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Apple Mac Pro teardown shows it's easy when you know how

Highly fixable, in an unusual casing
Thu Jan 02 2014, 15:37
The Mac Pro desktop

COMPUTER DESIGNER Apple's latest high-end Mac Pro desktop system has been torn down to see if it's repairable.

Hardware teardown outfit iFixit has released completely stripped down the new machine and gave it an eight out of 10 score for repairability, meaning that iFixit thinks it is considerably easier to repair than most other computer systems that the firm encounters.

Although it warned that there are a number of proprietary connections in a very tight fitting case, iFixit said that there are a number of user replaceable components. Apple has used Torx screws, a clear sign that it is happy for the case to be opened. Therefore RAM upgrades apparently are a doddle.

The CPU can be accessed and upgraded with a bit of careful digging, and the CPU fan can be cleaned or replaced without too much difficulty. The biggest negative seems to be the lack of opportunity for increasing the storage capacity of the machine.

The firm pointed out that, while there are several Thunderbolt ports for external hard drives, there is no room for additional SATA devices inside the black cylinder, meaning that buyers are stuck with the internal storage in the model that they buy, and with prices starting at a princely $3,000, that is an important consideration.

With its unique design, nothing is where you would expect it to be inside the Mac Pro, so iFixit strongly recommended that owners leave anything more complex than a RAM upgrade to professionals. If you are a professional, you should ensure that you have either the Apple repair manual at hand or $3,000 to burn.

Latest reports are that the Mac Pro has sold out worldwide and will not be back in stock for around a month, so if you want one you have plenty of time to find and study the manual. µ


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