Since today is the editorial in the temporary possession of a test device in value of 8100 Euro. The configuration corresponds to the processor of the full equipment: Mac Pro with Octanuclear Xeon E5 CPU (3.0 GHz), two D700-Fire Pro graphics cards from AMD with 6 GB of VRAM, 64 GB RAM (DDR3-1867 ECC) and 1 TB SSD. For additional 1,500 euros there would still be a 12-core processor to choose from.
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The new black Mac Pro is about as big as the old Power Mac G4 Cube, which is smaller than some might imagine him after the first photos. But he weighs more than you think: Five kilos are not exactly easy. During the first day he was in the worst case be heard in the vast majority of benchmarks with a faint murmur (0.1 to 0.2 sone), while longer playing with Dirt II, we still have little unpleasant measured 0.5 Sone. Just by tinkering with the new Final Cut Pro and the free Open CL test Luxmark we heard the fan, which draws warm air through the triangular heatsink upwards significantly with rather noisy 2.7 Sone. Both programs irritate the second graphics card additionally.
current measurements showed a maximum power of 438 watts at Luxmark, with normal applications in parallel mode we only came to 230 watts. Either way, this waste heat will be firstonce dissipated, but Apple has a problem with its vertical, triangular heatsink in the center of the housing (thermal core) the large radial fan dissolved in the glue all three processors and a fine and quiet.
A little taste of our Mac Pro trial
Perfomance Primus outstripped
Compared to a maximum upgraded iMac with Fusion Drive and 3.5 GHz fast Core i7 – Apple bisherigem performance Primus – reached the Pro in tasks that take full advantage of all the cores, around 75 percent more power (Cinebench 11 CPU: 13 , 61 to 7,87 points). The Small Convert an MPEG-2 film with DVD2One he managed 90 percent faster. This is mainly due to the very nimble PCIe SSD, the s writing and reading 1211.7 902.3 MB transferred / to data in the test with the dd command. This is far more than achieved the PCIe SSDs in the current Retina MacBooks. In the game Dirt ** II Pro was superior to the iMac with its Nvidia GTX 780m by 25 percent, but with Starcraft II ** inferior to 10 percent. Even with CPU tests for a maximum of two nuclei, such as iTunes, the iMac was faster by about 30 percent. These benchmarks benefit most from a high nominal clock rate of the processor.
its full force, the Mac Pro can only develop if one uses OpenCL customized software, for example, the new Final Cut Pro X or Adobe Premiere. Then the second graphics card helps in computing and can execute lightning-fast special filters, effects, and conversions. More Open-CL-optimized programs are currently being developed, according to Apple. Only one GPU is used for operating the screen ever, we were able to drive normal six screens simultaneously in extended desktop mode. Three 4K displays would be possible simultaneously.
delivered the computers to consumers in small numbers from 30 December. Apple now holds the announced for late 2013 launch one just like that. The configuration options in the Apple Store are plentiful, and the cheapest option with a fast 3.7 GHz quad-core processor costs 2999 euros. A Commentary on the Mac Pro can be found here. A full review will appear in c’t 3/14. (jes)