Mac Pro Rack Mount Server Unboxing, Install and Overview

Mac Pro Rack Mount Server Unboxing, Install and Overview


hi everyone Aaron here for ZolloTech and
the Mac Pro has been out for a little while and you’ve probably seen this
version this is the normal provision that you would buy in a normal workplace
but if you have a need to kind of have one in a server environment Apple also
makes a different variant called the rack mount version and it’s five hundred
dollars more and it’s designed to be in an area where you might have servers or
network gear and have it mounted in a server rack so I had a chance to take a
look at one of those unbox it and then see it in a situation where it’s
actually redundant to another Mac Pro and recording live videos so we’ll go
ahead and unbox the Mac Pro now and then we’ll take a look at what it’s doing at
the end of the video where it’s actually recording live video streams where it’s
crucial not to lose that information now let’s go ahead and remove the shipping
package then we can remove the top off of the box set it aside and then we’ll
undo the velcro straps on both sides now this looks the same as my Mac Pro setup
so far and then we’ll remove the top of the box and inside the top of the box
you have a couple pull tabs for recycling and then let’s take a look at
our accessories that come with it now depending on what you ordered you’ll
have a trackpad and a mouse or one of the other and then also you have a
braided USB see two lightning cables so it’s really nice it’s cloth and grated
and then we have the Magic Mouse too and this is a little bit different color
than the standard one it’s silver on the bottom and black on the top so it’s a
little bit unique and then also we have the Magic Trackpad which is actually
black on top and it’s the only way to get it is through buying a Mac Pro so
it’s really nice it’s normal lightning and everything just a different color on
the other side we also have our keyboard and this one is also a little bit
different silver and black so it’s all specific to the Mac Pro it’s your
typical Apple keyboard with the numeric keypad let’s go ahead and remove it out
of the box so we’ll pick up the server here move it aside let’s take a look at
the bottom of the box we have a little pamphlet here and then
your power cable underneath and in this comes a booklet for Mac Pro and it’s
specific to the server variant so it looks a little different and shows you
the accessories included and has a warranty card and then also has gigantic
Apple stickers so just as expected we get Apple stickers as well
now also in the bottom we have a braided power cable this is really thick and
very nice and you’ll see it’s braided here and another thing is it’s actually
metal on the end it’s not plastic so it’s a very high quality now on the
sides if we remove the cardboard or remove them from both sides that’s where
the rails should clip on and let’s remove the actual cloth covering that it
comes in so we’ll take that off and remove the plastic from the top and then
we’ll remove the cloth from the back now well also have to lift it up to get the
cloth out from under it and it’s pretty heavy as well and then let’s remove the
plastic from around the outside now on the back you have the standard
i/o you have a 3.5 millimeter jack to Thunderbolt 3 and 2 USB a and then on
the bottom because this has the 580 X we have 2 HDMI and then we have our power
and 2 10 gig Ethernet now the Mac Pro server opens from the top or the bottom
depending on how you’re using it and it’s got a nice aluminum panel this is
for the memory and this is just really high quality these latches and then you
can see it’s the same sort of memory removal as the other Macs so if you pop
off these covers here we have all of our memory underneath and this has 48
gigabytes of RAM and this can be upgraded in the future and of course if
you are upgrading you’ve got a little guide on the best way to place them now
on the side of the Mac Pro server you’ve got three little nub sticking out and
that’s where you’ll attach the rails now if we take a look at the front it’s got
the same pattern as the normal Mac Pro and let’s close the panel on the side or
bottom and let’s take the top cover off so it pops open like this and you’ll see
the Mac Pro looks very familiar at this point it’s not identical but very
similar it’s got the radiant profile e^x in it and this is a 16 core processor
we’ll put the top back on and we’ll take a look at the rails now rails come with
this so you can mount it in a server rack we’ll open it up here it comes
packaged separately and then inside are the server rails and this box is even
nice just like the Mac Pro box you’ve got a little elastic strap here to hold
on to these even though you don’t really need it you’ll see it says Mac Pro rack
mount rails so let’s go ahead and open this up we’ll open the top here and these are
probably the nicest package server rails I’ve ever seen so we’ll take off the
paper pieces here holding them together it’s got plastic on the end as well
there little end caps for the server rails even in the package so everything
is super nice and of course you’re never going to see these things again but it
was nice of them to do that and let’s take a look at the rail itself so it
should slot into the rail pretty easily and they look pretty heavy-duty they’re
ball bearing server rails and let’s take a look at how they go on to the side of
the Mac Pro they also included these quick release buttons so if you have
this sort of server rack that will work with these it makes it super convenient now once they’re in place you push the
little button on the front of the chassis and slide the rail out and
they’re incredibly smooth just like you would expect and then you pull a little
tab and they slide back in this is the rack that the Mac pros will occupy and
they take up 5u of space so they’re pretty large and the noise is typical of
a server environment where you care about optimum performance is opposed to
noise now this setup is actually redundant we have the exact same
computer in another slot in the rack so they’re both recording video one is
recording from 8 to 16 cameras at once in 1080i at 59.94 in pro res 422 at 1
gigabyte per minute for each camera they’re actually Panasonic varicams one
Mac Pro is a primary one is a backup the primary actually captures two ass an
array or a huge storage array over fibre channel with 110 terabytes of storage
and then also the other Mac is capturing internally to an 8 terabytes o WC Drive
now with the Mac Pros in the rack you can just open them up and slide them out
very easily so that you can gain access either to the internals or to the back
of the map so you have plenty of room to work on
both and they’ll actually slide out a little bit further you pull the tabs
slide it back in and it locks into place now you can see both math Pro servers
extended all the way out in front of the rack which is a little bit scary with
all that weight hanging out there but it seems to hold them without a problem now
one thing to know is if you take the top off while the Mac Pro is on the fans
actually spin up to full speed so this is something you can’t do with the
standard macro that you can do with the server and you can hear how loud those
fans are now this Mac Pro is in a live environment but before you put it into a
live-work space you want to test it out and some of the preliminary testing was
really impressive so in order to really push the system 40 video streams were
pushed at it at once so there were 16 4 2 2 video streams at once then on top of
that there were 16 more in h.264 and then 8 more on top of that with HEV C or
h.265 and when doing that it was writing 3,000 megabytes per second to the drive
and that was really all you could push the internal drive now these will be
going over a SAN array so you may be able to push more but just to the
internal drive when it was testing that’s kind of where it maxed out but
when it was doing that it was only using 12 percent CPU and about 60 to 80
percent of the GPU with 40 video streams now keep in mind in the live environment
it’s only going to be recording 8 to 16 of these at any given time so that’s
incredibly impressive numbers and of course you can just upgrade it as needed
in the future now when it was recording in real time during live production it
was actually using a little bit more CPU because of the codecs being used but it
was pushing it at 1,000 megabytes per second of information recording 8
streams of 4 to 2 so it was really impressive to see what it was doing
because prior to that they were only recording 6 streams on a 2013 Mac Pro
and that was actually pushing the CPU to 60 to 70% so this is a big improvement
it will actually use less power from the CPU and of course it cannot be expanded
over time if they need to add more cameras or different codecs and things
like that overall I think this was really impressive to see in a live
production environment and it’s really interesting to see how
sort of set up woodwork in something that’s so crucial is live video but let
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