The Mac officially turns 30 today, and Apple is celebrating in style with great home page imagery and cool Timeline and Your First Mac sections of the website. Of course, there’s also an awesome Apple video that celebrates the 30th birthday event.
Obviously, we’re huge “Mac heads” here at OWC, and we couldn’t be happier that the Mac has hit this major milestone. Many of us, and our customers, lived during the revolution and remember its launch. While some of us, and those newer to Mac, were born after 1984 and recognize that without the Mac, much of what we do today in computing would be vastly different. Just imagine if point and click didn’t exist, or if the Palm Treo was still the best “smartphone” around (iOS comes from OS X). It really is difficult to fathom. Article Continues…
Since the introduction of Thunderbolt as a port in 2011 Macs, Apple has slowly phased out its previous high-speed connection, FireWire. Now, with the release of the Late 2013 Mac Pro, only one shipping Mac model – the Mac mini – still has this connection.
While Thunderbolt promises even faster throughput and simplified connectivity, the loss of the FireWire port may leave the many users who upgrade their Mac – but still have useful legacy FireWire external hard drives and other peripherals – out in the cold. Luckily, OWC has the solutions you need to maximize your FireWire investment.
The Apple Thunderbolt to FireWire Adapter enables you to easily connect up to 63 externally powered FireWire 800 devices to your Thunderbolt port-equipped computer. The FireWire 800 port even provides up to 7W of power for your bus-powered external hard drive solution needs.
The top-of-the-line 12-core Mac Pro 2013 has arrived at OWC. And now that we have our hands on it, we’ve had the opportunity to do benchmark tests.
We’ve tested the stock unit with an Intel Xeon E5-2697 V2 12-Core 2.70GHz processor with both the stock 16GB of memory and with 64GB of OWC memory installed.
You can also check out our post for compiled benchmark scores on all of the Mac Pro 2013 models we’ve tested.
Here is a look at our results for the 12-core model with the stock Apple configuration and with the 64GB OWC memory upgrade: Article Continues…
After confirming that the processor in the new 2013 Mac Pro is user upgradeable, we’ve had more time for testing. We have been able to test various processors with both the stock 16GB of memory from Apple installed and with 64GB of OWC memory installed in the new Mac Pro.
We will continue to submit our findings to this listing as we are able to perform more testing with additional processors.
Check out our list of GeekBench benchmarking scores below: Article Continues…
We posted our initial testing of the Intel E5-2667 V2 8-core 3.30GHz processor in the Mac Pro 2013 last week after confirming that the new model’s CPU allowed user upgrades.
We’ve now had the opportunity to test more Intel processors: an E5-1660 V2 6-Core 3.7GHz and E5-2690 10-Core 3.0GHz.
Each processor was tested with 64GB of OWC memory installed.
Here is a look at our results vs the stock Apple configuration:
UPDATE: We have retested and updated the images below with the most recent, accurate testing scores. Check out our compiled list for final testing results.