Mac Pro Questions / 4-core / 6-core / Gaming Comparison / Upgradeability / PC

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by MrJandali, Aug 6, 2014.

  1. MrJandali macrumors member

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    Hi !

    Considering to get a Mac Pro...

    There are some important questions now ... maybe someone here can give an advice ?

    1) In general, gaming is important to me. Therefore a D700 is the choice. Question here: How does the CPU limit the GPUs ? Does it make a (noticeable) difference to use a 6-core instead of a 4-core CPU ?

    On Futuremark there are several benchmark results done with different Mac Pros. There it can be seen that the performance win is quiet low from 4-core to 6-core but especially the Skydrive bench shows an odd result for the 4-core which is nearly half as good as the 6-core results:

    http://www.3dmark.com/compare/sd/2136228/sd/2221461 : 17869 vs. 29251

    Other benches match more or less:

    FireStrike: http://www.3dmark.com/compare/fs/2431161/fs/2377827 10756 vs. 10485
    FireStrike Extreme: http://www.3dmark.com/compare/fs/2063605/fs/2279901 5671 vs. 5557
    CloudGate: http://www.3dmark.com/compare/cg/1488446/cg/1331780 24219 vs. 28274
    IceStorm: http://www.3dmark.com/compare/is/1603234/is/1827113 146107 vs. 146255

    Anyone here any idea what the SkyDrive results are so bad on 4-core ?

    2) Probably the reason is a driver issue, seems to me. If I order the 4-core the big question is upgradeability !

    Questions:
    Are all Mac Pros basically the same ? Do they all contain the same PSU ? Can any Mac Pro be upgraded to any offered CPU ?

    3) There is someone offering a used Mac Pro from the U.S.A. and I really wonder if the USA PSU is exactly the same as those in EU units ??

    Thanks for your attention and thoughts which I appreciate !
     
  2. macines macrumors member

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    4 core should work great for gaming

    if you got the money i'd say go with 6-core anyways :D

    seems like you already made up your mind about the gpus, so no advice there
     
  3. purplecu6e macrumors newbie

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  4. Wardenski macrumors 6502

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    Either 4 or 6 core should be good for gaming but in most games I suspect there will be little difference, maybe a few FPS.

    If you can afford it, take the 6 core as hopefully more games should be multi-threaded in the future, partially becasue the new consoles have 8 cores (I think).

    Problem is your stuck with those D700s until someone offers something new.
     

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