Since the introduction of Leopard, a busy bunch of testers have taken over the Macworld Lab, putting the new and the not-so-new Macs we have around through the paces of our new overall performance benchmark, Speedmark 5.
Unveiled a few weeks ago, Speedmark 5 is a suite of 17 real-world tests that we run on all new Mac systems. We test each system running Mac OS X 10.5 with 2GB of RAM installed; we compare the results to a 1.5GHz Core Solo Mac mini.
Our first priority was to publish results for all shipping, standard configuration Macs—which we did earlier this month. Now we’re adding results for seven systems to our main Speedmark 5 test results chart. Six of these systems are older, pre-Intel systems, while one is the recent (and much-requested) build-to-order iMac with a 2.8GHz Core 2 Duo processor.
The 2.8GHz iMac scored very well in our Speedmark 5 tests, even beating Apple’s current highest standard configuration system, the 2.66GHz Quad Core Mac Pro. It finished second overall to another build-to-order system, the 3GHz Quad Core Mac Pro.
Speedmark 5 Results
|Speedmark 5||Adobe Photoshop CS3||Cinema 4D XL 10.5||Compressor 3||iMovie HD||iTunes 7.5||Unreal Tournament 2004||Quake 4||Finder||Handbrake|
|OVERALL SCORE||SUITE||RENDER||MPEG2 Encode||Aged Effect||MP3 ENCODE||FRAME RATE||FRAME RATE||ZIP ARCHIVE||H.264 ENCODE|
|MacBook Core 2 Duo/2.2GHz (black)||186||1:17||1:00||2:05||0:51||1:12||25.4||7.8||5:13||3:14|
|MacBook Core 2 Duo/2.2GHz (white)||185||1:17||1:01||2:11||0:53||1:11||23.3||7.7||5:09||3:14|
|MacBook Core 2 Duo/2GHz (white)||172||1:26||1:06||2:22||0:57||1:16||24.1||7.7||5:42||3:15|
|MacBook Core 2 Duo/2.16GHz (white)||179||1:16||1:04||2:17||0:53||1:13||18.5||4.5||5:11||3:18|
|MacBook Core 2 Duo/2GHz (white, May 2007)||165||1:31||1:11||2:37||0:59||1:16||18.5||4.5||5:51||3:31|
|15-inch MacBook Pro Core 2 Duo/2.2GHz||185||1:24||1:00||2:16||0:55||1:09||78||43.1||5:37||3:14|
|15-inch MacBook Pro Core 2 Duo/2.4GHz||199||1:17||0:55||2:08||0:50||1:06||69.9||39.1||5:01||3:02|
|17-inch MacBook Pro Core 2 Duo/2.4GHz||204||1:20||0:55||2:07||0:50||1:03||76.6||52.5||5:03||3:01|
|20-inch iMac Core 2 Duo/2GHz||210||1:03||1:05||2:17||0:56||1:09||73.7||21.3||5:13||3:21|
|20-inch iMac Core 2 Duo/2.4 GHz||245||0:54||0:54||1:57||0:47||0:59||88.7||31.3||4:24||2:56|
|24-inch iMac Core 2 Duo/2.4 GHz||245||0:55||0:54||1:57||0:47||0:59||88.6||31.2||4:25||2:56|
|24-inch iMac Core 2 Duo/2.8 GHz||262||0:47||0:47||1:42||0:41||0:51||93||31.1||3:46||2:39|
|Mac Pro Xeon/2.66 GHz Quad Core||260||0:51||0:28||1:19||0:39||0:52||93.5||51.4||4:16||1:55|
|Mac Pro Xeon/3 GHZ Quad Core||274||0:47||0:25||1:16||0:35||0:48||95.3||51.5||3:56||1:38|
|Mac mini Core 2 Duo/2 GHz||172||1:19||1:07||2:21||0:56||1:09||23.4||5.6||5:29||3:22|
|Mac mini Core 2 Duo/1.83GHz||159||1:24||1:14||2:37||1:02||1:25||23.6||5.6||5:57||3:34|
|Mac mini Core Solo/1.5GHz||100||2:16||3:00||8:03||2:09||2:50||19.2||n/a*||7:47||9:28|
|15-inch PowerBook G4/ 1.67Ghz||92||3:00||3:53||7:52||1:58||2:26||22.3||19.9||7:12||16:58|
|Power Macintosh G5/Quad 2.5GHz||225||1:12||0:32||1:28||0:37||0:48||32.6||37.7||4:47||2:25|
|Power Macintosh G5/Dual 2.7GHz||204||1:19||0:53||2:12||0:47||0:55||49.8||16.7||4:43||4:36|
|Power Macintosh G5/Dual 2.5GHz||193||1:22||0:57||2:18||0:47||0:58||47.3||18.1||4:45||4:57|
|Power Macintosh G5/Dual 2.0GHz||166||1:49||1:11||2:34||0:56||1:10||38.8||17.2||5:44||6:04|
|Power Macintosh G5/1.8GHz-single||112||2:25||2:33||5:40||1:31||1:58||19.3||5.8||7:01||13:54|
Best results in bold. Recently added systems are in italics. Asterisk (*) Denotes a system that doesn’t meet the application’s minimum requirements.
Though not as fast as the Mac Pros in the few applications that can make use of four processing cores such as Cinema4D and Compressor, the iMac’s speedy hard drive help beat those systems in the 2GB Zip archive/unarchive tests as well as the 2GB folder duplication test. The Mac Pros also did well in the Quake 4 frames-per-second test, but those results are not calculated as part of the final Speedmark score due to the game’s high minimum hardware requirements.
Of the older systems, the Power Macintosh G5s scaled about as you’d expect. The Quad 2.5GHz G5 was the top scorer among these systems; it held its own against newer Intel systems. The rest of the Power Mac line fell into place with the 2.7GHz dual-processor G5 beating the 2.5GHz dual-processor G5, which beat out the 2GHz dual-processor G5.
The 15-inch 1.67GHz PowerBook earned the dubious honor of being the first Mac to score under 100 points in Speedmark 5. The results show just how powerful Mac portables have become over the last two years. The PowerBook’s HandBrake score was painfully slow, taking five times as long as today’s entry-level Mac laptop, the 2GHz MacBook Core 2 Duo.
If you don’t see your favorite Mac on this list, don’t worry, we’re not finished testing—though, hopefully, these results will cut down the number of daily e-mails I’ve been receiving asking for benchmarks of the 2.8GHz iMac.
[ James Galbraith is Macworld Lab director. ]