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Lab tested: New Mac Pro is the speedster we've been waiting for (finally)

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Finder tests

Mac modelCopy 6GB FolderCompress
6GB Folder
Decompress
6GB Folder
Mac Pro 8-Core/3.0GHz (Late 2013) 23.46 324.8 39.10
Mac Pro 6-Core/2.4GHz (Mid 2012) 113.22 396.43 96.52
Mac Pro quad-core/3.2GHz (Mid 2012) 147.35 329.67 129.44
27-inch iMac quad-core/3.5GHz CTO (Late 2013) 40.89 241.25 33.62
15-inch Retina MacBook Pro quad-core/2.3GHz
(Late 2013)
21.42 272.67 33.01

Results are times in seconds. Lower results are better. Best result in bold. Reference models in italics.

iMovie 10.0.1 enhance/export

Mac modelResult (seconds)
Mac Pro 8-Core/3.0GHz (Late 2013) 170
Mac Pro 6-Core/2.4GHz (Mid 2012) 225.00
Mac Pro quad-core/3.2GHz (Mid 2012) 290.33
27-inch iMac quad-core/3.5GHz CTO (Late 2013) 47.33
15-inch Retina MacBook Pro quad-core/2.3GHz (Late 2013) 63.00

Lower results are better. Best result in bold. Reference models in italics.

iPhoto 9.5.1 import

Mac modelResults (seconds)
Mac Pro 8-Core/3.0GHz (Late 2013) 43.00
Mac Pro 6-Core/2.4GHz (Mid 2012) 80.00
Mac Pro quad-core/3.2GHz (Mid 2012) 101.00
27-inch iMac quad-core/3.5GHz CTO (Late 2013) 70.33
15-inch Retina MacBook Pro quad-core/2.3GHz (Late 2013) 78.00

Lower results are better. Best result in bold. Reference models in italics.

iTunes 11.1 AAC to MP3 encode

Mac modelResults (seconds)
Mac Pro 8-Core/3.0GHz (Late 2013) 60.3
Mac Pro 6-Core/2.4GHz (Mid 2012) 96.00
Mac Pro quad-core/3.2GHz (Mid 2012) 78.00
27-inch iMac quad-core/3.5GHz CTO (Late 2013) 56.00
15-inch Retina MacBook Pro quad-core/2.3GHz (Late 2013) 65.67

Lower results are better. Best result in bold. Reference models in italics.

HandBrake 0.9.5 encode

Mac modelResults (seconds)
Mac Pro 8-Core/3.0GHz (Late 2013) 63.7
Mac Pro 6-Core/2.4GHz (Mid 2012) 105.67
Mac Pro quad-core/3.2GHz (Mid 2012) 119.67
27-inch iMac quad-core/3.5GHz CTO (Late 2013) 82.67
15-inch Retina MacBook Pro quad-core/2.3GHz (Late 2013) 96.33

Lower results are better. Best result in bold. Reference models in italics.

Photoshop CC action script

Mac modelResults (seconds)
Mac Pro 8-Core/3.0GHz (Late 2013) 81.3
Mac Pro 6-Core/2.4GHz (Mid 2012) 117.33
Mac Pro quad-core/3.2GHz (Mid 2012) 116.33
27-inch iMac quad-core/3.5GHz CTO (Late 2013) 94.00
15-inch Retina MacBook Pro quad-core/2.3GHz (Late 2013) 102.00

Lower results are better. Best result in bold. Reference models in italics.

Photoshop CC OpenCL

Mac modelResults (seconds)
Mac Pro 8-Core/3.0GHz (Late 2013) 162
Mac Pro 6-Core/2.4GHz (Mid 2012) 258
Mac Pro quad-core/3.2GHz (Mid 2012) 310
27-inch iMac quad-core/3.5GHz CTO (Late 2013) 233
15-inch Retina MacBook Pro quad-core/2.3GHz (Late 2013) 195

Lower results are better. Best result in bold. Reference models in italics.

Aperture 3.5.1 import/process

Mac modelResults (seconds)
Mac Pro 8-Core/3.0GHz (Late 2013) 72
Mac Pro 6-Core/2.4GHz (Mid 2012) 127.00
Mac Pro quad-core/3.2GHz (Mid 2012) 112.00
27-inch iMac quad-core/3.5GHz CTO (Late 2013) 70.67
15-inch Retina MacBook Pro quad-core/2.3GHz (Late 2013) 75.67

Lower results are better. Best result in bold. Reference models in italics.

Cinebench R15 CPU

Mac modelResults (seconds)
Mac Pro 8-Core/3.0GHz (Late 2013) 37
Mac Pro 6-Core/2.4GHz (Mid 2012) 41.33
Mac Pro quad-core/3.2GHz (Mid 2012) 83.00
27-inch iMac quad-core/3.5GHz CTO (Late 2013) 61.00
15-inch Retina MacBook Pro quad-core/2.3GHz (Late 2013) 70.00

Lower results are better. Best result in bold. Reference models in italics.

MathematicaMark 9

Mac modelResults (score)
Mac Pro 8-Core/3.0GHz (Late 2013) 8.13
Mac Pro 6-Core/2.4GHz (Mid 2012) 5.70
Mac Pro quad-core/3.2GHz (Mid 2012) 2.76
27-inch iMac quad-core/3.5GHz CTO (Late 2013) 3.72
15-inch Retina MacBook Pro quad-core/2.3GHz (Late 2013) 4.22

Higher results are better. Best result in bold. Reference models in italics.

Parallels 9-PCMark 8 Office

Mac modelResults (score)
Mac Pro 8-Core/3.0GHz (Late 2013) 3338.00
Mac Pro 6-Core/2.4GHz (Mid 2012) 1768.67
Mac Pro quad-core/3.2GHz (Mid 2012) 1917.33
27-inch iMac quad-core/3.5GHz CTO (Late 2013) 3511.67
15-inch Retina MacBook Pro quad-core/2.3GHz (Late 2013) 3294.33

Higher results are better. Best result in bold. Reference models in italics.

Unigine Heaven and Valley 1280-by-720

Mac modelHeaven 1280x720Valley 1280x720
Mac Pro 8-Core/3.0GHz (Late 2013) 103.70 80.30
Mac Pro 6-Core/2.4GHz (Mid 2012) 43.40 42.15
Mac Pro quad-core/3.2GHz (Mid 2012) 43.01 43.39
27-inch iMac quad-core/3.5GHz CTO (Late 2013) 90.46 80.84
15-inch Retina MacBook Pro quad-core/2.3GHz
(Late 2013)
37.35 38.08

Results are frames per second. Higher results are better. Best result in bold. Reference models in italics.

Unigine Heaven and Valley 1920-by-1080

Mac modelHeaven 1920x1080Valley 1920x1080
Mac Pro 8-Core/3.0GHz (Late 2013) 31.50 31.70
Mac Pro 6-Core/2.4GHz (Mid 2012) 10.35 13.21
Mac Pro quad-core/3.2GHz (Mid 2012) 10.16 13.20
27-inch iMac quad-core/3.5GHz CTO (Late 2013) 24.62 26.98
15-inch Retina MacBook Pro quad-core/2.3GHz
(Late 2013)
16.49 16.56

Results are frames per second. Higher results are better. Best result in bold. Reference models in italics.

Unigine Heaven and Valley 2560-by-1600

Mac modelHeaven 2560x1600Valley 2560x1600
Mac Pro 8-Core/3.0GHz (Late 2013) 14.40 18.20
Mac Pro 6-Core/2.4GHz (Mid 2012) 1.15 1.25
Mac Pro quad-core/3.2GHz (Mid 2012) 1.09 1.17
27-inch iMac quad-core/3.5GHz CTO (Late 2013) 11.91 14.98
15-inch Retina MacBook Pro quad-core/2.3GHz
(Late 2013)
11.87 14.80

Results are frames per second. Higher results are better. Best result in bold. Reference models in italics.

Cinebench R15 OpenGL

Mac modelResults (score)
Mac Pro 8-Core/3.0GHz (Late 2013) 87.4
Mac Pro 6-Core/2.4GHz (Mid 2012) 53.45
Mac Pro quad-core/3.2GHz (Mid 2012) 58.58
27-inch iMac quad-core/3.5GHz CTO (Late 2013) 90.17
15-inch Retina MacBook Pro quad-core/2.3GHz
(Late 2013)
53.80

Results are frames per second. Higher results are better. Best result in bold. Reference models in italics.

GeekBench 3 single-core 64-bit

Mac modelResults (score)
Mac Pro 8-Core/3.0GHz (Late 2013) 3599
Mac Pro 6-Core/2.4GHz (Mid 2012) 2142
Mac Pro quad-core/3.2GHz (Mid 2012) 2430
27-inch iMac quad-core/3.5GHz CTO (Late 2013) 3854
15-inch Retina MacBook Pro quad-core/2.3GHz (Late 2013) 3486

Higher results are better. Best result in bold. Reference models in italics.

GeekBench 3 multi-core 64-bit

Mac modelResults (score)
Mac Pro 8-Core/3.0GHz (Late 2013) 25997
Mac Pro 6-Core/2.4GHz (Mid 2012) 22873
Mac Pro quad-core/3.2GHz (Mid 2012) 9720
27-inch iMac quad-core/3.5GHz CTO (Late 2013) 14694
15-inch Retina MacBook Pro quad-core/2.3GHz (Late 2013) 13648

Higher results are better. Best result in bold. Reference models in italics.

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