New analysis of the MacPro with 8 cores: not worth it

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There’s a new article they’ve done on HardMac , evaluating the improvements that the MacPro with dual Quad Core Xeon 5355 processor brings to 2, 66GHz and therefore with 8 cores compared to the “standard” version that is offered with 4 cores (two Core Duo Xeon at 3GHz) and therefore in this way extend a little the benchmarking to see in which aspects it excels and thus evaluate if it improves the performance of the applications and the system a lot by putting so many cores under one housing.

The conclusion is compelling: for most tasks, it’s not worth it because the performance of the 8 cores isn’t exploited, since many applications (like the iLife set) don’t have multi-core support, so until they improve that aspect of the applications it won’t be profitable to bet on the 8 cores in a Mac Pro, comparatively and saving distance is something like more MegaPixels don’t bring more quality to a digital photograph.

New analysis of the MacPro with 8 cores: not worth it
New analysis of the MacPro with 8 cores: not worth it

As for the applications and the system taking advantage of the multiprocessor aspect there is speculation that Leopard could include core-aware applications or that they would take better advantage of this aspect, however I think that we are far from taking full advantage of a processor of this style, perhaps that is also the reason why Apple, at the moment, is not betting on an imminent update of the MacPro as was pointed out not long ago.

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