2009 mbp not as fast as 2006 mac

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

  1. sbb155 macrumors 6502

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    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

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    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

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  4. andiwm2003 macrumors 601

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    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

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    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

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

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    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

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    ha define snappier
     
  9. barkmonster macrumors 68020

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    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

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    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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