There was much disappointment back in June when the new Mac Pro‘s CPU – the 12-core Xeon E5-2697 – delivered a surprisingly low Geekbench score of 23,901. It had been widely expected to break 30,000.

Some cautioned then that the score, based on a 32-bit build of Geekbench running on an early pre-release version of the CPU with a beta version of Mavericks, might not tell the whole story, and new tests by Tom’s Hardware on V2 of the chip appear to confirm this … 

Curious as to how the very same 12-core Xeon E5-2687 V2 compared in Windows, I ran my own test on a 64-bit build of Geekbench and scored in excess of 30,000 points—more than 25% faster than the leaked number.

While this is still some way short of Apple’s claimed ‘2x faster’, the claimed performance boost did show up in specific areas, like 3D modelling and optical character recognition.

[3D modelling] is the greatest victory yet for Intel’s upcoming Xeon E5-2697 V2. It flies past the eight-core Xeon E5-2687W, finishing our Blender workload in less than half the time of a Core i7-4770K. It’s looking like 3D modelers are going to seriously benefit from the potential that Ivy Bridge-EP offers to Apple’s Mac Pro, even in a single-socket configuration […]

Fully-threaded optical character recognition software FineReader fully utilizes the Xeon E5-2697 V2, finishing our benchmark workload in close to half the time of a Core i7-4770K. It’s even able to shave off 20% of the time from Intel’s 150 W eight-core Xeon E5-2687W. Impressive, indeed.

Mac Pro owners had for a long time expressed concern that Apple had lost interest in its high-end desktop machine, with no significant updates for some time. The unveiling of the new model at WWDC in June was welcomed, though there was some criticism that Apple had prioritised form over function by requiring storage expansion to be external rather than internal.

Check out the full report for chapter-and-verse.

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4 Responses to “Fasten your seatbelts, Mac Pro CPU cracks 30,000 in updated Geekbench tests”

  1. Who cares? It looks da bomb, and I want one to keep my papers from blowing off the desk. And running CC on a Samsung or LG curved display. Straight lines are so passé dahling.


  2. I don’t think this slot-less abomination deserves the “Pro” moniker. If Apple and Intel didn’t cause Thunderbolt equipment to be so insanely expensive, it might not be much of an issue, but at this point even a Thunderbolt 1 hard drive costs three times what a USB 3.0 drive costs, doesn’t daisy-chain and has no speed advantage. I see this going the way of the Cube, winding up a neat item to find for cheap, years later on the used market. If Apple doesn’t keep the older Mac Pro in their lineup, they’re going to alienate a lot of professional and scientific users.


  3. The Mac Mini Pro was not advertized as twice as fast in the CPU department, it was GRAPHICAL power.


  4. Jay Way says:

    I think its because Windows uses Direct X. Thats a lot faster than Open CL. Thats on of the main problems of OS X.