Apple’s 12-Core Mac Pro Scores Big in Geekbench


The performance of Apple’s (NASDAQ:AAPL) latest high-end desktop computer is even more impressive than originally known. According to the most recent Geekbench benchmarks for the new 12-core Mac Pro model, Apple’s Mac Pro has scored an impressive 32,912, reports CultofMac. Geekbench is a cross-platform processor benchmark suite designed by Primate Labs that uses various stress tests to determine a performance score for various computers.

A lower Geekbench score for the 12-core model appeared soon after Apple unveiled its radically redesigned Mac Pro at the Worldwide Developers Conference in June. As noted by CultofMac, some commentators were disappointed that the earlier score was not much higher than the 2012 Mac Pro model’s score. However, the previous score was derived from a Mac Pro prototype using a 32-bit version of Geekbench.

The latest score was derived from a high-end 12-core chip model against a 64-bit Geekbench 3 run. According to Primate Labs, Geekbench 3 is the newest processor benchmark and uses “a new scoring system that separates single-core and multi-core performance, and new workloads that simulate real-world scenarios.” As pointed out by CultofMac, the latest 12-core Mac Pro score means that Apple’s new Mac Pro tops the latest MacBook Air’s performance by more than a factor of six.

When Apple first unveiled the radically redesigned Mac Pro at last year’s WWDC, some industry watchers noted that the new computer’s unusual shape resembled a trash can. However, the new Mac Pro has received mostly positive reviews for its performance and design since its release last month. For example, reviewers at TechCrunch noted that the Mac Pro is “almost absurd in terms of its abilities.”

Apple also received praise from reviewers for making the latest Mac Pro upgradeable. According to a teardown and CPU replacement test completed by researchers at Other World Computing, the computer’s main Intel (NASDAQ:INTC) Xeon E5 processor is replaceable.

Besides impressing tech-savvy users with the Mac Pro’s performance and expandability, Apple also impressed environmentally-conscious customers with the product’s improved energy efficiency and reduced materials usage. According to Apple, the new Mac Pro only consumes 43 watts in idle mode, 68 percent less power than the last model. The new Mac Pro was also made with 74 percent less aluminum and steel compared to the previous model. Finally, Apple improved shipping efficiency by making the retail packaging 82 percent smaller and 84 percent lighter than the previous-generation Mac Pro.

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