I do wonder why Apple won’t let us have three appealing CPU options.
- E5-2687WV2: 3.4 GHz 8-core (TPD 150 W), Turbo Boost to 4.0 GHz, 25MB cache
- E5-2667V2: 3.3 GHz 8-core (TPD 130 W), Turbo Boost to 4.0 GHz, 25MB cache
- E5-1660V2: 3.7 GHz 6-core (TPD 130 W), Turbo Boost to 4.0 GHz, 15MB cache
The 8-core chips in particular look appealing, but a 6-core 3.7 GHz / 15MB cache is appealing over 3.5 GHz / 12MB cache as well.
If the new Mac Pro has a socketed CPU (and Apple has not “locked down” the system somehow), perhaps the low-end 4-core can be upgraded to a fast 8-core.
TPD of 150 watts vs 130 watts should be a non issue for any reasonable usage, and probably a non issue in any case with Apple likely over-engineering the cooling system.
These are not large bumps up, but the Mac Pro is such a big investment that eking out another 6-10% makes a lot of sense in the context of total system cost—and slightly faster CPU options exist in MacBook Pro and iMac offerings.