The New Mac Pro Could Break 30,000 In Geekbench!

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A couple months ago, a series of benchmarks for the new Mac Pro popped up on Geekbench, showing off what Apple’s new machine could do. And just what could it do? Not much more than the current top-of-the-line 2012 Mac Pro, disappointing many who thought even the old Mac Pro was a dog at launch.

However, there’s a caveat. The hardware was prototype. The machine was running OS X Mavericks, which had just released its first beta. And the version of Geekbench being run against the new Mac Pro was 32-bit, and therefore not designed to fully exploit the Mac Pro’s 64-bit architecture. Is the real Mac Pro really going to be so disappointing?

No. It’s going to be blazing fast.

The guys over at Tom’s Hardware have gotten their hands on the CPU used inside the new Mac Pro, a 12-core 2.7GHz Intel Xeon E5-2697 v2 processor. They then built a Windows machine similar to the new Mac Pro in all but physical design, and ran it against a 64-bit version of Geekbench.

The result? Their tests scored a Geekbench number in excess of 30,000, more than 25 percent faster than the leaked results. Overall, Tom’s Hardware found that the new Mac Pro usually topped the competition when it came to multi-threaded, multi-core tests, but actually did relatively poorly in simple tasks like converting a CD to AAC in iTunes.

None of this makes clear how the Mac Pro will run in real life, of course. It looks, though, as if the CPU at least will be everything you’d expect and more from Apple’s new powerhouse Mac. That’s a good assurance to have, given how Apple has ignored the Mac Pro line for the last few years.

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  • Gadget

    Converting a cd to AAC? in the Mac Pro with no CD. I jest of course. Optical disk drive use has dimished so much for the general population and pro users that it makes sense to remove it and let the fringe users plug in an external ODD. In other news, I would give my right arm for one of these.

  • Junaidkureshi

    The setup looks so awesome, greyish black, wow

  • Junaidkureshi

    The setup looks so awesome, greyish black, wow

  • HerbalEd

    Converting a cd to AAC? in the Mac Pro with no CD. I jest of course. Optical disk drive use has dimished so much for the general population and pro users that it makes sense to remove it and let the fringe users plug in an external ODD. In other news, I would give my right arm for one of these.

    I’m sure a kidney would get you one.

  • godofbiscuits

    Does Geekbench use OpenCL in any of its tests? If not, then they’re not really valid for giving an indication of how fast the Mac Pro will be.

    The real brute force proposition of the Mac Pro architecture is this: two extraordinarily fast, embarrassingly parallel processors living at the end of extremely fat pipes doing as much of the computation as possible. I’m referring to the GPUs, of course. And all of that is done through OpenCL.

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