Archive for October 21st, 2014

by Tom Nelson

Benchmarks recently submitted to Geekbench show that the just-introduced 2014 27-inch iMac with Retina 5K display can outperform the entry-level 2013 Mac Pro, both in single-core performance and multi-core performance, provided it’s properly customized.

In order to configure the new iMac as the top performer, the standard 3.5 GHz Quad-Core i5 processor must be replaced with the 4.0 GHz Quad-Core i7, available in the custom BTO (build to order) options. The processor upgrade adds $250 to the iMac’s price, but creates one of the fastest Macs available, exceeded only by Mac Pros with more than four cores.

But before you ditch your 2013 Mac Pro, remember that Geekbench is only measuring processor performance and isn’t factoring in graphics performance. The Mac Pro, with its dual graphics engines, puts a different spin on the picture, so to speak. Additionally, the Mac Pro is currently available in 4-core, 6-core, 8-core, and 12-core configurations. Applications that are heavily threaded will run better on a Mac with more available cores.

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