Most of you have probably heard about the MacBook Pro, which, for those of you who don’t know, is basically Apple’s most advanced laptop, but you, like me, might have never heard of the Mac Pro, until now. The Mac Pro is not to be confused with the MacBook Pro, the MacBook Pro is a laptop, while the Mac Pro is a desktop computer, and besides, once you hear the specs of the Mac Pro, you wont be able to mistake it for a laptop. For starters, the lowest processor that you can get on this computer is a single 2.8GHz Quad-Core Intel Xeon processor, and that’s downgrading, which subtracts $500 from the cost. The default processor, or should I say, processors, is this: Two 2.8GHx Quad-Core Intel Xeon processor, that’s 8 cores. From there you can then upgrade to Two 3.0GHz Quad-Core Intel Xeon Processor, then you can go up to Two 3.2GHx Quad-Core Intel Xeon processors, that’s serious speed and performance. Unfortunately, Mac computers are more expensive, which I knew, but didn’t fully realize until now so upgrading it’s components is an expensive ordeal, so making these upgrades is expensive (See my next paragraph on how a laptop price comparison went). Now let’s move onto memory. In this computer, the lowest memory, or RAM you can get is 2GB, the highest, 32GB. 32GB of RAM is amazing, but unfortunately adds $9,100. Just that gives you an idea on how expensive this computer really is. Since we’re on the memory subject, lets move to hard drives. This computer has 4 hard drive bays (which means up to four hard drives can be used on this computer at any one time). Each hard drive bay in the Mac Pro has the capacity for 1TB (TeraByte(1,000 GB)) of storage. You can also have up to two 16x SuperDrives in this computer, which adds $100.00.
This computer is not something you would get for the heck of it, this computer has some serious power, speed and amazing performance. Head on over to the Mac Pro’s Apple page to play with this computers hardware, and to see what the price comes out to.
I went to Apple, selected a 15″ MacBook Pro, with a Dual Core 2.6GHz Processor, 320GB Serial ATA Hard Drive and 4GB of RAM, which came out to $2,149. I went to Dell and selected an INSPIRON 1525, which had similar specs to the MacBook Pro. The INSPIRON 1525 had a 2.0GHz processor, a little weaker than the MacBook’s processor, 4GB RAM and 320GB SATA Hard Drive. As you can see, this computer is similar to the MacBook Pro, with a few exceptions. This Dell INSPIRON 1525 computer, came out to $1,088, less than half of the MacBook pro. The MacBook Pro will probably have somewhat better performance, due to the fact that it’s hardware is of better quality, but I’ve always used a PC, and whether or not a PC’s parts are inferior to a Mac’s, I still like the PC.