New equipment, new processors, graphics cards, storage units and in some cases also RAM. Barefeats
That’s also true of the recently upgraded iMac. And of course, aside from the Apple numbers that show – and we know manufacturers sometimes measure oddly – everyone wants to know what real performance they’re offering over past generations.
Barefeats has put his hands on different configurations and carried out a series of tests to see how much they improve. The equipment used was as follows:
- Mac Pro GTX 780 = 2010 Mac Pro 3.33GHz 6-Core, GeForce GTX 780 (flashed)
- Mac Pro GTX 680 = 2010 Mac Pro 3.33GHz 6-Core, GeForce GTX 680 Mac Edition
- 2013 i7 GTX 780M = 2013 iMac 3.5GHz Core-i7 Haswell, GeForce GTX 780M
- 2013 i5 GTX 775M = 2013 iMac 3.4GHz Core-i5 Haswell, GeForce GTX 775M
- 2012 i7 GTX 680MX = 2012 iMac 3.4GHz Core-i7 Ivy Bridge, GeForce GTX 680MX
After running several tests the conclusions are more or less as expected. The new equipment is powerful but does not present a significant jump over the previous generation. In some graphic tests they even obtained a lower result. The top-of-the-line iMac 2013, with the GTX 780M with 4GB of ram, gets better results but with very little difference compared to the 2012 model with the GTX 680M . The winners in these comparisons are the Mac Pro, computers with more time behind them but with a key factor, they mount a desktop graphic and not the mobile versions used in iMac. Hence the M at the end of the numbering.
Regarding CPU tests, the new processors are noticed as long as we compare them to homonyms of the previous generation. That is, the i5 in the new iMac is slower than the i7 in iMac 2012. The explanation is that the i5 does not support hyper-threading, so in multi-core testing it loses a competitive advantage. So, with that data, we can make an investment in one mic or another depending on the type of applications we will run. It goes without saying that if we can, we should always opt for the top of the range.
But where you can see the improvement is in the disk speed thanks to the new PCI-e drives. Values around 700-800 MBs in read and write show that the improvement is substantial.
All in all, very good teams. With a performance to match and that could offer a high performance for demanding users and professionals who make use of resource-devouring apps. Now we just have to wait for the new Mac Pro and see to what extent that cylindrical black box returns to be Apple’s flagship in power issues or not.