pre-installed at the time of purchase or installed later. Other cards were available at the time of purchase with 512 MB and 1.5 GB of video memory.
Up to 8 Displays* 2560x1600*
Details: Apple advertised that this model can support "up to eight 30-inch displays" (with four video cards installed, one card is installed by default and can support two 30-inch displays). The default ATI Radeon HD 2600 XT is capable of supporting "digital resolutions up to 2560 by 1600" pixels and analog resolutions up to 2048 by 1536 pixels.
Dual/Mirroring 2560x1600
Details: The ATI Radeon HD 2600 XT is capable of supporting two 30-inch displays with a resolution of 2560x1600 in either dual display or mirrored mode.

Also see: Apple Cinema Displays.
320 GB (7200 RPM) Serial ATA (3 Gb/s)
Details: By default, this system shipped with a single 320 GB (7200 RPM, 8 MB cache) Serial ATA 3Gb/s hard drive. Apple formally supports up to 4 TB of storage with four 1 TB hard drives (one in each internal bay). This system also supports Serial Attached SCSI drives with the installation of the Mac Pro RAID card, and Apple formally supports up to 1.2 TB (1200 GB) in this manner with four 300 GB (15,000 RPM, 16 MB cache) SCSI drives.

Also see: How do you upgrade the hard drives in the Mac Pro models? How many drives of what type are supported?

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8X DL "SuperDrive" None
Details: Apple reports that this PATA "16X" double layer DVD+R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW SuperDrive "writes DVD-R discs at up to 16x speed, writes DVD+R DL discs at up to 8x speed, reads DVDs at up to 16x speed, writes CD-R and CD-RW discs at up to 24x speed, [and] reads CDs at up to 32x speed."

Also see: What options are available for the second "optical drive bay" on the Mac Pro? How do you install a second optical drive or replace the primary one?
None Gigabit (x2)
Details: An external Apple USB Modem was available for US$49. The system has "two independent 10/100/1000BASE-T [Gigabit] Ethernet (RJ-45) interfaces with support for jumbo frames."
802.11a/b/g/n (Opt) 2.0+EDR
Details: Bluetooth 2.0+EDR is standard. AirPort Extreme (802.11a/b/g) can be installed at additional cost.
5 (2.0) 2 (400), 2 (800)
Details: The Mac Pro has five USB 2.0 ports on the system (two on the front panel and three on the back), two Firewire "400" ports (one on the front and one on the back), and two Firewire "800" ports (one on the front and one on the back). Apple also advertises "two USB 2.0 ports on included keyboard".
2 PCIe, 2 PCIe 2.0, AP* 4 3.5", 2 5.25"
Details: *This model has two PCIe x4 expansion slots and two PCIe 2.0 x16 expansion slots (in the default confugration one PCIe 2.0 x16 slot is occupied by the graphics card). Apple also reports that "all slots provide mechanical support for 16-lane cards [and supports] 300W combined maximum for all PCI Express slots."

AirPort Extreme (802.11g/n) additionally can be installed at extra cost.

In the default configuration, one internal 3.5" bay is occupied by a hard drive and three are free, and one external 5.25" bay is occupied by a "SuperDrive" and the other is free. The no longer available Developer's Note also documented "two unpopulated 3 Gbps SATA buses for expansion".

Also see: How many PCI slots of what type are provided by each Mac Pro model? How do you install a PCIe card in the Mac Pro?
Apple Aluminum KB Mighty Mouse
Details: Shipped with an "ultra-thin aluminum" Apple Keyboard (0.33 inches at the front edge) based on the polarizing keyboard design introduced with the MacBook.

Also see: How does the "ultra thin" aluminum keyboard compare to a more traditional desktop keyboard? How does it feel?
Tower Mac Pro
Details:
BTO/CTO Early 2008
Details: As this model technically is a custom configuration of the Mac Pro "Eight Core" 2.8 (2008), it does not have its own order number.
A1186 (EMC 2180) MacPro3,1
Details: Please note that these identifiers refer to more than one model.

Also see: All Macs with the A1186 Model Number, the 2180 EMC Number, and the MacPro3,1 Model Identifier.

For more about these identifiers and how to locate them on each Mac, please refer to EveryMac.com's Mac Identification section.
N/A N/A
Details: N/A
X 10.5.1 (9B2117) Current*
Details: *This system can run the last version of OS X 10.8 "Mountain Lion" as well as the current version of OS X 10.9 "Mavericks," although it does not support AirDrop, AirPlay Mirroring, or Power Nap. It also does not support "OpenCL" running the default ATI Radeon HD 2600 XT video card. If configured with the NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GT or NVIDIA Quadro FX 5600, it does support OpenCL.

Please also note that OS X "Lion" 10.7 and subsequent versions of OS X, like Mountain Lion and Mavericks, are not capable of running Mac OS X apps originally written for the PowerPC processor as these operating systems do not support the "Rosetta" environment. To run PowerPC applications on this Mac, it will be necessary to use Mac OS X 10.6 "Snow Leopard" or earlier.
XP SP2 (32-Bit)* 7 (64-Bit)*
Details: *Apple's Boot Camp 4 formally supports the 32-bit version of Windows XP SP2 as well as the 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Windows Vista and Windows 7. However, the system does meet Microsoft's minimum requirements for Windows 8 and readers have reported successfully running the 32-bit and 64-bit versions of this operating system with appropriate drivers.
None Boot/Virtualization
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20.1 x 8.1 x 18.7 42.4 lbs. (19.2 kg)
Details: In inches - height by width by depth, (51.1 cm, 20.6 cm, 47.5 cm).
US$2299 US$1200-US$1400
Details: Please note that on average the estimated current retail pricing of used systems is updated twice a year (please refer to the date on the bottom of the page for the date last updated).

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2 None
Details: Two dual-link DVI ports provided by default ATI Radeon HD 2600 XTgraphics card. Supports dual display and mirroring modes. Can support as many as eight displays with four graphics cards installed. DVI to VGA adapter included.

Also see: What graphics cards are available for the Mac Pro? Which models have which ports?
None None*
Details: *Supports internal Serial Attached SCSI, external SCSI support can be added with an aftermarket PCIe card.
None None
Details: N/A
5 (2.0) 2 (400), 2 (800)
Details: The Mac Pro has five USB 2.0 ports on the system (two on the front panel and three on the back), two Firewire "400" ports (one on the front and one on the back), and two Firewire "800" ports (one on the front and one on the back). Apple also advertises "two USB 2.0 ports on included keyboard".
None 2 (RJ-45)
Details: No internal modem. An external Apple USB modem was available for US$49. Gigabit Ethernet and Bluetooth 2.0+EDR are standard, AirPort Extreme (802.11g/n) and a modem are optional.
None None
Details: N/A
None 2
Details: Includes a rear mounted "optical digital audio input Toslink port" and an "analog stereo line-level input" minijack.
2 1
Details: Includes a rear mounted "optical digital audio output Toslink port" and an "analog stereo line-level output" minijack. Also has a front-mounted headphone jack.
N/A None
Details: N/A
1 N/A
Details: Apple reports that the line voltage is "100-120V AC or 200-240V AC (wide-range power supply input voltage)" and the maximum current is "12A (low-voltage range) or 6A (high-voltage range)".



Global original prices for the Mac Pro "Quad Core" 2.8 (2008) in 24 different countries and territories follow; organized alphabetically by region.

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Original Prices - North America

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