6-Core Version of Apple's New Mac Pro Appears in Benchmarks

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    While Apple's new Mac Pro doesn't launch until next month, the machine continues to occasionally 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 that machine running the high-end 12-core 2.7 GHz Xeon E5-2697 v2 from Intel's Ivy Bridge-E family. And in late September, a second entry appeared sharing details on a Mac Pro running the 8-core 3.0 GHz Xeon E5-1680 v2 chip.

    A third Mac Pro entry has now shown up 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, this new Mac Pro is running a custom version of OS X Mavericks, build 13A4023. The machine's appearance leaves only the entry-level quad-core 3.7 GHz Xeon E5-1620 v2 yet unseen in early benchmarks.

    While 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 not be directly compared. But between the 6-core and 8-core machines, 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-core Mac Pro had previously shown benchmark scores essentially on par with that of the highest-end 12-core Mac Pro models from 2010 and 2012, and while this 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.

    New 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. And with the Mac Pro able to tap into those chips for general computation tasks via OpenCL, users will see significant improvements in real-world performance.

    Apple's new Mac Pro launches in December, but the company has yet to announce a specific date in the month when it will become available.

    Article Link: 6-Core Version of Apple's New Mac Pro Appears in Benchmarks
  2. locoboi187 macrumors 6502a

    Oct 3, 2012
  3. brock2621 macrumors 6502a


    Jun 8, 2007
    Movin on up! Can't wait to pick up a couple 12 cores for the office!
  4. NutsNGum macrumors 68030


    Jul 30, 2010
    Glasgow, Scotland
    You'd think with the billions Apple have in the bank that they'd be able to afford the full version of Geekbench.
  5. twietee macrumors 603


    Jan 24, 2012
    meh. For what 4000€?!

    also agreed @NutsNGum
  6. keysofanxiety macrumors G3


    Nov 23, 2011
    If memory serves, Mavericks will also utilise the GPU to aid with processing. I'm very interested to see how this translates to real-world performance, especially on the dual-GPU Mac Pro.
  7. neuropsychguy macrumors 65816


    Sep 29, 2008
    "While Apple's new Mac Pro doesn't launch until month"

    Something's missing; I can't quite put my finger on it...
  8. jrlcopy macrumors 6502


    Jun 20, 2007
    Are these really only (single (slower than imac?!))-1000/ (multi)2700+ more than the new iMac's?

    Or am I totally misreading/misinterpreting something?

    EDIT: Ah guessing the 32bit / 64bit is the culprit?
  9. SimonTheSoundMa macrumors 6502a

    Aug 6, 2006
    Birmingham, UK
    We can't decide on the new 12 core Mac Pro or a new coffee machine for the new kitchen.
  10. lolkthxbai macrumors 65816


    May 7, 2011
    "later this"?
  11. sputnikv macrumors 6502


    Oct 3, 2009
    i suspect we'll see a display refresh after the imac's get their retina treatement, we should be seeing a mac mini refresh around that same time
  12. keysofanxiety macrumors G3


    Nov 23, 2011
    Why not both? Just run a Flash video and your Mac Pro's fan will blend those coffee beans like a pro.
  13. sexpanther macrumors newbie

    Jul 24, 2010
    I just got a MPBR 15 inch and was solo happy with my 13,000 odd geek bench score and now I feel so stupid. This Mac Pro is a beast.
  14. troop231 macrumors 603

    Jan 20, 2010
    Fixed :)
  15. jumpinjohn macrumors member

    Feb 4, 2006
    The writer accidentally the words.
  16. rei101 macrumors 6502a

    Dec 24, 2011
    Yeap, my mom would think it looks like a modern blender after realizing is not a trash can.
  17. lcmazza macrumors regular

    Apr 3, 2012
    Why do we have to see 32 bit tests on 64 bits high-performance machines?
    Even the Macbook Air and the iPhone are 64 bits.

  18. FloatingBones macrumors 65816


    Jul 19, 2006
    This will be an awesome machine to run Mathematica on. I wonder how many cores they'll allow to run on the personal license of their software.
  19. gusping macrumors 6502a

    Mar 12, 2012
    London, UK
    Learn to read, it says a third party has released the results.
  20. AJClayton macrumors 6502


    Jan 9, 2007
    Dorset, England
    It always makes my day to see some news about the Mac Pro on Mac Rumors. Can't wait to replace my Mac Pro 1,1 with one of these beasts.

    I wish Apple would announce a firm date in December, though. I can't believe that at this late stage they haven't got everything planned out. They must have all the logistics of manufacturer and distribution all arranged and good to go.

    At least if we knew when it was going to be available for order, we'd all be able to think about something else until the big day arrives! :rolleyes:
  21. WestonHarvey1 macrumors 68020

    Jan 9, 2007
    Curious to see the single core score for the 4-core. Should be the same.
  22. omnisphere macrumors member

    Mar 22, 2011
    I do not think that this is apple testing? this is probably a hackintosh! I mean why 32-bit when Mavericks and Mountain Lion is only 64-bit, the score is not so high.
  23. portishead macrumors 65816

    Apr 4, 2007
    los angeles
    Damn it's going to be fast but overkill for 99% of the people here anyway. A few of these would make a killer render farm.
  24. kylepro88 macrumors regular


    Jul 30, 2006
    Geekbench score is only useful to a point in measuring speed.
  25. aliensporebomb macrumors 68000


    Jun 19, 2005
    Minneapolis, MN, USA, Urth
    Couple things

    Firstly, the Geekbench v2 32-and-64 bit versions gave differing results and the new Geekbench v3 also gives different results.

    For instance, the 64-bit version of Geekbench v2 that I paid for shows my machine benches 10265 under Mavericks but the version 3 32-bit shows 8500 or so. I expected a drop but geez. I bet if I paid for the 64-bit v3 it still wouldn't equal my old score under 64-bit v2.

    Honestly, it's a problem anyway since geekbench doesn't cover performance of your graphics card, it just covers performance on your cpu/memory/disk i/o.

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