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We have edit bays (13) and use Mac Pro 2.1's and Mac Pro 4.1's both dual Xenon quad core.

When a computer dies, we usually look for the same motherboard which are getting harder to find over time. Hackintosh and Quo are out - they seem too sketchy. We are looking for options to run Leopard to maintain compatibility with the SAN.

What is the most modern/recent motherboard or Mac that will run Leopard?

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These sites can be useful for such questions:

http://www.everymac.com/systems/by_capability/minimum-macos-supported.html

http://www.everymac.com/systems/by_capability/maximum-macos-supported.html

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I think the Early 2008 Mac Pro (MacPro3,1) is the most recent Mac Pro to be compatible with OS X Leopard.

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You have quite a few choices to run Leopard (10.5) on Mac hardware:

Any Mac that shipped with a minimum version of 10.6 and higher will be unlikely to run well on Leopard as the drivers needed are usually in the builds listed in the right column of the list above.

So, for official support - you have the following Models:

  • Mac Pro, Mac Pro (Early 2008) and Mac Pro (Early 2009)
  • Xserve (Early 2008) and Xserve (Early 2009)
  • iMac (Mid 2007) through iMac (Mid 2009) inclusive
  • Mac Mini (Mid 2007) and Mac Mini (Early 2009)
  • MacBook Pro (Mid 2007 - a.k.a. 2.4/2.2 GHz) through MacBook Pro (Mid 2009) inclusive
  • MacBook (Late 2007) through MacBook (Mid 2009) inclusive
  • MacBook Air (Early 2008) through MacBook Air (Mid 2009) inclusive

For storage needs, you might not want to waste time trying to run Leopard virtualy under a newer OS since the drivers want to be installed on the final OS in almost all circumstances.

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