iMac i7 Faster than entry Mac Pro

Discussion in 'iMac' started by apparatchik, Nov 12, 2009.

  1. apparatchik macrumors member

    Mar 6, 2008
    Actually don't want to fuel any ongoing debate but to call attention on that both machines offer some points more or less about the same raw processor perfmormance on its 'stock' offering by apple (this means, in practice, the i7 comes with 1 GB more RAM):

    MacPro Base Early 2009 (Xeon 2.66 4 cores, $2499):



    iMac i7 ($2199):



    That said there a of course real life diffrences and diffrent targets, expandability replacements being the pro's main advantage, a bigger HD, more RAM, 27" monitor going for the iMac... all said I think the new iMac has given the permormance everyone expects from a current generation desktop computer, I'm waiting for the quads to be ready available here in Mexico to make the move :), congrats to the new owners!
  2. jetjaguar macrumors 68030


    Apr 6, 2009
    there are some other posts on this forum showing the base model mac pro pulling higher numbers on geekbench than the i7 imac
  3. a350 macrumors regular

    Jul 8, 2009
    My base mac pro scores in the 8300's also, but has a slower processor and less ram, so... what is slowing down the new imac with a faster processor speed and more ram?
  4. apparatchik thread starter macrumors member

    Mar 6, 2008
    I just saw another thread with an i7 scoring above 8.4k... but yeah the point here being not which may be faster (in real life Im sure the diffrences would be neglible) but that the new iMac finally offers desktop-like performance and is overall a very good deal
  5. a350 macrumors regular

    Jul 8, 2009
    completely agree
  6. eelpout macrumors regular


    Oct 30, 2007
    Silicon Valley
    Actually the i7 860 and the W3520 in the base MacPro are pretty close in performance. The reason the W3520, at a lower clock speed, can match the i7 is because of the triple channel memory advantage it has. Look at Geekbench memory performance stats and you'll see it.

    The amount of RAM in the box shouldn't make much of a difference in testing, as long as there is enough to prevent swap-out.

    I think MacPro owner's can breath a slight sigh of relief that they haven't been completely outclassed with their investment. Though I'm still surprised Apple chooses not to drop the price on the base MacPro to at least match that of the i7 iMac. :confused:
  7. a350 macrumors regular

    Jul 8, 2009
    well that's an easy one, the mac pro has many features that the imac can not compete with. it's not all about the performance when it comes to pricing. the 4 internal hdd bays, the pci slots, dual ethernet, the cooling system etc... is what makes the mac pro a mac pro.
  8. apparatchik thread starter macrumors member

    Mar 6, 2008
    That's true, also in graphic power (and the ability to swap a newer desktop card later on), will give the pro a sure advantage in graphic aware benchmarks... the mobile 4850 is in my opinion the only weak point on the iMac
  9. Techhie macrumors 65816


    Dec 7, 2008
    The hub of stupidity
    Geekbench scores can have ~1000 pt discrepancies depending on a host of variables. My base '09 MP scored 9481 the first time I ran it, and that was with throttled dual channel RAM (four modules)
  10. JWFerne macrumors regular

    Sep 1, 2006
    Up until now, the iMac was a nice laptop in disguise. I think it's beautiful Apple has two styles of gorgeous machines that are as powerful as they are. The iMac and Mac Pro are worthy machines for whatever taste and needs the end user has.
  11. 53x12 macrumors 68000


    Feb 16, 2009
    Yeah I agree with the discrepancies. While mine haven't been that large, more like 10-20 points, that is still a variable. Also depends on how the person conducts the test; how many programs are running in the background, test run right after bootup, how warm the CPU is...etc.
  12. Bryan Bowler macrumors 68040

    Sep 27, 2008
    I'm extremely impressed with the i7's numbers!

  13. mrsir2009 macrumors 604


    Sep 17, 2009
    Melbourne, Australia
    Wow, this means that for some the iMac could replace their Mac Pro.

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