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11-06-2013, 12:29 AM #1
6-Core Version of Apple's Upcoming Mac Pro Appears in Geekbench Benchmarks
Although Apple’s new Mac Pro doesn’t launch until next month, the machine continues to surface in the results database for the popular Geekbench benchmarking tool. The first appearance came in June just after the redesigned Mac Pro was teased at Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference, with the machine running the high-end 12-core 2.7 GHz Xeon E5-2697 v2 from Intel’s Ivy Bridge-E family. In late September, another entry appeared sharing details on a Mac Pro running the 8-core 3.0 GHz Xeon E5-1680 v2 chip.
This time, a third Mac Pro entry has surfaced in the Geekbench results database, revealing the 6-core 3.5 GHz Xeon E5-1650 v2 chip that will also be an option in the new Mac Pro. As with the previously seen machines, the new Mac Pro appears to be running a custom version fo OS X Mavericks, build 12A4023. The machine’s appearance leaves only the entry-level quad-core 3.7 GHz Xeon E5-1620 v2 yet unseen in early benchmarks.
Although both the 6-core and 8-core machines were tested using Geekbench 3.1.2 in 32-bit mode, which allows for direct comparison of their benchmarks, the 12-core Mac Pro was tested using Geekbench 2.4.3, which used a different baseline and means that scores can’t be directly compared to one another. Between the 6-core and 8-core machines though, the two unsurprisingly show similar single-core scores of around 3300 in Geekbench 3, while the newly surfaced 6-core machine sees a lower multi-core score of 18309 compared to the 24429 seen on the 8-core version. The new 8-vore Mac Pro had previously shown benchmark shows essentially on par with that of the highest-end 12-core Mac Pro models from 2010 and 2012 while the new 6-core machine unsurprisingly falls short of that level, it does still easily top the fastest 8-core machine seen in the 2009 and 2010 models.
The Intel Xeon processors are certainly not the only horsepower improvements included in the new Mac Pro, as all machines will come standard with dual AMD FirePro graphics chips. The new Mac Pro is also able to tap into those chips for general computation tasks via OpenCL, allowing users to see significant improvements in real-world performance.
The new Mac Pro is set to launch in December but the Cupertino California company has yet to announce a specific release date. We’ll have to ultimately wait for more concrete evidence.
Source: Primate Labs