For years Apple Mac PROs have being touted as the go-to PCs for content creation for multimedia, graphics,video or photo editing, basically for multimedia content creation. For years, Apple Inc. has pushed this idea to the professional market, basically saying “Apple is better, faster, stronger” when it comes to making actual work, while all the rest (read that as assembled PCs mainly) are good for gaming at most.
Yet, real content creators, professionals worldwide and even normal people who have used Apple computers and specifically MAC PROs, for years have either blindly believed to the marketing blablabla of Apple, or went the “unknown path” and tested cheaper alternatives. Yes I am talking about the assembled PCs with Intel CPUs. And I would underline the word “cheaper”, but you can do that yourself.
Now there is someone who actually has been on both shores, using a MAC Pro and then testing it against and assembled PC. This someone is Youtube user Tech Guy, who took the time to copare both systems. He surely was not the first one, but it is of some note that the assembled PC has the new AMD Ryzen CPU. Why is this important? Well, for decades Intel has dominated the professional PC market (and even the gaming market, to be honest) leaving only the crumbs to AMD to work with. So even Intel started cashing on this predominance, charging premium for high performance CPUs that were targeted not only to the PC enthusiasts, but also, and mainly, to the professional market.
Just to get the picture more clear, an APPLE MAC PRO costs in Apr. 2017 some $ 5,660 while the AMD Ryzen CPU based Pc only cost him some $ 1532, roughly 1/3 of the price for the Apple. Here the screenshots of the video detailing the specs:
As you can see, the 2 PCs are, component wise, pretty similar. So one should expect similar performance, logic would demand. Boy are we wrong…
The test used is not a standard test, but actually a set of instructions for the Photoshop application. Instructions are downloadable from the link on the description of the video (or if you are lazy, go HERE.
Enough talking, though. The video is quite explicative on how the systems are tested, but all we really are interested in, is the final result.
And here we have it: Apple MAC PRO scored 15 seconds, with or without GPU acceleration, which basically means that the test is leaning only on CPU calculations for this particular test, and as the scope of this article is to compare CPUs, it makes sense to test the systems this way.
Testing the AMD Ryzen CPU-based PC, though, yielded a quite different, and thus better, result: 8,8 seconds. Overclocking the Ryzen CPU to 3,5GHz lowered the score of further 1 second, to 7,8 seconds.
So there you have it: an “apple to ryzen” (sorry for the pun) comparison aimed at content creation professionals that gets straight to the point, it being that an overclocked Ryzen CPU is 2x faster than a 3x more expensive Apple professional workstation.
You draw your conclusions, folks…