Performance of New Mac Pro Demonstrated in Hands-On 4K Rendering



Reviewers have had their hand on the new Mac Pro for more than a day now, and the first impressions of its performance are impressive., who were the first to post an unboxing video of the new Mac Pro, posted their thoughts of its performance, having about 24-hours with the device. The Mac Pro’s PCIe-based flash storage was found to have read speeds of 880MB/s and write speeds of 985.5MB/s. Macworld also posted their SSD performance test statistics with read speeds of 920.5MB/s and write speeds of 952.8MB/s, using Black Magic’s Disk Speed Test.

The team at also found the Mac Pro can post full 4K video with multiple colour corrections, effects, and transitions, all playing in real time. The Mac Pro can play back 16 simultaneous streams of 4K video. gives their thoughts on the Mac Pro’s overall performance:

I can quite honestly say that, despite working with these huge file sizes and frame sizes, the editing experience has been silky smooth. Skimming, playback, shuttling, jogging and trimming are all responsive. In fact, editing 4K on the Mac Pro feels like editing HD on my current MacBook Pro – except I can see large numbers for the frame sizes where normally I’d expect to see the reassuringly familiar “1920×1080″.

I started slowly, adding a simple Dry Heat look. That played back in real time, no dropped frames. How about a Gaussian Blur? That’s usually a bit more intensive, especially with the huge numbers of pixels we’re dealing with here. No dropped frames. Nice. How about a Gaussian blur with a Bleach Bypass look? Still in real time… ok, let’s get serious…

And so it went on… Multiple colour corrections, effects, transitions. This thing keeps playing back! In fact at one point I took a RED RAW 4K clip into a 4K project and just started working through the list of video effects (many of which are 4K ready). Watch the result for yourself.

Macworld released GeekBench scores for the new 8-core 3.0GHz model with single and multi-core scores of 3599 and 25997. This shows a slight improvement over the scores of 3349 and 24429 released back in September.

Both Macworld and mentioned a gentle but notable current of warm air rising from the machine, but that the Mac Pro’s fan was barely noticeable. If something is placed on top of the machine’s vent hole, like a book, the Mac Pro will shut itself off before any damage can occur.

Not many people would be able to take advantage of what the Mac Pro is capable of, but who wouldn’t want one? If you can afford it, of course.

The new Mac Pro is now available for order, however shipments have been pushed into the new year due to high demand for the new device. Yesterday an Apple spokesperson said, “Demand for the all new Mac Pro is great and it will take time before supply catches up with demand.”

[via MacRumors]


  • Stefan Vasiljevic

    I would like to have one, but for now I got a custom built PC/Hackintosh with 2x gforce 770 in SLI mode. So it is a PC running OS X. The price I have paid for that config is around $1800 with taxes. So it is around 40-50% less. The only real difference is the form factor. My PC is 3x bigger then the Mac Pro. However, I do not think that Mac Pro users are planing on moving it often anyway, 😀

    Even though I have the Mac Pro equivalent I still want one. X) But ain’t nobody have money for that.

  • Ari

    I’m sure your machine is impressive but I would hardly call it equivalent of the new Mac pro.

  • Stefan Vasiljevic

    Well, it is not an equivalent in every way, but performance wise it is, if not even better.

    There is nothing special about the Mac Pro expect its form factor and the fact that is the Mac. It is the most powerful mac, but is there a PC equivalent performance wise? YES.

  • Don

    Sorry to burst your bubble but your machine is no where close to the performance of the Mac Pro. The CPU alone murders yours. not to mention the lightning fast PCI-e SSD’s in them.

  • Chrome262

    4k monitor is more expensive lol

  • Stefan Vasiljevic

    You have no idea what my configuration is. The only thing I have write so far is that I have 770 in SLI.

  • Anon

    It’s impressive for a Mac Pro. But my current PC, an i7 4930k @ 4.6Ghz OC, Asus Rampage IV Black Edition, G.Skill 64GB of 2400Mhz Quad-Channel DDR3, dual GTX 780TI’s in SLI, and 4x Samsung 240GB 840 Pro’s SSD’s in RAID-0 with LSI RAID controller, utterly destroys that Mac Pro. Not to mention 4 x Seagate 3TB Constallation HDD’s in RAID for storage.

  • sully54

    seriously it irks me when people compare each others PC configurations as if they’re trying to compensate for something. i don’t get it.

  • Anon

    It’s a comparison to the new Mac Pro which is supposed to kill any consumer PC currently available. BUT on the contrary, its specs and performance has already been surpassed by high-end PC’s more than a year ago.