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  1. I've owned the Mac Pro 2013 for a year. Its the six-core model that came with 16GB RAM and 256GB SSD onboard. My experience with this machine has been frustrating from the beginning. Frankly, the 2007 Mac Book Pro 17" with 16GB OWC memory and a 1TB SSD feels peppier. That's unfortunate because I bought the Mac Pro to be my home workhorse. The problems started from the purchase. The Apple store sold me the LaCie Thunderbolt 4TB drive (still rotational). Migrating from the 17" Mac Pro, with 1TB, to a 256GB drive meant I had to pick and poke my way through installations. That caused lots of problems. So much for that new machine responsiveness. Key for me was that I couldn't even back up my iPhone 128GB to my home computer. I had to go find a Terminal Code to try to defer the backups to another external drive. That wasn't an Apple experience. Well, not the "It just works" experience which has been the purpose for owning a Mac. I just need to get work done fast! For the last year, I've experienced this balancing act of NOT ENOUGH. Not enough RAM even at 32GB now. Not enough Storage on board though I upgraded to the OWC Aura 1TB. There was simply no way to Work. Despite Apple's paradigm of designing and extremely fast (supposedly) Main computer that can run multiple monitors, drives etc, ironically Adobe didn't get the email and still wants to run only on the onboard SSD. After experiencing lousy performance running Creative Cloud on the LaCie, I installed on the local SSD. Better but not screaming. During the year I also got a QNAP TVS-863. Unfortunately just one month before QNAP released a Thunderbolt version. The bottom line is that Apple sold underprovisioned hardware as an entry level tool but which I'd argue was a glorified email reader with no guts to do run hard and fast. - $4000 Mac Pro, - $300 LaCie D2 Thunderbolt/ - $900 OWC Aura - $3500 QNAP Server and 28TB worth of disks To their credit when Apple Care realized one point of concern that the 16GB RAM, they replaced it with 32GB RAM to see if that would keep the Mac from creating a swap file. That has helped but the margin of 3-7GB is usually based on running one Adobe App. I've now asked both Adobe and Apple about the problems I've had with poor running performance and each blames the other and insists they don't talk to each other to seek the highest performance. I hope that was just poor customer service. The net effect of the failures of this machine is that my clients have at times experienced poor performance bottlenecks because I had to deal with dramatic slowdowns, had to reinstall System software several times and Adobe Software more than a few times. The Mac Pro 2013 has been a dismal failure in my opinion. It has not been the backbone of my office. Its been a ball and chain that is constantly demanding more RAM or a separate SSD Thunderbolt Raid. All of the hobbling around I've done has been due to Mac making this system so expensive that you have to be ready to fork out another $5000 to make it usable. Its an amazing idea to essentially make the entire office the virtual hardware enclosure instead of confining drives and peripherals to a box but its not going to work if all of the software wants to be nuzzled up close to the CPU bus and not at the other end of a thunderbolt tether. And it would also help if there were a central application that helped manage all of the Application Libraries to be stored on external drives: Mail, Photos, Music. So what's the story? Both Apple and Adobe seem to falling flat on their faces by layering their hardware and software solutions with Community driven layers to sell Cloudliness instead of focusing on maintaining their prowess as power suppliers to power producers. Both Apple and Adobe need to wake up. Faster PC's are available and millennials are not using Adobe as much as their predecessors. I'm not longer limited to owning a Mac Adobe product when I can as easily own a PC and get the Adobe software. I'd like to know if anyone else has had these problems and experiences and if a magic RAM/STORAGE/CPU combination has been successful. Mine's been shite.
  2. Hi, I have a late 2012 MacMini that I have been using as just a file server until recently. As a file server it is pretty spartan in terms of installed software. Still it run incredibly slowly. And the benchmarks quantify it (score: 585). What steps can be taken to identify exactly the source performance drain? Cheers!
  3. My iMac (21.5-inch, Late 2015) - 2.8 GHz Intel Core i5 - seems slow. Slow to startup particularly. It's only a few months old, and I see scores for older Macs that are much higher than mine. I don't really know what to make of this. Should I expect better performance of my Mac?? Novabench Score: 750 2016-08-02 17:37:07 +0000 Mac OS X 10.11.6 Intel Core i5 @ 2800 MHz Graphics Card: Intel Iris Pro Graphics 6200 16384 MB System RAM (Score: 225) - RAM Speed: 9537 MB/s CPU Tests (Score: 480) - Floating Point Operations/Second: 159206272 - Integer Operations/Second: 281675136 - MD5 Hashes Calculated/Second: 1191113 Graphics Tests (Score: 38) - 3D Frames Per Second: 90 Hardware Tests (Score: 7) - Primary Partition Capacity: 930 GB - Drive Write Speed: 14 MB/s
  4. I Have an older motherboard with an X58 chip set, so I know my PCI-E is a slight bottleneck for the GTX 980, But I don't think the drop off would be this great. When I see other scores with GTX 980's the score is much higher. Only major change recently is the Xeon processor is new Any ideas on why it is so bad? Verified NovaBench Score: 1795 Test run on November 27, 2015 at 13:21 Microsoft Windows 10 Home Intel Xeon X5680 3.33GHz running at 3350 MHz NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 GPU 12280 MB System RAM (Score: 206) - RAM Speed: 9250 MB/s CPU Tests (Score: 926) - Floating Point Operations/Second: 311658792 - Integer Operations/Second: 1153135104 - MD5 Hashes Generated/Second: 1065070 Graphics Tests (Score: 639) - 3D Frames Per Second: 1719 Hardware Tests (Score: 24) - Primary Partition Capacity: 111 GB - Drive Write Speed: 176 MB/s
  5. Hi well I'm new to the forum and need some advice. I have been having some trouble in the last 6 months with my mac getting slower and slower. I ended up reformatting the drive but that still didn't help. It is very slow at opening and saving small word documents for school. It is also very slow at loading webpages even though my internet is pretty fast. I read an article on line that said they were having the same symptoms and replaced the hard drive with a ssd which cured it. Im not sure what my results should be but here are my current numbers. thanks for your help!!
  6. Hi there! This is the first time I ran Novabench, so I don't know if my system score is what it should be. My Mac has slowed down during the last weeks and I have no idea why. I'd like to know if my system results are normal for it's configuration. Any suggestions? Thanks a lot! Novabench score.nbr