5k imac USB3 port faster than Mac Pro, is it normal?

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by Amethyst, Jul 27, 2016.

  1. Amethyst macrumors 6502a

    Aug 8, 2006
    i have test my mac pro 2013 & imac 5K usb3 external disk performance using same drive (Transcend Storjet 25s3+intel 530 ssd peak (500/550mb)), and i found that mac pro is somewhat slower than iMac as shown in attached image.

    is it normal?

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  2. kennyman macrumors 6502

    May 4, 2011
    Checked the test file size, noticed:

    nMP - 512 MB
    iMac - 1 GB

    I would suggest to run the test again with the same file size.
  3. filmak macrumors 65816

    Jun 21, 2012
    between earth and heaven
    nice find, file size certainly makes a difference.
  4. Amethyst thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Aug 8, 2006
    just change file size to 1GB, nothing change.

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  5. chrfr macrumors 604

    Jul 11, 2009
    The 2013 Mac Pro has hardware limitations on USB 3 performance. It's not surprising that the iMac is faster as with that computer, USB 3.0 is integrated into the chipset.
  6. Joe The Dragon macrumors 6502a

    Jul 26, 2006
    The mac pro is also at the limits of PCI-E moving usb 3 to the chipset will not help that much as the chipset DMI link is only pci-e 2.0 or 3.0 X4.
  7. ActionableMango macrumors G3


    Sep 21, 2010
    I assume so. I've seen similar results with my 2010 MP and a 2012 Mini. The Mini is a little bit faster.

    And I'm even seeing the same difference when using rotational hard drives. There's certainly no bottleneck slower than the rotational hard drive itself, so why is there a speed difference between the two computers? I assume there's something in the Mini's chipset or the CPU itself that lets it handle data transfer more efficiently.
  8. mmomega macrumors demi-god


    Dec 30, 2009
    DFW, TX
    Interesting though.
    I'd like to test this myself across a few different Macs of various years.
  9. ColdCase macrumors 68030

    Feb 10, 2008
    Latency and HD cache affects USB protocol in unexpected ways. So a rotational drive could performs differently from one host USB implementation to another. Its more than the number of bits than can be pushed through the pipe as the drive may write and acknowledge which can have some variations.

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