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Apple Mac Pro "Quad Core" 3.7 (Late 2013) Specs

Identifiers: Late 2013 - ME253LL/A - MacPro6,1 - A1481 - 2630

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Apple Mac Pro (Gray Cylinder) There is no mistaking the "Late 2013" Mac Pro models for earlier ones as they present an Apple described "radical" departure from the large, highly expandable tower case design of yore and instead feature a compact dark gray, glossy cylinder design that is approximately one eighth of the mass but has limited internal expansion.

Apple explains that these "Space Gray" cylinder Mac Pro models are "designed around an innovative unified thermal core" and have not only faster processors than earlier models but also dual workstation class graphics processors, faster memory, and faster PCIe 2.0 x4 flash storage. Instead of internal expansion, the system provides extensive high speed ports for external connectivity options.

Specifically, this model -- the Mac Pro "Quad Core" 3.7 (Late 2013) -- is powered by a single 3.7 GHz Quad Core 22-nm Xeon E5-1620v2 processor with a dedicated 256k of level 2 cache for each core and 10 MB of level 3 "Smart Cache." By default, it is configured with 12 GB of 1866 MHz DDR3 ECC SDRAM, a 256 GB SSD, and dual AMD FirePro D300 graphics processors with 2 GB of GDDR5 memory each.

Connectivity includes six Thunderbolt 2 ports, one HDMI 1.4 UltraHD port, 4 USB 3.0 ports, and Dual Gigabit Ethernet ports in addition to 802.11ac and Bluetooth 4.0. It supports as many as three 4K displays or six Thunderbolt displays.

Also see:

  • What are the differences between the standard "Late 2013" Mac Pro models? What are the differences between the standard and custom configurations of the "Late 2013" Mac Pro line?
  • What are all the differences between the "Late 2013" Mac Pro models and the "Mid-2012" Mac Pro models that they replaced?

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October 22, 2013* N/A
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.

*This system first was revealed as a "sneak peak" on June 10, 2013 (but with limited specifics), "introduced" in more detail on October 22, 2013, became available for purchase on December 19, 2013, and first shipped on December 30, 2013.

Also see: All Macs introduced in 2013.
1 (4 Cores) 64-Bit
Details: Also see: All models with a 64-Bit processor courtesy of EveryMac.com's Ultimate Mac Sort.
12949 14660
Details: When last updated, Geekbench 2 only provided sufficient 64-bit performance data for this model. 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 MacPro6,1 Model Identifier, which may include multiple models.

To dynamically compare Geekbench 2 results from different Macs side-by-side, see EveryMac.com's Ultimate Mac Comparison.
3222 12780
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 MacPro6,1 Model Identifier, which may include multiple models.

To dynamically compare 32-bit Geekbench 3 results from different Macs side-by-side, see EveryMac.com's Ultimate Mac Comparison.
3578 14426
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 MacPro6,1 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.
3.7 GHz Q. Core Xeon E5-1620v2
Details: The 64-bit 22-nm "Xeon E5" processor, or more specifically the "Ivy Bridge-EP" based E5-1620v2, has four independent "cores" each with a dedicated 256k level 2 cache and 10 MB of level 3 "Smart Cache." It also supports "Hyper-Threading" -- which "allows two threads to run simultaneously on each core" (so OS X recognizes eight total cores on this model, four real and four virtual) -- and "Turbo Boost" -- which "automatically boosts the processor speed based on workload" up to 3.9 GHz for this model.

Also see: How fast are the "Late 2013" Mac Pro models compared to one another? How fast are the "Late 2013" Mac Pro models compared to the "Mid-2012" models replaced?
3.9 GHz Several*
Details: *Via custom configuration, this model also can be equipped with a 3.5 GHz Six Core Xeon E5 (E5-1650v2), 3.0 GHz Eight Core Xeon E5 (E5-1680v2), or 2.7 GHz Twelve Core Xeon E5 (E5-2697v2) processor for an additional US$500, US$2000, and US$3500, respectively.

For reader convenience, EveryMac.com also has documented these configurations as their own models as applicable -- the Mac Pro "Six Core" 3.5 (Late 2013), Mac Pro "Eight Core" 3.0 (Late 2013), and Mac Pro "Twelve Core" 2.7 (Late 2013).
LGA 2011 Socket Integrated
Details: Also see: How do you upgrade the processors in the "Late 2013" Gray Cylinder Mac Pro models? How are the processors mounted? Which aftermarket processors are compatible?
5 GT/s (DMI2)* 3.7 GHz (Built-in)
Details: *This system has a "Direct Media Interface" -- specifically DMI2 -- that connects between the processor and chipset in lieu of the traditional system bus.
EFI 64-Bit
Details: N/A
32k/32k x4 256k (x4), 10 MB*
Details: *Each core has its own dedicated 256k level 2 cache and the system has 10 MB of level 3 "Smart Cache" as well.
PC3-15000 DDR3 ECC 1866 MHz
Details: Uses "1866 MHz DDR3 ECC SDRAM" (PC3-15000) modules.

Also see: How do you upgrade the RAM in the "Late 2013" Gray Cylinder Mac Pro models? How much RAM do they actually support?
12 GB 128 GB*
Details: 12 GB of RAM is installed as three 4 GB modules. By default, one slot is free.

*Apple formally supports 64 GB of RAM in this model, but third-parties have determined it can support 128 GB of RAM.

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Also see: Actual Max RAM of All G3 & Later Macs.
None 4
Details: This system has four user-accessible memory slots.
AMD FirePro D300 x2* GDDR5 SDRAM
Details: *By default, this system has dual AMD FirePro D300 graphics processors with 2 GB of GDDR5 memory each. These graphics processors have 1280 stream processors, a 256-bit-wide memory bus, 160 GB/s of memory bandwidth, and provide 2 teraflops of performance.

Via custom configuration, Apple notes that this model also can be configured with dual AMD FirePro D500 graphics processors, "each with 3 GB GDDR5 VRAM, 1526 stream processors, [a] 384-bit-wide memory bus, 240 GB/s memory bandwidth, and 2.2 teraflops performance" for an extra US$400; or dual AMD FirePro D700 [graphics processors], each with 6 GB of GDDR5 VRAM, 2048 stream processors, [a] 384-bit-wide memory bus, 264 GB/s memory bandwidth, and 3.5 teraflops performance" for an extra US$1000.

Also see: What are the default graphics cards provided with the "Late 2013" Gray Cylinder Mac Pro? What graphics card options are available? How do you upgrade the graphics card? Is it possible?
2 GB 2 GB
Details: Other graphics cards can be pre-installed at the time of purchase. Subsequent upgrades also may be possible, but the design is proprietary.
Up to 6 Displays* 4K (3840x2160)*
Details: *This system supports up to three 4K displays (3840x2160) -- two using Thunderbolt 2 ports and one using the HDMI port -- or as many as six displays up to 2560x1600 using Thunderbolt 2 ports.
Dual/Mirroring 4K (3840x2160) x2*
Details: *This model supports as many as three 4K displays (3840x2160) or as many as six Thunderbolt displays (up to 2560x1600).
256 GB SSD Proprietary* (PCIe)
Details: At the time of purchase, this model also can be configured with 512 GB or 1 TB of flash storage for an additional US$300 or US$800, respectively.

*This model uses a PCIe-based SSD rather than a SATA-connected one. Specifically, it uses a custom Apple design with a PCIe 2.0 x4 interface, which is capable of a theoretical maximum of 2 GB/s.

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

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None* None
Details: *This model does not have an internal optical drive, but an external one can be added.

Also see: What external optical drive options are available for the "Gray Cylinder" Mac Pro models?
None Gigabit (x2)
Details: This system has dual 10/100/1000BASE-T [Gigabit] Ethernet (RJ-45) ports.
802.11ac 4.0
Details: 802.11ac Wi-Fi standard (802.11a/b/g/n compatible) and Bluetooth 4.0 standard.
4 (3.0) None
Details: This Mac Pro model has four USB 3.0 ports on the back of the system.
None* None*
Details: *This Mac Pro has no expansion slots in the traditional sense (PCIe, for example) nor expansion bays for additional storage.

Also see: What Thunderbolt external expansion boxes are available for the "Gray Cylinder" Mac Pro models?
None None
Details: This Mac Pro does not ship with a keyboard and input device by default, just like the Mac mini series.
Cylinder Mac Pro (Gray Cylinder)
Details: This Mac Pro uses a glossy, dark gray, machined aluminum cylinder shaped case.
ME253LL/A Late 2013
Details: The Apple order number should be unique to this system.
A1481 (EMC 2630) MacPro6,1
Details: Please note that these identifiers refer to more than one model.

Also see: All Macs with the A1481 Model Number, the 2630 EMC Number, and the MacPro6,1 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 10.9.1 (13B4116) Current
Details: This system fully supports the current version of OS X 10.9 "Mavericks" (including the "AirPlay Mirroring" and "Power Nap" features).
8 (64-Bit)* 8 (64-Bit)*
Details: *Apple's Boot Camp 5 formally supports the 64-bit version of Windows 8 on this model. It originally supported the 64-bit version of Windows 7, as well, but Apple quietly dropped support for it on March 5, 2014. Earlier versions of Windows are not supported.
None Boot/Virtualization
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9.9 x 6.6* 11 lbs. (4.99 kg).
Details: In inches - height by diameter (25.1 cm by 16.8 cm).
US$2999 US$2999
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6 (Thunderbolt 2), 1 (HDMI 1.4 UltraHD) None
Details: This Mac Pro has 6 "Thunderbolt 2" ports and a single HDMI 1.4 UltraHD port. The HDMI port "supports multichannel audio output."

Also see: What Thunderbolt external expansion boxes are available for the "Gray Cylinder" Mac Pro models?
None None
Details: N/A
None None
Details: N/A
4 (3.0) None
Details: This Mac Pro model has four USB 3.0 ports on the back of the system.
None 2 (RJ-45)
Details: No internal modem. dual Gigabit Ethernet, 802.11ac Wi-Fi (802.11a/b/g/n compatible) and Bluetooth 4.0 standard.
None None
Details: N/A
1* 1*
Details: *Includes a single rear-mounted "headphone minijack with headset support."
1* 1*
Details: *Includes a single rear-mounted "combined optical/digital audio output/analog line out minijack."
1 None
Details: N/A
1 N/A
Details: Apple reports that the line voltage is "100-240V AC" and the maximum continuous power is 450W. The typical acoustical performance, "sound pressure level (operator position)" is 12 dBA at idle.



Global original prices for the Mac Pro "Quad Core" 3.7 (Late 2013) in 24 different countries and territories follow; organized alphabetically by region.

For global original prices for Intel Macs in one particular country on a single page, please refer to EveryMac.com's Global Original Prices section.


Original Prices - North America

C$3099 US$2999

Original Prices - Europe

€2999 €3049
DKK 23,499 €3099
€2999 €2999
€3099 €3049
€3049 NOK 25.990
€3099 €3049
SEK 27.995 CHF 3'399
£2499

Original Prices - Asia

RMB 21,888 HK$23,388
¥318,800 S$4,288
NT$99,900

Original Prices - Australia & New Zealand

A$3999 NZ$4999


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