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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. vantheman169's Avatar
      vantheman169 -
      This looks like a good upgrade but i will be sticking with my late 2008 Model MacBook Pro 15" 2.4 GHZ, 4 GB Ram as its still holds up to my expectations. The only thing i would change on my MBP is maybe battery life but its just an older model and it still lasts 3 1/2 to 4 hours on a full charge depending on what i am doing. Thunderbolt sounds awesome tho and my next MBP will have a MATTE finish on the screen vs. Glossy. Other than that. I am content. Great article tho. Thank you.
    1. Buckmaster's Avatar
      Buckmaster -
      I ordered a 13" airbook maxed out last night,it will be my first Mac, so I sure hope I am not disappointed with my new $2,000 toy.
    1. MetallicaFan1991's Avatar
      MetallicaFan1991 -
      Good thing they didn't use COD4, its an old game now and only the latest one on Mac, no games for Mac anyway.
    1. mhtruth's Avatar
      mhtruth -
      Quote Originally Posted by luketinsley View Post
      There are many third parties out there that offer single connectors to thunderbolt for all your peripherals. Also Apples goal was to create a performance increase in their new models, adding USB 3 would not have given it that increase. So stop complaining and do your research before you post ignorant rants on forums.
      I did my research...thunderbolt(10gb) like firewire doesn't show up as often on the market as usb. a simple up grade to usb from 2.0 to 3.0(5gb) is easy and significant to us who dont want to see another proprietary cable. 3.0 is backwards compatible and will fit nicely where the 2.0 sit today on every mac. The only real reason i can see for apple not including it is because it would take the shine away from "thunderbolt." If you don't like my cometary pass it by.
    1. NSXrebel's Avatar
      NSXrebel -
      Quote Originally Posted by mhtruth View Post
      These results aren't Awe inspiring... especially from the quad-cores... plus im still pissed about Apple not adding usb 3.0 to its hardware... that would have been too easy and hardware is too readily available. Nope, lets take light-peak rename after a yet to be released android phone, and make them wait for hardware that supports this feature... GO APPLE!!!...too hell!
      Quote Originally Posted by mhtruth View Post
      Apple renamed it "Thunderbolt"
      How about you get your "facts" right. First of all, it was Intel that created this new technology. Light Peak was the prototype name.

      Second, it was Intel that changed the name to Thunderbolt.

      Third, Intel makes motherboards, and you can count on them including Thunderbolt in their future motherboards that are coming to market. Other PC manufacturers will have Thunderbolt as well.

      now go cry elsewhere.

      Quote Originally Posted by StellarZ View Post
      I though Intel named the technology.

      Yes, they did.
    1. steve-z17's Avatar
      steve-z17 -
      Quote Originally Posted by endwaro View Post
      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?
      The difference is the new one's have quad-cores in them and your 2010 has Core 2 Duo, so more cores. You don't really need to worry though, unless you do a lot of video editing or hardcore gaming you probably wouldn't use all four cores.
    1. justin7942163's Avatar
      justin7942163 -
      I don't see thunderbolt being adapted by third parties for a while. USB 3 would have been nice to add.

      I won't be upgrading.
    1. mhtruth's Avatar
      mhtruth -
      [QUOTE=NSXrebel;5854693]How about you get your "facts" right. First of all, it was Intel that created this new technology. Light Peak was the prototype name.

      Second, it was Intel that changed the name to Thunderbolt.

      Third, Intel makes motherboards, and you can count on them including Thunderbolt in their future motherboards that are coming to market. Other PC manufacturers will have Thunderbolt as well.

      now go cry elsewhere.


      AWE...some performance... I never gave apple credit for the technology, just the name change...Intel also puts firewire on their motherboards, just like they can and do put usb 3.0 on them... Im thinking it order to option sort of thing... and now im ordering you to dismount...thanx in advance!
    1. delusion950's Avatar
      delusion950 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Tenspeed123 View Post
      Was that remotely necessary, required, or relevant? Not really.
      Yes it was necessary totally relevant totally on topic. If you don't like it don't read it. Was your quoiting me necessary totally relevant ? No it wasn't.
    1. NSXrebel's Avatar
      NSXrebel -
      Quote Originally Posted by NSXrebel View Post


      AWE...some performance... I never gave apple credit for the technology, just the name change...Intel also puts firewire on their motherboards, just like they can and do put usb 3.0 on them... Im thinking it order to option sort of thing... and now im ordering you to dismount...thanx in advance!
      Well Apple didn't rename it either. Also, learn how to quote.
    1. steve-z17's Avatar
      steve-z17 -
      Quote Originally Posted by justin7942163 View Post
      I don't see thunderbolt being adapted by third parties for a while. USB 3 would have been nice to add.

      I won't be upgrading.
      It'll be at least a year before it's really implemented.
    1. chuk12chuk's Avatar
      chuk12chuk -
      Haha nice....!
    1. mhtruth's Avatar
      mhtruth -
      Quote Originally Posted by NSXrebel View Post
      Well Apple didn't rename it either. Also, learn how to quote.
      when ever your ready we can move on. I stated my opinion, you stated yours. Live long and prosper.
    1. bootloader's Avatar
      bootloader -
      I wonder why fps dropped on the new 13 inch ?
    1. Nielsenius's Avatar
      Nielsenius -
      Quote Originally Posted by iphone?3gs View Post
      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.
      You don't get a 30% speed increase for nothing. The machine has to give more power to run four rather than two cores. Neither batteries nor processors have gained the amount of efficiency necessary to counteract this in the past year.
    1. AkiraPsychic's Avatar
      AkiraPsychic -
      Quote Originally Posted by 2Jaze View Post
      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.
      If you had bothered to use some common sense, regardless of the fact you hadn't researched before asking your moronic question, you would have figured it out.
    1. NSXrebel's Avatar
      NSXrebel -
      Quote Originally Posted by mhtruth View Post
      when ever your ready we can move on. I stated my opinion, you stated yours. Live long and prosper.
      Either way you're wrong. It's not my opinion that Intel, not Apple, changed the name from Light Peak to Thunderbolt, it's FACT. So now that that has been cleared, yes we can move on. Over at the droid forums everyone is having a similar fit as yours with regard to Thunderbolt. They all think it's an Apple created tech, and changed the name to challenge some Android device called Thunderbolt.
    1. StealthBravo's Avatar
      StealthBravo -
      I got the 17" 2.2 but I would love to see the benchmark scores on the 2.3. May be worth replacing
    1. steve-z17's Avatar
      steve-z17 -
      Quote Originally Posted by StealthBravo View Post
      I got the 17" 2.2 but I would love to see the benchmark scores on the 2.3. May be worth replacing
      Do you think there'd be a major difference?
    1. mortopher's Avatar
      mortopher -
      Quote Originally Posted by steve-z17 View Post
      Do you think there'd be a major difference?
      2.3 has an 8 mb cache rather than the 6 mb on the 2.2.