Image Credit:  Apple Inc.

Introduced: March 3, 2009
Terminated: July 27, 2010

Logic Board
Standard Processor:
  • Standard Configuration (MB535LL/A):
    • 2 x 2.26 GHz Quad Core (8-Core) Intel Xeon (X5520)
  • Build-to-Order Options:
    • 2 x 2.66 GHz Quad Core Intel Xeon (X5550) - $1400 US
    • 2 x 2.93 GHz Quad Core Intel Xeon (X5570) - $2600 US
Other Details:
  • 32K/32K x8 L1 cache
  • Each core has 256K L2 cache
  • 8 MB of fully shared L3 cache per processor
  • Integrated memory controller
  • Turbo Boost dynamic performance (up to 3.33 GHz)
  • Hyper-Threading technology for up to 16 virtual cores
  • 128-bit SSE4 SIMD engine
  • 64-bit data paths and registers
  • Optimized for energy efficiency

Image Credit:  Apple Inc.

System Bus Speed:
  • 6.4 GT/s QuickPath Interconnect (QPI)
  • QPI is a bi-directional, point-to-point connection that provides quick access to the disk, I/O, and other subsystems
Cache Bus Speed:
  • 2.26 GHz (Built-in)
Expansion Slots:
  • Three open full-length PCI Express expansion slots
    • One PCI Express 2.0 x16 slot
    • Two PCI Express 2.0 x4 slots
  • All slots provide mechanical support for 16-lane cards
  • 300W combined maximum for all PCI Express slots
Expansion Bays:
  • Four 3.5-inch cable-free, direct-attach hard drive bays with built-in independent 3 Gb/s Serial ATA channels; four internal hard drive carriers included
  • Optional Mac Pro RAID Card with 512 MB cache and 72-hour cache battery backup
  • One open optical drive bay for optional second SuperDrive

RAM Type:   PC3-8500 DDR3 ECC
RAM Slots:   8 (4 per processor)
Standard RAM:   6 GB (6 x 1 GB)
Maximum RAM:   32 GB
Minimum RAM Speed:   1066 MHz
Onboard RAM:   none

  • 5 x USB 2.0 (2 front, 3 rear)
  • 4 x 800-Mbps (2 front, 2 rear)
  • Two independent 10/100/1000BASE-T Ethernet (RJ-45) interfaces with support for jumbo frames
  • Bluetooth 2.1 + Enhanced Data Rate (EDR)
  • Optional 802.11n AirPort Extreme wireless networking ($50 US)
  • Front-panel headphone minijack and internal speaker
  • Optical digital audio input and output TOSLINK ports
  • Analog stereo line-level input and output minijacks

Graphics and Video Support
Standard Configuration (MB535LL/A):
  • NVIDIA GeForce GT 120 with 512 MB of GDDR3 memory
Build-to-Order Options:
  • 2 x NVIDIA GeForce GT 120 512 MB ($150 US)
  • 3 x NVIDIA GeForce GT 120 512 MB ($300 US)
  • 4 x NVIDIA GeForce GT 120 512 MB ($450 US)
  • ATI Radeon HD 4870 512 MB ($200 US)
Other Details:
  • Double-wide, 16-lane PCI Express 2.0 graphics slot
  • Multiple graphics card configurations available with two, three, or four NVIDIA GeForce GT 120 cards
  • Support for up to eight 30-inch displays
  • Support for digital resolutions up to 2560 x 1600 pixels
  • Support for analog resolutions up to 2048 x 1536 pixels
Video adapters available for:
  • Additional DVI output using Mini DisplayPort to DVI Adapter ($29 US)
  • Additional dual-link DVI output using Mini DisplayPort to Dual-Link DVI Adapter ($99 US)
  • VGA output using Mini DisplayPort to VGA Adapter or DVI to VGA Display Adapter ($29 US)

Optical Drive:
  • 18x SuperDrive with double-layer support (DVD+-R DL/DVD+-RW/CD-RW); Writes DVD+R and DVD-R discs at up to 18x speed; Writes DVD+R DL and DVD-R DL discs at up to 8x speed; Writes DVD+RW discs at up to 8x speed; Writes DVD-RW discs at up to 6x speed; Reads DVDs at up to 18x speed; Writes CD-R and CD-RW discs at up to 32x speed; Reads CDs at up to 32x speed
Internal Hard Drive:   Up to 4 TB of internal storage in hard drive bays 1 through 4

Drive Bay 1:
  • Standard Configuration (MB535LL/A):
    • 640 GB Serial ATA 3 Gb/s, 7200 rpm, 16 MB cache
  • Build-to-Order Options:
    • 1 TB Serial ATA 3 Gb/s, 7200 rpm, 32 MB cache (Add $100 US)
Drive Bays 2, 3, and 4:
  • Standard Configuration (MB535LL/A):
    • None
  • Build-to-Order Options:
    • 640 GB Serial ATA 3 Gb/s, 7200 rpm, 16 MB cache ($200 US each)
    • 1 TB Serial ATA 3 Gb/s, 7200 rpm, 32 MB cache ($300 US each)

Operating System
Original OS:   X v10.5.6 (Leopard)

Compatible MacOS:
X v10.5.6 (Leopard)
X v10.6 (Snow Leopard)
X v10.7 (Lion)
X v10.8 (Mountain Lion)

For additional information on operating systems:
See this article

Model No.:   MB535LL/A
Form Factor:   Mac Pro
Dimensions (Inches):   20.1 H x 8.1 W x 18.7 D
Average Weight (lbs):   41.2
Original Price:   $3299 US

This model originally shipped with Mac OS X v10.5 Leopard (includes iTunes, Time Machine, Quick Look, Spaces, Spotlight, Dashboard, Mail, iChat, Safari, Address Book, QuickTime, iCal, DVD Player, Photo Booth, Front Row, Xcode Developer Tools); iLife '09 (includes iPhoto, iMovie, iDVD, iWeb, and GarageBand); Install/restore DVDs, Apple Keyboard with Numeric Keypad and Mighty Mouse; USB keyboard extension cable; 90 days of free telephone support and a one-year limited warranty.