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Raising prices during a recession is unwise. How is it necessary to believe in their superiority in order to still decide on this. And what should this more expensive product be in order, in spite of everything, to succeed …

Many people, including myself, consider the single-processor and dual-processor Mac Pro 2009 as different computers. There is a lot in common between them, they were born and were taken off the shelves on the same days – but still they are different. Different chipsets, for example.

I decided to consider them separately, in turn. Today is the single-processor lineup.

In an online store, single-processor Mac Pro was introduced in a single basic configuration that could be configured in hundreds of thousands of ways. The exact number of combinations is unknown. Once these numbers were readily reported by Phil Schiller or Steve Jobs, and it was interesting to the public – but now, apparently, it was considered unnecessary.

The only processor in question is the Nehalem quad-core Intel Xeon architecture: QuickPath Interconnect, HyperThreading, Turbo Boost.

Those who searched for the Mac Pro online store were sufficiently informed to be interested in the novelty, but the crisis and its price made it difficult to make a decision on the purchase.

Everything was even more interesting: the new single-processor Mac Pro was not only more expensive than its predecessor, it also had a lower CPU clock speed …

This is the fifth installment of the Mac Pro series. Links to previous parts of the series here:
First part: Mac Pro 2006: “apple” apocalypse ;
Second part: April 2007, unknown Mac Pro … ;
The third part: 2008 started with Mac Pro … ;
Part Four: Mac Pro March 2009: a split personality ….

Links all parts of the PowerMac G5 series can be found here or here .

Insolence and overconfidence
At first glance, Apple’s arrogance and arrogance just went off: for the previous single-processor Mac Pro, released in January 2008 (he and his dual processor fellow were the very first Macs, ahead of the first MacBook Air for a week), they asked for 2,299 dollars at a clock speed the only processor at 2.8 GHz.

Similar to Mac Pro 2009, with a processor clock speed of 2.66 GHz, cost 2,464 dollars. That is, according to MacWorld, $ 300 more than its predecessor. This typo went for a walk through the sources – and still almost every second.

We count ourselves, and compare the performance – you never know what is “written on the label.”

In Geekbench 2, two groups of tests – 32-bit and 64-bit. I will denote them (32) and (64). The more points the better.

Mac Pro results from Harpertown / Penryn, this is MacPro3,1: (32) = 5,669, (64) = 6,498.
Mac Pro results with Bloomfield / Nehalem, this is MacPro4,1: (32) = 8,269, (64) = 9,237.

The superiority of Nehalem is 1.46 and 1.42. Roughly speaking, one and a half times.

In Geekbench 4 there are two groups of tests, SC (test of a separate core) and MC (test of all existing cores). The more points the better.

Mac Pro results with Harpertown / Penryn: SC = 1,832, MC = 5,226.
Mac Pro results with Bloomfield / Nehalem: SC = 2,397, MC = 7,712.

Excellence 1.31 and 1.48 times.

The results of the other tests were even more impressive, the new Mac Pro coped with real-life tasks faster than its predecessor. In other words, the novelty was worth the money that they asked for. And for arrogance and self-confidence, Apple had good and valid reasons.

Single CPU Mac Pro (Early 2009)

The model ID is MacPro4,1. It is called Mac Pro (Early 2009), but there was no other Mac Pro model in 2009, although in December its configuration and prices changed a little, but not radically.

From March 3 to December 4, 2009, the Mac Pro single-processor configurator offered a choice of two Bloomfield / Nehalem modifications. By default – the Quad Core Xeon W3520 with a clock frequency of 2.66 GHz, and for an additional $ 500 – the Quad Core Xeon W3540 with a clock frequency of 2.93 GHz.

In Turbo Boost mode, the processor clock speed increased to 2.93 and 3.2 GHz.

In other words, there were two single-processor versions of MacPro4,1. The variant with 2.93 GHz, except for the price and the clock frequency that did not differ from the base one, was passed through the same tests (with the expected result), we calculated its price ($ 2,999).

The front system bus, as well as its clock frequency, is now gone. But there was a QPI, QuickPath Interconnect, which sometimes, by inertia, was called “bus”, but it was not, with a data transfer rate of 4.8 Gigabytes / sec (GT / s).

The processor was inserted into the LG1366 socket, while the socket, the processor and the memory slots were located on a retractable tray. This simplified the installation of additional RAM, due to the complexity of replacing the processor. Apple “did not recommend” changing the processor, so it’s all fair. Someone succeeded in this – but someone moved along a thin bending wire from a skyscraper to a skyscraper.

The basic configuration included 3 Gigabytes of RAM (PC3-8500 DDR3 ECC SDRAM), in a single bank of single-processor MacPro4.1 there were 4 slots (only three of them were occupied) – the online store offered 1, 2 and 4 Gigabyte modules, that is, the maximum amount of RAM (according to Apple) was 16 gigabytes.

Outside of Apple, PC3-8500 DDR3 ECC SDRAM modules were sold with a capacity of 8 GB – with their help, the RAM increased up to 32 GB. EFI MacPro4.1 limited the maximum amount to 48 gigabytes, the EFI upgrade allows you to use up to 64.

4 PCI Express 2.0 slots (3.1 had 2 PCIe 1.1 slots and 2 PCIe 2.0 slots). 4 Firewire 800 ports (instead of 2 FW 400 and 2 FW800 of the previous model), SATA II (3 Gb / s), two independent Ethernet ports (10/100 / 1000Base-T), built-in Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR. Apple USB modem and AirPort Extreme for an extra fee. 5 USB 2.0 ports.

There are compartments for four hard drives (SATA II), one of which in the basic configuration was occupied by a disk of 640 GB (7,200 rpm), the online store offered disks of 1 and 2 Terabytes (7,200 rpm). And for two optical drives, one of which was occupied by 18-fold DL SuperDrive. The configurator suggested inserting a second one into the second compartment. Instead of one or both optical drives, the craftsmen placed two more hard disks in their compartments (there were 6 SATA II channels in MacPro4).

The graphics processor in the basic configuration is one. NVIDIA GeForce GT120, with 512 MB of GDDR3. This processor was criticized by fans of “advanced games”, but the professionals had no complaints about it. The GeForce GT120 was installed in one of the PCI Express slots, and allowed connecting two external displays (with extensions up to 2560 × 1600, or analog displays up to 2048 × 1536), via Mini DisplayPort and dual-link DVI.

When installing four GeForce GT120s to a computer, you could connect 8 displays with a diagonal of 30-inches, an additional GeForce GT120 cost about $ 150.

The NVIDIA GeForce GT120 could be replaced by an ATI Radeon HD 4870 with 512 MB of GDDR5, for an additional $ 200 and also from one to four, with the same ports.

The variant with the Quad Core Xeon W3540 with a clock frequency of 2.93 GHz gained:

In Geekbench 2: (32) = 9 070, (64) = 10 101.
In Geekbench 4: (SC) = 2,572, (MC) = 8,247.

New Year’s Eve Changes
December 4, 2009 another one appeared in the list of available processors, the Quad Core Xeon W3580 with a clock frequency of 3.33 GHz (in the Turbo Boost mode – 3.6 GHz). Replacing the standard Quad Core Xeon W3520 with this monster cost $ 1,500. The variant with W3580 cost 3,699 dollars.

The cost of replacing the Quad Core Xeon W3520 with the Quad Core Xeon W3540 (from 2.93 GHz) dropped from $ 500 to $ 400. Now this option was only $ 2,899.

The variant with the Quad Core Xeon W3580 with a clock frequency of 3.33 GHz gained:

In Geekbench 2: (32) = 10 304, (64) = 11 475.
In Geekbench 4: (SC) = 2,841, (MC) = 9,436.

After reviewing the results of these and other tests, the price tag of $ 3,699 no longer evokes emotions. Naturally, this variant was cramped in three gigabytes of RAM, the intended application made you choose more expensive options – in the end, a rare Mac Pro with a single Quad Core Xeon W3580 fit thousands into 5. But even nowadays, after 10 years, most they are still used …


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