PC Pro crowns Apple Mac Pro fastest ‘PC’

“The quad-core Apple Mac Pro has set new records in PC Pro’s benchmarks, in the UK’s first independent speed test of the latest Intel-based Mac,” David Fearon reports for PC Pro.

Fearon reports, “The Mac Pro is fitted with two of the top-end workstation-orientated Xeon CPUs. This effectively makes it a quad-core machine, and it’s fabulously fast for CPU-intensive tasks, as long as the application in question is able to use them all.”

“Immediately abandoning the pre-installed copy of Mac OS X, we popped a copy of Windows XP Professional on the machine using Apple’s Boot Camp beta. The results, in terms of pure performance, speaks volumes for the ability of Intel’s new processors – and Apple’s ability to build systems around them,” Fearon reports.

Full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: In a related article, Car Pro recently tested a Mosler MT900R by immediately abandoning the Mosler-supplied test driver, Dale Earnhardt Jr., in favor of one Mr. Sol Goldstein, a 91-year-old retiree who currently resides in an assisted-living community near Boca Vista, Florida. The Mosler MT900R was so fast that even Mr. Goldstein – with left turn signal flashing and despite constantly braking for no known reason – was able to break Car Pro‘s gasoline-powered land speed record.

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  1. I own this baby and I’m loving every minute of it. When I finally receive my ATI card I’ll be even happier. Who would have thought that 2 years ago I’d be praising the Apple/Intel relationship… And would be running windows (every once in awhile) Games on my Mac!
    Crazy days!

  2. The Mac should suffer when it comes to memory intensive tasks as the design that lets you use all those slots also introduce latency. It would be interesting to compare two systems identical but for the memory where the memory runs at the same MHz

  3. The MDN take is better than usual.

    Joking aside, however, isn’t it great to be able to say that the latest Mac Pro is both extremely high performance (in a directly comparable way using Windows) and very cost competitive (in a directly comparable way using Dell’s web site to price a similarly configured system)?

    I remember wishing that I could honestly say that to my Windows-using friends. Now I can say it with great confidence and point out that the Dell costs around $800 more when similarly configured to a base Mac Pro with a graphics card upgrade.

    These are good times for Mac users. Very good times, indeed.

  4. To “me” who said, “Very smart to abandon OS X right away, that way they won’t become addicted.”

    Any you are so right. Can you imagine buying a magazine called “PC” that constantly is talking about how great Macs are??? ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”grin” style=”border:0;” /> LOL


  5. “here at PC PRO we imediately threw away the good bit so that we could compare the machine with all the other crappy boxes in our office”

    There we have it if you want to run sh*t fast buy a Mac. Or of course you could run the OS it was optimised to run with.

  6. The fact that PC speed freaks are looking at the Mac Pro as a winner and a possible buy is a good thing, even if they are only interested in running Windows – probably games under Windows. This is part of the switcher demographic and their money is as good as anyone else’s. At some point these guys will try OS X and become full switchers. But in the meantime, Apple’s cash register will still go cha-ching.

    MW: anyone, as in Apple will gladly sell to anyone.

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