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.
Source: Tom’s Hardware.