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Mac Pro SHOOTOUT: 2010 12-Core 3.33 GHz vs the 2013 8-core 3.3 GHz

Many thanks to Other World Computing for loaning the 8-core 3.3 GHz Mac Pro for testing. I have confirmed with OWC that a CPU upgrade program for the 2013 Mac Pro is in the works, and that pricing will be competitive on higher performance CPUs than Apple offers, indeed there might be savings.

For my own needs, it looks like I’ll be buying and upgrading a 4-core Mac Pro to the 8-core 3.33 GHz (cancelling my prior 6-core 3.5 GHz order most likely, but this is not 100% decided until tomorrow’s testing). If you plan to upgrade the CPU, then it makes sense to get the 4-core with 1TB SSD and D500 or D700 GPUs. OWC will rebate back whatever CPU you start with however.

My thanks also to authorized Apple dealer B&H Photo for loaning the 6-core 3.5 GHz Mac Pro which arrives tomorrow.

Hmmm... buy a Mac Pro at B&H, then ship it to OWC for a CPU upgrade and 64GB memory upgrade and some backup drives and add-ons. Sounds like a smart move for those looking for the strongest performance possible. Stay tuned for an updated MPG Pro Workstation program.

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Tests

The first batch of 2013 Mac Pro performance comparisons are now posted. More results will arrive steadily including the 6-core results. Watch this blog.

2013 Mac Pro: converting/importing D800E raw files
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