Benchmarks for the new Mac Pro reveal some models have similar performance to iMac Pro

Benchmarks are in for the newest, most powerful Mac Pro, and the scores may surprise you.

Benchmarks for several different models of the new Mac Pro have been published on Geekbench, with the Geekbench 5 tool revealing how the new, modular desktop compares to other Apple-branded devices like the iMac Pro. In this case, the 8-core, 12-core, and 16-core Mac Pro models (which are considered the base and mid-tier models) reveal benchmark scores similar to the iMac Pro from 2017.

Here’s how it breaks down, as noted today by MacRumors:

  • 8-core Mac Pro: single-core score of 1008, and a multi-core score of 7606.
  • 12-core Mac Pro: single-core score of 1090, and a multi-core score of 11599.
  • 16-core Mac Pro: single-core score of 1104, and a multi-core score of 14285.

The 16-core Mac Pro outshines the 18-core iMac Pro, though, but the scores are pretty close.

In single-core performance, the new Mac Pro models are outshined by many of Apple’s 2019 Macs, especially when it comes to the lowest-end 8-core machine. The higher-end 2019 MacBook Pro models (13, 15, and 16-inch), the high-end Mac mini, and 2019 iMac models all beat out even the 16-core machine when it comes to single-core scores.

In multi-core performance, it’s only the iMac Pro models and the high-end iMac that outshine the 8-core Mac Pro, while 12-core and 16-core models are close to the top of the chart.

Now, it should be noted that, unlike many (many!) of the other Mac products listed here, the new Mac Pro is made to be modular. As such, the customization options available to it are definitely worth considering for anyone who might be interested in actually buying (the expensive) new Mac Pro. You can basically get the performance you want, as long as you’re willing to fork over the cash for it.

Plus! The high-end Mac Pro is not listed here, and it’s safe to assume that either the 24- or 28-core options will produce some worthwhile benchmark numbers in their own right. And of course, while benchmarks can showcase a certain element of expectation, it all comes down to the individual and how they use their machine.