The Apple Mac Pro Eight Core 2.8 is yet another version introduced to the Mac Pro line. Compared to the original Mac Pro, Mac Pro “Eight Core” 2.8 uses more efficient and fast processors, a more advanced vector engine, and a faster memory.
Apple Mac Pro Eight Core 2.8
Introduced on January 8, 2008.
- Processor: Intel Xeon E5462.
- Processor Speed: 2.8 GHz.
- Processor Type: Q. Core Xeon E5462 x2.
- RAM Type: PC6400 DDR2 ECC.
- Standard RAM: 2 GB.
- Video Card: Radeon HD 2600 XT.
- VRAM Type: GDDR3 SDRAM.
- Display Support: According to Apple’s reports, this model can support up to eight 30-inch displays.
- Resolution Support: 2560 x 1600.
- Standard Hard Drive: 320 GB.
- Connectivity: Standard AirPort 802.11a/b/g/n. Bluetooth 2.0+EDR. USB Ports (5). Firewire Ports.
- OS: Pre-Installed MacOS: X 10.5.1. Maximum MacOS: X 10.11.x.
- Minimum Windows: XP SP2.
- Maximum Windows: 7.
- Dimensions: 20.1 in height, 8.1 in width, 18.7 in depth
- Average Weight: 42.4 lbs.
Apple Orders, Discontinuation, Price
Apple Order Number: MA970LL/A. To identify a Mac Pro (Early 2008) computer, you can check the configuration code on the computer’s configuration label, which is located on the device’s back panel directly below the video ports. One other quick way to identify the the model is to open the side panel and inspect the memory cage. The Mac Pro (Early 2008) memory cage has a cross bar.
Apple Model Number: A1186. The Mac Pro (Early 2008) serial number is located on the configuration label, directly below the configuration description.
Discontinuation: March 3, 2009.
Initial Price: $2799.
- The Mac Pro (Early 2008) computer can accommodate four hard drives in its four internal hard drive bays. In most configurations, a single SATA hard drive occupies the far left bay (bay 1). The user could install additional SATA drives in the second, third, and fourth hard drive bays. The user could also install up to four SAS drives. The following specifications were to be met by the hard drives: Type: Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) or Serial ATA (SATA) 3 Gb/s; Width: 3.9 inches (102 mm); depth: 5.7 inches (147 mm); height: 1.0 inch. An important note: To install SAS drives in a Mac Pro (Early 2008) computer, you must also install the optional Mac Pro RAID card. The only tool required for this procedure is a Phillips #1 screwdriver.
- The Mac Pro (Early 2008) could accommodate two optical drives in the optical drive bay. If the computer had only one optical drive, that drive was installed in the top position. To eject the drives, the only tool the user had to use was the a Phillips #1 screwdriver To eject the top drive, the user had to press the Eject key. To eject the bottom drive, the user had to press the Option and Eject keys.
- The expansion included two external bays, four internal hard drive bays, two PCle x4 slots, and two PCle 2.0×16 slots.
- The computer enclosure included AirPort antenna wires and a Bluetooth antenna wire. The Bluetooth antenna wire looked very similar to the AirPort antenna wires, except that it included a “BT” label. For proper operation, the user should be careful not to connect the Bluetooth antenna wire to the AirPort card or any AirPort antenna wire to the Bluetooth card. The user might connect the AirPort antenna wires to either AirPort card connector. As to the tools, the only tool required for this procedure was a magnetized jewelers Phillips #1 screwdriver.
- The computer enclosure included one Bluetooth antenna wire, which looks similar to the AirPort antenna wires, except that it included a “BT” label. If the label was missing, the user could also identify the Bluetooth cable by its location; it is the cable that ran to the back of the computer. For proper operation, be careful not to connect the Bluetooth antenna wire to the AirPort card or any AirPort antenna wire to the Bluetooth card. Concerning the tools, the only tool required for this procedure is a magnetized jewelers Phillips #1 screwdriver.
- If a Mac Pro RAID Card цфs installed in a Mac Pro (Early 2008), that meant that the standard iPass cable routing has been changed so that the cable connects to the card, rather than to the logic board. Regarding the tools, the only tool required for this procedure is a Phillips #1 screwdriver, but the user might also find a small flat-blade screwdriver helpful in releasing the iPass cable connector (While removing or installing a card, Apple warned to handle it only by the edges. Apple also warned not to touch the card’s connectors or any of the components on the card. The user should lift the card straight out from the connector to remove it, and insert it straight into the connector to install it. The user was advised against rocking the card from side to side, as well as from forcing the card into the slot. Once the replacement card was installed, the user had to pull on it gently to check that it was properly connected.
- The heatsink for 2.8 GHz and 3.0 GHz processors requireв thermal grease for proper operation. Every time the user removed the processor heatsink, he or she was strongly advised to replace the thermal grease. New grease and alcohol wipes for cleaning off the previous grease were included with replacement processors and logic boards. Instructions for applying the grease were also included with this procedure. Replacement processor heatsinks came with the grease already applied.
- Each of the two 45-nm Xeon E5462 processors has four independent cores with 12 MB of level 2 cache per each processor.