We’ve seen a lot of benchmarks for the new Mac Pro, but if you want to get an idea of how it stacks up in real-life use, a British animation studio shared the story of how it used early access to one to work on the Jumanji movie: The Next Level.
Lunar Animation said animation is one of a computer’s toughest tasks, and it initially thought that failure by Apple to update the trash could have forced Mac Pro to switch to PCs.
In a blog post, the company said the iMac Pro made it easier to hold the fort while it was waiting for the new Mac Pro.
Apple then provided early access to what it calls a mid-range Mac Pro for Lunar. Nonetheless, mid-range by standards of the animation studio.
- 3.2 GHz 16‑core Intel Xeon W processor, Turbo Boost up to 4.4 GHz
- 192 GB (6x32GB) of DDR4 ECC memory
- Two Radeon Pro Vega II with 32 GB of HBM2 memory each
- 4 TB SSD storage
- Apple Afterburner card
- Pro Display XDR
The iMac Pro machines it used before the Mac Pro were not quite up to the job, it’s said.
The company said it was expecting the Mac Pro to solve this issue, but it was surprised by the dramatic difference it saw.
It took only five minutes on the Mac Pro for one task that took 21 minutes on a 10-core iMac Pro.
The Pro Display XDR also makes a huge difference, making it easy for the studio to see its work exactly as the client would see it on high-end reference monitors.