Apple’s 12-core Mac Pro scores 33,000 in Geekbench

“When the first series of benchmarks for the new Mac Pro popped up on Geekbench in early 2013, people were initially disappointed that Apple’s Vader helmet of a desktop didn’t have benchmarks that were much better than a top-of-the-line 2012 Mac Pro,” John Brownlee reports for Cult of Mac.

“But as we cautioned at the time, the benchmarks reflected the performance of a prototype Mac that was still six months from release, and the version of Geekbench being run against it was 32-bit, not 64-bit,” Brownlee reports. “Over the weekend, the late 2013 12-core Mac Pro popped up on Geekbench, and what do you know: it comes in at an impressive 32,912 in Primate Labs’ metrics. To clarify, that means that the new Mac Pro is over six-and-a-half times faster than the latest MacBook Air.”

Full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Dan K.” for the heads up.]


      1. John Galt celebrated individuality. “That life exists, and identity.” He saw that we all had talents, call them gifts if you will, but that it was up to us to find them and use them in the best way possible, in the way that we enjoyed the most. He sought above all else the freedom to create and the right to use his creations as he saw fit, and when the Paul Thurrots of the world sought to destroy him, he quit.

        Galt sought to, if you will, “contribute his verse,” without said verse being stolen by the “plodding and sordid crowds” and corrupted and perverted into something he did not intend.

        Paul Thurrot is like so many of us, nothing more than a maggot, a scrapper, a bottom feeder. He is someone who does not create. He subsists by attacking the creations of others, that which he has no hope of doing himself. He is no relation to the fictional John Galt, or the spirit of the character. To suggest this only betrays ignorance, and one’s own relation to the Thurrots of the world.

        1. I rather like your spirited characterisations here, wish I had done them myself.

          That being said, the masses and their ways are natural facts we must all deal with, which is why we have social structures in the first place. Quitting is less a way of dealing with it than a literary device to shine a spotlight on the cruel governor regulating the engine of human progress — institutionalised idiocy.

    1. Here is his Wikipedia entry:

      For well over a decade now, Thurrott has been the king of irrational, incoherent pro-Microsoft, anti-Apple trolls. His self-aggrandizement amidst remarkable technology ignorance is legendary among the Apple fanatic community. He possibly the most frequently quoted (4 times) TechTard in the anti-Apple troll Hall of Fame, The Apple Death Knell Counter over at MacObserver.

      Whenever Thurrott is quoted at MDN, get ready for a hilarious comment thread to follow. I personally would not be surprised if Thurrott trolls around MDN anonymous-cowardly, he’s that cuckoo and mean-spirited.

      1. I don’t say this because he’s always right – some of his shots at Apple have for sure jumped a whole pool of sharks. I just don’t like to see caricature rule tech forums, so….

        …Watch two episodes of Windows Weekly on – where a rather coherent commentor holds sway – and you’ll see how wildly inaccurate that WikiP entry is.

        And it’s well-known that despite some attempts by the limited WikiP monitors/editors to curb the practice, polarizing figures have their WikiP entries by real trolls every ten minutes if they’re controversial enough.

        1. I clearly am making fun of Thurrott, within some meagre constraints.

          I’ve watched Thurrott on and even attempted to communicate with him about his comments. For those interested in Windows tech, I can’t complain about him. He’s fine. But when anything-at-all Apple comes up in discussion: NEVER expect him to say anything intelligent, insightful, correct or even fair. He just can’t do it. He’s incapable. It doesn’t happen.

          As for his Wikipedia entry, there’s nothing derogatory there at all. It’s fine. I don’t see any point in throwing opinion, let alone mud slinging, into Wikipedia anything.

          I’ve been contributing and editing at Wikipedia for about 8 years. I know what you mean. On the other hand, there is nothing more expected, reflexive, knee-jerk than people flaming ANYTHING Wikipedia just because what’s written there does not fit either their:
          1) Opinion
          2) Ignorance.

          Everyone on the Internet can access Wikipedia and LEARN A LOT from it. It will ALWAYS be my first choice for quick-and-easy knowledge on the net. The knee-jerkers can go jerk themselves off. Wikipedia is brilliant and incredibly useful and FREE. I even fork over money to them every year in grateful thanks.

          1. Totally agreed re WikiP’s immense value to humanity. Like any info source, there are caveats small and largish, however the consistent-ish format, a number of built-in mechanisms for self-correction, etc. and the passion of volunteers have created something unique in history.

            I will note they are resource-constrained (and I donate a bit as well), short on senior editors from an article I read, and that something like 90% of the contributors are men (with a bias toward tech-centric men at that), and hopefully those matters can be remiediated over time.

            As for Thurrott, he’s pretty dour about most things – I find it’s his shtick – and after watching virtually all the episodes of Windows Weekly, feel that if people find him to be hard on Apple and often simply obtuse (as he generally but not always is), they’re missing that he directs at least as much vitriol at MS, especially since the Great Sinofsky Detour.

            I.e., missing that in general his bread and butter is cynicism and derision…

  1. But… but… but I built a Windows PC for around $1000 and got a Geekbench score of 33,100 and I haven’t had a chance to over-clock it yet. I don’t believe in paying Apple tax just to get a logo of a partially eaten fruit. Besides you can’t get an real work done with a 12 lb. computer because it’s too dainty.


      1. But remember Derek below about IQ 85 irony has little power of persuasion. They don’t get it. This can also apply to internationals of IQ 100+ whose second language skills are underdeveloped. That being said, LB48 has chapped so many hides for so long that disclaimers won’t deter people from a down vote on his laughing avatar alone.

    1. In this single benchmark, the new 12-core Mac Pro out computes the best previous 12-core Mac Pro by approximately 21.6%. That result is substantial, but I agree that it is not truly impressive. However, this is just one benchmark. There are many others, some of which might show much more impressive results – particularly those that take advantage of high-end graphics cards.

      And then there is the real world. Even if the new Mac Pro only accelerates workflows by around 20%, that is still worth a lot of money to pro users. If it does even better, then the story improves from there.

      1. Get one with a Fusion Drive or an SSD, and really watch it scream. If you have one with a HDD, OWC sells a kit to add an SSD and make your own Fusion Drive. Go into their blog section, and do keyword search fusion. You’ll find the instructions there. Very cool. I’ve done several for clients with very impressive results. I tend to add a 240GB SSD instead of the 120GB for even better performance. Mac has to be able to run Mountain Lion or newer.

        1. I have to agree. I’ve never been impressed with Intel graphics anything. I’m judging from my 2011 model with an AMD Radeon HD 6630M graphics processor with 256MB of GDDR5 RAM. So, I expect that could be an important factor. Thank you.

    1. look for MP 5.1 in the overall top multicore scores, including Windows and Linux. You will see an old MP with 42000.
      I for one don’t understand Apple sometimes, a small increase in the overall dimensions would increase the thermal capacity and maybe allowed for dual CPU’s as well as dual GPU’s. It would still look great on the desk.

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