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  • iFixit Teardown Finds Parts in the New Mac Pro to be Easy to Access, Repair and Upgrade

    A recent dissection of Apple’s new Mac Pro has once again discovered that despite its unique design, the parts inside the desktop can not only be easily accessed but also easily repaired and upgraded if need be. The folks over at iFixit took a deeper look at the latest Apple hardware recently, offering readers a peek inside the new Mac Pro. Although the solutions experts are typically critical of Apple’s hardware for being unrepairable, hey came away with a favorable impression of the redesigned Mac Pro. They had the following to say regarding the matter:

    For being so compact, the design is surprisingly modular and easy to disassemble. The repairability score is an 8 out of 10. Non-proprietary Torx screws are used throughout, and several components can be replaced independently.
    Among the components that can be easily accessed is the RAM, which can be upgraded quickly once you take the exterior of the Mac Pro off. The system’s solid-state drive, meanwhile, can be taken from the desktop after just removing one screen. iFixit also found that the central fan on the Mac Pro, which is key to the device’s cylindrical design for quiet cooling, is also easy for users to access and replace.

    Much like a separate tear down which we wrote about last week, iFixit also found that the new Mac Pro has a socketed, removable Intel CPU. This means future upgrades of the processor are a possibility, though the repair experts noted that it does require “a bit of digging” to access the CPU.

    The small design of the Mac Pro means there isn’t much internal room for another hard drive but the Cupertino California company does address these concerns by including six high-speed Thunderbolt 2 ports on the rear of the machine.
    Last but not least, the teardown discovered that although the Mac Pro features dual AMD FirePro D300 graphics processors, one of the cards was made in China while the other was manufactured in Taiwan. This is because the Taiwan-made GPU hosts the slot of the machine’s solid-state drive. They speculated the following regarding the matter:

    This seems to us like a potential opportunity for expansion — perhaps higher storage configurations make use of two of this variety, for doubling up on SSDs?
    It should be noted that the teardown took a look at the entry-level $2,999 model, which features an Intel quad-core Xeon E5 chip running at speeds up to 3.9 gigahertz, 12 gigabytes of 1866-megahertz DDR3 ECC memory, dual AMD FirePro graphics with 2 gigabytes of GDDR5 VRAM, 256 gigabytes of PCIe-based flash storage, and 802.11ac Wi-Fi with Bluetooth 4.0.

    Source: iFixit
    This article was originally published in forum thread: iFixit Teardown Finds Parts in the New Mac Pro to be Easy to Access, Repair and Upgrade started by Akshay Masand View original post
    Comments 2 Comments
    1. rockyseay's Avatar
      rockyseay -
      Freaking awesome. I'm selling a lot of my old Tech and Both my Macs to get one. This is going to be my do it all machine.
    1. Sage I's Avatar
      Sage I -
      That's good news seeing as how newer apple products have been getting 2-3 out of 10 from iFixit lately... Never owned a desktop yet, this might be the one...