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2013 Mac Pro: 6 or 8 CPU Cores?

A big thanks to Other World Computing for loaning the 8-core 3.3 GHz Mac Pro and authorized Apple dealer B&H Photo for loaning the 6-core 3.5 GHz Mac Pro.

The late 2013 Mac Pro handily outperforms the 2010 Mac Pro, even a 12-core 3.33 GHz monster with the ATI Radeon 5870 video card.

But what about the “sweet spot” of 6 CPU cores at 3.5 GHz (Apple stock CPU) vs an 8-core CPU at 3.3 GHz (OWC upgraded CPU)?

Not sure what to get, how much memory, drives, backup, storage, etc? Consult with me about your new Mac Pro system.

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2013 Mac Pro performance: Photoshop CC performance with various filters
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