Lab report: 2011 MacBook Pro benchmark results

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Speedmark 6.5 individual application test results:
2011 MacBook Pros

Cine-
bench
R11.5
CPU
Mathe-
matica
Mark 7
Parallels
World-
Bench
Multitask
test
Aperture
3 import
and
process
Multi-
tasking
13" MacBook Pro 2.3GHz Core i5 dual-core 158 6 342 133 76
13" MacBook Pro 2.7GHz Core i7 dual-core 138 7 274 116 71
15" MacBook Pro 2.0GHz Core i7 quad-core 86 11 306 138 64
15" MacBook Pro 2.2GHz Core i7 quad-core 81 11 278 118 61
17" MacBook Pro 2.2GHz Core i7 quad-core 79 12 268 116 62
13" MacBook Pro 2.4GHz Core 2 Duo 294 4 435 188 103
13" MacBook Pro 2.66GHz Core 2 Duo 199 4.4 320 137 96
15" MacBook Pro 2.4GHz Core i5 dual core 185 5 420 152 83
15" MacBook Pro 2.66GHz Core i7 dual-core 160 5.8 361 137 77
17" MacBook Pro 2.53GHz Core i5 dual-core 176 5 408 148 85
13" MacBook Air 1.83GHz Core 2 Duo (256GB SSD) 369 3 496 198 124
MacBook 2.4GHz Core 2 Duo (2GB RAM) 295 4 446 207 181
21.5" iMac 3.06GHz Core i3 157 6.1 340 125 78
27" iMac 2.8GHz Core i5 quad-core 108 10 290 118 65

MathematicaMark 7 results are scores; higher results are better. All other test results in the above chart are in seconds; lower results are better. Reference 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. 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, William Wang, and Mauricio Grijalva

Check back soon for Macworld’s full review of these new MacBook Pro systems, including battery tests and more graphics results.

[James Galbraith is Macworld’s lab director.]

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