Mac Pro quad-core review: A good investment for users of multi-core Mac apps

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Finder tests

Mac modelCopyZipUnzip
Mac Pro quad-core/3.7GHz (Late 2013) 24.6 309.0 38.7
Mac Pro 6-core/3.5GHz (Late 2013) 24.4 314.2 39.3
Mac Pro 8-core/3.0GHz CTO (Late 2013) 23.5 324.8 39.1
Mac Pro 12-core/2.4GHz (Mid 2012) 147.3 329.7 129.4
27" iMac quad-core/3.5GHz CTO (Late 2013) 40.9 241.3 33.6

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

Final Cut Pro X import

Mac modelResults (seconds)
Mac Pro quad-core/3.7GHz (Late 2013) 17.1
Mac Pro 6-core/3.5GHz (Late 2013) 17.9
Mac Pro 8-core/3.0GHz CTO (Late 2013) 15.8
Mac Pro 12-core/2.4GHz (Mid 2012) 131.0
27" iMac quad-core/3.5GHz CTO (Late 2013) 45.6

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

Final Cut Pro X render

Mac modelResults (seconds)
Mac Pro quad-core/3.7GHz (Late 2013) 64.2
Mac Pro 6-core/3.5GHz (Late 2013) 46.9
Mac Pro 8-core/3.0GHz CTO (Late 2013) 39.1
Mac Pro 12-core/2.4GHz (Mid 2012) 138.0
27" iMac quad-core/3.5GHz CTO (Late 2013) 68.9

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

iMovie 10.0.1 enhance/export

Mac modelResults (seconds)
Mac Pro quad-core/3.7GHz (Late 2013) 227.7
Mac Pro 6-core/3.5GHz (Late 2013) 186.3
Mac Pro 8-core/3.0GHz CTO (Late 2013) 170.0
Mac Pro 12-core/2.4GHz (Mid 2012) 290.3
27" iMac quad-core/3.5GHz CTO (Late 2013) 47.3

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

iPhoto 9.5.1 import

Mac modelResults (seconds)
Mac Pro quad-core/3.7GHz (Late 2013) 66.7
Mac Pro 6-core/3.5GHz (Late 2013) 49.3
Mac Pro 8-core/3.0GHz CTO (Late 2013) 43.0
Mac Pro 12-core/2.4GHz (Mid 2012) 101.0
27" iMac quad-core/3.5GHz CTO (Late 2013) 70.3

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

iTunes 11.1 AAC to MP3 encode

Mac modelResults (seconds)
Mac Pro quad-core/3.7GHz (Late 2013) 59.0
Mac Pro 6-core/3.5GHz (Late 2013) 59.3
Mac Pro 8-core/3.0GHz CTO (Late 2013) 60.3
Mac Pro 12-core/2.4GHz (Mid 2012) 78.0
27" iMac quad-core/3.5GHz CTO (Late 2013) 56.0

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

HandBrake 0.9.5 encode

Mac modelResults (seconds)
Mac Pro quad-core/3.7GHz (Late 2013) 90.0
Mac Pro 6-core/3.5GHz (Late 2013) 69.3
Mac Pro 8-core/3.0GHz CTO (Late 2013) 63.7
Mac Pro 12-core/2.4GHz (Mid 2012) 119.7
27" iMac quad-core/3.5GHz CTO (Late 2013) 82.7

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

Photoshop CC action script

Mac modelResults (seconds)
Mac Pro quad-core/3.7GHz (Late 2013) 91.0
Mac Pro 6-core/3.5GHz (Late 2013) 84.7
Mac Pro 8-core/3.0GHz CTO (Late 2013) 81.3
Mac Pro 12-core/2.4GHz (Mid 2012) 116.3
27" iMac quad-core/3.5GHz CTO (Late 2013) 94.0

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

Photoshop CC OpenCL

Mac modelResults (seconds)
Mac Pro quad-core/3.7GHz (Late 2013) 170
Mac Pro 6-core/3.5GHz (Late 2013) 160
Mac Pro 8-core/3.0GHz CTO (Late 2013) 162
Mac Pro 12-core/2.4GHz (Mid 2012) 310
27" iMac quad-core/3.5GHz CTO (Late 2013) 233

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

Aperture 3.5.1 import/process

Mac modelResults (seconds)
Mac Pro quad-core/3.7GHz (Late 2013) 75.0
Mac Pro 6-core/3.5GHz (Late 2013) 72.0
Mac Pro 8-core/3.0GHz CTO (Late 2013) 72.0
Mac Pro 12-core/2.4GHz (Mid 2012) 112.0
27" iMac quad-core/3.5GHz CTO (Late 2013) 70.7

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

Cinebench R15 CPU

Mac modelResults (seconds)
Mac Pro quad-core/3.7GHz (Late 2013) 64.7
Mac Pro 6-core/3.5GHz (Late 2013) 45.3
Mac Pro 8-core/3.0GHz CTO (Late 2013) 37.0
Mac Pro 12-core/2.4GHz (Mid 2012) 83.0
27" iMac quad-core/3.5GHz CTO (Late 2013) 61.0

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

MathematicaMark 9

Mac modelResults (scores)
Mac Pro quad-core/3.7GHz (Late 2013) 4.3
Mac Pro 6-core/3.5GHz (Late 2013) 5.8
Mac Pro 8-core/3.0GHz CTO (Late 2013) 8.1
Mac Pro 12-core/2.4GHz (Mid 2012) 2.8
27" iMac quad-core/3.5GHz CTO (Late 2013) 3.7

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

Parallels 9-PCMark 8 Office

Mac modelResults (scores)
Mac Pro quad-core/3.7GHz (Late 2013) 3415.7
Mac Pro 6-core/3.5GHz (Late 2013) 3408.0
Mac Pro 8-core/3.0GHz CTO (Late 2013) 3338.0
Mac Pro 12-core/2.4GHz (Mid 2012) 1917.3
27" iMac quad-core/3.5GHz CTO (Late 2013) 3511.7

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

Unigine Heaven and Valley 1280-by-720

Mac modelHeaven 1280-by-720Valley 1280-by-720
Mac Pro quad-core/3.7GHz (Late 2013) 91.7 74.4
Mac Pro 6-core/3.5GHz (Late 2013) 86.8 72.9
Mac Pro 8-core/3.0GHz CTO (Late 2013) 103.7 80.3
Mac Pro 12-core/2.4GHz (Mid 2012) 43.0 43.4
27" iMac quad-core/3.5GHz CTO (Late 2013) 90.5 80.8

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 1920-by-1080Valley 1920-by-1080
Mac Pro quad-core/3.7GHz (Late 2013) 25.4 26.1
Mac Pro 6-core/3.5GHz (Late 2013) 25.9 25.6
Mac Pro 8-core/3.0GHz CTO (Late 2013) 31.5 31.7
Mac Pro 12-core/2.4GHz (Mid 2012) 10.2 13.2
27" iMac quad-core/3.5GHz CTO (Late 2013) 24.6 27.0

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 2560-by-1600Valley 2560-by-1600
Mac Pro quad-core/3.7GHz (Late 2013) 11.2 14.8
Mac Pro 6-core/3.5GHz (Late 2013) 11.5 14.1
Mac Pro 8-core/3.0GHz CTO (Late 2013) 14.4 18.2
Mac Pro 12-core/2.4GHz (Mid 2012) 1.1 1.2

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

Cinebench R15 OpenGL

Mac modelResults (fps)
Mac Pro quad-core/3.7GHz (Late 2013) 25.4
Mac Pro 6-core/3.5GHz (Late 2013) 25.9
Mac Pro 8-core/3.0GHz CTO (Late 2013) 31.5
Mac Pro 12-core/2.4GHz (Mid 2012) 10.2
27" iMac quad-core/3.5GHz CTO (Late 2013) 24.6

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

At a Glance
  • Pros

    • Impressive multi-core performance
    • Dual workstation-class GPUs
    • Fast internal storage
    • Plenty of external-expansion options
    • Compact, attractive design
    • Quiet and relatively cool
    • Many internal components upgradeable

    Cons

    • Single-core performance not substantially better (and sometimes worse) than that of other current Macs
    • No internal expansion options
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