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OWC Tests More Processors With Mac Pro 2013

stopwatchWe posted our initial testing of the Intel E5-2667 V2 8-core 3.30GHz processor in the Mac Pro 2013 last week after confirming that the new model’s CPU allowed user upgrades.

We’ve now had the opportunity to test more Intel processors: an E5-1660 V2 6-Core 3.7GHz and E5-2690 10-Core 3.0GHz.

Each processor was tested with 64GB of OWC memory installed.

Here is a look at our results vs the stock Apple configuration:

UPDATE: We have retested and updated the images below with the most recent, accurate testing scores. Check out our compiled list for final testing results.

Stock Apple / Intel E5-1650 V2 6-core 3.50GHz Configuration:


Intel E5-1660 V2 6-Core 3.7GHz Configuration with 64GB of OWC memory:


Intel E5-2690 10-Core 3.0GHz Configuration with 64GB of OWC memory:



Check out below for OWC’s Mac Pro 2013 upgrade options:

Memory up to 64GB, save big versus factory upgrade.

Add Thunderbolt drives and more with OWC’s Thunderbolt Central.

Add Blu-ray/DVD/CD Drives, USB 3.0 Drives, keyboards, mice and more with OWC.

Check out our recent teardown of the 2013 Mac Pro. We also connected 6 displays to the new Mac Pro and have a Mac Pro 2013 Unboxing Gallery.

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  • It would be interesting to find out if you could swap out the graphics card that doesn’t have the SSD slot with a video card that does. Frankly I’m baffled as to why Apple didn’t do this in the first place. It would just be nice to know if the PCIe connection to both video cards is the same.

  • Here’s an Idea:

    OWC creates a smaller version of their OWC Mercury Accelsior PCI Express SSD card that fits in the PCIe SSD slot of the new Mac Pro. This card can carry two (to four) blade SSD drives each with 1TB capacity. If used in RAID 0, the throughput would be faster than the stock Apple PCIe SSD. The SSD blades are upgradable.

    Since the PCIe SSD internal slot of the new Mac Pro is simply PCIe 2.0 x 4 lanes, with 2 GB/s bandwidth, it can run twice as fast as the PCIe 2.0 x 2 that the OWC Mercury Accelsior PCIe SSD card. In other words, there is 1+ GB/s of bandwidth that is wasted by having only a single PCIe SSD.

    Food for thought!

  • Your scores for the Stock Apple / Intel E5-1650 V2 6-core 3.50GHz seem very low. Are those 32-bit or 64-bit scores?

    I’m seeing scores typically 3600/21000.

  • Why is the performance of the stock 6-core processor in this article so much less than that of the same processor in your original Jan 3 article? Here you got scores of 2929/17357, but the previous article shows scores of 3638/20777. Am I missing something? I believe the new scores are incorrect — perhaps another program was running while you did the benchmark.