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CPU Choice for Mac Pro 2013

PostPosted: Wed Jan 23, 2019 1:13 pm
by NN634969607133502601UL
Hi folks,

What CPU option would be best for running Capture One Pro? I have 64GB RAM and D500 GPU

I'm more concerned about the speed of tethering and rendering, not too much about exporting files. I just want the images to tether as quickly as possible. I'll usually be also running Photoshop and backup software while shooting.

6-Core 3.5Ghz CPU
10-Core 3.0GHz CPU

Re: CPU Choice for Mac Pro 2013

PostPosted: Thu Jan 24, 2019 1:33 am
by georgebrooksphoto
I've found that the 6 core 3.5GHz is the sweet spot for most photo work, including Capture One. Its the perfect balance between clock speed and number of cores. I haven't used the 10 core, but I've used the 8 and 12 core models as well and haven't seen any noticeable difference in rendering time vs the 6 core.

Re: CPU Choice for Mac Pro 2013

PostPosted: Thu Jan 24, 2019 3:02 am
by NN634969607133502601UL
Thank you! I just found more CPU upgrades :

6-cores at 3.7Ghz
8-cores at 3.3Ghz - is that the 8-core model that you're referring to?

If you were starting from scratch which CPU would you have on your 2013 MacPro photo workstation (cost not a factor in CPU choice)?

georgebrooksphoto wrote:I've found that the 6 core 3.5GHz is the sweet spot for most photo work, including Capture One. Its the perfect balance between clock speed and number of cores. I haven't used the 10 core, but I've used the 8 and 12 core models as well and haven't seen any noticeable difference in rendering time vs the 6 core.

Re: CPU Choice for Mac Pro 2013

PostPosted: Sat Jan 26, 2019 12:05 am
by NN635412303032341950UL
I have Mac Pro 2010 with 3.46ghz 4 cores and I have no issue with tethering. Mac Pro 2013 would be much faster than mine for sure.

Re: CPU Choice for Mac Pro 2013

PostPosted: Thu Jun 20, 2019 5:43 pm
by John Burdett
I'm also curious about this. I'm a digital tech, been using my Mac Pro heavily for both tethering and processing, I decided to go with the 8-core 3.3ghz processor and it has been really great. Although of course the biggest factor is the GPUs. I've used both the D300s and the D700s and the difference was night and day.

I recently picked up a non-working machine (one bad D700 :cry: ) with a working 12-core processor and I'm wondering if I should try it out. Anyone have experience with both the 12 core 2.7 and the 8-core 3.3 and have any feedback? I also prioritize tethering speed over processing/exporting to some degree. At this point I'm leaning towards sticking with the faster 8-core...

Re: CPU Choice for Mac Pro 2013

PostPosted: Tue Jul 23, 2019 6:32 am
by NN636992056442154166UL
John Burdett wrote:I'm also curious about this. I'm a digital tech, been using my Mac Pro heavily for both tethering and processing, I decided to go with the 8-core 3.3ghz processor and it has been really great. Although of course the biggest factor is the GPUs. I've used both the D300s and the D700s and the MyFirstPremierCard´╗┐ difference was night and day.

I recently picked up a non-working machine (one bad D700 :cry: ) with a working 12-core processor and I'm wondering if I should try it out. Anyone have experience with both the 12 core 2.7 and the 8-core 3.3 and have any feedback? I also prioritize tethering speed over processing/exporting to some degree. At this point I'm leaning towards sticking with the faster 8-core...


Its the perfect balance between clock speed and number of cores.

Re: CPU Choice for Mac Pro 2013

PostPosted: Fri Jul 26, 2019 12:56 am
by John Burdett
NN636992056442154166UL wrote:
Its the perfect balance between clock speed and number of cores.


I agree, I took a while deciding on which processor I wanted when I upgraded it and I just kept coming back to that 3.3ghz 8-core. I couldn't be happier, along with the D700 GPUs and 64gb of ram it's a great machine for both tethering and processing.