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OWC Tests Mac Pro 2013 With 12-Core Processor

12coreUnitThe top-of-the-line 12-core Mac Pro 2013 has arrived at OWC. And now that we have our hands on it, we’ve had the opportunity to do benchmark tests.

We’ve tested the stock unit with an Intel Xeon E5-2697 V2 12-Core 2.70GHz processor with both the stock 16GB of memory and with 64GB of OWC memory installed.

You can also check out our post for compiled benchmark scores on all of the Mac Pro 2013 models we’ve tested.

Here is a look at our results for the 12-core model with the stock Apple configuration and with the 64GB OWC memory upgrade:

Stock Apple / Intel E5-2697 V2 12-core 2.70GHz Configuration:



Intel E5-2697 V2 12-core 2.70GHz Configuration with 64GB of OWC memory:


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  • Q1) Could you confirm if the Upgraded Intel Xeons should be bought as WOF (Without Fan?) or PIB or TRAY?

    Q2) Could you advise which thermal paste you used (I’m new to CPU upgrades!)


  • Any progress on testing these systems with 128GB RAM? I’m trying to decide whether to buy 16GB DIMMs now, or wait for you to reveal that it will take 32GB DIMMs.

  • I have a 12 core – 3.33Ghz Mid 2012 (upgraded from 12-core 2.4Ghz) MacPro with
    Radeon 7950, 48GB RAM, 480GB Mercury Accelsior_E2 PCI Express SSD (boot) :

    My Geekbench 3 (64bit) scores: 2826 – 30286 ! – about 10 to 14% slower.

    But I also have 14 TB of built-in storage in return without cables and extra power cords.

    • Here is my previous model:

      Geekbench score always above 32,000.

      2010 Mac pro 5,1 12 core 3.4Ghz Boot Excelsior 480GB 32GB Ram. On the graphics side, which Geekbench does not measure, two Nvidia Quadro k5000s are installed.

      Conclusion: I can pretty much match a new stock configuration Mac Pro 6,1 performance-wise, less USB 3 and Thunderbolt. Future processor upgrades for both machines should be interesting indeed.