Apple Mac Pro Eight Core 3.0 (2008)

The Apple Mac Pro Eight Core 3.0 is a built-to-order configuration of the Mac Pro Eight Core 2.8. The difference between this model and the 2.8 original is in the processor speed.

Apple Mac Pro Eight Core 3.0

Introduced on January 8, 2008.


  • Processor: Intel Xeon E5472.
  • Processor Speed: 3.0 GHz.
  • Processor Type: Q. Core Xeon E5472 x2.
  • RAM Type: PC6400 DDR2 ECC.
  • Standard RAM: 2 GB.
  • Video Card: Radeon HD 2600 XT.
  • 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 Mac Pro Eight Core 3.0 (2008) Memory Specifications

This model has the following memory specifications:

  • Number of memory slots two memory cards with four memory slots on each card (four banks of two each).
  • Base memory – 2 GB (Two 1 GB fully buffered dual inline memory modules, FB-DIMMs).
  • Maximum memory – 32 GB.
  • Memory card specifications – 800 MHz, DDR2, FB-DIMMs; 72-bit wide, 240-pin modules; 36 memory ICs maximum per DIMM; Error-correcting code (ECC).
  • Additional notes – Apple recommends that using Apple-approved FB-DIMMs, as other FB-DIMMs may cause the Mac Pro to operate louder or decrease performance to conserve heat. DIMMs from older Mac computers cannot be used.

The user should install FB-DIMMs in matched pairs of equal size and equal specification. Use the instructions that follow as guidelines for DIMM placement: For two DIMMs (standard configuration), install one on the top memory card and one on the bottom card; for four DIMMs – install one pair on the top memory card and one pair on the bottom card; for six DIMMs – install two pairs on the top memory card and one pair on the bottom card; for eight DIMMs – install two pairs on the top memory card and two pairs on the bottom card.

Removing or Installing Memory

Warning: Let the computer to cool down for 5 to 10 minutes before touching the internal components on the memory cards, as they may be very warm.

  1. Remove the side panel:
  • Shut down your Mac Pro (Always shut down the Mac Pro before opening it to avoid damaging its internal components or the new components. Never either open the computer Mac Pro nor attempt to install items inside it while it is on.
  • Wait 5 to 10 minutes to allow the internal components to cool, as the internal components be very warm.
  • Touch the metal on the outside of the Mac Pro to discharge any static electricity (Always discharge static before touching parts or installing components inside the computer. Also, to avoid generating static, do not move around the room until you finish installing the cards, memory, or internal storage device and replace the side panel).
  • Unplug all the cables and the power cord from the computer (Always unplug the computer to avoid damaging internal components or the components you want to install. Never attempt to install items while the machine is plugged in.
  • Next hold the side panel securely and lift the latch on the back.
  • Remove the side panel by pulling the top away from the Mac Pro and lifting up.

2. Install or remove the memory cards

  • Using the two finger holes, pull on the memory cards to remove them, then place them on a soft, clean cloth with the DIMMs facing up.
  • On the bottom memory card, open the ejectors on the DIMM slot and push them out to the sides.
  • Then remove the DIMM from slot 1. When installing or removing DIMMs, don’t touch the gold connectors on the DIMMs or the memory cards.
  • Reinstall the DIMM you removed on the top memory card by aligning it in DIMM slot 2 and pushing both ends of the DIMM down until the tabs are vertical and the ejectors snap into place.
  • Install the first pair of additional DIMMs on the bottom memory card in DIMM slots 1 and 2, the slots closest to the card’s gold connectors (Always install DIMMs as matched pairs).
  • Move one DIMM from bottom card to top card First pair of additional DIMMs.
  • If you add a second pair of additional DIMMs, install them on the top memory card in DIMM slots 3 and 4, the last two slots.
  • If you add a third pair of additional DIMMs, install them on the bottom memory card in DIMM slots 3 and 4.
  • Lay your Mac Pro down on a soft, clean cloth on the desk or work surface to avoid scratching the work surface or your Mac Pro.
  • Reinstall each memory card, pushing it straight down until it’s seated in the memory slot.

3. Replace the side panel

  • Stand the Mac Pro up and replace the side panel (When you replace the side panel, make sure the latch is up. Hold the side panel securely so it stays in place as you push the latch down).
  • Hold the side panel against your Mac Pro and push the latch down to secure the side panel.
  • You can attach a lock or cable through the metal loop to secure the Mac Pro. Flip the lock tab down before you close the latch.

Checking that Computer Recognizes New Memory

  • Press the power button to turn on your Mac Pro.
  • When the Mac OS desktop appears, choose Apple icon.
  • Go to About This Mac and check that the reported amount of memory is correct. If the reported memory size isn’t correct, the computer may be having issues recognizing a memory module. If this happens, you should shut down the computer, verify the module specifications against the requirements listed above, and repeat the memory installation instructions to make sure the modules are installed correctly. If issues persist, remove the memory and consult the support information that came with the memory. You can also contact the vendor who provided the memory.

Purchasing Memory

When purchasing DIMMs for use in Mac computers, always make sure that the memory vendor conforms to the JEDEC (short for Joint Electron Device Engineering Council) specification. Check with your memory vendor to ensure that the DIMMs support the correct timing modes and that the Serial Presence Detect (SPD) feature has been programmed properly, as described in the JEDEC specification.

Apple Orders, Discontinuation, Price

Apple Order Number: As a custom configuration of the Mac Pro “Eight Core” 2.8, this model doesn’t have its own

Apple Model Number: A1186.

Discontinuation: March 3, 2009.

Initial Price: US$3599.


  • Compared to the original Mac Pro, the Mac Pro Eight Core 3.0 model uses more efficient and fast processors, a more advanced vector engine, and a faster memory.
  • The expansion includes two external bays, four internal hard drive bays, two PCle x4 slots, and two PCle 2.0×16 slots.


  • Mac Pro is a perfectly balanced system in and out. Still, if you look for other computer, we at iGotOffer will be glad to take in your old Mac Pro for the highest price online: Sell Mac Pro online to save money for a new computer.
  • Apple Mac Pro Eight Core 2.8 – this model is yet another version introduced to the Mac Pro line.

Unboxing: Mac Pro (8-Core) by ItsMyNaturalColour, uploaded on January 19, 2011.


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