Mac Pro 2.26 vs 2.8 comparisons?

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by JohnnyMac1, Jul 2, 2010.

  1. JohnnyMac1 macrumors newbie

    Mar 20, 2009
    Has anyone used both machines next to each other using cs5 or other demanding software using the multi threading ect? I haven't been able to find any posts or articles about this.
  2. SatyMahajan macrumors regular

    Apr 26, 2009
    Cambridge, MA
    2.26 will be better for After Effects, Cinema 4D, Logic, Compressor. Arguably the 2.8 might be a little faster for single threaded apps. I've got the 2.26, and I find it to be great.

    Barefeats did some great tests you can find here:
  3. Roman23 macrumors 6502

    Jun 12, 2010
    My take on the 2.26

    Is not worth the money... 2.66 and 2.93 are worth it.. 2.26 is slow slow slow!!! Even my 3.33 single quad core can wipe the earth with it.

  4. SatyMahajan macrumors regular

    Apr 26, 2009
    Cambridge, MA
    Your 3.33 single quad core will do MUCH better for Photoshop and other single threaded tasks. But in After Effects, Compressor, Cinema 4D and pretty much any other properly multithreaded application, the 2.26 will wipe the earth with your 3.33. ;) It's not my opinion, it's quantitative fact.

    So if the OP is more focused on Photoshop, I'd say go for the 09 quad or the 08 octos. If the OP is going to be doing heavy multithreading, 2x4 2.26 is going to win every time with the apps I mentioned. BareFeats proved it.
  5. linuxcooldude macrumors 68020

    Mar 1, 2010
    Yeah, some people think clock speed is the only thing that defines a computer. I will take cores over clock speed every time. The difference of only a few hundred Mhz does not justify the cost to me which can go as high as a few thousand dollars. The money could be spent for like more memory.
  6. SatyMahajan macrumors regular

    Apr 26, 2009
    Cambridge, MA
    Absolutely! And a better video card (like the 4870 or GTX285).

    The 2.26x8 with 1TB, 16GB and a 4870 is $4099.
    The 2.66x4 with 1TB, 16GB and a 4870 is $4649
    The 2.93x4 with 1TB, 16GB and a 4870 is $5049.
    The 3.33x4 with 1TB, 16GB and a 4870 is $5849! :eek:
  7. Pummers macrumors newbie

    Jul 5, 2010
    If you are comparing a quad core 2.26 2009 Mac Pro to a 8-core 2.8 GHz 2008 Mac Pro, they are pretty close in speed, +/-.

    This site usually has a lot of higher end testing and his conclusion was:

    "Wither the 2.26 and 2.66GHz models?
    Given the typical gains around 20% or so by the 2.93GHz model over the 2.8GHz MP08, the slower-clock-rate MP09 siblings aren’t compelling in comparison to the 2008 models. The 2.26GHz model looks like a misfit in that regard.

    It’s safe to say that the 2.26GHz model should be about the same speed as the 2.8GHZ MP08 model, often slower, sometimes a little faster, but likely slower than the previous generation 3.2GHz model on just about everything."

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