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  • Latest MacBook Pros 13-53% Faster According to Latest Benchmarks


    MacWorld has released new benchmark results for the latest generation of MacBook Pros. They feature Intelís newest Core i5 and Core i7 processors better known by their code name Sandy Bridge and the results are impressive. Macworld ran their usual battery of speed tests on the latest MacBook Pros. The only exception to the testing was with the new Thunderbolt connection, as devices that use this new standard were not yet available in time for testing.

    The latest MacBook Pros include Intelís newest Core i processors. These chips integrate many features that were once only found on separate chips. The processor, cache, graphics, and memory controller are all included on the same chip, which allows the processor to run more efficiently, increasing overall performance.

    The graphics processors used in the latest MacBook Pros have also been upgraded because of the Sandy Bridge processors. All of the latest MacBook Pros now uses the Intel HD Graphics 3000 processor that uses 384 MB of RAM that is shared with the main memory. The 15 and 17-inch models also include graphic processors by AMD instead of NVIDIA, this time around.

    The 13-inch entry-level MacBook Pro received a score of 141 on the Speedmark 6.5 test. This translates to a 35% increase in overall performance. This model showed marked improvements in every category tested with the exception of the Call of Duty tests. It was only able to display 26 fps as opposed to last yearís model which was able to product 33 fps. Using Intelís integrated graphics processor instead of a dedicated graphics card, really brought performance down quite a bit. The upper level 13-inch MacBook Pro only saw a 13% improvement over last yearís model, even though it uses the fastest dual-core processor that Intel currently makes, the 2.7 GHz Core i7 processor.



    The 15-inch MacBook Pro using a 2.0 GHz Core i7 quad-core processor, saw a 33% increase in speed over last yearís model. The next model 15-inch MacBook Pro using a 2.2 GHz Core i7 quad-core processor, saw a 38% increase over last yearís model. Itís not surprising that both computers scored so closely during the tests, as the clock speed of both CPUís is quite close to one another.

    The 17-inch MacBook Pro saw the greatest benefit from the upgrade to the Sandy Bridge processors with a 53% increase over last years model. This model has very similar specifications to the higher-end 15-inch model. This dramatic increase in system performance may have to do with the AMDís Radeon HD 6750M graphics processor that includes 1GB of dedicated video memory.

    Although the latest MacBook Proís didnít include a new case design, which was widely expected, the speed improvements over last yearís models canít be ignored. Using the latest Intel Sandy Bridge processors, the 2011 MacBook Pros are the fastest portable Macs that Apple has ever produced. I canít wait to take one for a test drive.

    Source: MacWorld
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Latest MacBook Pros 13-53% Faster According to Latest Benchmarks started by Wiley John Wright View original post
    Comments 71 Comments
    1. Radex's Avatar
      Radex -
      Well, this will be my first MPB (2011 15" MBP High End). I'm just waiting for Apple to accept my order. Hope it's a worthy investment .
    1. trialnterror's Avatar
      trialnterror -
      I got a entry 3 year old 17" iMac do u think it'd be worth getting a 13" entry mbp?
    1. zplit's Avatar
      zplit -
      Quote Originally Posted by Tenspeed123 View Post
      Was that remotely necessary, required, or relevant? Not really.
      +1
    1. TheJailbreakGenius's Avatar
      TheJailbreakGenius -
      Quote Originally Posted by trialnterror View Post
      I got a entry 3 year old 17" iMac do u think it'd be worth getting a 13" entry mbp?
      Absolutely not. Get better then entry level, it'll be January when they come out with the next model.

      (you will be jealous by then)
    1. TheJailbreakGenius's Avatar
      TheJailbreakGenius -
      Quote Originally Posted by zplit View Post
      +1
      +2 lol
    1. TheJailbreakGenius's Avatar
      TheJailbreakGenius -
      Quote Originally Posted by Westerman View Post
      Play nice guys
      Ok mommy
    1. TheJailbreakGenius's Avatar
      TheJailbreakGenius -
      Quote Originally Posted by mhtruth View Post
      wow! I didn't know my opinion effected you so negatively. I'll make sure to consider your feeling next time i decide to post on how Apple failed my expectations to upgrade my macbook pro. LOL! And since you were so nice as to inquire about my computer preference...bootcamp will just have to do for now. LOL!
      Because bootcamp is a computer...


      I bet ur running a windows, and are just jealous of everyone elses macs.
    1. PhantomPhoenix's Avatar
      PhantomPhoenix -
      Too bad they're still about 45-55% too damn expensive for even a fairly wealthy, high end consumer with the bevy of comparably specced PC options out there for a fraction of the price... I say that with regret because I really would like to try a Mac notebook but the pricing is just so damn absurd.
    1. neonsector's Avatar
      neonsector -
      Quote Originally Posted by delusion950 View Post
      Little late with news. This was up yesterday.
      like everything else on here, 2-3 days old news ripped from other sites.
    1. TheJailbreakGenius's Avatar
      TheJailbreakGenius -
      Quote Originally Posted by PhantomPhoenix View Post
      Too bad they're still about 45-55% too damn expensive for even a fairly wealthy, high end consumer with the bevy of comparably specced PC options out there for a fraction of the price... I say that with regret because I really would like to try a Mac notebook but the pricing is just so damn absurd.
      1000 is too much for the highest quality, best-liked, fastest and easiest ui, computer around, that is meant to last ten years?

      Can't go wrong. I got the top of the line 27" iMac, and I will never go back to a PC.
    1. TheJailbreakGenius's Avatar
      TheJailbreakGenius -
      Quote Originally Posted by neonsector View Post
      like everything else on here, 2-3 days old news ripped from other sites.
      Totally true. Like a little girl writing a school report, lol. No offense to writers, but only very few articles are good. Which this one is, btw.
    1. steve-z17's Avatar
      steve-z17 -
      The new MBP's are sweet, but I don't think I would use the quad-core just yet.
    1. sirwerd1's Avatar
      sirwerd1 -
      Quote Originally Posted by TheJailbreakGenius View Post
      1000 is too much for the highest quality, best-liked, fastest and easiest ui, computer around, that is meant to last ten years?

      Can't go wrong. I got the top of the line 27" iMac, and I will never go back to a PC.
      Apple has no intention for you to use one of their devices for 10 years... Lion ended their support for their PowerPC computers which they made up until 2006...
    1. HighTymes's Avatar
      HighTymes -
      Got the 15" 2.2Ghz MBP w/HR Screen & 128GB SSD. Ordered 8GB OWC ram for it too.

      This is my very first Mac and it being shipped to me right now, should be here Tues. or Weds
    1. 2Jaze's Avatar
      2Jaze -
      So I guess no one can answer MY question....perhaps the original writer can tell me why the 15" is a higher end model?
    1. iphone?3gs's Avatar
      iphone?3gs -
      Quote Originally Posted by Nielsenius View Post
      Maybe it's just me, but I'd rather have the one to two hours of extra battery life than a ~30% increase in processor power. My MacBook Pro has a 2.8GHz i7 and there is nothing slow about it. Unless you're doing intense gaming or lots of video editing, I'm not sure what the real benefit is.
      Your still going to get the same battery life as with older models. Apple made their testing even harder putting more pressure, so they got lower time. It's no different than last year. If apple did the same test last year than they would have gotten the same time.
    1. AkiraPsychic's Avatar
      AkiraPsychic -
      Quote Originally Posted by 2Jaze View Post
      Can anyone tells me what makes the 15" model a "higher end" than the 17"?
      I'm guessing reading isn't your strong point, it clearly says the high end 15" model, there are 2 models in the 15" range.
    1. piston597's Avatar
      piston597 -
      Even though the 13'' is slower than the 17'' (duh) it still beats my computer by 300%... definitley gonna pick on up in the following months... maybe a 15'' if I save up enough...
    1. 2Jaze's Avatar
      2Jaze -
      Quote Originally Posted by AkiraPsychic View Post
      I'm guessing reading isn't your strong point, it clearly says the high end 15" model, there are 2 models in the 15" range.
      Then I'm guessing it isn't yours either, because 'clearly' the way it was originally worded could've been taken in more ways than one. Unless of course your opting to be a smart-*** about the question overrides your willingness to admit that the wording in referencing the "higher end 15" model" doesn't automatically suggest there are TWO 15" models, and even though there are two on the site, they can be configured any way you like so at first glance one just appeared to have a better processor....which again, could be changed anyway.

      Point is unless you've actually BEEN on apple.com, that wording could be taken to mean they're calling the 15" model a "higher end" one, not necessarily referring to the better of two models. So much for using feedback here for helping me choose a model.
    1. endwaro's Avatar
      endwaro -
      Hey i bought a macbook pro 17 inch with i7 in 2010 is that as good as the ones from now? I keep hearing they are faster but i have the same chip name and 2.66 GHz so whats the big deal?