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Speedmark 6.5 test results

Here are the results of our Speedmark 6.5 benchmark suite, used by Macworld Lab to gauge a Mac’s overall speed.

Speedmark 6.5 results: Current Mac lineup

Computer Speedmark
6.5 Score
MacBook 2.4GHz Core 2 Duo 2GB RAM (Mid 2010) 99
13" MacBook Pro 2.3GHz Core i5 dual-core 4GB RAM (Early 2011) 140
13" MacBook Pro 2.7GHz Core i7 dual-core 4GB RAM (Early 2011) 155
13" MacBook Pro 2.3GHz Core i5 dual-core 4GB RAM SSD (BTO, Early 2011) 168
15" MacBook Pro 2.0GHz Core i7 quad-core 4GB RAM (Early 2011) 175
15" MacBook Pro 2.2GHz Core i7 quad-core 4GB RAM (Early 2011) 206
15" MacBook Pro 2.3GHz Core i7 quad-core 4GB RAM (BTO, Early 2011) 212
17" MacBook Pro 2.2GHz Core i7 quad-core 4GB RAM (Early 2011) 210
11” MacBook Air 1.4GHz Core 2 Duo, 64GB flash storage 2GB RAM (Late 2010) 85
11” MacBook Air 1.4GHz Core 2 Duo, 128GB flash storage 2GB RAM (Late 2010) 84
11” MacBook Air 1.6GHz Core 2 Duo, 128GB flash storage 4GB RAM (Late 2010, BTO) 94
13” MacBook Air 1.86GHz Core 2 Duo, 128GB flash storage 2GB RAM (Late 2010) 108
13” MacBook Air 1.86GHz Core 2 Duo, 256GB flash storage 2GB RAM (Late 2010) 108
13” MacBook Air 2.13GHz Core 2 Duo, 256GB flash storage 2GB RAM (Late 2010, BTO) 119
Mac mini 2.4GHz Core 2 Duo 2GB (Mid 2010) 100
21.5" iMac 2.5GHz Core i5 quad-core 4GB RAM (Mid 2011) 215
21.5" iMac 2.7GHz Core i5 quad-core 4GB RAM (Mid 2011) 223
21.5" iMac 2.7GHz Core i5 quad-core 4GB RAM SSD (BTO, Mid 2011) 256
21.5" iMac 2.8GHz Core i7 quad-core 4GB RAM (BTO, Mid 2011) 238
27" iMac 2.7GHz Core i5 quad-core 4GB RAM (Mid 2011) 222
27" iMac 3.1GHz Core i5 quad-core 4GB RAM (Mid 2011) 227
27" iMac 3.4GHz Core i7 quad-core 4GB RAM (BTO, Mid 2011) 252
Mac Pro 2.8GHz quad-core Xeon Nehalem 3GB RAM (Mid 2010) 207
Mac Pro 2.4GHz quad-core x2 (8 cores total) Xeon Westmere 6GB RAM (Mid 2010) 216
Mac Pro 3.33GHz 6-core Xeon Westmere 3GB RAM (Mid 2010, BTO) 263
Mac Pro 2.66GHz 6-core x2 (12 cores total) Xeon Westmere 12GB RAM (Mid 2010) 262
Mac Pro 2.66GHz 6-core x2 (12 cores total) Xeon Westmere 6GB RAM (Mid 2010) 261

Higher scores are better. Best result in bold.

How we tested. Speedmark 6.5 scores are relative to those of a 2.4GHz Core 2 Duo Mac mini (Mid 2010) with 2GB of RAM, which is assigned a score of 100. All iMacs were tested with OS X 10.6.4 and standard shipping RAM configuration. We duplicated a 1GB file, created a Zip archive in the Finder from the two 1GB files and then unzipped it. We converted 135 minutes of AAC audio files to MP3 using iTunes’ High Quality setting. In iMovie ’09, we imported a camera archive and exported it to iTunes using the Mobile Devices setting. We ran a Timedemo at 1024-by-768 with 4X anti-aliasing on in Call of Duty 4. We imported 200 JPEGs into iPhoto ’09. The Photoshop Suite test is a set of 23 scripted tasks using a 50MB file. Photoshop’s memory was set to 70 percent and History was set to Minimum. For our multitasking test, we timed the Photoshop test again, but with the iTunes MP3 encoding and file compression tests running in the background. We used Handbrake to encode four chapters from a DVD previously ripped to the hard drive to H.264. We recorded how long it took to render a scene with multiprocessors in Cinebench and ran that application's OpenGL, frames per second test. We ran the Evaluate Notebook test in MathematicaMark 7. We ran the WorldBench 6 multitasking test on a Parallels 6 VM running Windows 7 Professional. We timed the import and processing time for 200 photos in Aperture.—Macworld Lab testing by James Galbraith, McKinley Noble, Gil Loyola, William Wang, and Mauricio Grijalva

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