Best Mac Pro Prices

Apple completely overhauled the Mac Pro in 2013, eliminating things like drive bays and expansion slots in favor of a radical new design that includes two video card and the fastest SSDs available today. And for those who need drive bays and/or expansion slots, there are lots of older Mac Pros to pick from.

Original Mac Pro designThe last real update to the earlier Mac Pro design (left) came in July 2010, moving the entry-level model to four 2.8 GHz cores and the top-end option to twelve 2.93 GHz cores. The 4-core Mac Pro officially supports up to 32 GB of RAM, the dual-processor models 64 GB, and all models ship with ATI Radeon HD 5770 graphics. In terms of expansion options, everything else remains the same. There were some speed bumps (the fastest 12-core Mac Pro is now 3.06 GHz, a <sarcasm>whopping</sarcasm> 4.4% speed boost over 2.93 GHz) in Mid 2012, but other than the CPUs and some additional RAM, these are the same machines introduced in 2010.

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2013 Mac Pro

Primate Labs has posted Geekbench 3 results for all the Mac Pro models since 2006 except for the 2013 model, which is only beginning to reach end users. Here are the numbers in 64-bit multi-core mode, which is the way you’ll be using your Mac Pro with OS X 10.7 and later:

  • 2.0 GHz 4-core 2006, 3944
  • 2.66 GHz 4-core 2006, 5262
  • 2.8 GHz 4-core 2008, 5587
  • 3.0 GHz 4-core 2006, 5858
  • 2.66 GHz 4-core 2009, 8163
  • 2.8 GHz 4-core 2010, 8400
  • 2.93 GHz 4-core 2009, 8608
  • 3.2 GHz 4-core 2010, 9535
  • 3.0 GHz 8-core 2007, 11127
  • 2.8 GHz 8-core 2008, 11231
  • 3.2 GHz 8-core 2008, 12503
  • 2.26 GHz 8-core 2009, 14077
  • 3.7 GHz 4-core 2013, 14600
  • 2.4 GHz 8-core 2010, 15487
  • 3.33 GHz 6-core 2010, 15550
  • 2.66 GHz 8-core 2009, 16513
  • 2.93 GHz 8-core 2009, 17670
  • 3.5 GHz 6-core 2013, 20561
  • 2.4 GHz 12-core 2012, 21922
  • 2.66 GHz 12-core 2010, 25139
  • 3.0 GHz 8-core 2013, awaiting results
  • 3.07 GHz 12-core 2012, 26700
  • 2.93 GHz 12-core 2010, 27071
  • 2.7 GHz 12-core 2013, 32912

Because of the way Nehalem and Westmere manage memory, you’ll achieve the best performance with 3 or 6 modules, although there doesn’t appear to be a big performance hit when using 4 or 8 modules, which provides more system memory. (single CPU models only supports 4 memory modules.) ATI Radeon HD 5770 graphics is standard.

For our thoughts on the 2010/2012 Mac Pro’s value, see The 2010 Mac Pro Value Equation.

Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard and Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard are supported on all Intel-based Macs released prior to 2010. Note that the 2006 and 2007 Mac Pro are not compatible with OpenCL, and the 2008 is only compatible with a video card that supports OpenCL, such as the GeForce GT 120, which retails for $149 – it is designed to work with the 2009 Mac Pro and has been reported to work with the 2008 model as well.

All Mac Pro models support OS X 10.7 Lion, but only the 2008 and newer models officially support OS X 10.9 Mavericks.

All Mac Pro models are listed by their total number of cores. We try distinguish the 2007 3.0 GHz 8-core model from the 2008 version by including the year if the vendor notes it. Used Macs typically include a 90 day warranty. Listings note RAM/hard drive size. Every Mac Pro ships with a 16x dual-layer SuperDrive. We try to factor in shipping costs (based on ground shipping to Low End Mac headquarters in Michigan) in choosing the best values. Your best value depends on whether you need/want a printer, extra RAM, etc.

Best Used Prices

  • 2.66 GHz 4-core, $299, Mac of All Trades
  • 2.8 GHz 4-core, $445, UsedMacs.us
  • 3.0 GHz 4-core, $486, UsedMac
  • 3.2 GHz 4-core, $1,295, UsedMacs.us
  • 2.8 GHz 8-core, $529, UsedMac
  • 3.0 GHz 8-core, $800, Mac of All Trades
  • 3.2 GHz 8-core, $895, UsedMac
  • 2.66 GHz 12-core, $3,395, DV Warehouse

Best New Prices

  • 2012 3.2 GHz 4-core Nehalem, 6/1 TB, $2,286 shipped, B&H
  • 2013 3.7 GHz 4-core Xeon E5, 12/256 SSD, $2,994 shipped, B&H, MacMall (Low End Mac earns more when you buy from MacMall)
  • 2013 3,5 GHz 6-core Xeon E5, 16/256 SSD. $3.994 shipped, B&H, MacMall (Low End Mac earns more when you buy from MacMall)

Recent Memory Prices (kits)

  • PC5300: 8 GB, $159.99; 16 GB, $317.99; 24 GB, $469.99; 32 GB for $619.99
  • PC6400: 6 GB, $174.99; 8 GB, $197.99; 12 GB, $294.99; 16 GB, $389.99; 24 GB, $659.99; 32 GB, $864.99; 48 GB, $1,899.99; 64 GB, $2,499.99
  • 1066 DDR3: 6 GB, $74.97; 8 GB, $69.50; 12 GB, $104; 16 GB, $138.50; 24 GB, $207; 32 GB, $275; 48 GB, $579.99; 64 GB, $759.99
  • 1066 DDR3, 4/8-core: 8 GB, $69.5; 16 GB, $138.50; 32 GB, $275; 64 GB, $759.99; 128 GB, $1,719.99
  • 1333 DDR3, 6/12-core: 8 GB, $70; 16 GB, $139.50; 32 GB, $277; 64 GB, $769.99; 128 GB, $1,729.99
  • 1866 ECC DDR3 PC3-1490: 32 GB, $449; 64 GB, $879.99

Mac OS X and OS X Server Prices

Unless otherwise noted, there is no surcharge for credit card purchases, and shipping is not included. Vendors are listed in alphabetical order. Be sure to visit their sites for full details.

Models are listed by the number of cores and then CPU speed, with Nehalem models listed last in each section. Prices may be limited to quantity on hand. Not responsible for typos. Please email any corrections or additional sources with competitive prices to .

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Profiles: 2006200820092010/12 – 2013

New Mac Pro

All prices include shipping unless otherwise noted.

Amazon.com B&H MacMall PowerMax
2012 Models
3.2 GHz 4-core Nehalem, 6/1 $2,285.95
2013 Models
3.7 GHz 4-core Xeon E5, 12/256 $2,999 $2,994 $2,994 $2,999
3.5 GHz 6-core Xeon E5, 16/256 $3,999 $3,994 $3,994 $3,999
  • Amazon.com collects sales tax on orders shipped to KS, KY, ND, NY, and WA.
  • MacMall collects sales tax on orders shipped to CA, IL, MN, TN, and WI.

Used and Store Refurbished

Used and store refurbished computers have a store warranty and are not eligible for AppleCare.

DV Warehouse

Shipping may add $65 or more.

  • used 2.66 GHz 4-core, 4/250, $495
  • used 3.0 GHz 4-core, 2/250, $549
  • used 2.8 GHz 8-core, 2/250, $595
  • used 2.66 GHz 12-core, 16/1 TB, $3,395
  • many other configurations listed

LA Computer Company

Ground shipping may add $60 or more. LA Computer collects sales tax on orders shipped within California.

  • none listed at present

Mac of All Trades

Shipping may add $55 or more. Mac of All Trades has the highest product turnover of any used Mac dealer we track.

  • used 2.66 GHz 4-core Xeon, 4/250, $399
  • used 2.8 GHz 8-core Xeon, 4/320, $749
  • used 3.0 GHz 8-core Xeon, 4/500, $799.99
  • several other configurations listed

MegaMacs

30 day warranty. Add $39.99 for USB mouse and keyboard. OS X 10.6 installed. Ground shipping may add $39 or more.

  • used 2.66 GHz 4-core, 2/250, $549.99
  • used 3.0 GHz 4-core, 4/500, $499.99
  • several other configurations listed

Other World Computing

Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard installed (no discs), fully refurbished and tested.

  • used 2.93 GHz 4-c0re 2009, 16/3 TB + 240 GB SSD, $1,699
  • used 2/93 GHz 8-core 2009, 32/2 TB + 240 GB SSD, $2,449

PowerMax

Ground shipping may add $67 or more.

  • used 2.0 GHz 4-core, 2/250, $569
  • used 2.66 GHz 4-core, 8/250, $589
  • used 3.0 GHz 4-core, 9/160, $639
  • used 3.0 GHz 8-core, 5/320, $1,199
  • many other configurations listed

Small Dog Electronics

$4.99 flat rate shipping.

  • none listed at present

UsedMac

UsedMac is located in Sherman Oaks, CA and collect sales tax on California orders. Prices include keyboard and mouse. Shipping can add $45 or more. Fresh OS X install (version not specified). 90 day store warranty.

  • used 2.0 GHz 4-core Xeon, 1/250, $395
  • used 3.0 GHz 4-core Xeon, 2/250, $485
  • used 2.93 GHz 4-core Xeon, 3/640, $995
  • used 2.8 GHz 8-core 2008 Xeon, 4/320, $529
  • used 3.2 GHz 8-core 2008 Xeon, 4/500, $895
  • many other configurations listed

UsedMacs.US

Local pickup available in West Hollywood, CA. Ground shipping may cost $50 or more. 30 day warranty. AirPort Extreme and Bluetooth available at extra cost.

  • used 2.8 GHz 4-core, 4/320, $444.95
  • used 2.66 GHz 4-core, 4/640, $874.95
  • used 3.2 GHz 4-core, 3/1 TB, $1,294.95

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