CNET Outfits Mac Pro with 8-Core Processors
10:13 AM | Eddie Park | 2 comments
Joining in on what seems to be a point of curiosity with several journalistic sites, CNET is among the latest to try swapping the current processors of a Mac Pro with Intel's latest offering, the quad-core Xeon 5355 processors. Pin-compatible with the Mac Pro's current architecture, swapping processors is reportedly a painless process, though actually getting to them seems to be more of a challenge.
A host of benchmarks are listed in CNET's article, including comparisons with XP running on Boot Camp and the standard 4 core processors. CNET also notes the usual caveats, including non-optimized software:
Our iTunes and Quake 4 tests are more representative, however, of what you are likely to see with most mainstream applications in a nonmultitasking scenario. The results for both of these tests (as well as with other apps, not shown here, such as Photoshop CS2) indicate that what influences the speed of these tasks is primarily CPU speed. Four cores running at 3.0GHz consistently outperform eight cores running at 2.66GHz.Those interested in the full battery of results can peruse them at CNET's article.
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