Mac Pro 2009 early 2009 vs 2010 vs new ivybridge quad core i7

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by Aleymeow, Sep 21, 2012.

  1. Aleymeow macrumors newbie

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    Hello everybody :)

    I had a few questions about Mac Pro early 2009 2.26ghz 8 core and how it compares to a 2010 Mac Pro quad core 2.8ghz, I do a lot of 3d rendering so I do use a lot of program's that are multi threaded.

    I would also like to know how these two systems would compare to a single brand new

    Intel Core i7 3770K, Ivy Bridge, 3.5GHz, Quad Core + Hyperthreading, 8MB Cache that is overclocked to 4.5ghz

    Thanks for any help.
     
  2. Aleymeow thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Hi thanks for the info makes some interesting reading, so how do you think the rendering power of these machines would compare to a new quad core i7?

    Another question I have is that mountain lion now supports the new 600 series gpu will a gtx 670 fit into a 2009 and 2010 Mac Pro?

    Thanks.
     
  3. avemestr macrumors regular

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    Poorly.

    PassMark CPU scores for the processors in question:

    E5520: 4,389
    W3530: 5,221
    3770K: 10,367

    The difference doesn't necessarily translate directly into rendering speed, but it's an indication. The i7 will also have other benefits, since it's a newer platform.

    Yep, you can insert a GTX 670 with no problem in both a 2009 and 2010 MP.
     
  4. Aleymeow thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks for the great info :) looks like the i7 trounces the old xeons but if I had two xeons then would this make up for that? Also not sure how that translates into real world 3d rendering.

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    Also what are the quad core proecessors like in the latest Mac Pro how do they compare to the new I7?
     
  5. wallysb01 macrumors 65816

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    Rendering is well threaded so it will handle those 8 2.26 cores well, but they are slow. Just look at the "dumb" clock multiplication for the Nehalem Map Pro (8*2.2.6=18.08) vs the ivy bridge 3770K (4*3.5=14), then adjust for the 3 architecture changes that are all ~15% increases in clock for clock performances (14*1.15^3=21.29) and the Ivy Bridge 3770 comes out well ahead (about 18%).

    And that's just on well threaded stuff assuming perfect efficiency between 4 and 8 cores. In less well threaded apps the Ivy Bridge 3770 is going to crush that old Mac Pro.
     
  6. Aleymeow thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks everyone for the great info, can I just ask one more question on what you all think of the quad core processor in the current Mac Pro and how it compares to the i7 I mention above?

    Thank you.
     
  7. avemestr macrumors regular

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  8. Aleymeow thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Ok great thanks for the info you all been very helpful I guess i7 it is then because I can't afford the 6 or 12 core Mac Pro

    Thanks.
     

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