Mac Server G4 back…

The last Mac Pro case with a “cheese grater” on the front was assembled almost six years ago. Mac Pro 2010 and 2012 is still comparable with Mac Pro 2013, even though the last update in 2017… July 27, 2010, against the background of antennata and the battle for the white iPhone 4, almost invisible to the universe, occurred some important events.

It was announced that January 31, 2011 sales of the Xserve will be discontinued. The Apple will fulfill all the assumed warranty obligations. Modules of disk storage for Xserve (volume of 160 Gigabytes and 1 Terabyte or 2) will be delivered or until the end of 2011 or until stocks are exhausted.

Something similar is expected, but not so soon. And what replaces the Xserve? Surely it will take place the Mac mini Server? The answer to this question in the title: Mac Server G4. Details further.

July 27 was declared the new Mac Pro model ID MacPro5,1. In its composition was a Mac Pro with 4, 6, 8 and 12-core processors with two architectures: Nehalem (45nm) and Westmere (32 nm technology).

Two primary configurations can be configured in millions of ways. And in retail, and everywhere where people were not in contact with the interface of the online store, and with their own kind, as always, the proposed configuration was much more.

On July 27, Apple announced two new iMac, Intel Core i3/i5/i7 with AMD graphics (ATI Radeon HD few modifications). We wrote about it here and here.

This is the seventh part of a series about the Mac Pro. Links to previous parts of the series here:

First part: Mac Pro 2006: “Apple” Apocalypse;
Second part: April, 2007, unknown Mac Pro…;
Third part: 2008 began with the Mac Pro…;
The fourth part: Mac Pro March 2009: a split personality…;
Fifth part: a single-processor Mac Pro 2009;
Sixth part: a Dual-processor Mac Pro 2009.

Another server from Apple

Xserve died. Mac mini Server are great, but may not be suitable for all tasks. To build clusters of a couple hundred server and several regular Mac mini is not the solution. It’s not for everybody, as it requires several other skills.

And I was in “ancient times”? Apple was still Apple Computer, turned them serial professional Mac I. the Recipe was simple: more RAM, larger disk and, if possible, faster, Mac OS X Server included and the price for solidity – more.

The last time it was PowerMac G4, sold under the name Mac Server G4. In 2002, August 27, released the last Mac Server G4, two PPC 7455 c of 1.0 and 1.25 GHz.

In January 2003, it was replaced by a bright and sensational Xserve, which appeared noisily and publicly, and roused sleepy swamp like an explosion of thousands of firecrackers.

July 27, 2010, Apple announced the Mac Pro Server. The ID of the first model of a new variety of Macs was MacPro5,1. In online store there was only one initial configuration of a novelty, but it can be configured the same options, how much of both the initial configurations of the Mac Pro for “ordinary freaks”.

Exactly the same. Offered the Mac Pro Server with 4, 6, 8 and 12-core processors with two architectures: Nehalem (45nm) and Westmere (32 nm technology).

It was the same Mac Pro, which starting from the initial configuration had more RAM, instead of one hard drive (1 TB, 7 200 rpm and 32 MB cache) equipped with two (same). All Mac Pro Server came with a preinstalled Mac OS 10.6 Server licence unlimited number of users.

Mac Pro with exactly the same model identifier is MacPro5,1.

And cost Mac Pro Server more expensive than their counterparts. But if the buyer did not change in the online store the default measly few Gigabytes of RAM to something decent, so he was going to buy them out of “the most pleasant of California prisons” (as Apple employees affectionately called their company).

And even increased the amount of RAM in the Mac Pro Server was not enough. 8 Gigabytes.

A few words about the Mac Pro 2013

In 2013, new Mac Pro (the story of which is yet to come) has been criticized for the insufficient capacity of modernization, expressed a lack of “a uniform system of cooling”, and the idea of placing the periphery of professional computer outside of a graceful body “handmade” almost equated with dirt – but about the same thing and almost always spoke about the new Mac I.

And criticized in the dust Mac and was more than successful, was in demand, and in most cases the best. Users wanted it. So the criticism is simply not paid attention – but in vain.

What’s good for household and professional home computers, for true professional machines – death. It is a completely different region, with other needs and laws of life.

A masterpiece of design (I never liked him, but the originality and beauty of its implementation can not be denied), break patterns and other wonders of the Apple at this time was inappropriate. As the PC to Windows 95 in the role of household computer. Ads like “install a program, the operating system to get rid of the virus” – remember?

I had to deal with the “trash the Quince”. This is a very powerful computer, a real monster, jokingly coping with the most difficult tasks. Heated? My PowerMac G5 too overheated, and often rustled by all his fans as coming on Board the turboprop freighter. Urn Quince more modern, more powerful and better.

Millions of users put up with the imperfection of the old PC, tens of thousands of pros use “urn Quince”. They are not bad, they just could be better, but what should you have on the table (or under the table) – it is already there, it works, we get used to its eccentricities and shortcomings.

In 2017 Phil Schiller admitted: Mac 2013 overheat. And outdated. It’s time to replace it with a better Mac Pro. Wait for new Mac Pro in 2019 – we over it will work for a long time.

On the calendar 2019. Wait…

Mac Pro 2010 and 2012 vs Mac Pro 2013

How many Mac Pro was released is unknown. Today, an estimated tens (or even hundreds) of thousands of computers with the “cheese grater” on the front continue to work. Among them special place is occupied by Mac Pro 2010 and 2012: even in their original form they meet the requirements of today.

Earlier model, more or less – too. Mac Pro 2009 (MacPro4,1), without much difficulty, “up” to MacPro5,1. In a world of many difficult applications where support for the current version of the operating system – not the most important.

MacPro5,1 is all Mac Pro 2010 and 2012 in their usual and server incarnations. Their last “regular” operating system was High Sierra, macOS 10.13.6. If the graphics cards that they were supplied in 2010 – 2013, have enough metal, they would be compatible with the Mojave.

That’s me on the support Metal.

Even untouched by the scalpel of a modernizer MacPro5,1 modern and adequate. Yes, they are inferior to the Mac Pro 2013 and performance – but not fatal. And they cost 4 times (or even 5 or 8 times) cheaper.

But their main advantage – easy to upgrade. They are provocateurs. Throw back the hood, and change the disk or disks to increase the size of memory, changing PCIe cards, including graphics cards is easy. Especially if you try it two or three times.

Don’t get me wrong: upgrading your computer can be difficult in any case, but the Mac Pro is designed for professionals, and professionals are different from the normal Homo Sapiens.

Graphics cards, adds organisms MacPro5,1 missing metal. Meets all requirements and restrictions, some of them are just designed for Mac Pro. Someday I will write about it…

MacPro5,1 is a radical update. To replace the processors on 12-core with a clock frequency of 3.46 GHz, the graphics card (or cards) on the ultra-modern, to install in the drive bays’s monster, volume 12 Terabytes or SSD huge.

And in the near future I plan to publish online a series of articles about the MacPro5,1 model 2010, server and the normal versions.

It is a modern computer, the old soldiers still in the ranks.


The promised Mac Pro 2019 may simply not happen. The most likely outcome – it will happen, but does not disappoint.

I very much hope that MacPro7,1 we will be pleasantly surprised. But I doubt that the return to the right path and two years to develop a new Mac Pro compatible in principle. There is a chance. But, to be honest…

To be continued

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