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Fear not, speed-hungry pro users: Those Geekbench scores for the new Mac Pro's CPU earlier this summer apparently don't tell the whole tale, with a second round of tests showing more impressive results.
9to5Mac reported Thursday that the upcoming 2013 Mac Pro's CPU is finally starting to living up to expectations, with a new Geekbench score "in excess of 30,000 points."
Back in June, early tests of the 12-core Intel Xeon E5-2697 which powers Apple's newest pro desktop came in with a Geekbench score of 23,901 -- a far cry from the 30,000-plus anticipated by many users.
According to Tom's Hardware, those early tests were conducted using a 32-bit build of the Geekbench software using a pre-release version of the CPU and a beta version of OS X Mavericks, so the story certainly didn't end there.
"Curious as to how the very same 12-core Xeon E5-2687 V2 compared in Windows, I ran my own test on a 64-bit build of Geekbench and scored in excess of 30,000 points — more than 25 percent faster than the leaked number," the report noted.
Those adept at even basic math will note that even 30,000 points is still short of Apple's touted claims of being two times faster, although the latest tests did show big improvements with 3D modeling as well as optical character recognition (OCR), both fairly processor-heavy tasks.
Apple has yet to commit to a release date for the new Mac Pro beyond "later this year," although it's widely expected to be sometime this fall, likely timed near the release of OS X Mavericks.
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