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Apple Mac Pro 2008 (MA970, MB451)

Apple Mac Pro 2008 (MA970, MB451)
alaScore 95

175 reviews

Aug, 2018

alaTest has collected and analyzed 175 reviews of Apple Mac Pro 2008 (MA970, MB451). The average rating for this product is 4.4/5, compared to an average rating of 4.2/5 for other Desktops for all reviews. Reviewers are impressed by the reliability and design. The usability and price also get good comments.

price, usability, design, reliability

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Desktops the Apple Mac Pro 2008 (MA970, MB451) is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 95/100 = Excellent quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 110 user reviews of Apple Mac Pro 2008 (MA970, MB451) from The average user rating for this product is 4.5/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.1/5 for other Desktops on People are impressed by the reliability and design. The usability and price also get good reviews.

price, usability, design, reliability

90% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: 4GB (2x2GB) Memory Apple Mac Pro 3,1 2008 Quad Core, 8-core PC2-6400 DDR2 800MHz Fully Buffered ECC FB-DIMM Nemix Ram MA970LL/A4GB (2x2GB) Memory Apple Mac Pro 3,1 2008 Quad Core, 8-core PC2-6400 DDR2 800MHz Fully Buffered ECC FB-DIMM Nemix Ram MA970LL/A

Aug, 2018

Expert review by : Ian Osborne John F. Kristiansen (

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Med et unikt design og en veldig kraft skal det en hel del til for at konkurrentene skal kunne bryne seg på denne arbeidsstasjonen

Strålende design ; Mange muligheter for eksterne ekspansjonskort ; To grafikkort ; Fantastisk ytelse ; Utbyttbar SSD

Få muligheter for interne ekspansjonskort ; Ikke medfølgende tastatur eller mus ; Ikke mulighet for flere enn én CPU ; Mangel på optisk drev

Ikke alle har behov for ytelse og kraft på arbeidsstasjonsnivå, slik som nye Mac Pro tilbyr, men den er vitterlig fristende. Det er et mesterlig stykke håndverk, og har en pris deretter. Friskt tilsig av ideer, som en enhetlig termisk kjerne, og...

Jun, 2018

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Apple Mac Pro MA970BA


Excellent design , software functionality , speed and upgradability The choice for music and creativity


Feb, 2009

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Apple Mac Pro MA970BA


Powerful cost effective computer

Dec, 2008

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Apple Mac Pro MA970BA


well designed excellent software, although upgrades for the existing programs not always available

Expensive./ not nearly as fast as advertised

Dec, 2008

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Apple Mac Pro MA970BA


works out of the box and does exactly what it says on the tin.

needed to fit the hard drives myself this had been left off the order

Dec, 2008

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Apple Mac Pro MA970BA


Well designed, fast computer which just runs and runs. Using BOOTCAMP It runs XP faster and more reliably when I use existing Windows programs. Will be using a 3rd party VM product soon to have concurrent capability. Support forums and Apples experts...

None really.

Nov, 2008

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Nice case...


The mac pro seriously breaks my heart as a system builder. I have nothing against OSX, it's a great OS, but I strongly urge potential buyers to look at their options here (you are, apparently, already at the Egg so look around). And If you love the...

OSX, good looking case. But seriously, Apple, how about a refresh?! For this price you could be giving your loyal customers a whole lot more computer ; honestly, I'm pretty sure buying a pre-assembled machine on the Egg is sacrilege

The last defense for buying this machine, besides OSX of course, was the 8 core machismo. Unfortunately for the Mac Pro, You can now you can get a Core i7 920, Sunbeam core contact freezer or TRUE, X58 T-power, and 6GB of DDR3 1600 all for about $800...

Feb, 2009

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This is a Fantastic Deal for the Price


For the money, this is possible the best machine that you can buy or build depending on what you do.

All the people complaining that this is too expensive are either anti-Mac trolls, or just woefully uninformed. No, you can't build this machine for a third the price, and to the guy who suggested 2 C2Q's in a computer, good luck with that. It's...

There are none.

Feb, 2009

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keeps crashing


For the price might as well build a power pc. If yah really want to be different then build a PC and use linux, why pay steve jobs for an OS that's just a version of linux

Price...err nevermind

keeps crashing and shutting down, after a week it finally died on me. I got my money back.

Jan, 2009

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Pricey for what you get


The only reason I bought this is because I needed to get a mac and couldn't stand the weak power of the iMacs, so I had to settle for this. It does what it needs to after I poured in another 500 dollars.. Oh gee thats where it went..

Two quad processors, sleek case design, and leopard is about all this desktop has going for it.

Weak graphics card, not kidding, you could buy this card for 50 bucks on newegg, a 50 dollar graphics card in an almost 3grand desktop.. Then they only load it up with 2 gigs of ram at 800mhz, I mean you gotta be kidding, whats the points of having all...

Dec, 2008

Product Specifications


Chassis Type:Tower


Maximum graphics adapter memory:0.256 / 0.5


ECC: Yes
Internal Memory:2
Internal memory type:DDR2-SDRAM
Maximum internal memory:32
Memory layout (slots x size):2 x 1

Other features

Graphics adapter:GeForce 8800 GT / Radeon HD 2600 XT
Wireless Technology:Bluetooth 2.0 + EDR

Packaging Content

Bundled software:iLife ’08 (iTunes, iPhoto, iMovie, iDVD, iWeb, GarageBand)
Display included: No


Product Type:Workstation

Ports & interfaces

Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) ports:1 / 2
Firewire (IEEE 1394) ports:4
Headphone outputs:1 / 2
I/O ports:2 x DVI
Microphone in: Yes
USB 2.0 ports quantity:5


Power supply input frequency:50 - 60
Power supply input voltage:100-120V / 200-240V AC


Number of Processors Installed:1 / 2
Processor cache:12 / 24
Processor cache type:L2
Processor family:Intel® Xeon®
Processor frequency:2.8 / 3 / 3.2
Processor front side bus:1600
Processor Model:Unspecified


Hard Drive Capacity:2048 / 320 / 500
Hard Drive Interface:SATA
Hard drive speed:7200

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:47.5 / 51.1
Height :47.5 / 51.1