Mac Pro scores well on iFixit’s teardown

Madeleine Swain
8 January, 2014
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The folks at iFixit are well-known for their teardowns – where they take apart the latest tech hardware products and see just exactly what’s under the hood and, most importantly, how easy they are to repair.

With the much anticipated release of the totally reimagined Mac Pro last month, it was only a matter of time before the highest of all high-end Macs came under their scrutiny.

And the results are quite surprising. Given its unusual cylindrical shape (R2D2 shell/IKEA waste bin/soft drink can – take your pick) and its neatly ‘inclusive’ design, the 4.9kg machine could have been a tricky customer to deal with.

But no. iFixit says, “For being so compact, the design is surprisingly modular and easy to disassemble. Non-proprietary Torx screws are used throughout, and several components can be replaced independently.”

The fan and RAM slots are easy to access and even the CPU can be replaced, although it is a little more difficult to get at.

The team gave the Mac a ‘repairability’ score of 8 out of 10. It didn’t receive an even higher score because of the cramped cable routing and some of the proprietary connectors. “There is no room, or available port, for adding your own internal storage. Apple has addressed this with heaps of Thunderbolt, but we’d personally rather use the more widely compatible SATA if we could,” concludes iFixit.

To put the score into its Mac context, the recently released iPad mini with Retina Display and its big sister, the iPad Air, both only managed a paltry two out of 10 from iFixit.

You can watch the teardown of the Mac Pro here.

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