CPU TEST: 2019 Mac Pro 12-Core versus 2019 Mac Pro 16-Core
January 20th, 2020 by rob-ART morgan, mad scientist
January 29th - Updated Lighroom test with average of 3 runs
Is the 16-Core version of the 2019 Mac Pro worth the extra $1000 USD? We ran six CPU intensive tests to see how much faster it is than the 12-Core version.
16-Core = 2019 Mac Pro 16-core 3.20GHz Xeon W CPU, 96GB of 2933 MHz DDR4 ECC memory, AMD Radeon Pro Vega II Duo GPU (64GB of HBM2 memory)
12-Core = 2019 Mac Pro 12-core 3.30GHz Xeon W CPU, 96GB of 2933 MHz DDR4 ECC memory, AMD Radeon Pro Vega II Duo GPU (64GB of HBM2 memory)
TEST NOTES: Both Mac Pros were running MacOS 10.15.2 Catalina.
Cinebench 20 - CPU Multi-Core Render of 3D Sample Scene
For more Mac comparisons see our Cinebench Shootout page. (HIGHER Score = FASTER)
Blender 2.81a - CPU Multi-Core Render
Used the BMW Demo Scene. (LOWER Time in Seconds = FASTER)
LuxMark 3.1 OpenCL - CPU Only
Using the LuxBall Scene, we rendered only using the CPU. (HIGHER KSamples per Second = FASTER)
HandBrake - Transcode
We transcoded a 1080p ProRes two minute project to HEVC 10-bit.
(LOWER Time in Seconds = FASTER)
After Effects 2020 - Render Project
Rendered the TESTCOMP benchmark project . (LOWER Time in Seconds = FASTER)
Lightroom Classic - Export Full-Sized JPEGs
We exported 100 Sony 7952x5304 images. (LOWER Time in Seconds = FASTER)
WHAT DID WE LEARN?
The 16-Core version of the 2019 Mac Pro tower costs $1000 USD more than the 12-Core version. Configured equally with 96GB of ECC memory, 2TB PCIe-based Flash Drive, and one Radeon Pro Vega II GPU, the 16-Core version would cost 8% more than a 12-Core version.
In the CPU intensive tests we chose, the 16-Core was from 4% to 26% faster (or an average of 15%). So it could be argued that the 16-Core is a good investment.
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