Abnormally low geekbench and cinebench scores....

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by earthdan, Jul 13, 2009.

  1. earthdan macrumors member

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    Hey all,

    I posted my geekbench scores in the comparison thread but I think this may warrant a new thread also.....hopefully:)

    I have a mid 2009 15 inch MBP, with 2.8 ghz, 4 gb ram, and 512 9600m gt, with the 1.7 efi update.

    It appears that my geekbench (~2300) and cinebench (~3700 with the 9600m gt) scores in Leopard are much lower than others have found with similar configs, or even slower configs.

    I honestly don't care about the actual numbers as the computer feels quite fast with day-to-day use. My problem is that I have been testing out call of duty 4 and quake 4, and it seems that they can get a little choppy sometimes. I was under the impression that this system would rip through these slightly older games.

    On a side note, I also tried the game Prototype through bootcamp (Win7) and it is very smooth (although very hot).

    I am aware that macs are not meant for gaming and I will see much better performance in Win 7. But due to the lower benchmark scores from geekbench/cinebench combined with laggy performance in those games in Leopard, I think there might actually be something wrong with my system/software.

    Does anyone have any insight as to why I would get this and possibly any advice on how I can get my mbp up to speed?

    thanks very much for any replies,

    Dan
     
  2. Cavanboy18 macrumors regular

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    the GPU'S int he mbp's are not hard core gamer cards. they can preform but they can not push the boundaries. i play WoW at 1920x1200 and get like 40-60fps and that game is old as hell.
     
  3. GeJohnO macrumors newbie

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    Those scores do seem a bit low. The first time I ran CB/GB, I had other programs going as well, and it threw my score off by about 500 points. Try running them on a fresh restart, it might help.
     
  4. earthdan thread starter macrumors member

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    thanks for the replies, I tried rebooting and then running again but I got similar scores again.

    Kinda wierd actually, when running cinebench, I get the same scores with the 9400 as I do with the 9600. Wierd.....


    edit: i get ~3500 for the 9400 and 3800 for the 9600
     
  5. earthdan thread starter macrumors member

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    Well, I feel a little dumb.

    I had been playing around with coolbook and even tho the program wasn't running, it still detected the voltage settings. Essentially I was running my mbp severely throttled.

    I am now getting 6096 on cinebench with the 9600m gt!

    Geekbench is also giving me a proper score at around 3800.

    Thanks for listening to my problem and solution!

    cheers,
    Dan


    edit: The gaming performance is waaaaay better now too. Pretty smooth at maxed settings...
     
  6. nks06 macrumors newbie

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    Yeah, I'm scoring low too... I'm getting 2887 for the single core, and 4894 for multiple cores. I'm running the latest uMBP (2.66 4gb 10.6.2) and I KNOW it should be a lot faster. Any thoughts? I did a fresh install of 10.6.2 yesterday, so I know it's nothing I've installed

    Any thoughts?
     

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