Mac vs PC – Intel CPU Real World Benchmarks – What you get for your Money

Mac vs PC – Intel CPU Real World Benchmarks – What you get for your Money

I’m not sure if anybody has every really compared Apple Mac products to various PC computers, so here goes. ( Yes, I know the easiest way to get two sane people into a fight is a discussion of Mac vs PC. You can get pretty much the same result with a Nikon vs Canon debate ) In the almost two years since I posted the Free Photoshop Radial Blur Benchmark test, I’ve gotten results from at least 50 PC users and many Mac users. With the latest release of the new Intel i7-930X processor, the amazing processing power the Mac Pro’s have can be equaled by a PC costing 1/3 as much.

Looking at the chart we see the fastest result from a Mac Pro with a base price of $6199 and a test time of a 9.3 seconds. Now with the release of the Intel 6 core Sandy Bridge i7-3930K we have an overclocked time of 10.6 seconds on a custom built high end PC machine that has a $2000 price tag. That seems like an awful lot more money for a really nice looking shiny case the has a fruit on it. Note: Prices are current as of December 20th, 2011.

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CPU Operating System Photoshop Version Test Time
Intel 2 x 2.93 GHz 6 Core Xeon Westmere – $6199 Base Price OS X 10.6 CS5 64 bit 9.3 Seconds
Intel i7-3930k 3.2 GHz Sandy Bridge overclocked to 4.8 GHz – $2000 Maximized Win 7 64 bit CS5 64 bit 10.8 Seconds
Intel i7-3930k 3.2 GHz Sandy Bridge overclocked to 4.29 GHz – $2000 Maximized Win 7 64 bit CS5 64 bit 11.7 Seconds
Intel 2 x 2.93 GHz Quad Core Xeon Nehalem OS X 10.6 CS5 64 bit 13 Seconds
Intel i7-2700k 3.4 GHz Sandy Bridge overclocked to 5.1 GHz – $1800 Maximized Win 7 64 bit CS5 64 bit 13.4 Seconds
Intel 6 Core Xeon Westmere 3.33 GHz – $3699 Base Price OS X 10.6.4 CS5 64 bit 14.2 Seconds
Intel i7-2600k 3.4 GHz Sandy Bridge overclocked to 5.1 GHz – $1750 Maximized Win 7 64 bit CS5 64 bit 14.2 Seconds
Intel i7 970 3.2 GHz overclocked to 4.0 GHz Windows 7 64 bit CS5 64 bit 15.6 Seconds
Intel 2 X 3.2 GHz Quad Core Zeon “Nahelem” OS X 10.6.8 CS5 64 bit 15.6 Seconds
Intel i7 970 3.2 GHz overclocked to 3.8 GHz Windows 7 64 bit CS5 64 bit 16.2 Seconds
Intel 6 Core Xeon Westmere 3.33 GHz OS X 10.6.8 CS5 64 bit 16.7 Seconds
Intel 2 x 2.4 GHz Quad Core Xeon Westmere OS X 10.7.2 CS5 Extended 16.7 Seconds
Intel i7 overclocked to 4.1 GHz Windows 7 CS4 17.1 Seconds
Intel i7-2500k 3.3 GHz Sandy Bridge overclocked to 4.4 GHz Win 7 64 bit CS5 64 bit 17.6 Seconds
Intel 2 x 3.2 GHz Quad Core Xeon OS X 10.5 CS4 17.9 Seconds
Intel i7-2600 3.4 GHz – $899 Base Price Win 7 64 bit CS5 64 bit 19.6 Seconds
Intel 2 x 2.8 GHz Quad-Core Xeon OS X 10.5 CS4 19.9 Seconds
Intel i7-2600k 3.4 GHz ( 8M Cache ) Windows 7 Pro 64 bit CS 5 64 bit 20.0 Seconds
Intel i7 980X 3.33 GHz Overclocked to 4.03 GHz Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit CS 3 21.0 Seconds
Intel i5-2500k 3.30 GHz Sandy Bridge – $799 Base Price Windows 7 64 bit CS 5 64 bit 21.5 Seconds
Intel i7 930 2.8 GHz Overclocked to 3.5 GHz Windows 7 CS 4 21.9 Seconds
Intel i7 950 3.06 GHz Overclocked to 4.0 GHz Windows 7 64 bit CS 5 64 bit 22.3 Seconds
Intel i7 930 2.80 Over clocked to 3.5 GHz Windows 7 64 bit CS 5 64 bit 24.0 Seconds
AMD Phenon II X6 1100T 3.3 GHz Over clocked to 4.2 GHz Windows 7 64 bit CS 5 64 bit 24.2 Seconds
Intel i7 870 2.93 GHz Windows 7 64 bit Ultimate CS 5 64 bit 24.4 Seconds
Intel i5 2500K 3.3 GHz OS-X Hackintosh Lion 10.7.2 CS 5 64 bit 25.2 Seconds
Intel i7 875K 2.93 GHz Windows 7 64 bit CS 4 26.3 Seconds
AMD Phenon II X6 1090T 3.2GHz overclocked to 3.7 GHz GHz Windows 7 64 bit CS 5 64 bit 26.4 Seconds
Intel i5 2300 2.80 GHz Windows 7 64 bit CS 5 64 bit 26.8 Seconds
Intel i7 950 3.06 GHz Windows 7 64 bit CS 5 64 bit 27.0 Seconds
Intel i7-2630QM 2.0 GHz Win 7 64 bit CS5 64 bit 27.4 Seconds
Intel Quad Q9550 2.83 GHz Overclocked to 3.6 GHz Vista 64 bit CS 5 64 bit 27.9 Seconds
Intel Core2 Quad QX9650 3.00 GHz Vista 64 bit CS 5 64 bit 28.2 Seconds
Intel i7 860 2.8 GHz Win 7 64 bit CS 5 64 bit 28.4 Seconds
Intel i5-750 3.30 GHz Win 7 64 bit CS 5 64 bit 28.8 Seconds
Intel Core2 Quad QX9650 3.00 GHz Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit CS 5 64 bit Extended 29.4 Seconds
Intel i5 750 2.66 GHz Overclocked to 4.1 GHz with Asus Turbo V Win 7 64 bit CS2 29.6 Seconds
Intel i7 920 2.66 GHz Win 7 CS5 29.7 Seconds
Intel Core 2 Extreme QX6850 3.0 GHz overclocked to 3.33 GHz Win 7 Professional 64 bit CS5 64 bit 30.9 Seconds
Intel i7 920 2.66 GHz Win 7 CS4 31.1 Seconds
Intel i7 930 2.8 GHz Win 7 Pro 64 bit CS5 32.0 Seconds
Intel i7 870 2.93 GHz Win 7 64bit CS2 33.1 Seconds
Intel Core2 Quad Q9400 2.66 GHz Vista CS4 33.6 Seconds
AMD Phenom X6 1055T 6 Core 2.80 GHz Win 7 64 bit CS5 64 bit 33.7 Seconds
Intel Q9400 Quad 2.66 GHz Win 7 64 bit CS4 34.2 Seconds
Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 2.40 GHz XP Pro CS3 36.8 Seconds
AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Editon 3.4 GHz OC to 3.86 GHz Win 7 64 bit CS5 64 bit 38.4 Seconds
Intel Core i7 X920 2.0 GHz Windows 7 Enterprise 64bit CS5 40.5 Seconds
AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition 3.4 GHz Win 7 CS5 42.6 Seconds
Intel Core i7-720qm 1.6 GHz Win 7 64 bit CS5 64 bit 45.2 Seconds
Intel i5 680 3.6 GHz Dual Core OS X 10.6.8 CS5 47.3 Seconds
Intel i5 650 Dual Core 3.2 GHz Win 7 64 bit CS4 51 Seconds

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