2009 mbp not as fast as 2006 mac

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by sbb155, Aug 8, 2009.

  1. sbb155 macrumors 6502

    Jan 15, 2005
    I just bought a super decked out 2009 mbp, with 3 ghz proc, loaded with ram, and with ssd. It was over 3500.
    My 3 year old mac pro, dual 2.66 (which I bought on ebay for $1400), is much faster than the brand new mbp. (by geekbench, cinebench, etc.)
    One could get a used mac pro + new 13" mbp for less than I paid for my mbp 15". Probably a better combination - best of both worlds.
  2. daneoni macrumors G4


    Mar 24, 2006
    A MBP won't be faster than 4 cores of Xeon processors with a 7200RPM desktop drive...SSD or not. Faster than a PowerMac yes...Mac Pro...not so much
  3. zw-gator macrumors 6502a


    Oct 23, 2005
  4. andiwm2003 macrumors 601


    Mar 29, 2004
    Boston, MA
    not too surprising. apples high end tricked out MBP's are always very expensive for their performance. usually the midrange MBP's are the sweet spot for price/performance.

    on top of that the mac pro's are very fast machines.

    the only reason to get a high end MBP is when you need the power on the road. if you can do the heavy work at home and just need a notebook in addition to that a desktop/notebook combi was always the better choice.
  5. iLog.Genius macrumors 601


    Feb 24, 2009
    Toronto, Ontario
    The OP has the dual core Xeon not the quad core that starts at 3.0GHz but the fact still remains the same, a desktop will generally be faster than a laptop.
  6. Bill Gates macrumors 68020

    Bill Gates

    Jun 21, 2006
    This is why you don't waste money "decking-out" a MacBook Pro.
  7. reel2reel macrumors 6502a


    Jul 24, 2009
    Define "slower." I've got a 2008 17" mbp that feels snappier than 2008 mac pro's I use at work, but that's probably because I don't load all kinds of crap onto it. Now if I'm rendering in final cut, the mac pro will excel, but I don't do much rendering on my mbp so who cares.
  8. mikes70mustang macrumors 68000


    Nov 14, 2008
    ha define snappier
  9. barkmonster macrumors 68020


    Dec 3, 2001
    Keeping a mac snappy is just case of good drive maintenance.

    The whole install of Leopard and all my apps uses just short of 28Gb and that's after running monolingual.

    I keep downloads, movies, my iTunes library and documents on a separate partition and for audio, I record to a dedicated drive on it's own bus.

    It takes about a minute to start up which isn't too bad for a 7 year old system running off a 7200rpm ATA133 drive but those videos on youtube of a Mac Mini booting in 10 seconds with an Intel X25, plus the fact X25s can be had for about £170 now still shows me what "snappy" really means.
  10. Jiten macrumors 6502a


    Jul 16, 2008
    It should have read 2009 mbp not as fast as 2006 mac PRO ;)

    Before decking out your Macbook Pro, you should have check out the speed test by Bearfeats.com.

    It will probably take a few more generations before we can have Macbook Pros as fast as last generation's Mac Pros.

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