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After making its debut during the WWDC 2013 Keynote, the reimagined, reformulated Mac Pro finally arrived at iFixit's doorstep. Join us as we turn the (very) Late 2013 Mac Pro inside-out.

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Este desmontaje no es una guía de reparación. Para reparar tu Mac Pro Late 2013, utiliza nuestros manuales de servicio .

  1. El nuevo Mac Pro fue sacado a la venta y hemos cogido el modelo básico "asequible" por 2.999$.
    • El nuevo Mac Pro fue sacado a la venta y hemos cogido el modelo básico "asequible" por 2.999$.

    • Especificaciones técnicas:

      • Intel Xeon E5 de 4 núcleos con 10 mb de cache y turbo boost de hasta 3,9 GHz.

      • 12 Gb (tres módulos de 4gb) de memoria DDR3 ECC a 1.866 MHz.

      • Crossfire de AMD FirePro D300 con 2gb de memoria GDDR5 cada una.

      • SSD PCIe de 256gb.

      • Wifi 802.11ac y bluetooth 4.0.

    Once again, another iFixit teardown that subtly bashes Apple products for not conforming to their definition of repairability. It is getting tired. And the humor, isn't.

    MojoFix - Contestar

    How is an 8 out of 10 Apple Bashing? REALLY??!!!

    Aaron Glendenning -

    I agree. The ability to add internal storage doesn't make a computer more "repairable". It should be a 9.

    Paul Burt -

    @Mojofix: going to have to agree with Aaron, 8/10 on a device packed with proprietary components and connectors seems kind of high actually. Are you just upset that they put the word "inexpensively" in quotes?

    Nathan Macey - Contestar

    Name one proprietary connector.

    Mark -

    PC repair should not require a putty knife. Most Apple products are built like consumer toys that will be thrown on the scrapheap as soon as the new model comes out.

    The fact that a Mac Pro can be repaired is not something that should trigger any special praise. These machines have always been different from Apple's other products. People should expect better of them. It's good that the new Pro is as repairable despite their proprietary parts. However, it's just what should be expected.

    jedidiah - Contestar

    "PC repair should not require a putty knife."

    Who says?

    And being that this is not required here, WTH is even your point?

    "Most Apple products are built like consumer toys that will be thrown on the scrapheap as soon as the new model comes out."

    Um, apparently you have never checked the Mac resale market.

    You simply have no idea what you're talking about. At all.

    Mark -

    Mark you just murdered someone!

    kcbravo - Contestar

  2. Contrario a lo que es la creencia popular, el diseño de la nueva Mac Pro es más parecido a una lata que a un un bote de basura. (No hay nada malo en un bote de basura—algunos de nuestros androides astromecánicos favoritos tienen forma de bote de basura).
    • Contrario a lo que es la creencia popular, el diseño de la nueva Mac Pro es más parecido a una lata que a un un bote de basura. (No hay nada malo en un bote de basura—algunos de nuestros androides astromecánicos favoritos tienen forma de bote de basura).

      • La parte trasera (si es que un cilindro tiene parte trasera) tiene el botón de inicio y la entrada eléctrica, así como también un prolijo despliegue de puertos:

      • conectores de auriculares y altavoces de 3.5 mm.

      • Cuatro puertos USB 3.0

    • Seis puertosThunderbolt 2

    • Puertos Ethernet Gigabit Duales.

    • Salida HDMI 1.4

    • Parece que ni la basura ni el reparador pueden ingresar en la parte superior de este bote. Es hora de investigar ese atractivo interruptor de cerrado.

    How large would this be compared to a 5 liter barrel? Like this (it's even in black): http://bembel-with-care.de/shop/images/p...

    killercup - Contestar

    The volume of the new mac pro is around 5.5 liters, so it would probably be very similar.

    Tellow Krinkle - Contestar

    • Aquí hay un diseño estratégico poco típico de Apple: deslizar un interruptor y retirar la cubierta, no hay tornillos Pentalobe aquí.

    • ¿Qué otras posibilidades de reparación mejoradas hay en esta computadora? Solo el tiempo y los spudgers lo dirán.

    • Esperamos sinceramente que haya más mejoras.

    Given how easily the outer casing is separated, I would not be surprised if companies like ColorWare to start offering custom color and finish services. Should be fairly easy to bead blast/anodize/paint compared to Macbook Air/Pro.

    gafortiby - Contestar

    @gsf I agree!

    I know ifixit hasn't been around that long, and they like to write sensationalist copy about the "right" to repair, but you'd think they'd learn a little about the subject.

    satiee - Contestar

    Apparently you weren't around for the PowerMac G3 Blue & White or any of the PowerMac G4 models.

    Aaron Gleason - Contestar

    Apple has used uncommon screws on Macs. One some MacBook models, the battery is held in place with a tri-wing screw.

    stevenjklein - Contestar

    Apple's top-tier machines have featured screw-less case entry for almost two decades...nothing new here.

    Toby Humphrey - Contestar

    apple cube and G6 etc all featured easy to open chassis

    dennis97519 - Contestar

    • Después de retirar la cubierta cilíndrica, echamos el primer vistazo dentro del Mac Pro.

    • Las gráficas duales dominan la primera vista y su simetría solo se ve alterada por el SSD PCIe en la segunda gráfica.

    • Dándole la vuelta vemos los slots de la RAM en posición vertical.

    Agregar Comentario

    • ¡Buenas noticias! La RAM del Mac Pro Late 2013 es accesible y reemplazable.

    • Los módulos de 4 GB DDR3L SDRAM (tres para un total de 12 GB) son modelos Epilda EBJ04EG8BFWB-JS-F.

    • De acuerdo con Apple, la RAM en la Mac PRO es ampliable hasta 16 GB (cuatro 4 GB), 32 GB (cuatro 8 GB) ó 64 GB (cuatro 16 GB).

    Agregar Comentario

    • Con un giro de destornillador T8, se puede remover el ensamblaje de SSD fácilmente del dispositivo.

      • Para aquellos que están jugando solos en casa, solo removimos un tornillo y la SSD está afuera. (Nota comentario: ¡el tornillo ni siquiera es patentado!

    • En la placa del disco encontramos unos amigos conocidos:

      • Controladora Samsung S4LN053X01-8030

      • Almacenamiento Samsung K9HFGY8S5C-XCK0

      • RAM Samsung K4P4G324EB de 512mb

    • Esta combinación de hardware hace a la SSD de Mac Pro sospechosamente similar a aquellas que hemos vistos en las revitalizadas y más recientes MacBook Pro Retina y MacBook Air

      • Hasta el punto que solo los últimos pocos dígitos de los números del modelo son diferentes. Mmm...

    How do you remove the heatsink/cover from the SSD module? I see several vendors selling blades that are compatible but do not have the heatsink/cover included. I assume one would have to reuse the stock heatsink/cover.

    Rex Wui - Contestar

    I have the same question. I just pulled a 256gb from mine and to reuse it on a macbook I will need remove the heatsink. I suppose I need to heat with a heat blower but I am not sure...

    Alber Einsten -

    Hi, is the screwdriver TR8 or T8? I see the Tool on the top of the page is TR8.

    Chun-Yuan Cheng - Contestar

    The screw is a T8, we listed the T8 as required, we just sell a TR8 as our T8, to account for both T8 and TR8 screws. So if you have a T8 without the security divot, you'll still be able to work on this device =)

    Sam Lionheart -

    Hi, does this mean that the 2013 Mac Pro and Late 2013 MBP SSDs are interchangeable? Want to swap mine over. Thanks!

    Nathan - Contestar

    Where can I get the 2 Torx T8 security screws from the top right corner of the mac pro? (first picture)

    Daniel Kaiser - Contestar

    • Los avisos legales se movieron a la parte inferior, donde encontramos más trocitos de información:

      • El Mac Pro se identifica con el número de serie A1481 con un EMC de 2630...

      • y soporta entrada de 100 a 240 voltios, pudiendo usarse internacionalmente

    • Solo puede haber un ventilador, el cual retira aire desde el fondo, a través del núcleo térmico y sale por la parte superior

    Can you take that fan assembly to pieces? By a process of elimination, that's where the Wi-Fi and Bluetooth circuitry and at least one of the antennas are.

    Dominic Dunlop - Contestar

    I agree. Look at the fan power connector, It's a ridiculous connector for a fan. It should also carry data for the wifi module, the 6-antenna array is also integral with the fan, with 1 extra for bluetooth maybe

    Tom Chai -

    Dominic is correct. The Airport/Bluetooth card and the antennas are housed in the fan area. It is under what is being called the Roof (the black cover in the middle of the fan). It is just adhered by glue, use a couple black sticks to pry it off.

    Tom, it is only four antennas. My guess is three for Wi-Fi and one for Bluetooth.

    Greg Homyak -

    Yes, we can! Check out the update in steps 8-10 to see what we found.

    Andrew Optimus Goldberg -

    Thank you, Greg. I hope they get the pictures out soon. I saw the airport extereme with 6 antennas, so I assume there will also be 6 antennas in this device. Now the config clears up. As a client device rather than a base station, it doesn't have to work on both bands simultaneously. So the 3 antennas are for 3x3 MIMO wifi, either 2.4G or 5G operation, and an additional 2.4G for Bluetooth. just like iMacs.

    Tom Chai - Contestar

    According the tear down the fan just lifts off? No screws or anything to unplug? Thats weird.

    Nathan - Contestar

    Is that correct, the fan simply pops off without having to be unscrewed?

    ole -

    Teardowns are intended to provide a look inside a device, and are not to be followed as disassembly directions. We simplify the procedure down to a general overview, without including every screw or clip, so that we can focus the bigger picture of the device.

    Since the teardown, we've made a complete set of guides for the Mac Pro, including a Fan Replacement Guide.

    And to answer the question, there are several screws holding the fan in place.

    Andrew Optimus Goldberg -

    You did not detail the screw removal for the fan from the chassis or the type of torx driver used or the locations of the screws.

    andrew - Contestar

    You're right, and we don't normally go into that level of detail for a teardown. Teardowns provide a first look at the hardware and an opportunity to assess repairability; they're not intended to be used as instructions. Not to worry, though—we have a complete set of step-by-step guides available for that very reason.

    Jeff Suovanen -

    • Actualización de desmontaje: preguntaste, respondimos. Sacamos el techo de plástico del módulo del ventilador y encontramos un nuevo alijo de ingeniería de precisión.

    • Acurrucada en un nido de antenas, la tarjeta AirPort cabe en una pequeña placa adaptadora que también se conecta al ventilador de abajo.

    • Esos tres grandes tornillos aseguran el ventilador, con amortiguadores de goma amortiguadores de vibraciones, como hemos visto en iMacs.

    So this is a WiFan ?

    Vincent Rioux - Contestar

  3. Reparte el espíritu de reparación esta Navidad
    Obtén $12 de descuento en tu compra de $50 o más con el código FIXMAS12
    Reparte el espíritu de reparación esta Navidad
    Obtén $12 de descuento en tu compra de $50 o más con el código FIXMAS12
    • Más deja vu a medida que destapamos la tarjeta AirPort y encontramos lo que parece ser la misma configuración que se encuentra en la mayoría de los productos Apple en la actualidad:

      • Transceptor Broadcom BCM4360 5G Wi-Fi 3-stream 802.11ac gigabit

      • Broadcom BCM20702 solución Bluetooth HCI de un solo chip con soporte Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE)

      • Skyworks SE5516 802.11a / b / g / n / ac módulos de interfaz de usuario WLAN de doble banda

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    • El conjunto de antenas doradas aparece y lo ve todo.

    • Con el ventilador liberado, parece ser alimentado por un motor de CC sin escobillas Nidec, número de modelo AG720K01.

    • El controlador de motor IC es un controlador de ventilador sinusoidal trifásico sin sensores Allegro Microsystems A5940LPT.

    • Notamos algunas cavidades alrededor de los bordes del impulsor llenos con algún tipo de epoxi (en ambos lados). Sospechamos que es para equilibrarlo de forma precisa, para mantener el ventilador funcionando de forma suave y silenciosa.

    Everybody wants to know if the new Mac Pro can be run on its side or at least tilted (for some kind of rack mounting). If you put the MP back together, can you see if the fan works properly? You mentioned the probability of it being balanced. What happens if it's tilted 45 degrees?

    plink53 - Contestar

    At least one hosting company will be rack-mounting these horizontally. http://www.macstadium.com/blog/new-mac-p...

    shamino -

    Apple answered my question today with a posting on their website: http://support.apple.com/kb/HT6099?viewl....

    It can be put on its side.

    As for the MacStadium, I'd rather see the MPs installed within a ring enclosure (like a wine rack) allowing the maximum amount of airflow around them.

    plink53 - Contestar

    • Una vista desde arriba: Mac Pro utiliza un disipador de calor triangular gigante ("Thermal Core"), compartido por las tarjetas gráficas dobles y la CPU.

    • Parece que el Mac Pro ha tomado algunos indicadores de diseño de los recientes cuerpos AirPort Extreme y Time Capsule: un diseño delgado y vertical con paneles individuales en lados separados.

    • Usamos nuestro spudger para sacar los conectores de datos de la tarjeta gráfica de sus enchufes. Este conector FCI Meg-Array es del mismo tipo que el usado para las tarjetas secundarias del procesador PowerPC G4 y G5, y parece ser una forma totalmente personalizada de conectar PCI-E, con muchos pines en un conector presionado.

    Agregar Comentario

    • Con la estructura de la Mac Pro dominada por el disipador de calor central, lo mejor será que comience quitando las piezas.

    • Una abrazadera y cuatro tornillos sostienen cada una de las tarjetas gráficas dobles AMD FirePro D300 en su lugar.

    • En medio de la poder de procesamiento habitual y la comparación de costos con una PC de escritorio casera similar, estas tarjetas gráficas pueden ser la clave para que Apple finalmente socave los sistemas homebrew en una base pura de energía.

    • Si bien esto se acumula bastante bien para las ofertas actuales de la GPU de Apple, la naturaleza patentada y la falta de una elegante opción de GPU externa, pueden envejecer este dispositivo antes de tiempo.

    So have I been being unnecessarily OCD about making sure I don't get thermal paste overflow when I build my PCs? There's a ton of goop in there!

    Joshua Rogers - Contestar

    @Joshua Rogers: No. Apple has been applying far too much thermal paste to its systems as a matter of routine for many years-going back to at least 2008. So much, in fact, that people sometimes see a temperature decrease of about 5*C by reapplying the thermal paste on the Macbooks and Macbook pros correctly. Compared to the mess they make in the laptops, those GPUs are actually pretty clean.

    Kevin - Contestar

    • La parte posterior de cada tarjeta gráfica contiene:

      • Procesador gráfico AMD FirePro D300

      • Elpida W2032BBBG 2 Gb (8 x 2 Gb = 16 Gb = 2 GB) GDDR5 VRAM

      • Intersil ISL 6336 Controlador PWM de 6 fases con aumento de la eficiencia de carga ligera y monitoreo de corriente

    • La parte frontal tiene los siguientes circuitos integrados:

      • Fairchild Semiconductor DD30AJ

      • Controlador de compuerta sincrónica International Rectifier IR3575 con diodos Schottky y MOSFET integrados

    Do you mean 8 x 256Mb = 2Gb?

    Steven - Contestar

    256MB = 2Mb

    8 bits in a BYTE

    James Sasinowski -

    In the guide it says

    "2 Gb (8 x 2 Gb = 16 Gb = 2 GB)"

    It should be

    "2 GB (8 x 2 Gb = 16 Gb = 2 GB)"

    Thomas Augood - Contestar

    Corrected, thanks!

    Arthur Shi -

    Hello, Where can i buy the same GPU in 2018 ? I need to replace because of display problem..

    RUWI OCEAN PRODUCTIONS - Contestar

    Hello friend, you could try on this website: https://eshop.macsales.com, there are many components and if they do not have it, they will get it.

    Miguel -

    Try macpalace DOT com for a variety of replacement parts. But be prepared to spend a bundle.

    Chuck Fry -

    • Pero espera hay mas. Solo una más: una segunda tarjeta FirePro ligeramente diferente.

    • Esta GPU -la misma marca y modelo- proviene de Taiwán, a diferencia de su gemelo fabricado en China.

    • La otra diferencia importante a tener en cuenta es que esta tarjeta (y solo esta tarjeta) aloja la ranura para el SSD. Esto nos parece una oportunidad potencial para la expansión: ¿quizás las configuraciones de almacenamiento más altas usan dos de esta variedad para duplicar en SSD?

    Would love it know if the dual SSD video card theory is viable. Frankly I don't understand why Apple didn't do this in the first place (not enough PCIe lanes?)

    Dan Thale - Contestar

    Would like to know as well, I wonder if could swap another similar GPU board from another unit and see if it works.

    Wei -

    Definitely not possible.

    1) Cards differ physically (aside from the SSD). Look at those two holes up top - they are on opposite sides.

    2) There are no PCIe lanes left. And even if there were. They would have to be correctly routed to where you need them. As it is even USB 3.0 doesn't have enough lanes (one 2.0 lane for all four ports - so don't count on running multiple bandwidth intensive devices over USB, use Thunderbolt instead). And BIOS would have to play ball with you (which is doubtful).

    Martin T -

    I meant throughput, obviously.

    Martin T -

    I happen to have a MacPro on my desk with 1TB SSD and I can confirm that it is just one SSD on the one Graphics card. Not two.

    sarman1998 - Contestar

    • El hueso FirePro está conectado al ... um ...

    • Una nueva placa hija en forma de disco une todo junto en la base de la máquina. Después de haber separado los cables planos, lo volteamos para verlo más de cerca.

    • Dominado por conectores patentados inescrutables, solo podemos esperar que los circuitos integrados en esta placa de interconexión nos digan más acerca de su propósito.

    I think you need to look up the word 'proprietary'... I would bet that those 300 pin connectors are Molex HD Mezz or something similar. Just because it's not a connector you normally see on the outside of a personal computer, it doesn't mean that Apple has made a custom one. The Mac Pro will not be sold in huge numbers - making custom shape PCBs is simple, tooling up to make custom board interconnects is not and is probably not worth it (even for Apple) at these volumes. Get a magnifying glass out, look at the connector and I'm sure you'll see some branding on there that will lead you to the manufacturer.

    As Dennis Murphy says, they look like connectors that have been used before.

    satiee - Contestar

    Technically the circular board with the connectors is a backplane, not a daughter board.

    Patrick Todd - Contestar

    • La placa lógica, las tarjetas de gráficos duales y la placa del puerto de E / S se conectan a esta placa única.

    • Rebatir toda esa información requiere una pequeña cantidad de circuitos integrados. Encontramos:

      • Hub de controlador de plataforma Intel BD82C602J

      • Microcontrolador Renesas R4F2113NLG H8S / 2113 de 16 bits

      • ICS 932SQL435AL 3817528F

      • Comparador diferencial dual Texas Instruments LM393

      • MXIC 25L6406E 64M-BIT CMOS Serial Flash

    • La parte posterior de la placa hija presenta el mismo controlador de administración del sistema 980 YFC LM4FS1BH que se encuentra en las actualizaciones de MacBook Air de mediados de 2013.

    The connectors for the two video cards aren't the same. I doubt that one could put two SSD video cards. Sad, but that's why the Thunderbolt.

    RobCow - Contestar

    The connectors for the 2 graphics cards do appear to be the same, 10x30 arrays, however the back side of the board clearly shows their respective pin utilizations to be quite different as one might expect. Perhaps a future iteration may go in that direction.

    xiamenbill - Contestar

    Food for thought, if I'm not mistaken the connector that "appears" to have a lower pin utilization is for the Graphics Card with the PCIe SSD

    Marty - Contestar

    For anyone interested, AnandTech's PCIe layout.

    The design really made sense to me looking at board parts in Step 16 and Step 21 with a roadmap!

    Seeing what is possible with hardware and peripherals was helpful

    Kan - Contestar

    The "mysterious" 980 YFC is currently the SMC chip...

    perfaram - Contestar

    Where can I find this part to repair?

    Daniel - Contestar

    • Al levantar una rejilla de cubierta negra, descubrimos dónde Apple ocultó la fuente de alimentación: está intercalada entre el panel de E / S y la placa lógica.

    • Los cables de conexión de la fuente de alimentación están inteligentemente concebidos, pero son un poco difíciles de eliminar. Nuestro práctico controlador Torx es útil aquí ...

    • ... y con eso, la placa de E / S y la fuente de alimentación se separan como una unidad.

    Agregar Comentario

    • La placa lógica es el próximo paso lógico. La CPU es la última en ir, la izquierda se aferró al lateral del disipador de calor a través de una fina capa de pasta térmica.

    • Después de molestarlo con un spudger, desciframos sus marcas:

      • Quad-Core Intel Xeon E5-1620 v2 con 10 MB de caché L3, sincronizado a 3.7 GHz, Turbo Boost hasta 3.9 GHz.

    • A pesar de que tomó un poco de esfuerzo, parece que una actualización de la CPU es totalmente posible, y vale la pena, con un supuesto ahorro de costos de $ 1050 para una actualización a 12 núcleos.

    Wondering if heat sink will accommodate the new CPU?

    Mike - Contestar

    • Identifiquemos los circuitos integrados en la parte posterior de la placa lógica:

      • Zócalo de la CPU LGA 2011 (Socket R)

      • Microchip EMC1428 Monitor de temperatura del sensor de 8 canales

      • Controlador de compuerta sincrónica International Rectifier IR3575 con diodos Schottky y MOSFET integrados

      • NXP PA9517A Nivel que traduce el repetidor I2C-Bus

      • exas Instruments 58872D

    • La parte frontal de la placa lógica:

      • Controlador híbrido dual digital PWM Intersil ISL 6367

    What are those small dual chips between the PA9517A & the 58872D?

    SouthPawMusik1 - Contestar

    • ¡Difícil de portar! Puerto, quiero decir.

    • IC notables en la parte posterior de la placa de puerto:

      • Controlador Broadcom BCM57762 Gigabit Ethernet

      • Controlador Intel DSL5520 Thunderbolt 2

      • Controlador de host USB 3.0 Fresco Logic FL1100 de 4 puertos

      • Repetidor de limpieza de fluctuación desfile HDMI PS8401A

      • Delta 8904C-F

    Agregar Comentario

    • La parte frontal de la placa del puerto:

    • También a lo largo del paseo es una batería estándar BR2032 CMOS.

    Note, BR2032 is the longer lasting (less current output) version of the CR2032. Should not need replacement for life of the machine.

    gafortiby - Contestar

    It will be interesting to see how Apple secures the new Mac Pro to the Apple Store table since they did not add on a Kensington security slot to the computer's body. I suppose the easy nature of how the machine is taken apart makes a Kensington security slot very insecure. Also, if the Mac Pro costs between $5,000 to $10,000, then a thief would easily bring a cable cutter to take the computer away. This makes a Kensington security cable simply very insecure. Thus the lack of security slot on the Mac Pro.

    The base of the Mac Pro is one area where some sort of security clamp may be placed - something that is a variant of what can secure the Mac Mini - which also doesn't have a security slot.

    James Katt - Contestar

    At my local shop they had a special ethernet "brick" permanently attached to the networking port. It was only held on by a tiny nylon cord. I guess it works though.

    Matt D -

    Hi iFixit guys,

    Is it possible to connect the video card containing the SSD to either of the two connectors on the round daughter board? If so, then I hope someone gets a second video card with SSD controller to see if both can work at the same time. It would be huge if this machine can handle two SSDs. Of course it may be very expensive...

    Andrew Hanzlik - Contestar

    Hi Andrew, we were hoping the same thing! Unfortunately, the cards have their power connections on opposite sides, so they can only be installed in their initial positions.

    Andrew Optimus Goldberg -

    I think every PCIe channel is already allocated....

    henry3dogg -

    In both our Apple stores in Bristol the Mac Pros aren't bolted down...yet! They are VERY HEAVY though, so anyone attempting to steal one will have a Hernia by the time they reach the front door.

    Jem Brown - Contestar

    It weighs 11 lbs... So I'm guessing there aren't a lot of gyms in Bristol? ;)

    SFZ -

    Maybe the in store display version uses a different housing that is made of a heavier material on purpose? That would be odd though

    Randy Little -

    Looking at the round IO card, it looks like the two connectors for the video cards are different so I seriously doubt that one could swap in a second SSD capable video card to get more SSD storage.

    RobCow - Contestar

    The last generation MacPro is 40 lbs vs this new MacPro is actually lighter... 11 lbs.

    Rav Norodom - Contestar

    Yeah, the old Mac Pro is a hernia inducing item, and a back breaker too.

    RobCow -

    That might be the most expensive BR2032 ever sold.

    Abul Kasam - Contestar

    No. The US Space shuttle also came free with a very expensive BR2032

    henry3dogg -

    How did he remove the io/port board from the psu?

    Clayton Voges - Contestar

    This is a teardown and shouldn't be followed as disassembly instructions. We have a full set of repair guides on the device page, here is the I/O board replacement guide!

    Sam Lionheart -

    • Con una potencia nominal de 12.1 voltios y 37.2 amperios, estamos viendo una fuente de alimentación de 450 vatios. La fuente de alimentación no tiene refrigeración dedicada, y depende del ventilador del sistema principal para mantenerse fresco, lo que permite que el Mac Pro esté inactivo a un nivel bajo de 12 dBA.

      • Para comparar, encontramos una fuente de alimentación de 450 vatios en nuestro reciente desmontaje de Steam Machine. La fuente de alimentación SilverStone de Steam Machine presentaba un "ventilador silencioso de 80 mm con mínimo de 18 dBA".

    • Y una mirada rápida a lo que queda en el gigante de un disipador de calor: cables de alimentación plana y de calibre grueso que van desde la PSU hasta la placa lógica y las tarjetas gráficas, y permanecen entrelazados en el disipador de calor.

    Oh yeah, great. All solid caps throughout the unit except the PSU. Why o why?

    Guess were issues will begin considered the cooling design.

    Apple can do better.

    Hans - Contestar

    Are you the guy that complained about the type of dust caps on a Ferrari Enzo?

    henry3dogg -

    I do not see the point. I own old AT SMPS they are about 20 years old now. All of them use electrolytic caps. All of them are running well over thousand of hours. It is not the type of the cap who is running bad. It is the quality. In this case all high quality Nippon.

    TheLOD2010 -

    Hi ... think I found a mistake ?

    The first Pic ... i read 12V-37.2 Amps not 32.2 Amps

    MB

    backi480 - Contestar

    Thanks! Got it updated.

    Andrew Optimus Goldberg -

    • Con la cobertura del panel de E / S boca abajo, observamos un último trío de circuitos integrados no identificados, etiquetados de la siguiente manera:

      • Dos M430 V380 H 39K CX88 G4

      • Una M430 V380 H 39K CX7S G4

    • Creemos que pueden ser microcontroladores Texas Instruments MSP430 de 16 bits.

    My first guess for the MSP430s would be port / power button lighting control, perhaps power button too (is it capacitive, by any chance?), but why would there be 3 of them?

    OTOH, they would be a pretty weird choice for glue logic, so it's probably something (else) trivial like that.

    oorcinus - Contestar

    • Puntuación de reparabilidad de Mac Pro a fines de 2013: 8 de 10 (10 es más fácil de reparar)

    • Por ser tan compacto, el diseño es sorprendentemente modular y fácil de desmontar. Los tornillos Torx no patentados se utilizan en todas partes, y varios componentes se pueden reemplazar de forma independiente.

    • La funda fácil de abrir está diseñada para hacer actualizaciones de RAM en un abrir y cerrar de ojos.

    • El ventilador es de fácil acceso y reemplazo.

    • Si bien requerirá un poco de excavación, la CPU puede ser reemplazada por el usuario, lo que significa que los intrépidos reparadores deberían poder ahorrar considerablemente al actualizar desde la configuración del procesador de nivel base.

    • No hay espacio, o puerto disponible, para agregar su propio almacenamiento interno. Apple ha abordado esto con montones de Thunderbolt, pero preferiríamos usar el SATA más compatible si fuera posible.

    • Con algunos nuevos conectores patentados y un enrutado de cable ajustado, trabajar en este dispositivo de $ 3,000 sin un manual de reparación podría ser riesgoso.

    Whilst widely compatible, SATA is a previous generation technology, support for any storage other than PCIe would be a waste of time in a machine designed to ride out the 4K storm.

    Toby Humphrey - Contestar

    What proprietary connectors? They all look like they are from a manufacturer's catalog, to me. If you're talking about the giant connectors for the between-board ribbons, they are commonly called "mezzanine" connectors.

    Chris - Contestar

    There is something like web camera on the port board on the last photo. What is this?

    Gennady Krasnikov - Contestar

    Internal speaker.

    Mark -

    Just a thought, but if you connect via ethernet could you put a m2 ssd in there? bios issue or wrong connector? Just mentioning it cause some are concerned with internal storage.

    k1zh - Contestar

    sorry meant mSATA not m2.

    k1zh -

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The microcontrollers on the inside of the port panel must be for the illumination that lights up the ports. Somewhere there's a sensor that knows when you're turning the thing around too. Do they use a MEMS sensor for that?

satiee - Contestar

The connectors shown in Step 8 appear to be identical to the CPU sockets used in the PowerPC G3 & G4 processors. Good connectors, solid, never had an issue with them. No need to reinvent the wheel.

Dennis Murphy - Contestar

What chip handles wifi?

benaggus - Contestar

should be hidden inside the fan, packed together with most of the beamforming antenna array and an extra antenna into the I/O housing Apple got really innovative this time, they managed to squeeze everything into this tiny can

Tom Chai -

It is under the Roof, the black cover in the middle of the fan. The card handles Airport and Bluetooth. There are four antennas connected to the card.

Greg Homyak -

Which of these chips have NSA backdoors?

EDIT: All of them apparently.

highthereva - Contestar

wow great guide.. finally answered some questions I had: "how the f the boards talk to each other" and "where's the PS"

gabklein - Contestar

As usual, a great teardown. Thanks. The Mac Pro is an amazing piece of engineering, Apple did a great job, a work of art. Really nice, only Apple. You don't see hardware like this from other computer makers. I did not see a picture of the flex cables that have the big 300 pin connectors in any of the pictures. I would have thought they would have at least been in the last picture.

Tinker - Contestar

I want a USB 2.0 from mac pro because in my lab two devices supported with just USB 2.0

How can get a USB 2.0 from mac pro?

Is there any device convert thunderbolt to USB 2.0 or USB 2.0 HUB

Bahram - Contestar

There are 4 USB 3.0 Ports above the 6 Thunderbolt 2 ports on the I/O Panel, and USB 3.0 is fully backwards compatible with USB 2.0 and USB 1.1 in the USB 3.0 Spec. Just plug your hub of choice into one of these four ports.

Joseph Keller -

As an electrical engineering who does circuit design and layout, this is thing of beauty. The industrial designers, EEs, and layout engineers really tried to make the design look very very elegant.

Heath Holcomb - Contestar

How do I Connect two standared monitors that use DVI.? If I don't hAve a apple display.

jncw03 - Contestar

Just plug in two mini display port to DVI adapters; they usually go for under $10 a piece.

Clark Cox -

Clever, clever, clever! Now if Apple designers would just apply this same brilliance to make their laptops, particularly the MBA, equally accessible. As a writer, I can't afford gear I can't fix easily. I'm stuck with an aging white MacBook until Apple delivers on that.

--Michael W. Perry, My Nights with Leukemia: Caring for Children with Cancer

Mike Perry - Contestar

The MBA isn't about to get any easier to repair. No way. Despite Al Gore (Mr Environment) being on Apple's board of directors, most of Apple's products are essentially throwaway.

However, if you want a relatively easy to fix Macbook you should grab one of the non-retina 13" Macbook Pros before they're discontinued. I bought one to replace my white Macbook and it's much more powerful. And it's easy to e.g. replace the hard disk.

btashchuk -

jncw03: Use a Mini-DisplayPort to DVI adaptor. Monoprice.com has inexpensive ones. Note that there's a separate adaptor for dual-link DVI. You can also get Mini-DisplayPort to HDMI, VGA and DisplayPort.

ex2bot - Contestar

I probably found who is behind the unknown chip 980 YFC LM4FS1BH.

If you search for LM4FS1 you probably find one of the following manufactures Burr-Brown (BB), Chipcon, GrayChip, NSC (National Semiconductor), Harris (RCA Electronics Pte), all owned by Texas Instruments and Micron, as I did on this web page.

So it looks like it's a special version of a Cost-Effective System Management Controller Chip.

Hope that does help others to get more detailed informations.

Alle the best for 2014.

support - Contestar

How does this thing get an 8/10?

"While it will require a bit of digging, the CPU is user-replaceable"

- even a non-proprietary component is difficult to replace

"There is no room, or available port, for adding your own internal storage."

- storage is never enough & yet it ain't upgradeable!

"Apple has addressed this with heaps of Thunderbolt, but we'd personally rather use the more widely compatible SATA ..."

- internal storage not addressed cos Thunderbot is external storage!

- SATA's the idiot proof choice

"With some proprietary new connectors and tight cable routing, working on this $3,000 device without a repair manual could be risky."

- repair manual needed? WTF!

How can anything be considered repairable when proprietary parts of any sort are needed? How can one repair anything without parts?

This should have been at most a 1 or 2 out of 10.

I thought iFixit was the most important thing in recent years to rein manufacturers in. Apparently its caved to and slave to Apple's marketing pressure too!

Astar - Contestar

Oh, I don't know, maybe because you're wrong on almost every point you made?- even a non-proprietary CPU is difficult to replace

Tedious does not mean difficult. Nothing in the teardown implies it is significantly more difficult than most PC MOBOs.

"storage… ain't upgradeable!"

Nonsense! PCIe is NOT proprietary, and anyone, ANYONE can manufacture an upgrade drive.

"internal storage not addressed cos Thunderbot is external storage!"

No, EXPANDABLE storage was addressed, which was the stated issue.

"SATA's the idiot proof choice"

So, this is a pro machine. It is not for idiots. Oh wait, you're referring to…?

Also, you have NO evidence that ANY of the connectors are proprietary. As for repair manual needed, that's the WHOLE POINT OF THIS SITE!!! WTF, indeed.

As for "proprietary parts" care to name a PC that doesn't require such parts?

Mark -

Oh Mark you really have to be my new favourite tech friend :D I love how you have refuted almost every stupid empty unresearched comment here. People just come along and bash Apple with no research or understanding of the cost of the parts. I read on another forum that the D300s are 7870s hahaha. They are actually iirc the W9000 FirePro retailing at 3K+ each. People think that the machine can be competed with, then forget that Xeon is an enterprise class CPU, and compare it to an i7 :P So funny. You made my day :) with your concise and clearly understood evidence. Refreshing

christhake -

Let's see...the only components replaceable off-the-shelf are the cpu & the ram--or would you add the SSD to that? And you think this merits an 8 out of 10 "repairability score"? As a far as "repairability" goes, if you cannot replace the individual components as needed you cannot repair it. Whether or not you have to tear stuff apart to disassemble it has nothing whatever to do with whether or not it is repairable. Try again. The Mac Pro is actually a 2 out of 10 on the repairability index while it may very well be an 8 out of 10 on the disassembly index--but a "disassembly index" tells us nothing about the ease or lack thereof in its repair (ie, if you can take something apart with thumbscrews but cannot buy replacement components as needed you cannot repair it, can you?)

Walt Covington - Contestar

Sigh. Can't you people at least attempt to find out what you're talking about before you troll?!?

"the only components replaceable off-the-shelf are the cpu & the ram--or would you add the SSD to that?"

Of course you'd add SSD to that. Why on earth not?!? And how about BOTH graphics cards. NOTHING in them is proprietary, and AMD is free to make compatible boards. As to the rest, you have no idea which parts Apple might have available for repairs, such as I/O boards, etc..

Besides which, most issues with circuit level logic are the result of single capacitor or SMD resistors going bad. If you can't replace those yourself, you have no business calling yourself competent at component repair. Try again.

Mark -

"...perhaps higher storage configurations make use of two of this variety, for doubling up on SSDs?"

And where are you going to find the extra 4x PCIe channels?

henry3dogg - Contestar

nice little gimmick machine by apple ,but useless in most cases for REAL work ,and that power supply is gonna overheat and blow ,mark these words

darren mallard - Contestar

And you have evidence to back this up? Well?

Mark -

Where is the internal speaker loacated?

Michael - Contestar

Maybe varies the pitch (sic) if the fan blades.

henry3dogg -

The speaker is connected to the I/O board and is shown in the very last picture. Zoom in to find it. There's a two pin connector that connects it to the board and it looks like two screws to secure it. iFixit took the picture of the I/O board with the speaker already removed, but then included it in the final image.

ryebread02 -

There are so many Darth Vader pieces you can also use it as a Star Wars disguise !

adrigiraud - Contestar

How clarity in explaining what's happening incl

the photo work where you can really zoom in.

Thank's and a merry new year.

Torben

Denmark

Torben Hellborn - Contestar

Apple's design is typical Apple consumer bait for an under-powered PC compared to an equivalent PC of the same cost. It is not repairable or upgradeable with generic components, using parts that are either unobtainable by end users or, if they are available, cost a lot more than equivalent PC parts.

The last Mac Pro I owned was the "innovative" liquid cooled G5 which leaked corrosive chemicals that dissolved the innards turning the computer into toxic waste. Fortunately, for me, that didn't happen but its reputation caused that Mac Pro model to plummet to junk bond status in the used Mac market. Like the current Mac Pro, it used proprietary graphics cards which cost a fortune to replace or upgrade. I recently sold it loaded with thousands of dollars worth of still very useful software for the most I could get for it, $150. Fortunately, this Mac Pro isn't liquid cooled. Compare that to the Apple fanatic disparaged PC which cost less for the same capabilities and has a much longer useful life.

Brian - Contestar

You seem to have this thing for posting completely baseless comments with NO evidence to support them whatsoever.

"Apple's design is typical Apple consumer bait for an under-powered PC compared to an equivalent PC of the same cost."

Oh really? Please list the machines capable of handling real time 4k video with similar graphics cards for less than the cost of the Mac Pro. Good luck with that. As soon as you actually bother to do the research, you'll find that just replicating the graphics cards will over flow your budget!

"It is not repairable or upgradeable with generic components."

Please explain how you think it is possible to innovate in a field, and pouch the boundaries back, using "generic components".

(cont)

Mark -

"The last Mac Pro I owned was the "innovative" liquid cooled G5 which leaked corrosive chemicals that dissolved the innards turning the computer into toxic waste. Fortunately, for me, that didn't happen but its reputation caused that Mac Pro model to plummet to junk bond status in the used Mac market."

What complete and utter nonsense! First, very few machines suffered from leakage issues, and after Apple replaced the LCS system with a Panasonic-fabbed LCS, there were essentially ZERO machines that suffered the problem. Beyond that, you have NO evidence that this issue resulted in used value falling. Please feel free to post a year by year comparison vs OTHER Mac Pros (not just of the G5) that refute this by showing a marked differentiation in depreciation coefficients between machines.

(cont)

Mark -

"Like the current Mac Pro, it used proprietary graphics cards"

First, the current Mac Pro does NOT use proprietary cards, it requires special drivers. But you could make that argument of ANY OS. Just because Windows is the defacto standard does not mean its products work without software support. And since the only way to allow Mac Pros to use those cards would be to replicate the Windows 6x driver architecture, which IS proprietary, your point is rather silly and hypocritical.

"I recently sold it loaded with thousands of dollars worth of still very useful software for the most I could get for it, $150."

Leaving aside the fact that it is illegal to sell a machine with preloaded soft are like that without the install disks, your machine is at least SEVEN YEARS OLD. Try giving away your 7yo PC!

"Compare that to the Apple fanatic disparaged PC which cost less for the same capabilities and has a much longer useful life."

Name one.

Mark -

Just a quick question regarding a 450 watt psu:

As an ex-pc guy who dealt with nothing but 800-1200 watt PSUs, is this really expected to be enough to power for 2 GPUs with 2 processors and 4GB of RAM each, let alone everything else?

I currently have a 27' IMac and I am always amazed at how cool it runs even under full load with graphics apps running full tilt. I know Mac "has a way" with things but even with the 27" Ive always wondered about the PSU and what kind of overhead is available. Fully taxed PSUs seem to not last too long in my experience.

- Dont go hatin' - I even named my dog Mac

YYZ - Contestar

In the accompanying video the presenter pointedly states...

"All the available ports have been consolidated onto one card, so if one of your USB or thunderbolt ports goes bad, you'll need to replace all of the ports on your machine, to fix it."

What a strange issue to raise.

A more realistic comment would be that they've split the traditional mother board into a separate processor support board, port board, and interconnect board and cable.

So if one USB port goes bad, you only need to replace all of the ports, rather than all of the ports, CPU support chipset, CPU socket, memory sockets, power regulation, ..... as you would on most other machines.

Or, of course, on either design you could just add some replacement ports via PCIe.

Bluntly, this machine is far less wasteful on component failure than the typical modern motherboard centric machine.

henry3dogg - Contestar

As is typical of Apple's, a replacement Mac Pro IO port board will cost as much as a PC motherboard.

Brian - Contestar

And being that PCs typically have the I/O ON the MOBO, that is about tit for tat, since repairing the I/O would require MOBO replacement, per se.

Besides, you have no idea what the replacements are, anyway.

Troll.

Mark -

If the cost of replacing the Mac Pro's I/O board is the same or close to what it is for a new PC motherboard, it isn't tit-for-tat because a new PC motherboard replaces virtually all of the computer's components except for memory and the CPU and comes with a new warranty whereas replacing the Mac Pro's I/O board does not, it only replaces a subset of components and the declining or expired Apple Care warranty on the Mac Pro continues. Even if the cost for the replacement for the Mac Pro's I/O board is lower than a PC motherboard, which it probably wouldn't be by much, the replacement of a PC motherboard because of broken I/O port would probably be just the cost of the port connector and a bit of time to open the case, replace the I/O connector (desolder/resolder or unplug/replug) and reassemble the case. Another inexpensive solution available for the PC which is not available for the Mac Pro is to install a PCI expansion card with the I/O ports required/needed.

Brian -

There were a lot of liquid-cooled G5 Mac Pros which leaked but Apple replaced a small percentage of them, virtually all in the USA only. For its cost, the current Mac Pro underperforms compared to a custom built PC of equal cost - look around the Net at benchmark comparisons and you'll find it. The Graphics cards are proprietary, what other computer uses the type of connectors used on the Mac Pro's - try to buy one. I used to be a Mac Fanatic/Macophile too but I got over it.

Brian - Contestar

This is cool stuff. I love that you guys have a sense of humour. A site like this could have turned out a little dry.

dmarois - Contestar

Check out this great add on to the Mac Pro Deck! Perfect fit for extra storage capacity: http://www.tuaw.com/2014/09/26/hive73-ma...

Kenny - Contestar

What size are the screws for the AirCard?

l3it3r - Contestar

Does the circular motherboard reming anyone of the iMac G4? No? Nobody remembers that computer? Nevermind.

Ethan Boicey - Contestar

Me gustaria saber como se llama el componente final, despues de desconectar todas las piezas(partes)

Tedy - Contestar

For all The Upgraders, upgrade the cpu to Core i7 Extreme 5960X , the GPU can upgrade To the D700,, the sdd is upgradeable , ANd Extra, You can install well WhatEver You Wnat Whit Thunder2, Just pucharse a bizon box and plug on it a Titan X Pascal, Or pucahrse To Bizon box And 2 Titan X Pascal, A extralergue SLI Land, and do a sli.

dennysb de - Contestar

Hello Dennysb

The problem with thunderbolt 2 : its going through the PCI-2 and not the PCI-3 lanes wich are used for graphic cards so there is a bottleneck.

But the bigger problem either, is that the compatibility are not so simple. Actually connecting an external GPU to a nmp will give you an error code 12 in Windows bootcamp and there is no drivers for pascals cards in iOS for the moment. soon...with sierra

Theoretically you could do " WhatEver You Want " but sadly the true is that the nmp design is quiet "upgrade less" and you have to be a very confirmed programmer, they dont give actually the solution because programmers are fighting : http://forum.netkas.org

Or the other solution could be to adapt the hardware, which is not so clean as software re-programming, but could give the possibility to use the PCI-3 Lanes with only 1 GPU and at least had a 2nd internal PCI based flash storage to the other free PCIe3 such as the new intel ssd.

if you know a solution to really make an oGPU work on nmp tell me :-)

nexg - Contestar

External GPU on Mac Pro 2013 can only use a PCIe 2.0 x4 connection for throughput and the internal GPU cannot be upgraded past D700 because the computer uses the undocumented and proprietary ~300 pin graphics board flex cable connector between the GPUs and CPU. http://www.ifixmaccomputers.com/mac-pro-...

I own the highest-end Mac Pro 2013 configuration and I can tell you its specifications going into 2018 are underwhelming without further upgrades. I had to use a custom-made dongle to upgrade the hard drive to 2 terabytes and 50% faster than Apple’s best offering and I have to reverse engineer the Mac Pro myself to upgrade the internal graphics cards past the D700. The only internal components that are able to be upgraded with 3rd party solutions without reverse-engineering trade secret knowledge internal to Apple is the CPU and the RAM.

Robert - Contestar

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