For games: 3.33 Westmere 6 core x1 or 2.93 Westmere x2

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by slughead, Nov 19, 2011.

  1. slughead macrumors 68040

    slughead

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    Just tinkering with the Applestore pricing on Mac Pros and I noticed that it's not possible to get a Dual 3.33ghz Westmere 6 core--that the duals only go up to 2.93.

    I'm not sure why this is, but I was kind of wondering if maybe just the single 6 core 3.33 chip might be better for gaming.

    I read somewhere that most games still do well on higher clocks regardless of cores.
     
  2. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    Please, please wait for Sandy Bridge-E based Xeons. Otherwise a single hex-core at 3.33 GHz is already overkill for gaming.
     
  3. thekev macrumors 604

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    Gaming won't use anything past a quad core. Those are damn expensive as gaming machines. I'd wait on it. Both of those cpus are kind of overkill, but the new machines should be a nice bump. For gaming updated gpus would be great.
     
  4. slughead thread starter macrumors 68040

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    I was going to anyway. This MP 1,1 is getting a little long in the tooth though.
     
  5. Zwhaler macrumors 603

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    Best Mac Pro for gaming would be the hex 3.33GHz, HD5870 and 12GB RAM or more.
     
  6. slughead thread starter macrumors 68040

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    That's what I heard as well. I thought things might have changed with so many >4 cores being out for so long. I guess not.
     
  7. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    One can never be too sure.
     
  8. Redneck1089 macrumors 65816

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    The question is if there will actually be a new Mac Pro to game on...
     
  9. dh2005 macrumors 6502a

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    Hear, hear.


    Come on, Apple. I've been a student for almost seven years. Don't bail on the Pro line just as I'm about to start earning a decent salary. Please...
     
  10. Hellhammer Moderator

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    Software is always behind. The thing is that even if there was better multithreading support, it wouldn't help much. In most cases, GPU is the bottleneck. I have i5-2500K and AMD 6850 in my PC and I have never seen my CPU at 100% usage when gaming.
     

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