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PC Pro crowns Mac Pro fastest PC in UK

updated 11:00 am EDT, Thu October 5, 2006

Mac Pro crowned fastest PC

Apple's quad-core Xeon-based Mac Pro set new records in the UK's first independent speed test of Apple's high-end system, according to PC Pro. Tests revealed that CPU-intensive tasks are "fabulously fast" as long as the running application can use all four cores. Testers immediately abandoned Mac OS X to install Microsoft Windows XP via Apple's Boot Camp beta software. "The results, in terms of pure performance, [speak] volumes for the ability of Intel's new processors - and Apple's ability to build systems around them." The Mac achieved record-breaking speeds in the multiple-applications test -- where testers run demanding software such as Microsoft Office, Adobe Photoshop, and a music decoder simultaneously -- keeping all four cores constantly busy. "The result was almost three times faster than the reference Pentium D-based computer that PC Pro's [lab] test scores are based on."

A 3D Studio Max 3D-render test revealed similar results with an average frame-render time of 34 seconds, obliterating the fastest machines previously tested -- which took roughly 60 seconds to perform the same operation. Apple's top-end model was used to test the Mac's performance, boasting two 3GHz Xeon 5160 processors and 4GB of memory. The test machine also included an Nvidia Quadro FX4500 workstation graphics card and 1.75TB of storage.

by MacNN Staff





  1. Horsepoo!!!

    Joined: Dec 1969


    What does this mean?

    Does it mean that Apple can market its Mac Pro as the fastest PC in that country or does that country have double standards and pull the same stunt when Apple marketed the G5 as the fastest PC?

  1. adrian_milliner

    Joined: Dec 1969


    double standards

    This country certainly has double standards :-)

  1. fnevitt

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Apple PC Faster?

    Does this mean it is faster to run Windows on a Mac than on a PC?

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Well, if they can't market it as the fastest PC on the earth, they certinly can claim its the heaviest mother you'll wish you never picked up!

    You remember that commercial where the guy exploded through the wall of his home, and you followed back in to see the G5 sitting there. Well, that was actually showing you that its so heavy, even a massive explosion won't move the sucker (plus, its aluminum sides protect your computer as well!)

  1. darcybaston

    Joined: Dec 1969



    It may be the fastest consumer config they've tested personally, but overclocked cpus can naturally perform more calcs.

    testudo: Nicely put. My G5 weighs a ton. :) But, I like it that way.

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