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Monday, April 16, 2007
 
Barefeats: 3D Gaming On The 8 Core Mac Pro
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | 3 comments

Barefeats recently released a new performance review, this time examining how the latest 8 Core Mac Pro deals with 3D games in comparison to the 4 Core Mac Pro. Using a variety of games in the testing including Doom 3, Quake IV, and World of Warcraft, Barefeats revealed no significant difference between the 4 and 8 core models for 3D gaming.

1. An 8 Core Mac Pro is no faster than a 4 Core Mac Pro when it comes to 3D Gaming. That's because none of the games uses more than 165% CPU usage (or one and one half core). Unless you run multiple games or play WoW in one window while compiling Xcode in another while running Photoshop CS3 action files in a third, the 8 Core Mac Pro is hard to justify for extreme gaming. You are better off spending your money for more memory or more games.

Of course 3D Gaming and "real work" are not mutually exclusive. Even professionals who use high demand applications like Apple's Final Cut Studio and Adobe's Creative Suite can have another life as a 3D Gamer. So if you choose an 8 Core Mac Pro for serious endeavors, you'll not lack for speed when play time comes.
Check out the full article at the link below.

Barefeats: Gaming With The Octocore
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