Wouldn’t it be nice if we lived in a world where your 2009 or later Mac Pro could compete with, or even outperform the brand new, fancy-shmancy 2013 iMac when it comes to graphics?
Guess what? We do! In fact, with minimal tweaking, your older Mac Pro can be a dream machine for gamers and creative professionals who depend on the highest quality graphics to do what they do. That may sound crazy, but prepare for a big surprise when you check out the comparative benchmarks by rob-ART morgan over at Bare Feats.
It’s amazing, but an older Mac Pro can outperform later versions of the iMac in almost every significant category. One look at the numbers shows you that a three-year-old Mac Pro with the desktop version of the GTX blows the iMacs with GTX 680MX and 780M GPU’s out of the water.
That’s something to think about when you are considering whether or not you should upgrade. Sure, there are some great perks with the latest iMac, but if you are hoping they will supply you with a significant bang for your buck when it comes to a graphics upgrade, be prepared to be disappointed.
If you have a 2009 or later Mac Pro, you can do a complete upgrade very affordably. In addition to upgrading your GPU, it’s very easy to add memory and a Solid State Drive to your Mac Pro. That is pretty much all you need to build a machine that can handle just about anything you throw at it.
The fact is, as rob-ART points out, the mobile GPU’s Apple sticks into the new iMac are no longer on par with the desktop versions of those same GPU’s. What does that tell you? You don’t need to drop between $1,300 and $2,000 to feel like you are actually in the heart of the swarm in the latest version of StarCraft or to feel like you need to physically start dodging bullets when playing your fave first-person shooter. You don’t need a brand new iMac to be at the top of your profession if you are an artist, game designer or any other type of visual arts professional.
All you need is your 2009 or later Mac Pro coupled with the EVGA GeForce GTX 680 Mac Edition, and bam, you have what it takes to be the best you can be, whether you want to survive the latest zombie apocalypse or design the next one.