Hands on with Apple MacBook Pro 2.16Ghz Intel Core Duo

“Our MacBook Pro was ordered with the optional 2.16GHz Intel Core Duo CPU and the optional 7200RPM 100GB hard drive in order for it to be as fast as possible. We are still looking for a ‘Book that’s fast-enough to replace our Power Mac G5. From all reports, the new MacBook Pro just might be the one. Of course, it will also drive our 30″ Cinema Display,” Bill Fox reports for Macs Only! “We ordered a third-party 1GB RAM chip so that our new MacBook Pro would have 2GB of RAM and saved $100 off the Apple price.”

“We think our MacBook Pro is the best notebook we’ve ever used. Fortunately, the majority of applications that we use routinely are either Universal already or run very well in Rosetta emulation (e.g. Adobe GoLive CS2, SimpleFTP, NetNewsWire, and Adobe Photoshop Elements 4.0). Even the latest 3-D games run well on the MacBook Pro, though non-Universal ones will need to be run at lower quality to get an acceptable frame rate. But Doom 3 is already Universal and so is Quake 4. With Call of Duty on Aspyr Media’s to-do list and our MacBook Pro running our 30″ Cinema Display just fine, our Power Mac G5 Quad may soon be on the market,” Fox reports.

Fox examines the MacBook Pro’s “Look & Feel,” “Speed,” “Heat,” and “Battery” in his full review (with MacBook Pro 2.16 GHz vs. iMac Core Duo 2.0 GHz vs. Power Mac G5 Quad 2.5 GHz benchmarks) here.

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  1. My MacBook Pro is configured JUST like the test machine and I got it last week. It screams! No dead pixels, no “mooing” noise, no noise period….

    Apple’s got it right and this baby rocks!

    Buy one!

  2. Holly COW!!

    The Mac Book Pro only got 76 on the X-Bench CPU test? My companies Dual 2 Ghz Tower gets 100!!

    This says a lot for seperate processors, each with their own bus and memory controler vs a dual core processor.

    I’m surprised the Quad got only 124 on the CPU test, that’s strange.

  3. Andrew, notice they ran the new Quake 4 on the MacBook Pro and had to turn down the options, but it ran fine at full options on the Quad with the 6600 card. This says later on when new game engines emerge the MacBook will need to be upgraded vs the Quad which will simply need a newer video card.

    IMMO, the Quad is the better longterm value, however the 2.16GHz Intel Core Duo CPU and the optional 7200RPM 100GB hard drive isn’t a slouch, except that alarming CPU score.

    I wonder if Apple hobbled the processor to keep the heat down? There’s no reason it should score 76 vs 100.

  4. The Quad should have a score of at least 200, the X-Bench score is based upon a Dual 2 (seperate processor) PowerMac at 100.

    The Quad has 4 cores running at 2.5 Ghz. so it shoudl be at least twice as fast as a Dual 2 from three years ago.

    I think Apple has been hobbling the full potential of these dual core processors somehow.

    How can we explain a X-Bench of only 76 vs 100?

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