toggle

AAPL Stock: 102.47 ( + 2.71 )

Printed from http://www.macnn.com

Dual-dual 3.0GHz Mac Pro benchmarks

updated 03:30 pm EDT, Wed August 16, 2006

3.0GHz Mac Pro benchmarks

Following recent earlier benchmarks comparing the new dual-dual (4 processing cores) 2.66GHz Mac Pro to the previous-generation Power Mac G5 Quad 2.5GHz, Barefeats has received a new dual-dual 3.0GHz Mac Pro system and began testing it against the dual-dual 2.66GHz Mac Pro and PowerMac Quad G5. The new 3.0GHz Mac Pro (when shipped with the same 1GB of RAM as the G5 had) costs the same $3,299 --or $800 more than the dual-dual 2.66GHz Mac Pro. For the tests, Barefeats added 2GB more RAM. The results show that performacne for non-universal apps was surprisingly close between the dual-dual 3.0GHz Mac Pro and the Power Mac Quad G5--separated only by a seconds. In one test, the Mac Pro outperformed the Power Mac G5, despite running non-native software. When running native Intel-based software, the Mac Pro took a decisive lead, completing some benchmarks in just over half the time it the Power Mac G5. "The 3.0GHz Mac Pro's 20 percent faster clock speed, larger L2 cache, and faster system bus enables it to muscle through these two non-optimized apps," according to the website. [sample graph included]




by MacNN Staff

POST TOOLS:

TAGS :

toggle

Comments

  1. adrian_milliner

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    shock!

    new mac faster than old mac. who'd have thought?

  1. kw99

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    But the Power Mac G5 Quad

    still makes a fine showing. I don't think anyone currently with a G5 Quad (or probably any Power Mac G5) is going to be replacing it until all key pro apps they need go Universal, OR Apple releases the Dual Quad-Core Mac Pros ("Octo"?). Since the ordering process is mostly Build-Your-Own, with "drop in" chips, I think Apple will make the latest technology available almost as soon as Intel ships.

  1. cameronx

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    re: but the power mac...

    And yet, the important thing is that even with non-UB heavyweights like Photoshop and After Effects, the Mac Pro nearly met or beat the PowerMac Quad! That means that those who were simply waiting for a "future-proofed" mac still capable of running non-UB apps well will now have an opportunity to buy.

  1. kw99

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    re: but the power mac...

    But for those key PPC apps, the Quad G5 works as well or better, and by the time those "UB's" come out, the same price tag will probably get you an "64-bit Octo Zeon Workstation." It's very clear who should wait and who should buy now. Either way, Apple is going to do very well with these new Mac Pros.

  1. notehead

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    shipping

    Now if Apple et al would just get in gear and start shipping these bad boys. I ordered mine within an hour of the Apple Store making them available, but it is not scheduled to ship until 9/12 -- presumably because I opted for the better video card and wifi/bt.

  1. UnixMac

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    As advertised..

    This thing is scary fast on UB apps.. FCP, iApps, etc.. Apple has finally caught up with (and in many ways passed up) the PC.

Login Here

Not a member of the MacNN forums? Register now for free.

toggle

Network Headlines

toggle

Most Popular

MacNN Sponsor

Recent Reviews

Kenu Airframe Plus

Simple, stylish and effective, the Kenu Airframe + portable car mount is the latest addition to Kenu's lineup. Released earlier this ...

Plantronics Rig Surround 7.1 headset

Trying to capture the true soundscape of video games can be a daunting task. Looking to surround-sound home theater options, users hav ...

Adesso Compagno X Bluetooth keyboard

The shift from typing on physical keyboards to digital versions on smartphones and tablets hasn't been an easy for many consumers. Fr ...

toggle

Most Commented