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New MacPro and Aperture - Post here your experience #1
Rafael - MyDarkroom.ca's picture
by Rafael - MyDarkroom.ca
December 26, 2013 - 4:07pm

I know the new Mac Pros are just being delivered but I wonder if the lucky ones would mind sharing their experience here. If possible, please post your MacPro configuration (including external drives and whether your Aperture Library is Managed or Referenced). Comparison with your old setup would be a bonus. Thank you.

Raf

Ken Sky's picture
by Ken Sky
January 5, 2014 - 9:11am

As a corollary to your question : Is there an advantage using the new MacPro vs. iMac when using Aperture?

Ken Sky

Bob Rockefeller's picture
by Bob Rockefeller
January 5, 2014 - 11:00am

Is anyone aware of any Aperture specific benchmarks that could be used to get an objective measure of speed. My new Mac Pro should be here before the weekend and I can do some testing then.

Bob
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Bob Rockefeller
Midway, GA
www.bobrockefeller.com

Rafael - MyDarkroom.ca's picture
by Rafael - MyDarkroom.ca
January 7, 2014 - 10:32pm

Take a look at this: http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=1692536

Excellent write up regarding MacPro’s performance and Aperture.

Walter Rowe's picture
by Walter Rowe
January 8, 2014 - 12:57pm

MacWorld also has a good article just published yesterday on how they benchmark the different Mac models. Included with the article is a current listing of all the models they have tested, the specs for each, and the benchmark results for each. One of their tests specifically is an Aperture test. They tested the new Mac Pro. Very impressive results.

MacWorld: How we test: Speedmark 9 Mac benchmarks

Bob Rockefeller's picture
by Bob Rockefeller
January 12, 2014 - 11:46am

Now that I have my new Mac Pro set up and running Aperture well, I can post a few benchmarks. I don’t have any specific to Aperture, so inference will have to be made from other performance measures.

The new Mac Pro is a 6-core, 3.5GHz, 32GB RAM model with the FirePro 500 pair. The old Mac Pro was an 8-core, 2.6GHz, 16GB RAM late 2008 model with a video card upgraded to the ATI Radeon HD 5870 video card.

I ran the LuxMark 2.1 benchmark that concentrates on OpenCL video and found 769 for the old and a whopping 2482 for the new. No surprise there.

For GPU measure I used GeekBench 3 in single and dual 32-bit and 64-bit modes and got: old 32-bit = 1543/10334, new 32-bit = 3148/17280, old 64-bit 1666/11582 and new 64-bit 3595/20543. A reasonable improvement considering the age of the old Mac Pro.

Read/write speeds for the new Mac Pro to it’s SSD were impressive at 1229/1042 MB/sec.

Aperture feels very responsive on the new Mac Pro with lightning-fast imports over USB 3 and quick loading of previews. It’s a noticeable, if not world changing, difference compared to the old.

Now, if Aperture 4 has particular code to make use of the dual GPUs, it could be the world changing impressive upgrade we hope for.

Bob
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Bob Rockefeller
Midway, GA
www.bobrockefeller.com

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by Chris Mielke
January 19, 2014 - 8:41am

Bob, I’m jealous of your upgrade.  We were like twins when you had the 2008 MacPro with 16gb, even down the upgraded video card.  I have been debating for awhile what to do with my next machine upgrade.  I haven’t yet made up my mind.  Why did you choose the MacPro over a new iMac?  I have many peripheral drives and that’s a lot of the reason why I don’t like any of my options.  How did you go from 4 internal drives to having to use all of them as external?  Thanks for your thoughts ahead of time.

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