Bench Test Confusion & Graphics Upgrade

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by ptjh, Oct 16, 2008.

  1. ptjh macrumors regular

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    Graphics

    MB Pro Is it worth £140 for 9600M GT with 512MB & 0.13 Ghz Processor (I've configured them to have the same, HD ect.) ? I've seen on the xbench & geekbench that the new MB Pro 2.5's and the 2.4's achieve a similar score so i guess the 0.13 processor improvement won't count for much.

    It's primary use is for pro audio use (so i need firewire = no MB & I don't want a refurb even if the UK had any left) but it may get used for some photoshop and maybe video. I'm not a pro video editor or graphic designer & I don't game

    What other benefits with the better graphics option give me?

    Will it give me improved performance for an external monitor or better graphics for viewing/editing pictures and watching DVD's which I do alot?

    Bench Tests

    The bench tests are confusing me since the xbench shows the new MB pro 2.5 gets beaten by the old 2.6 in CPU test by a fair margin whilst the new 2.4 MB pro is relatively similar in performance despite them both being roughly 0.1 GHz either side on the new 2.5 MB Pro - any thoughts? I use plents of heavy softsynths and plugins so I'm wondering if the 2.8 will be a significant performance boost since the old 2.6 gives about 10% increase.

    http://gizmodo.com/5063492/macbook-and-macbook-pro-dual-review
    (look around the middle of the page)

    Thanks guys...this will be my first mac so I want to get it right - I won't upgrade for another couple of years.
     
  2. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    The new processors aren't really much faster then the old ones if at all.
     
  3. ptjh thread starter macrumors regular

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    It seems that way, the 2.6 seems to lead the way in raw cpu power according to the chart. So given that the new and old are relatively similar what coud I expect from a 2.8? 20 % improvement over the new 2.4/2.5 but maybe overly optimistic? That would make i worth it IMO
     

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