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.

Related MacDailyNews articles:
Apple Mac Pro dissection photos – August 16, 2006
Ars Technica reviews Apple Mac Pro Quad Xeon 64-bit workstation – August 11, 2006
Apple Mac Pro Quad-core Xeon easily beats Power Mac G5 Quad – August 11, 2006
OWC offers Apple Mac Pro memory upgrades; rebate trade-in of Apple factory memory – August 11, 2006
Benchmark duel: Apple Mac Pro vs. Power Mac G5 – August 10, 2006
Apple unveils new ‘Mac Pro’ featuring quad 64-bit Intel Xeon processors – August 07, 2006


  1. 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.

    Doubt it. Most pros have multiple displays, which would mean having to have multiple built-in iSights. That’s not gonna be very practical and Apple won’t do it…

    The external iSight will remain for the Cinema displays.

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  3. Sorry, this review is crap. They hobbled the Mac Pro by putting in 3 sticks of ram- they have to be put in in matched pairs- you do not get the full bandwidth of the memory channel with an odd number of sticks.

    Unless they’re morons, they know this. So why did they do it??


    Actually dave the moron is you! They used the stock 1 gig ram which was two 512 sticks plus, two additional 1 gig sticks for a total of 3 gigs of ram.

  4. “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!”

    AK Mac, read NewType’s post again. He’s saying that, while many pros were holding off getting a Mac Pro until Adobe released CS3 with UB, they don’t need to because the performance hit is very small, and when CS3 does come out, it will be a big leap on the same box. You’re arguing his point, you just don’t realize it.

  5. Not taking sides… but if you really want to test the metal you’d be wise to run with the hottest configs… especially when you try to compare the current “top of the line” with the previous top gun.

    AnandTech says it well enough:

    For the most part, there’s no benefit to having all four channels populated, but in some rare cases the performance boost can be tremendous. Given that lmbench showed us an increase in memory write speed when going from dual to quad channels, we can assume that the scenarios where we do see a large performance gain are write bandwidth bound.

    If you’re going to upgrade the memory in your Mac Pro anyways, you might as well stick to four FB-DIMMs as it will give you the best possible combination of latency and bandwidth (as good as you can get with FB-DIMMs that is).

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