The 12-core Mac Pro is certainly not for everyone. It is expensive and unimpressive when performing everyday computing tasks. However, for anyone who makes a living working on high-end applications that can use and abuse the 24 virtual cores, the amount of time saved on processor-intensive tasks results in the 12-core Mac Pro being a bargain.
Want more bang for your buck? Apple offers upgrades for each system that can increase performance -- and the price -- of a Mac. Using our new Speedmark 6.5 performance test suite, Macworld Lab looks at a number of different build-to-options and finds four customized models that are among the fastest Macs we've tested.
Macworld Lab uses Speedmark 6.5 to test and compare each new Mac's ability to perform using popular applications.
Speedmark test results for Apple's Macintosh computers.
These days, the consumer-oriented iMacs stand on their own against (and in some cases, surpass) the Mac Pro in day-to-day performance. Does that mean that the Mac Pro has lost its relevance in today’s work environment? Hardly.
The new Mac Pros announced in July have finally arrived at Macworld Lab. And while we ran into some hiccups during our tests, we’re able to share our first results.
The 27-inch Core i7 iMac/2.93GHz quad core with an SSD is the fastest Mac we've seen.
Several readers wanted us to test the new 3.6GHz Core i5 iMac, a built-to-order (BTO) option for the 3.2GHz Core i3 iMacs.We ordered a custom 27-inch iMac with the 3.6GHz Core i5 dual core processor with a 256GB solid-state drive (SSD) to complement the 1TB 7200-rpm drive that comes standard. We tested the system and the results are intriguing.
The iMac's new Core i3 and Core i5 processors provide small boost over its predecessors.
Macworld Lab takes a look at the performance of the new Quad-Core 27-inch 2.8GHz Core i5 iMac.