Mac workstations

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Apple Mac Mini (2010)
Apple Mac Mini (2010)

Mac: Mac workstation; Number of processor cores: Dual-Core

The price of the Mac mini with Snow Leopard is unmistakably high, but for the money you get a package that is delightfully small and running an excellent operating system. PC Pro say the server is so …

21 reviews

 

Apple Mac Mini Core 2 Duo 2.4GHz 2GB RAM (2010)
Apple Mac Mini Core 2 Duo 2.4GHz 2GB RAM (2010)

Mac: Mac workstation; Number of processor cores: Dual-Core

The Mac Mini allows users to have the full Apple experience for a lower price than a full-fledged Mac, although FiveFWD pointed out that it's still expensive, especially when compared to PCs

16 reviews

 

More information at: MacUser, 7/2010 Mac mini Less than a year ago, the mini was beginning to look like the unloved runt of the Mac litter. It had changed precious little, save for the switch from PowerPC to Intel processors, since its introduction in 2005. With two significant updates in less than a year, however, it's clear Apple sees a future for its minimalist desktop computer. … to review

Apple Mac Mini Server Core 2 Duo 2.66 GHz (Summer 2010)
Apple Mac Mini Server Core 2 Duo 2.66 GHz (Summer 2010)

Mac: Mac workstation

5 reviews

 

 
Apple Mac Mini 2.5GHz 500GB 4096MB RAM Radeon HD 4250 (2011)
Apple Mac Mini 2.5GHz 500GB 4096MB RAM Radeon HD 4250 (2011)

Mac: Mac workstation; Number of processor cores: Quad-Core

As long as you're aware of the Mac Mini's limitations - its lack of an optical drive and of native support for Blu-ray, its stingy 500GB of storage space and the impossibility to upgrade it …

1 review

 

Apple Mac Pro 2x 2.93GHz 6-Core Intel Xeon, 12GB RAM 2TB HDD + 512GB SSD (2010)
Apple Mac Pro 2x 2.93GHz 6-Core Intel Xeon, 12GB RAM 2TB HDD + 512GB SSD (2010)

Mac: Mac workstation; Number of processor cores: 12

PC Advisor felt the Apple Mac Pro 12-core was a champion for anyone who has the cash available to splash out and requires a powerful machine for working with graphics - particularly animation, video

2 reviews

 

More information at: ZDNet, 10/2010 Apple Mac Pro (Mid 2010) Apple's Mac Pro is a workstation-class desktop that's long been a preferred platform for professional photographers, video editors and other graphics professionals. The most recent upgrade, in August 2010, brought support for Intel's latest 32nm 'Westmere' Xeon processors, the fastest of which offered by Apple is the 6-core X5670 running at 2.93GHz. Our top-end review sample came with two of these heavy-duty CPUs, resulting in the most powerful Mac that money (rather a lot of it) can buy. … to review

Mac Pro 2.8 GHz 4 Quad Core (2010)
Apple Mac Pro 2.8GHz 4-Core Nehalem (2010)

Mac: Mac workstation; Number of processor cores: Quad-Core

There is little to complain about with the mid 2010 Mac Pro entry level model. Although it would be nice to have a Blu-ray drive, it was never going to happen. The price is quite high, but Tech Radar

2 reviews

 

More information at: TechRadar UK, 9/2010 Apple Mac Pro Apple's 2.8GHz, quad-core MacPro puts in an excellent performance. … to review

The PCO Group Evolution 3D

Gaming PCs; Mac: Mac workstation; Number of processor cores: Quad-Core

The SLI performance of the Evolution 3D is outstanding and Tech Radar rated it against the best offering from Nvidia at a far lower price. For a £1000 price tag this is probably the quickest machine …

1 review

 

Apple Mac Pro 2x 2.66 GHz 6-Core Intel Xeon, 6GB RAM 1TB HDD (2010)
Apple Mac Pro 2x 2.66 GHz 6-Core Intel Xeon, 6GB RAM 1TB HDD (2010)

Mac: Mac workstation; Number of processor cores: 12

Macworld formed the opinion that the Mac Pro 2.66GHz 12-core will provide more power than most people would ever need from a computer, and as it is also really pricey, it would be an unnecessary …

1 review

 

Apple Mac Mini Core 2 Duo 2.53GHz 320GB (October 2009)
Apple Mac Mini Core 2 Duo 2.53GHz 320GB (October 2009)

Mac: Mac workstation; Number of processor cores: Dual-Core

"With double the memory and a healthy speed boost, the new Mac mini represents better value than before."

8 reviews

 

More information at: MacFormat, 1/2010 Apple Mac mini 2.53GHz The Mac mini has huge potential, but to date, that potential has not been realised. It's the cheapest way to buy a Mac but it's not powerful enough to appeal to switchers, and it has been shamefully underexploited as a media centre. ... … to review

Apple Mac Pro 2x 2.93GHz 6-Core Intel Xeon, 6GB RAM 1TB HDD (2010)
Apple Mac Pro 2x 2.93GHz 6-Core Intel Xeon, 6GB RAM 1TB HDD (2010)

Mac: Mac workstation; Number of processor cores: 12

The 12-core Mac Pro is certainly not a computer for the masses; not only because of its price, but also because only very specific high-end professional applications can make the most of all its …

1 review

 

 
Mac Mini Core 2 Duo 2GHz 320GB 2GB RAM
Apple Mac Mini Core 2 Duo 2GHz 320GB (2009)

Mac: Mac workstation; Number of processor cores: Dual-Core

Improvements to FSB and memory to 1066MHz are combined with DDR3 RAM and more importantly new Nvidia Geforce 9400M 256MB graphics card, giving substantial performance improvements. While the design

3 reviews | 5 opinions (Above average)

 

More information at: Personal Computer World, 5/2009 Apple Mac Mini 2GHz small form factor PC While it remains under-specced, Apple's 2009 Mac Mini 2GHz does have significant improvements over last year's model.The same processor, RAM and hard drive capacity are bolstered by small improvements that make all the difference. Single Test. One compact PC was reviewed and rated on features, performance and value. … to review

Apple Mac Mini Core 2 Duo 2.26GHz 160GB (October 2009)
Apple Mac Mini Core 2 Duo 2.26GHz 160GB (October 2009)

Mac: Mac workstation; Number of processor cores: Dual-Core

Expert Reviews consider the Apple Mac Mini 2.26GHz computer to be quite a poor performer, considering the cost. They think it will work fine if you really want a compact computer which uses very

2 reviews | 8 opinions (Above average)

 

More information at: MacWorld, 11/2009 Mac mini review (Late 2009) Back in March we reviewed the previous Mac mini models. Apple’s smallest desktop computer had just received a long-overdue refresh: it had been 19 months since the company had touched the Mac mini line. But that update was the most significant in the history of the line; while the two models retained the same £499 and £649 price tags as their 2007 predecessors, nearly every aspect of each was upgraded. In test: Two Mac minis were reviewed and rated. … to review

Overclockers UK Titan Viper

Gaming PCs; Mac: Mac workstation

"For: Incredible price/performance ratio; Ultra-smart componentry; Decent future-proofing. Against: Still the issue of invalid warranties."

1 review

 

More information at: TechRadar UK, 5/2010 Overclockers UK Titan Viper Back off, this baby's got fangs, and looks like it's itching to bite. … to review

Cryo PC Hydro Nemesis
Cryo PC Hydro Nemesis

Gaming PCs; Mac: Mac workstation; Number of processor cores: Quad-Core

"For: Fastest PC we've seen; SIX CORES! Liquid gamer. Against: No SSD boot drive."

1 review

 

Alienware Aurora ALX (Intel Core i7-920, 2TB)
Alienware Aurora ALX (Intel Core i7-920, 2TB)

Gaming PCs; Mac: Mac workstation

"... True, no other PC you can buy off the shelf has a case with dramatic flaring vents and controllable lighting, but we really can't see where £1,900+ worth of components and engineering …

1 review

 

Mac Pro Xeon 8 Core 2 x 2.26 GHz 6GB RAM 640 GB
Apple Mac Pro Xeon 2 x Quad Core 2.26 GHz (2009)

Mac: Mac workstation; Number of processor cores: Eight-Core

Without compare for desktop design, and staggeringly powerful in multitasking and HD video and 3D editing, courtesy the new eight-core Intel chip and more RAM. Apple's Mac Pro 2 x 2.26 GHz Xeon

2 reviews | 3 opinions (Excellent)

 

More information at: ZDNet, 3/2009 Apple Mac Pro (2x2.26GHz Xeon, 2009) With an eight-core Intel at its heart, Apple's Mac Pro 2x2.26GHz Xeon is a fantastic machine for demanding video, design and multitasking work. Continued attention paid to the overall design also makes this a desirable item. Single Test. One desktop computer was reviewed and rated on service and support, design, features and performance. An overall rating out of 10 was given. … to review

Mac Mini Core 2 Duo 2GHz 120GB 1GB RAM
Apple Mac Mini Core 2 Duo 2GHz 120GB (2009)

Mac: Mac workstation; Number of processor cores: Dual-Core

19 months between updates is a long time. Apple's 2009 Mac Mini Core 2 Duo 2GHz 120GB benefits from improvements including better graphics, more USB ports and FireWire 800 and new video and …

1 review | 2 opinions (Excellent)

 

Apple Mac Pro 2x 2,26 GHz Xeon E5520 640GB (2009)
Apple Mac Pro 2x 2,26 GHz Xeon E5520 640GB (2009)

Mac: Mac workstation; Number of processor cores: Quad-Core

The twin Intel Xeon Quad Cores in Apple's 2009 Mac Pro allow for up to 16 virtual cores, and running Cinebench even on a Bootcamp Windows install was far superior to the highest performing PCs. …

1 review | 3 opinions (Excellent)

 

 
Mac Pro 2.8 GHz Quad-Core Harpertown
Apple Mac Pro 2.8GHz 4-Core Harpertown

Mac: Mac workstation; Number of processor cores: Quad-Core

"... In some instances, a single quad core 2.8GHz Mac Pro might do the job you want just as well as a new eight-core model. ..."

1 review

 

Mac Pro 2 x 3.2GHz Quad-Core Harpertown
Apple Mac Pro 3.2GHz Harpertown

Office PC; Mac: Mac workstation; Number of processor cores: Eight-Core

"... According to our Speedmark benchmark test, the new eight-core 3.2GHz model is the fastest Mac we've tested yet ...."

2 reviews

 

 

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The question of PC or Mac is often one that raises responses not dissimilar to the arguments of two zealots. Mac owners are known for their unflinching loyalty and dedication to the brand while PC owners see the systems as a triumph of style over substance with a price somewhere in the region of a Tiffany diamond ring.


A Mac computer can cost up to twice as much as a similar specced PC. According to users of Mac OS the Apple brand is the logical choice, it offers more stability is 'crash proof', fewer viruses and security flaws are reported each year and it is easier to use. The main difference between a PC and Mac was the processor with Apple opting for the Motorola manufactured Power PC chip and IBM compatible PCs being powered by chips from Intel, AMD, Cyrix and others. In 2006 however, the apple began its public migration to Intel processors, a move that had been going on in secret for a few years. Now there is not much between the two systems, it is even possible to run Windows on an Intel based Mac. Apple Macs are still the choice among designers and audio technicians. The most powerful computer in the new Apple line up is the Mac Pro which features two dual core lintel Xeon processors with up to 16GB of RAM and 2TB of storage. Apple's focus on design innovation made the iBook, Apple's most affordable portable offering, the choice among students and its new Macbook range offer more power and more choice with a new set of small touches like the magnetic lid and power connector.