Apple's Nehalam-based 8-Core 2.93GHz Mac Pro is a speedy, but expensive PC.
Mac Pro: Visual flair
As we found in our recent gaming performance benchmarks, the ATI Radeon HD 4870 is a better performer than the Nvidia GeForce GT 120 graphics card in the standard configuration. High-resolution game tests showed the 2.93GHz Quad Core Mac Pro with its optional ATI card displaying more than twice the number of frames per second in our Quake 4 tests and nearly three times as many frames in our Call of Duty 4 tests.
The 8-Core 2.93GHz Mac Pro, which uses a pair of Quad-Core processors, was 17 per cent faster than the standard 2.26GHz 8-Core Mac Pro in our Speedmark tests, 16 per cent faster in our ProRes Compressor test and 23 percent faster in Cinema 4D. Again, the custom system, with its speedy ATI Radeon HD 4870 graphics was considerably faster than the systems with standard GeForce GT120 graphics cards.
Processor speeds weren't much of a factor in our games test results. If you're a hard-core 3D gamer, the £160 upgrade to the ATI Radeon HD 4870 seems like a no-brainer, though the stock Nvidia GeForce GT 120 graphics card is certainly no slouch.
It is better to have fewer but faster processors rather than more cores running slower. But in the few applications that can take full advantage of multiple core, such as Compressor, Cinema 4D and Mathematica - the Quad-Core 2.93GHz was not as fast as the standard 8-Core 2.26GHz Mac Pro.
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