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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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Speedmark 6.5 results: MacBooks

Computer Speedmark 6.5
Score
MacBook 2.4GHz Core 2 Duo 2GB RAM (Mid 2010) 99
MacBook aluminum 2.4GHz Core 2 Duo 2GB RAM (Late 2008) 87
MacBook 2.4GHz Core 2 Duo 2GB RAM (Early 2008) N/A
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
13" MacBook Pro 2.4GHz Core 2 Duo 4GB RAM (Mid 2010) 106
13" MacBook Pro 2.66GHz Core 2 Duo 4GB RAM (Mid 2010) 137
15" MacBook Pro 2.4GHz Core i5 4GB RAM (Mid 2010) 132
15" MacBook Pro 2.66GHz Core i7 4GB RAM (Mid 2010) 151
17" MacBook Pro 2.53GHz Core i5 4GB RAM (Mid 2010) 137
17" MacBook Pro 2.8GHz Core 2 Duo 4GB RAM (Mid 2009) 119
15" MacBook Pro 2.5GHz Core 2 Duo 2GB RAM (Early 2008) 89
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 4GB RAM (Late 2010, BTO) 119
MacBook Air 1.86GHz Core 2 Duo 2GB RAM (Mid 2009) 54
MacBook Air 2.13GHz Core 2 Duo 2GB RAM (Mid 2009) 63

Higher scores are better. Older models in italics. Best result in bold.

Speedmark 6.5 individual application test results

Computer Duplicate
1GB File
Zip
2GB folder
Unzip
2GB folder
Pages '09
Open
Word Doc
MacBook 2.4GHz Core 2 Duo
2GB RAM (Mid 2010)
32 238 68 106
MacBook aluminum 2.4GHz Core 2 Duo
2GB RAM (Late 2008)
42 243 88 112
MacBook 2.4GHz Core 2 Duo
2GB RAM (Early 2008)
46 265 96 117
13" MacBook Pro 2.3GHz Core i5 dual-core
4GB RAM (Early 2011)
29 181 65 83
13" MacBook Pro 2.7GHz Core i7 dual-core
4GB RAM (Early 2011)
27 158 59 76
13" MacBook Pro 2.3GHz Core i5 dual-core
4GB RAM SSD (BTO, Early 2011)
13 153 28 67
15" MacBook Pro 2.0GHz Core i7 quad-core
4GB RAM (Early 2011)
31 184 64 81
15" MacBook Pro 2.2GHz Core i7 quad-core
4GB RAM (Early 2011)
23 159 51 77
15" MacBook Pro 2.3GHz Core i7 quad-core
4GB RAM (BTO, Early 2011)
22 153 49 73
17" MacBook Pro 2.2GHz Core i7 quad-core
4GB RAM (Early 2011)
24 159 49 76
13" MacBook Pro 2.4GHz Core 2 Duo
4GB RAM (Mid 2010)
32 239 69 115
13" MacBook Pro 2.66GHz Core 2 Duo
4GB RAM (Mid 2010)
25 174 51 80
15" MacBook Pro 2.4GHz Core i5
4GB RAM (Mid 2010)
32 211 68 82
15" MacBook Pro 2.66GHz Core i7
4GB RAM (Mid 2010)
29 190 65 80
17" MacBook Pro 2.53GHz Core i5
4GB RAM (Mid 2010)
28 198 60 74
17" MacBook Pro 2.8GHz Core 2 Duo
4GB RAM (Mid 2009)
31 214 66 92
15" MacBook Pro 2.5GHz Core 2 Duo
2GB RAM (Early 2008)
44 253 89 110
11" MacBook Air 1.4GHz Core 2 Duo
64GB flash storage 2GB RAM (Late 2010)
13 346 49 159
11" MacBook Air 1.4GHz Core 2 Duo
128GB flash storage 2GB RAM (Late 2010)
13 346 49 165
11" MacBook Air 1.6GHz Core 2 Duo
128GB flash storage 4GB RAM (Late 2010, BTO)
13 304 44 146
13" MacBook Air 1.86GHz Core 2 Duo
128GB flash storage 2GB RAM (Late 2010)
13 261 39 117
13" MacBook Air 1.86GHz Core 2 Duo
256GB flash storage 2GB RAM (Late 2010)
13 262 39 118
13" MacBook Air 2.13GHz Core 2 Duo
256GB flash storage 4GB RAM (Late 2010, BTO)
14 230 36 109
MacBook Air 1.86GHz Core 2 Duo
2GB RAM (Mid 2009)
69 331 134 151
MacBook Air 2.13GHz Core 2 Duo
2GB RAM (Mid 2009)
33 322 57 143

Results are in seconds. Lower results are better. Older models in italics. Best result in bold.

Speedmark 6.5 individual application test results

ComputeriTunes 10
AAC to
MP3
Encode
Import
movie
archive to
iMovie '09
iMovie '09
Export to
iTunes 10
for iPhone
Call of
Duty 4
framerate
MacBook 2.4GHz Core 2 Duo
2GB RAM (Mid 2010)
255 108 120 33
MacBook aluminum 2.4GHz Core 2 Duo
2GB RAM (Late 2008)
224 123 131 19
MacBook 2.4GHz Core 2 Duo
2GB RAM (Early 2008)
242 197 165 7
13" MacBook Pro 2.3GHz Core i5 dual-core
4GB RAM (Early 2011)
97 114 88 26
13" MacBook Pro 2.7GHz Core i7 dual-core
4GB RAM (Early 2011)
85 101 80 27
13" MacBook Pro 2.3GHz Core i5 dual-core
4GB RAM SSD (BTO, Early 2011)
94 91 82 26
15" MacBook Pro 2.0GHz Core i7 quad-core
4GB RAM (Early 2011)
94 77 67 51
15" MacBook Pro 2.2GHz Core i7 quad-core
4GB RAM (Early 2011)
83 70 56 81
15" MacBook Pro 2.3GHz Core i7 quad-core
4GB RAM (BTO, Early 2011)
80 70 53 81
17" MacBook Pro 2.2GHz Core i7 quad-core
4GB RAM (Early 2011)
82 69 54 81
13" MacBook Pro 2.4GHz Core 2 Duo
4GB RAM (Mid 2010)
226 103 121 33
13" MacBook Pro 2.66GHz Core 2 Duo
4GB RAM (Mid 2010)
132 99 85 34
15" MacBook Pro 2.4GHz Core i5
4GB RAM (Mid 2010)
123 87 101 63
15" MacBook Pro 2.66GHz Core i7
4GB RAM (Mid 2010)
106 86 88 62
17" MacBook Pro 2.53GHz Core i5
4GB RAM (Mid 2010)
118 87 102 62
17" MacBook Pro 2.8GHz Core 2 Duo
4GB RAM (Mid 2009)
210 106 98 54
15" MacBook Pro 2.5GHz Core 2 Duo
2GB RAM (Early 2008)
238 221 221 41
11" MacBook Air 1.4GHz Core 2 Duo
64GB flash storage 2GB RAM (Late 2010)
331 134 174 37
11" MacBook Air 1.4GHz Core 2 Duo
128GB flash storage 2GB RAM (Late 2010)
344 134 174 37
11" MacBook Air 1.6GHz Core 2 Duo
128GB flash storage 4GB RAM (Late 2010, BTO)
290 119 157 37
13" MacBook Air 1.86GHz Core 2 Duo
128GB flash storage 2GB RAM (Late 2010)
261 103 140 40
13" MacBook Air 1.86GHz Core 2 Duo
256GB flash storage 2GB RAM (Late 2010)
259 103 139 40
13" MacBook Air 2.13GHz Core 2 Duo
256GB flash storage 4GB RAM (Late 2010, BTO)
231 90 127 40
MacBook Air 1.86GHz Core 2 Duo
2GB RAM (Mid 2009)
338 228 209 13
MacBook Air 2.13GHz Core 2 Duo
2GB RAM (Mid 2009)
351 191 218 12

Call of Duty 4 results are based on framerate; higher results are better. All other test results in the above chart are in seconds; lower results are better. Older models in italics. Best result in bold.

Speedmark 6.5 individual application test results

Computer iPhoto '09
200 JPEG
import
Photoshop
CS5
HandBrake
0.9.4
Cinebench
R11.5
Graphics
MacBook 2.4GHz Core 2 Duo
2GB RAM (Mid 2010)
68 95 762 11
MacBook aluminum 2.4GHz Core 2 Duo
2GB RAM (Late 2008)
68 109 732 6
MacBook 2.4GHz Core 2 Duo
2GB RAM (Early 2008)
82 89 745 N/A
13" MacBook Pro 2.3GHz Core i5 dual-core
4GB RAM (Early 2011)
45 60 404 11
13" MacBook Pro 2.7GHz Core i7 dual-core
4GB RAM (Early 2011)
43 57 359 11
13" MacBook Pro 2.3GHz Core i5 dual-core
4GB RAM SSD (BTO, Early 2011)
45 57 405 10
15" MacBook Pro 2.0GHz Core i7 quad-core
4GB RAM (Early 2011)
43 69 238 21
15" MacBook Pro 2.2GHz Core i7 quad-core
4GB RAM (Early 2011)
52 55 220 35
15" MacBook Pro 2.3GHz Core i7 quad-core
4GB RAM (BTO, Early 2011)
48 52 211 37
17" MacBook Pro 2.2GHz Core i7 quad-core
4GB RAM (Early 2011)
39 57 216 36
13" MacBook Pro 2.4GHz Core 2 Duo
4GB RAM (Mid 2010)
61 71 760 11
13" MacBook Pro 2.66GHz Core 2 Duo
4GB RAM (Mid 2010)
44 66 495 11
15" MacBook Pro 2.4GHz Core i5
4GB RAM (Mid 2010)
61 65 484 16
15" MacBook Pro 2.66GHz Core i7
4GB RAM (Mid 2010)
44 58 422 16
17" MacBook Pro 2.53GHz Core i5
4GB RAM (Mid 2010)
60 68 464 16
17" MacBook Pro 2.8GHz Core 2 Duo
4GB RAM (Mid 2009)
64 66 613 13
15" MacBook Pro 2.5GHz Core 2 Duo
2GB RAM (Early 2008)
94 83 698 10
11" MacBook Air 1.4GHz Core 2 Duo
64GB flash storage 2GB RAM (Late 2010)
86 90 1327 11
11" MacBook Air 1.4GHz Core 2 Duo
128GB flash storage 2GB RAM (Late 2010)
87 91 1329 11
11" MacBook Air 1.6GHz Core 2 Duo
128GB flash storage 4GB RAM (Late 2010, BTO)
76 83 1160 12
13" MacBook Air 1.86GHz Core 2 Duo
128GB flash storage 2GB RAM (Late 2010)
65 74 948 13
13" MacBook Air 1.86GHz Core 2 Duo
256GB flash storage 2GB RAM (Late 2010)
65 75 950 13
13" MacBook Air 2.13GHz Core 2 Duo
256GB flash storage 4GB RAM (Late 2010, BTO)
56 70 832 13
MacBook Air 1.86GHz Core 2 Duo
2GB RAM (Mid 2009)
155 124 1470 4
MacBook Air 2.13GHz Core 2 Duo
2GB RAM (Mid 2009)
102 101 1659 4

Cinebench R11.5 Graphics results are a score; higher results are better. All other test results in the above chart are in seconds; lower results are better. Older models in italics. Best result in bold.

Speedmark 6.5 individual application test results

Computer Cine-
bench
R11.5
CPU
Mathe-
matica
Mark 7
Parallels
World-
Bench
Multitask
test
Aperture
3 import
and
process
Multi-
tasking
MacBook 2.4GHz Core 2 Duo
2GB RAM (Mid 2010)
295 4 446 207 181
MacBook aluminum 2.4GHz Core 2 Duo
2GB RAM (Late 2008)
300 3 438 206 194
MacBook 2.4GHz Core 2 Duo
2GB RAM (Early 2008)
294 3 458 225 182
13" MacBook Pro 2.3GHz Core i5 dual-core
4GB RAM (Early 2011)
158 6 342 133 76
13" MacBook Pro 2.7GHz Core i7 dual-core
4GB RAM (Early 2011)
138 7 274 116 71
13" MacBook Pro 2.3GHz Core i5 dual-core
4GB RAM SSD (BTO, Early 2011)
158 6.1 339 114 71
15" MacBook Pro 2.0GHz Core i7 quad-core
4GB RAM (Early 2011)
86 11 306 138 64
15" MacBook Pro 2.2GHz Core i7 quad-core
4GB RAM (Early 2011)
81 11 278 118 61
15" MacBook Pro 2.3GHz Core i7 quad-core
4GB RAM (BTO, Early 2011)
79 12 255 114 61
17" MacBook Pro 2.2GHz Core i7 quad-core
4GB RAM (Early 2011)
79 12 268 116 62
13" MacBook Pro 2.4GHz Core 2 Duo
4GB RAM (Mid 2010)
294 4 435 188 103
13" MacBook Pro 2.66GHz Core 2 Duo
4GB RAM (Mid 2010)
199 4 320 137 96
15" MacBook Pro 2.4GHz Core i5
4GB RAM (Mid 2010)
185 5 420 152 83
15" MacBook Pro 2.66GHz Core i7
4GB RAM (Mid 2010)
160 6 361 137 77
17" MacBook Pro 2.53GHz Core i5
4GB RAM (Mid 2010)
176 5 408 148 85
17" MacBook Pro 2.8GHz Core 2 Duo
4GB RAM (Mid 2009)
246 4 351 155 90
15" MacBook Pro 2.5GHz Core 2 Duo
2GB RAM (Early 2008)
278 4 405 212 169
11" MacBook Air 1.4GHz Core 2 Duo
64GB flash storage 2GB RAM (Late 2010)
503 2 695 257 156
11" MacBook Air 1.4GHz Core 2 Duo
128GB flash storage 2GB RAM (Late 2010)
501 2 688 257 159
11" MacBook Air 1.6GHz Core 2 Duo
128GB flash storage 4GB RAM (Late 2010, BTO)
439 2 618 220 133
13" MacBook Air 1.86GHz Core 2 Duo
128GB flash storage 2GB RAM (Late 2010)
369 3 499 198 124
13" MacBook Air 1.86GHz Core 2 Duo
256GB flash storage 2GB RAM (Late 2010)
369 3 496 198 124
13" MacBook Air 2.13GHz Core 2 Duo
256GB flash storage 4GB RAM (Late 2010, BTO)
324 3 435 169 105
MacBook Air 1.86GHz Core 2 Duo
2GB RAM (Mid 2009)
545 2 716 328 322
MacBook Air 2.13GHz Core 2 Duo
2GB RAM (Mid 2009)
623 2 806 253 203

MathematicaMark 7 results are scores; higher results are better. All other test results in the above chart are in seconds; lower results are better. Older models in italics. 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

Speedmark 6.5 results: Mac minis and iMacs

Speedmark 6.5 Score
Mac mini 2.4GHz Core 2 Duo 2GB RAM (Mid 2010) 100
21.5-inch iMac 2.5GHz Core i5 quad-core 4GB RAM (Mid 2011)
215
21.5-inch iMac 2.7GHz Core i5 quad-core 4GB RAM (Mid 2011) 223
21.5-inch iMac 2.7GHz Core i5 quad-core 4GB RAM SSD (BTO, Mid 2011) 256
21.5-inch iMac 2.8GHz Core i7 quad-core 4GB RAM (BTO, Mid 2011) 238
27-inch iMac 2.7GHz  Core i5 quad-core 4GB RAM (Mid 2011) 222
27-inch 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
21.5" iMac 3.06GHz Core i3 dual-core 4GB RAM (Mid 2010) 174
21.5" iMac 3.2GHz Core i3 dual-core 4GB RAM (Mid 2010) 179
27" iMac 3.2GHz Core i3 dual-core 4GB RAM (Mid 2010) 177
27" iMac 2.8GHz Core i5 quad-core 4GB RAM (Mid 2010) 196
27" iMac 2.93GHz Core i7 quad-core 4GB RAM (Mid 2010, BTO) 225
27" iMac 3.6GHz Core i5 dual-core 4GB RAM SSD (Mid 2010, BTO) 218
27" iMac 3.6GHz Core i5 dual-core 4GB RAM (Mid 2010, BTO) 199
21.5" iMac 3.06GHz Core 2 Duo 4GB RAM (Late 2009) 129
27" iMac 2.66GHz Core i5 quad-core 4GB RAM (Late 2009) 195
24" iMac 3.06GHz Core 2 Duo 2GB RAM (Early 2008) 130
24" iMac 2.4GHz Core 2 Duo 2GB RAM (Mid 2007) 105

Higher scores are better. Older models in italics. Best result in bold.

Speedmark 6.5 individual application test results

Computer Duplicate
1GB File
Zip
2GB folder
Unzip
2GB folder
Pages '09
Open
Word Doc
Mac mini 2.4GHz Core 2 Duo
2GB RAM (Mid 2010)
32 237 65 108
21.5-inch iMac 2.5GHz Core i5 quad-core
4GB RAM (Mid 2011)
18 147 36 70
21.5-inch iMac 2.7GHz Core i5 quad-core
4GB RAM (Mid 2011)
20 134 47 65
21.5-inch iMac 2.7GHz Core i5 quad-core
4GB RAM SSD (BTO, Mid 2011)
13 124 25 54
21.5-inch iMac 2.8GHz Core i7
4GB RAM (BTO, Mid 2011)
20 130 45 65
27-inch iMac 2.7GHz Core i5 quad-core
4GB RAM (Mid 2011)
20 133 45 65
27-inch iMac 3.1GHz Core i5 quad-core
4GB RAM (Mid 2011)
20 144 48 70
27-inch iMac 3.4GHz Core i7
4GB RAM (BTO, Mid 2011)
20 130 45 63
21.5" iMac 3.06GHz Core i3 dual-core
4GB RAM (Mid 2010)
19 166 42 77
21.5" iMac 3.2GHz Core i3 dual-core
4GB RAM (Mid 2010)
19 160 42 67
27" iMac 3.2GHz Core i3 dual-core
4GB RAM (Mid 2010)
20 161 43 76
27" iMac 2.8GHz Core i5 quad-core
4GB RAM (Mid 2010)
21 170 44 76
27" iMac 2.93GHz Core i7 quad-core
4GB RAM (Mid 2010, BTO)
17 157 36 71
27" iMac 3.6GHz Core i5 dual-core
4GB RAM SSD (Mid 2010, BTO)
14 131 24 56
27" iMac 3.6GHz Core i5 dual-core
4GB RAM (Mid 2010, BTO)
17 140 36 65
21.5" iMac 3.06GHz Core 2 Duo
4GB RAM (Late 2009)
20 177 40 85
27" iMac 2.66GHz Core i5 quad-core
4GB RAM (Late 2009)
22 179 43 76
24" iMac 3.06GHz Core 2 Duo
2GB RAM (Early 2008)
29 190 58 86
24" iMac 2.4GHz Core 2 Duo
2GB RAM (Mid 2007)
31 235 65 109

Results are in seconds. Lower results are better. Older models in italics. Best result in bold.

Speedmark 6.5 individual application test results

ComputeriTunes 10
AAC to
MP3
Encode
Import
movie
archive to
iMovie '09
iMovie '09
Export to
iTunes 10
for iPhone
Call of
Duty 4
framerate
Mac mini 2.4GHz Core 2 Duo
2GB RAM (Mid 2010)
212 106 124 35
21.5-inch iMac 2.5GHz Core i5 quad-core
4GB RAM (Mid 2011)
83 76 55 86.3
21.5-inch iMac 2.7GHz Core i5 quad-core
4GB RAM (Mid 2011)
74 71 49 87.6
21.5-inch iMac 2.7GHz Core i5 quad-core
4GB RAM SSD (BTO, Mid 2011)
72 60 46 88.1
21.5-inch iMac 2.8GHz Core i7
4GB RAM (BTO, Mid 2011)
72 60 49 88.1
27-inch iMac 2.7GHz Core i5 quad-core
4GB RAM (Mid 2011)
75 72 53 88.1
27-inch iMac 3.1GHz Core i5 quad-core
4GB RAM (Mid 2011)
74 66 51 88.5
21.5-inch iMac 3.4GHz Core i7
4GB RAM (BTO, Mid 2011)
68 55 46 88.6
21.5" iMac 3.06GHz Core i3 dual-core
4GB RAM (Mid 2010)
95 103 69 78
21.5" iMac 3.2GHz Core i3 dual-core
4GB RAM (Mid 2010)
91 101 68 78
27" iMac 3.2GHz Core i3 dual-core
4GB RAM (Mid 2010)
91 100 68 78
27" iMac 2.8GHz Core i5 quad-core
4GB RAM (Mid 2010)
95 78 56 88
27" iMac 2.93GHz Core i7 quad-core
4GB RAM (Mid 2010, BTO)
92 61 55 88
27" iMac 3.6GHz Core i5 dual-core
4GB RAM SSD (Mid 2010, BTO)
78 80 57 79
27" iMac 3.6GHz Core i5 dual-core
4GB RAM (Mid 2010, BTO)
80 90 61 79
21.5" iMac 3.06GHz Core 2 Duo
4GB RAM (Late 2009)
123 97 102 19
27" iMac 2.66GHz Core i5 quad-core
4GB RAM (Late 2009)
101 82 60 88
24" iMac 3.06GHz Core 2 Duo
2GB RAM (Early 2008)
168 146 89 78
24" iMac 2.4GHz Core 2 Duo
2GB RAM (Mid 2007)
150 188 110 45

Call of Duty 4 results are based on framerate; higher results are better. All other test results in the above chart are in seconds; lower results are better. Older models in italics. Best result in bold.

Speedmark 6.5 individual application test results

Computer iPhoto '09
200 JPEG
import
Photoshop
CS5
HandBrake
0.9.4
CineBench
R15
Graphics
Mac mini 2.4GHz Core 2 Duo
2GB RAM (Mid 2010)
66 103 758 11
21.5-inch iMac 2.5GHz Core i5 quad-core
4GB RAM (Mid 2011)
32 54 254 36
21.5-inch iMac 2.7GHz Core i5 quad-core
4GB RAM (Mid 2011)
33 52 236 41.6
21.5-inch iMac 2.7GHz Core i5 quad-core
4GB RAM SSD (BTO, Mid 2011)
19 51 236 40.8
21.5-inch 2.8GHz iMac Core i7
4GB RAM (BTO, Mid 2011)
35 50 194 42.6
27-inch iMac 2.7GHz Core i5 quad-core
4GB RAM (Mid 2011)
33 52 236 40.2
27-inch iMac 3.1GHz Core i5 quad-core
4GB RAM (Mid 2011)
28 53 209 38.3
27-inch 3.4GHz iMac Core i7
4GB RAM (BTO, Mid 2011)
33 51 165 43.2
21.5" iMac 3.06GHz Core i3 dual-core
4GB RAM (Mid 2010)
35 60 405 25
21.5" iMac 3.2GHz Core i3 dual-core
4GB RAM (Mid 2010)
34 58 391 27
27" iMac 3.2GHz Core i3 dual-core
4GB RAM (Mid 2010)
35 59 392 27
27" iMac 2.8GHz Core i5 quad-core
4GB RAM (Mid 2010)
36 55 256 32
27" iMac 2.93GHz Core i7 quad-core
4GB RAM (Mid 2010, BTO)
29 53 208 35
27" iMac 3.6GHz Core i5 dual-core
4GB RAM SSD (Mid 2010, BTO)
23 54 339 31
27" iMac 3.6GHz Core i5 dual-core
4GB RAM (Mid 2010, BTO)
33 55 340 31
21.5" iMac 3.06GHz Core 2 Duo
4GB RAM (Late 2009)
42 62 569 6
27" iMac 2.66GHz Core i5 quad-core
4GB RAM (Late 2009)
38 57 267 31
24" iMac 3.06GHz Core 2 Duo
2GB RAM (Early 2008)
50 92 565 21
24" iMac 2.4GHz Core 2 Duo
2GB RAM (Mid 2007)
61 100 761 13

CineBench R15 Graphics results are a score; higher results are better. All other test results in the above chart are in seconds; lower results are better. Older models in italics.Best result in bold.

Speedmark 6.5 individual application test results

Computer CineBench
R15
CPU
Mathe-
matica
Mark 7
Parallels
World-
Bench
Multitask
test
Aperture 3
import
and
process
Multi-
tasking
Mac mini 2.4GHz Core 2 Duo
2GB RAM (Mid 2010)
295 3 469 203 186
21.5-inch iMac 2.5GHz Core i5 quad-core
4GB RAM (Mid 2011)
103 10.0 287 108 63
21.5-inch iMac 2.7GHz Core i5 quad-core
4GB RAM (Mid 2011)
96 10.7 262 104 61
21.5-inch iMac 2.7GHz Core i5 quad-core
4GB RAM SSD (BTO, Mid 2011)
96 10.6 241 95 51
21.5-inch iMac 2.8GHz Core i7
(BTO, Mid 2011)
72 13.1 254 101 59
27-inch iMac 2.7GHz Core i5 quad-core
4GB RAM (Mid 2011)
96 10.6 263 111 60
27-inch iMac 3.1GHz Core i5 quad-core
4GB RAM (Mid 2011)
85 11.7 247 107 58
27-inch iMac 3.4GHz Core i7
4GB RAM (BTO, Mid 2011)
60 15.3 226 100 55
21.5" iMac 3.06GHz Core i3 dual-core
4GB RAM (Mid 2010)
157 6 340 125 78
21.5" iMac 3.2GHz Core i3 dual-core
4GB RAM (Mid 2010)
152 6 333 121 75
27" iMac 3.2GHz Core i3 dual-core
4GB RAM (Mid 2010)
152 6 332 123 75
27" iMac 2.8GHz Core i5 quad-core
4GB RAM (Mid 2010)
108 10 290 118 65
27" iMac 2.93GHz Core i7 quad-core
4GB RAM (Mid 2010, BTO)
77 13 282 108 62
27" iMac 3.6GHz Core i5 dual-core
4GB RAM SSD (Mid 2010, BTO)
130 7 289 99 68
27" iMac 3.6GHz Core i5 dual-core
4GB RAM (Mid 2010, BTO)
130 7 293 109 72
21.5" iMac 3.06GHz Core 2 Duo
4GB RAM (Late 2009)
229 4 355 137 88
27" iMac 2.66GHz Core i5 quad-core
4GB RAM (Late 2009)
112 10 300 118 65
24" iMac 3.06GHz Core 2 Duo
2GB RAM (Early 2008)
226 5 327 160 130
24" iMac 2.4GHz Core 2 Duo
2GB RAM (Mid 2007)
305 3 446 194 136

MathematicaMark 7 results are scores; higher results are better. All other test results in the above chart are in seconds; lower results are better. Older models in italics. 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, and William Wang

Speedmark 6.5 results: MacPros

Computer Speedmark 6.5
Score
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
Mac Pro 2.66GHz quad-core Xeon Nehalem 3GB RAM (Early 2009) 184
Mac Pro 2.26GHz quad-core x2 (8 cores total) Xeon Nehalem 6GB RAM (Early 2009) 195

Higher scores are better. Older models in italics. Best result in bold.

Speedmark 6.5 individual application test results

Computer Duplicate
1GB File
Zip
2GB folder
Unzip
2GB folder
Pages '09
Open
Word Doc
Mac Pro 2.8GHz quad-core
Xeon Nehalem
3GB RAM (Mid 2010)
18 172 38 74
Mac Pro 2.4GHz quad-core x2 (8 cores total)
Xeon Westmere
6GB RAM (Mid 2010)
19 191 34 84
Mac Pro 3.33GHz 6-Core
Xeon Westmere
3GB RAM (Mid 2010, BTO)
18 148 26 62
Mac Pro 2.66GHz 6-Core x2 (12 cores total)
Xeon Westmere
6GB RAM (Mid 2010)
18 169 32 75
Mac Pro 2.66GHz 6-Core x2 (12 cores total)
Xeon Westmere
12GB RAM (Mid 2010)
19 170 30 69
Mac Pro 2.66GHz quad-core
Xeon Nehalem
3GB RAM (Early 2009)
23 185 45 82
Mac Pro 2.26GHz quad-core x2 (8 cores total)
Xeon Nehalem
6GB RAM (Early 2009)
22 206 38 93

Results are in seconds. Lower results are better. Older models in italics. Best result in bold.

Speedmark 6.5 individual application test results

ComputeriTunes 10
AAC to
MP3
Encode
Import
movie
archive to
iMovie '09
iMovie '09
Export to
iTunes 10
for iPhone
Call of
Duty 4
framerate
Mac Pro 2.8GHz quad-core
Xeon Nehalem
3GB RAM (Mid 2010)
95 63 56 88
Mac Pro 2.4GHz quad-core x2 (8 cores total)
Xeon Westmere
6GB RAM (Mid 2010)
104 52 58 87
Mac Pro 3.33GHz 6-Core
Xeon Westmere
3GB RAM (Mid 2010, BTO)
81 48 48 88
Mac Pro 2.66GHz 6-Core x2 (12 cores total)
Xeon Westmere
6GB RAM (Mid 2010)
91 45 50 88
Mac Pro 2.66GHz 6-Core x2 (12 cores total)
Xeon Westmere
12GB RAM (Mid 2010)
92 44 51 88
Mac Pro 2.66GHz quad-core
Xeon Nehalem
3GB RAM (Early 2009)
101 71 68 59
Mac Pro 2.26GHz quad-core x2 (8 cores total)
Xeon Nehalem
6GB RAM (Early 2009)
114 58 70 58

Call of Duty 4 results are based on framerate; higher results are better. All other test results in the above chart are in seconds; lower results are better. Older models in italics. Best result in bold.

Speedmark 6.5 individual application test results

Computer iPhoto '09
200 JPEG
import
Photoshop
CS5
HandBrake
0.9.4
CineBench
R15
Graphics
Mac Pro 2.8GHz quad-core
Xeon Nehalem
3GB RAM (Mid 2010)
30 55 218 30
Mac Pro 2.4GHz quad-core x2 (8 cores total)
Xeon Westmere
6GB RAM (Mid 2010)
32 60 163 26
Mac Pro 3.33GHz 6-Core
Xeon Westmere
3GB RAM (Mid 2010, BTO)
27 55 144 34
Mac Pro 2.66GHz 6-Core x2 (12 cores total)
Xeon Westmere
6GB RAM (Mid 2010)
27 57 132 30
Mac Pro 2.66GHz 6-Core x2 (12 cores total)
Xeon Westmere
12GB RAM (Mid 2010)
28 57 133 30
Mac Pro 2.66GHz quad-core
Xeon Nehalem
3GB RAM (Early 2009)
36 64 229 14
Mac Pro 2.26GHz quad-core x2 (8 cores total)
Xeon Nehalem
6GB RAM (Early 2009)
36 66 172 14

CineBench R15 Graphics results are scores; higher results are better. All other test results in the above chart are in seconds; lower results are better. Older models in italics. Best result in bold.

Speedmark 6.5 individual application test results

Computer Cine-
Bench
R15
CPU
Mathe-
matica
Mark 7
Parallels
World-
Bench
Multitask
test
Aperture
3 import
and
process
Multi-
tasking
Mac Pro 2.8GHz quad-core
Xeon Nehalem
3GB RAM (Mid 2010)
82 12 306 118 118
Mac Pro 2.4GHz quad-core x2 (8 cores total)
Xeon Westmere
6GB RAM (Mid 2010)
50 21 331 131 131
Mac Pro 3.33GHz 6-Core
Xeon Westmere
3GB RAM (Mid 2010, BTO)
48 19 253 101 59
Mac Pro 2.66GHz 6-Core x2 (12 cores total)
Xeon Westmere
6GB RAM (Mid 2010)
32 32 294 117 60
Mac Pro 2.66GHz 6-Core x2 (12 cores total)
Xeon Westmere
12GB RAM (Mid 2010)
31 32 295 115 62
Mac Pro 2.66GHz quad-core
Xeon Nehalem
3GB RAM (Early 2009)
86 11 320 127 65
Mac Pro 2.26GHz quad-core x2 (8 cores total)
Xeon Nehalem
6GB RAM (Early 2009)
52 20 350 148 71

MathematicaMark 7 results are scores; higher results are better. All other test results in the above chart are in seconds; lower results are better. Older models in italics. 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, and William Wang

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