Linked by Eugenia Loli on Wed 4th Apr 2007 17:27 UTC, submitted by diegocg
Apple Apple has upgraded its Mac Pro desktop with a pair of 3GHz quad-core Intel Xeon processors. It can have up to 16 GB of RAM, although it isn't cheap. Apple has already published benchmarks.
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RE: Interesting, eh?
by Laurence on Thu 5th Apr 2007 17:11 UTC in reply to "Interesting, eh?"
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I wonder why Apple compares their new baby to different hardware, for example Final Cut Pro Rendering Results - Mac Pro Quad Xeon 3.0GHz vs Power Mac G5 Quad G5 2.5GHz, but look at Photoshop CS2 Workflow Results: they compared it with Power Mac G4 Dual G4 1.25GHz! Luckily, they didn't choose Mac Classic for comparison... O_o

They've probably deliberately skewed the results a little because:
a) the drivers are still in beta (reading what someone else has posted in this thread), and
b) there isn't really much out there at the moment that can really show off the performance benefit of 8 cores (after all, multi-cores don't work faster, they just spit the workload)

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RE[2]: Interesting, eh?
by merde on Thu 5th Apr 2007 21:54 in reply to "RE: Interesting, eh?"
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I agree on that, but they compared it with different processors running at different clockspeed, not just quad/duo/single core.
I guess it's just marketing - it wouldn't look too good if older performed better in some of these benchmarks.

Edited 2007-04-05 21:55

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