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2019 Mac Pro 12-Core versus various older Pro Macs

February 21st, 2020 by rob-ART morgan, mad scientist

We previously compared the 2019 Mac Pro to the 2010 Mac Pro. But how does it stack up against the other Pro Macs including the 16-inch MacBook Pro 8-Core?


19MP 12c = 2019 Mac Pro 12-core 3.3GHz Xeon W-3235 CPU, 96GB of 2933MHz DDR4 ECC memory, AMD Radeon Pro Vega II Duo GPU (64GB of HBM2 memory)
iMP 8c = 2017 iMac Pro 8-core 3.2GHz Xeon W-2140B CPU, 32GB of 2666 MHz DDR4 ECC memory, AMD Radeon Pro Vega 64 GPU (16GB of HBM2 memory)
rMBP 8c = 2019 16-inch MacBook Pro 2.4GHz 8-core i9 9980HK CPU, 32GB of 2666MHz DDR4 memory, AMD Radeon Pro 5500M GPU (8G of GDDR6 memory)
cMP 12c = 2010 Mac Pro 12-core 3.33GHz Xeon X5680 CPU, 96GB of 1333MHz DDR3 ECC memory, AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT GPU (8GB of GDDR5 memory)
nMP 8c = 2013 Mac Pro 8-core 3.0GHz Xeon E5-1680 CPU, 64GB of 1866MHz DDR3 ECC memory, AMD FirePro D700 dual GPUs (6GB of GDDR5 memory each)

Cinebench 20 - CPU Render of 3D Sample Scene
For more Mac comparisons see our Cinebench Shootout page. (HIGHER Score = FASTER)

2019 Mac Pro running Cinebench 20

Blender 2.81a - CPU Multi-Core Render
Used the BMW Demo Scene. (LOWER Time in Seconds = FASTER)

2019 Mac Pro running Blender CPU only

Logic Pro X - Playback of Multiple Audio Tracks
Using the Evan Benchmark Project, we kept adding tracks until the Mac cried 'uncle.' (HIGHER Number of Tracks = FASTER)

2019 Mac Pro running Logic Pro X

Compressor - Transcode BruceX to HEVC
Using the BruceX 5K project, we used Compressor to transcode it to HEVC 10-bit. (LOWER time in Seconds = FASTER)

2019 Mac Pro running Compressor transcode

HandBrake - Transcode
We transcoded a 1080p ProRes two minute project to HEVC 10-bit. (
LOWER Time in Seconds = FASTER)

2019 Mac Pro running HandBrake transcoder

After Effects 2020 - Render Project
Rendered the TESTCOMP benchmark project . (LOWER Time in Seconds = FASTER)

2019 Mac Pro running Adobe After Effects project render

Lightroom Classic - Export Full-Sized JPEGs
We exported 100 Sony 7952x5304 images. (LOWER Time in Seconds = FASTER)

2019 Mac Pro running Adobe Lightroom Classic export of Full Sized JPEG



The 2019 Mac Pro tower beats the older pro Macs in all tests featured above.

The tests on this page are CPU intensive. Maybe a follow-up article can emphasize the same set of Pro Macs running GPU intensive pro apps.

The MacBook Pro does surprisingly well versus the older Mac Pros.

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