How should we testdrive our new MBPs?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Maximus434, Oct 25, 2006.

  1. Maximus434 macrumors regular

    Jan 11, 2006
    Right so, in a timely, self-congratulating fashion I think we should all discuss how we can test our new laptops when they arrive. You know, just for that extra grin you get when you buy a top of the line piece of hardware :D

    I'm looking for some serious suggestions here. I was thinking, after the regular Safari/Mail et al, I would install Aperture 1.5 and see how that fares. Then I was thinking of installing Windows for graphics tests. But instead of taking up space, maybe I should just install a game or two with Crossover?

    The only games I play regularly any more are DOD:S and Red Orchestra, though I may try Oblivion, with maybe overclocking thee X1600 slightly (or maybe not :eek: ).

    Has anyone else any suggestions that will test/showcase the ability of our new notebooks?

    (Not that testing actually matters, but who doesn't when you buy new hardware :D )
  2. Shadow macrumors 68000


    Feb 17, 2006
    Keele, United Kingdom
    I wouldnt except a massive jump in preformace...from what I've seen the Core 2 Duo is only ~10-15% faster than the Core Duo.

    I'd like to see how hot they get and if they still moo.
  3. Maximus434 thread starter macrumors regular

    Jan 11, 2006
    What about those of us who have never owned a MBP? I'm coming from an iBook G4.
  4. doubledangerbat macrumors newbie

    Oct 25, 2006
    Norman, OK
    I'm also coming from a PowerBook G4. Without the having to sift through what may or may not be an actual problem, what are immediate things to look for that may be wrong (moo, etc.) and how can we look for them?

    Not looking for hand holding here, just some tips. I've read the other threads, but sometimes people are whining or else the "problem" isn't a common one.
  5. S2NINJA macrumors member


    Oct 10, 2006
    I'm also coming from a powerbook g4... IMO it gets fairly warm. but i'd like to see just how hot the new MBPs get.
  6. cecildk9999 macrumors regular


    Sep 10, 2006
    East Coast
    Although I can't speak for the C2D MBPs, the CD version idles cool enough to be placed on a lap, and remains pretty good for all your basic applications (certainly not any hotter than my old PB). I tried a little of the Civ 4 demo, which was supposed to be pretty processor/graphics intensive, and definitely felt the heat by the end. Maybe consider investing in a good solid book or folder to work as a buffer if you're going to be regularly putting the machine through its paces (most people here seem to think that heat output should be similar between the old and new models). But it's manageable, and there are some programs out there that let you regulate the fan speed on the computer if you want to tinker.
  7. S2NINJA macrumors member


    Oct 10, 2006
    Thanks for the info! :)

    I have a feeling that i'll probably be fine. Although I do enjoy the occasional game, I will never be playing it w/ the laptop actually on my lap.

    Now, I just have to sell my toshiba, and i'm ready! :D

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