“Trash Can” Mac Pro with 12-Core Intel Xeon CPU upgrade beats the Apple M1
Apple released the new Mac Pro at WWDC in 2013. It has a very compact design and is dubbed “the trash can” by many people. However, under its small body, it was equipped with an Intel Xeon processor, two AMD FirePro D300/D500/D700 graphics cards, and six Thunderbolt 2 interfaces. The performance was quite powerful at the time, and it was a very classic product.
According to Wccftech reports, the Youtube channel This Does Not Compute recently transformed a 2013 Mac Pro and successfully upgraded the processor to Intel Xeon E5-2697 v2, replacing the original 4-core processor. Its core code is Ivy Bridge-EP, 12 cores, and 24 threads, the base frequency is 2.7GHz, the turbo frequency is 3.5GHz, the L3 cache is 30MB, and the TDP is 130W. Due to the compact design of the “trash can”, it is not easy to upgrade by yourself. It takes a lot of energy and time, and there are not many users who are willing to do so.
After successfully installing the Xeon E5-2697 v2 processor, YouTuber ran Geekbench 5 under the macOS Monterey operating system, and scored 797 and 7792 in the single-core and multi-core benchmark tests, respectively. For comparison, the multi-core benchmark scores of the MacBook Pro models equipped with the M1 and M2 were 7390 and 8743 points, respectively, and the M1’s score was even lower than the upgraded “trash can”. As an old machine that has been released nearly 10 years, the single-core performance is naturally far inferior to the existing products. The increase in IPC and frequency has opened a huge gap, but the multi-core performance is ok.