2.3ghz i5 mini same score as 1.8 air

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by BJonson, Jul 31, 2011.

  1. BJonson macrumors 6502a

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  3. BJonson thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I thought geekbench didn't test the hard drive? I tested my mac pro before and after an ssd upgrade and got the same score so that can't be it.
     
  4. japtor macrumors regular

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    Yeah, Geekbench only tests computational strength (doesn't include graphics either).

    As for those CPUs, they both clock up to 2.9ghz so that would explain a lot of it, and otherwise the 1.8 i7 has 4MB L3 cache, vs 3MB for the 2.3 i5.
     
  5. indg macrumors 6502

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    what japtor said plus the 13" air has 4gb of ram standard and the base mini has 2gb. won't make a big difference, but does add some points. and generally the i7 is faster than the i5 at equivalent clock speeds.
     
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    The RAM has the same speed in both. It does not add points. It is a simple measurement error.
     
  7. indg macrumors 6502

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    well, these are my geekbench tests of the mini server:

    32-bit 4GB ram: 8798
    32-bit 8GB ram: 8911

    64-bit 4GB ram: 9494
    64-bit 8GB ram: 9660

    i'm going to upgrade the ram in another mini next week so i'll do a before and after geekbench again.
     
  8. Mr. Retrofire macrumors 601

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    Less than 2 percent (9660 vs. 9494) sounds not like a big improvement. However, in the real world 8 GB or 16 GB are appropriate for applications like Photoshop, Parallels, VMware and even Safari.
     
  9. indg macrumors 6502

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    as i said in my earlier post, it's not a big difference. but since you said adding ram would add 0 points to the geekbench score, i was merely pointing out that it does. not significantly, but marginally. and marginally is still more than none.
     
  10. Mr. Retrofire macrumors 601

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    Right.

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