Apple's Mac Pro - A True PowerMac Successorby Anand Lal Shimpi on August 16, 2006 12:27 PM EST
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Getting inside the case is just as easy as it was before, lift the lever at the back and remove the side panel:
Apple Mac Pro
Unlike its predecessor, the Mac Pro has no plastic guard covering the internals and helping channel airflow around the case. Instead, the components are even further compartmentalized; all you can see are the FB-DIMM riser cards, the PCIe slots and the ICH (I/O Controller Hub).
Apple PowerMac G5
As excited as we got about the two extra USB 2.0 ports we found on the outside of the case, the four removable drive bays on the inside of the chassis are manifestations of our dreams.
The PowerMac G5, a multi-thousand dollar computer, was sold with no more than two 3.5" drive bays that were anything but easily accessible (as seen below):
The new Mac Pro features four fairly easily removable 3.5" drive sleds; just slide them out, mount your hard drive and slide them in. You don't have to bother with cables as the Mac Pro features four independent fixed connectors that any standard SATA drive will mate to.