Apple Mac Pro Quad Xeon 3.0GHz benchmarks

Bare Feats has pitted a Quad Xeon 3.0GHz Mac Pro vs. a Quad G5 2.5GHz Power Mac in a benchmark shootout.

“The Mac Pro ships with 1GB of memory. We ordered with no memory options to avoid the two week wait for the added memory. But, thanks to Other World Computing, two days after receiving the Mac Pro we had 2GB more to add for a total of 3GB. The only other difference in configuration between the Mac Pro and the G5 Power Mac was that the Mac Pro had the GeForce 7300 GT while the Quad-Core G5 had the GeForce 7800 GT. However, our tests were CPU intensive and were not affected by the GPU difference. (When the Radeon X1900 XT arrives, we plan to do some GPU tests like Motion, iMaginator, Quake 4, Doom 3, etc.),” rob-ART morgan reports for Bare Feats.

See the benchmark results here.

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33 Comments

  1. Pretty impressive that it was only about a second behind the G5 in the Photoshop test with a UB version of Photoshop. Even more impressive that it bested the G5 using After Effects without a UB version.

    I’m gonna have a hard time deciding between a Mac Pro and a MacBook Pro next spring!

  2. Quote Apple:

    Because accessing data from memory is much faster than accessing data from the hard drive, the more memory your system has, the faster your system can manipulate your data, resulting in greater application performance especially when working with large files and memory-intensive applications, such as graphics, audio, video and scientific applications.

    Mac Pro uses 667MHz DDR2 fully buffered ECC memory, a new industry-standard memory technology that allows for more memory capacity, higher speeds, and better reliability. To take full advantage of the 256-bit wide memory architecture, four or more FB-DIMMs should be installed in Mac Pro.

    Please note: Apple created a more robust thermal specification for the Mac Pro FB-DIMM heat sinks that provide more efficient cooling than many other FB-DIMMs. These FB-DIMMs require less airflow to stay cool and allow the internal fans to spin at slower speeds, improving system acoustics. FB-DIMMs made by other manufacturers that do not include a sufficient heat sink may cause the fans to run faster (and louder) or the memory chips to run slower so as not to overheat.

  3. Considering that the Quad Core Xeon Mac Pro was only a tiny bit slower in Photoshop than the Quad PowerMac G5, I think graphics professionals really have no reason to hold back on replacing their desktops.

    With the new Mac Pros, not only will you not lose very much performance with non-Universal apps, any UB apps will gain a huge performance advantage, all for significantly less.

    This is exactly what the pros have been waiting for.

    Is that the sound of cash registers ringing at the Apple Stores?

  4. NewType “Is that the sound of cash registers ringing at the Apple Stores?”

    When was the last time a cash register was ringing? All the ones I have seen in the last 20, 30 years have been electronic…

  5. HOLD THE FSCK ON!

    Barefeats is GUILTY of fudging!

    Look at the charts carefully, that’s a Mac Pro Quad 3 Ghz against a Quad PPC 2.5.

    There is a whopping clock speed difference between the machines tested.

    Of course the Quad 3 Ghz is going to do better than the Quad 2.5.

    But you’ll notice it doesn’t beat the G5 quad by very much. Which means kiddies…

    EXPECT A MONSTER DUAL QUAD KENTSFIELD TO COME SOON!!!

    Sony is shipping 50GB BlueRay DVD disks to the US right now, so we should be seeing a BlueRay DVD “Build to Order” option coming soon in the online store.

    I can suddenly hear the crying of thousands of fools who bought a Mac Pro without a BlueRay drive.

    I can also see them weep again when the Dual Quad is released.

    Prepare your wallets, get set… GO!!!

  6. I can suddenly hear the crying of thousands of fools who bought a Mac Pro without a BlueRay drive.

    ——-

    Why would they cry? The MacPro has an extra optical bay. Easy to upgrade. The blu-ray media and drives are going to be to expensive in the beginning anyway.

    The MacPro is a fine machine and these benchmark results prove that it is a worthy sucessor to the Quad G5. Especially on UB apps.

  7. “Considering that the Quad Core Xeon Mac Pro was only a tiny bit slower in Photoshop than the Quad PowerMac G5, I think graphics professionals really have no reason to hold back on replacing their desktops.”

    Photoshop is NOT optimized for for intel yet, it is under emulation now! Therfore the test does not tell a graphics pro what you said! It simple says that when the UB comes out for adobe they would be a fool to not have switched to the Mac Pro!

    Adobe is not a UB yet Folks! This pisses me off when people compare the two when it isn’t even fair yet! Be shocked that it was so close under emulation and then buy a Mac Pro!

  8. Why would they cry? The MacPro has an extra optical bay. Easy to upgrade. The blu-ray media and drives are going to be to expensive in the beginning anyway.

    ‘fraid not., unless one goes with a lesser external option. One will need a OEM drive to get all the goodies. You’ll see.

    Wonder why Apple has discounted the present Apple Displays? I know why. Old Apple has something cool in store and it will need a DRMed monitor with iSight camera built in.

    The MacPro is a fine machine and these benchmark results prove that it is a worthy sucessor to the Quad G5

    It’s CRAP!! of a performance upgrade, but it’s a cheap option. Soon to be dwarfed by the MOTHER OF SATAN DUAL QUAD.

    Oh blessed be the Jobs, give me the POWER!!!

    Amen.

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