Apple’s new MacBook Pros benchmarked: The performance increase is amazing

“Even though Apple’s new MacBook Pros look like the old MacBook Pros, there’s a lot that’s new and exciting under the hood, like a completely new peripheral interface (Thunderbolt) and the new AMD GPUs. What I’m most excited about are the new Sandy Bridge processors (especially now that Apple finally has a quad-core laptop),” Primate Labs reports.

“What I was curious to know, though, was how fast are these new processors? How much of a performance benefit do the Sandy Bridge processors bring to the MacBook Pro lineup? I grabbed Geekbench 2 scores from the Geekbench Result Browser for the current- and previous-generation MacBook Pro models in order to answer that question,” Primate Labs reports.

“The performance of the new MacBook Pros is amazing,” Primate Labs reports. “The slowest MacBook Pro performs on par with the fastest previous-generation MacBook Pro, and the fastest MacBook Pro is 80% faster than the fastest previous-generation MacBook Pro.”

Full article, with the various benchmarks, here.


  1. Not quite accurate – the speed increase is only that much if your app supports multiple cores, and then the jump from two to four cores will give you an 80% increase (some is lost on overhead). Most “normal” apps will see nowhere near these speed increases.

    1. I’ve run Geekbench on my 15″ MB Pro using the first of the Intel processors: the Core 2 (no Duo) @ 2.16GHz.
      It scores 2863.
      The new 15″ with i7 @2.3GHz scores 9886

      Would I like a new MB Pro that is almost 400% faster than the one I now own? Yep. But my 4 year old MBP still runs like a champ, is paid for, and rarely leaves me wishing it was faster. Looks like I can wait for at least one more upgrade cycle.

  2. Show me some Sandy Bridge love for the iMac, Apple. I’m waiting for that and the iPad 2. Plus a MacBook Air with Sandy Bridge processors. I like to be ultra mobile when I’m out and about.

    1. It’s a little early for Sandy Bridge iMacs, April might be a good guess. Sandy Bridge Mac Minis might follow by mid-year but they probably won’t have Thunderbolt. Sandy Bridge runs a lot hotter than the Core 2 Duos in the MacBook Airs so there won’t be any Sandy Bridge love there until that problem is solved.

  3. Well my 2.33 MBP 15inch has served me well for over four years, and most of the time in Africa (many countries).
    Upsides are: No viruses (I have Kaperskey to keep from passing viruses thru to Windows machines)
    Works with every projector I have come across.
    Performs well in high temps and dusty conditions.
    Very reliable for field work (Darfur ect)
    Snappy for an aging notebook, only upgrade was adding ram. Had two batteries replaces by Applecare and travel with a spare battery, two power supplies (fried one in Nigeria last year) and two video cables.

    Looking at buying the new 13inch MBP.

    1. My 12″ powerbook G4, which is nearly six years old and has also spent alot of time in hot, dusty conditions, still runs like a champ. One can only hope that the latest crop of Apple laptops will be as rugged and reliable as many older Mac laptops have been.

      Regarding the new 13″ MBP: I see that the base model (2.3GHz i5) is as fast as the previous 15″ 2.8GHz i7, and the new 2.7GHz i7 is significantly faster. Meanwhile, an 8GB RAM upgrade has never been cheaper. What all this adds up to is that the new 13″ MBP is by far the most awesome machine of this size that Apple has ever produced.

      1. I have a 12″ PowerBook G4 1.5GHz, and mine is still working, too. I did replace the HDD and the battery, but that is to be expected for an older notebook. It still runs well enough with Mac OS 10.5 to serve as a homework computer and general purpose browsing and internet games. How many PC notebooks of that age are still productive?

        I also have a (now last generation) MacBook Pro 15″ i7. It replaced a desktop at work and is quite powerful. If you factor in the improved graphics on the new high-end MacBook Pros on top of the CPU improvements, the performance must be truly impressive!

    1. Only having Intel HD integrated graphics in the 13 inch model is the same kind of crap found in commodity PCs. I hope Apple doesn’t make the same mistake when they put Sandy Bridge in the Mac Mini because they should then lower the Mac Mini price at least $200!

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