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Andrew Richards
Re: AnandTech Mac Pro Review is up
on Jan 2, 2014 at 1:57:21 pm

The 8-core seems to be the best option for balancing highly-optimized multithreaded tasks with the still all-to-common single-threaded ones. I still think given the price of the 8-core upgrade ($1,500 over the 6-core) that the best bang for your buck is going to be the 6-core with the D700 upgrade. That said, if it is going to be used all day every day on paying gigs, that $1,500 upgrade to 8 cores for the best all-around performance should be much easier to swallow. That's only $125/month in the first year to have a great many (most?) tasks go 25% faster, so it kind of pays for itself under the right circumstances.

The more obvious takeaway is that there is no reason to skip the top GPU option, especially as we can anticipate that to be where Apple is pushing the performance envelope with future software. I'd be surprised if they don't announce new framework improvements in OS X at WWDC14 that make it easier for developers to build their code to support the multiple GPUs in the Mac Pro for stuff like Core Image, Core Animation, and so on. As noted in the AnandTech review, today's apps have to specifically call the dedicated compute GPU on their own as there is no OS-level GPU balancing happening in Mavericks.

Best,
Andy


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