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MP 7,1 Best processor that matches the i9 iMac

xWhiplash

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Oct 21, 2009
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So I am looking for replacing my i9 iMac due to how hot and loud this thing gets. The iMac Pro life is in question so I am looking at the Mac Pro for proper cooling and expandability is a nice bonus.

I like the balance between 8 cores and base frequency of the i9 9900k. Does the 8-core Mac Pro perform the same? Especially with proper cooling it can stay faster longer correct?

Also, side note, any possibility of spec bumps on the Mac Pro this year? I can't keep up with Intel's promises, commitments, what will be coming and what has been postponed anymore. I am looking to get the Mac Pro sometime in November probably, so either way there is plenty of time for rumors to come out.
 

tsialex

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Jun 13, 2016
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So I am looking for replacing my i9 iMac due to how hot and loud this thing gets. The iMac Pro life is in question so I am looking at the Mac Pro for proper cooling and expandability is a nice bonus.

I like the balance between 8 cores and base frequency of the i9 9900k. Does the 8-core Mac Pro perform the same? Especially with proper cooling it can stay faster longer correct?

Also, side note, any possibility of spec bumps on the Mac Pro this year? I can't keep up with Intel's promises, commitments, what will be coming and what has been postponed anymore. I am looking to get the Mac Pro sometime in November probably, so either way there is plenty of time for rumors to come out.
The fastest single core benchmark you can get with a 2019 Mac Pro is for a MP7,1 that have the 8-core 3.3GHz Xeon W-3225.

Intel already moved on from the socket that 2019 Mac Pro have, so, at best Apple can have little speed bump upgrades with 2019 Mac Pro before moving to Apple Silicon. No new Cascade Lake Xeons will be released with socket FCLGA3647, the new Cooper Lake generation is gonna be released any day now on FCLGA4189.

2019 Mac Pro don't have any cooling problems, the thermal design headroom is for 28-core Xeons.
 
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LeonPro

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Unless Apple designs a new motherboard prior to the release of their Apple Silicone chips for the Mac Pro (which is unlikely) whatever processor Intel has for this socket is all you'll get. So the question is will Apple do a price drop based on existing available Intel processor? I doubt it as well.

Your best bet is to get the basic 8-core and then upgrade the processor yourself based on the actual market price by then and not the price that Apple dictates.
 
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