Apple 13-Inch MacBook benchmarked: it’s fast

“As the replacement for Apple’s consumer-level iBook line, the new 13-inch MacBook isn’t being marketed toward creative professionals. Nevertheless, packed with one of the most powerful mobile processors on the market–a 2.0 GHz Intel Core Duo–this little notebook offers amazing rendering and encoding performance. But is it good enough to compete with the MacBook Pros and with desktop G5 systems? Surprisingly, yes, it is,” Dave Nagel reports for CreativeMac.

“For this first round of benchmarks tests, we’ll compare the 13-inch MacBook with a dual 2.0 GHz G5 and a 2.16 GHz MacBook Pro running various rendering and encoding tests in Final Cut Studio 5.1. The applications in Studio are, of course, Universal Binaries, so they’re designed to run natively on PowerPC and Intel hardware. The results are surprising. Like the 15-inch MacBook Pro, the 13-inch MacBook surpasses the performance of a dual 2.0 GHz G5 in many cases. But it also holds its own against the MacBook Pro, coming in just slightly slower in most tests. Some components of Mac OS X have been updated since we ran our MacBook Pro benchmarks, and, as a result, the MacBook comes in faster in some tests–significantly in some Compressor encoding tests,” Nagel reports.

Full article with much more plus benchmarks here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Greg” and “LinuxGuy” for the heads up.]

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16 Comments

  1. Frank, I feel your pain. Well, some of it – mine is a 2.3 and churns butter a bit faster … but …

    My next system purchase must be an iMac upgrade for my wife. Her G4 is showing its age while our G4 iBook just soldiers along. Still … that iMac will have much the same benchmarks as the MacBook.

    But I wants one, I WANTS one!

  2. Fast eh? Lets try to benchmark anything from Adobe and try this again. These machines are dead slow and overpriced. Apple is screwing over the user base by lying about the performance of their computers. Hopefully the government will sue Apple for this type of behavior. If you want a machine that is as fast as advertised stick with Dell or HP running fast and reliable Microsoft Windows.

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