Apple's Mac Pro - Upgrading CPUs, Memory & Running XPby Anand Lal Shimpi on September 12, 2006 1:51 AM EST
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With our SATA performance issues solved, we could finally evaluate the Windows XP performance of our Mac Pro compared to a similarly constructed Core 2 Extreme PC. We ran our usual suite of CPU benchmarks on the Mac Pro as well as on our Core 2 CPU testbed, to see just how close to a Core 2 PC the Mac Pro would be in running Windows XP.
We ran the Mac Pro in two configurations, one in its default four core (2 x dual core Xeon 5160) configuration and one with only two cores enabled. The latter configuration was used to compare to our dual core Core 2 test bed, eliminating any performance advantages due to the extra two cores of the Mac Pro.
All gaming tests used an ATI Radeon X1900 XTX.
|CPU:||Intel Xeon 5160 (3.0GHz/4MB) x 2
Intel Core 2 Extreme X6800 (2.93GHz/4MB)
Intel Core 2 Duo E6700 (2.66GHz/4MB)
|Motherboard:||Apple Mac Pro Intel 5000X Motherboard
ASUS P5W DH Deluxe (LGA-775)
|Chipset Drivers:||NVIDIA ForceWare 91.47
Intel 126.96.36.1997 (Intel)
|Hard Disk:||Seagate 7200.9 300GB SATA|
|Memory:||Corsair XMS2 DDR2-800 4-4-4-12 (1GB x 2)|
|Video Card:||2 x ATI Radeon X1900 XT CrossFire|
|Video Drivers:||ATI Catalyst 6.8|
|Desktop Resolution:||1280 x 1024 - 32-bit @ 60Hz (1024 x 768 for games)|
|OS:||Windows XP Professional SP2|