We’ve seen what Intel’s next-generation of Penryn chips can do to the performance of both MacBook Pros and MacBooks. But that testing focused on standard configurations rather than build-to-order configurations. And now we’ve gotten our hands on such a system, a customized MacBook Pro, to see how optimizing the hardware translates to performance gains.
If you've been waiting to buy a new Apple laptop, or you've been hesitating about upgrading from your G4 PowerBook, wait no longer. While the 2.4GHz model is a fine value for the money, the higher-end 15-inch and 17-inch models are outstanding top-of-the-line models for any professional, artistic, scientific, or scholastic application.
Like their high-end counterparts, the MacBook Pro, the MacBook also has seen its processor replaced with a next-generation version of the Core 2 Duo chip. And that’s meant performance gains for the MacBook when compared to the most recent version of the laptop as well as older Core 2 Duo-powered models. What’s more, the high-end 2.4GHz MacBook compares favorably to the 2.4GHz MacBook Pro.
Macworld Lab has run its preliminary tests of the latest MacBook Pros, powered by the next-generation of Core 2 Duo chips code-named Penryn. The new laptops scored noticeable performance gains over the last-generation of MacBook Pros. And the revamped portables are decidedly faster than the Core Duo-powered models from two years ago.
The recently released Mac Pro desktops performed well in all our testing—except for our 3-D tests involving Quake 4, where it initially lagged behind even a Power Mac G5. However, this week’s OS X 10.5.2 and Leopard Graphics Update 1.0 improve matters considerably.
Apple’s new MacBook Air offers a few build-to-order options, such as a faster processor and a solid-state drive. We got our hands on a 1.8GHz laptop equipped with the 64GB solid-state drive to see how it compares with the standard MacBook Air configuration in our benchmarks.
Macworld Lab continues to test the assorted Mac Pro configurations introduced by Apple last month. The latest test subject: a build-to-order, eight-core 3.2GHz model that blows the competition away.
Lab director James Galbraith explains why Mac Pro and Power Mac G5 systems seemed ideal for our Microsoft Office 2008 testing.
Macworld Lab releases its first tests of the MacBook Air, detailing just what level of performance you'll have to sacrifice if you want to take advantage of its small size and light weight.
We test two more configurations of the new Mac Pro models, one with eight 3.0GHz processor cores and another with four 2.8Ghz cores, and compare them to Apple's suggested configuration as well as past Mac Pro and Power Mac G5 models.