Efi 2.1 Benchmarks, before and after

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  1. konceptz macrumors newbie

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    Using passmark, since I just happened to have a very recent saved file.

    Pre 2.1/Post 2.1

    CPU Mark: 7658.1/7859.7
    2D Mark: 786.9/797.2
    3D Mark: 1205.2/1198.5
    Memory Mark: 1227.3/1330.7
    Disk Mark: 980.9/704.5

    Only interesting result was the Disk Mark. I haven't changed any drivers, clocks or windows updates from 1 day to the next, so I'm not sure what this sharp in disk could be attributed too.

    Broken Down
    Pre2.1/Post2.1

    Disk - Sequential Read: 80.0/74.8
    Disk - Sequential Write: 136.7/82.7
    Disk - Random Seek RW: 54.5/37.3

    I have a Corsair SSD 128.

    I'm going to do a full power cycle and repeat some of these tests just to make sure it's not my fault somehow.
     
  2. prism macrumors 6502a

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    Bummer no GPU improvement, that really sucks.

     
  3. Ceebee1980 macrumors regular

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    There are definitely some strong yet subtle speed boosts. Some of what I noticed:

    -Radeon 6750m screen tearing is gone.
    -Safari seems snappier. Not joking though. A lot faster.
    -Trackpad responsiveness is drastically increased in Safari and elsewhere. Before, I had issues where if I clicked on the bookmark bar, it wouldn't register the click sometimes. Very annoying. But now it seems to be fixed.
    -No ssd for me, but reboot times seem a bit faster.
    -Temps seem a hair lower too.
     
  4. diannao macrumors regular

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    On my 17" the two updates made a notable improvement in perceived speed.
     
  5. SpitUK macrumors 6502

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    I have noticed the speed improvement too. Subtle but just feels more solid and smoother if that make sense.
     
  6. Ceebee1980 macrumors regular

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    I think the discrete gpu was already running at max performance fps-wise, but the firmware update really seems to have smoothed things out driver-wise interface-wise. And Safari seems a lot better too now. Just wish I had an SSD though, as I've heard they all got boot up speed increases.

    O
     
  7. Martyimac macrumors 6502a

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    I also have perceived speed increases on my MBP after the updates. Startups and shutdowns are much faster and the overall feel of the system is "snappier".
     
  8. cambookpro, May 6, 2011
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    cambookpro macrumors 603

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    I find shut down times amazingly fast now. Takes about 4 secs to shut down, even with a paltry 5400rpm HD. Also my Airport issues have gone, YAY!!
     
  9. frankieboy macrumors regular

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    I didn't know I had a poultry hard drive. But it explains a lot of the problems I have been having, like the feeling of being hen-pecked by Steve Jobs, and the funny noises I have been hearing from my MBP.

    Tonight I am taking the bottom off and see if there are any eggs up there.
    :D
     
  10. Ceebee1980 macrumors regular

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    What were the airport issues you were having? At home, my wireless seems a bit quicker to load pages, but at Borders, I notice that my computer finds the wireless connection way faster and connects equally fast.
     
  11. cambookpro macrumors 603

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    Lol sorry, that was me at midnight!! Knew it wasn't spelt like that lol...

    EDIT: There we go. Thank God the chickens have gone!! :p
     
  12. reclusive46 macrumors 65816

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    Chrome seems a little snapper and I also noticed watching youtube videos on chrome or some other flash content doesn't turn on the AMD GPU. It stays on Intel HD graphics now.
     
  13. Ceebee1980 macrumors regular

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    Nice! Now maybe I can go back to Chrome and ditch Safari.
     
  14. george81 macrumors newbie

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    After the EFI update I noticed a huge improvement in the overall feeling of my experience with my 2.3Ghz 15" MBP.

    Screen tearing and safari overall feeling made me feel disappointed (esp. after spending $2800 on the machine)

    /me is very happy :)
     
  15. frankieboy macrumors regular

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    Don't change it! I need the eggs!
     
  16. DVD Plaza macrumors member

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    One thing that has frustrated me is that, although we rarely need to restart Macs, the startup sequence has an annoying delay in it.

    That is, the Apple logo appears and then a five second delay before the spinning wheel starts rotating and the OS begins booting. On my SSD equipped 17" for instance the Apple logo appears for 5 seconds, and then the system boots for 5 seconds and I'm at my desktop.

    What has always frustrated me is that I have never seen any reference to this delay online - it seems I am the only one that has found this 5 second delay during startup to be annoying.

    This EFI update has FINALLY changed all that. Power on, Apple logo appears, and five seconds later I am at my desktop. No boot delay, no spinning wheel, just straight to my desktop. Kick ass!!!
     
  17. george81 macrumors newbie

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    attaching xbench from before/after EFI update
     

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  18. bozz2006 macrumors 68030

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    So your startup is ~5 seconds faster now? 19 seconds down to 14 seconds?
     
  19. DVD Plaza macrumors member

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    No, my startup was formerly 5sec delay + 5sec boot = 10 seconds to desktop.

    Since EFI update it's now 5 seconds in total - power on, no delay, five seconds straight to desktop.
     
  20. califfo1975 macrumors regular

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    I am late on the subject but I am really hesitating to install the EFI 2.1 as I am scared of any downclocking of GPU or CPU. Did anyone else run other benchmarks to check if there was a drawback (the xbench results in .txt files are not very encouraging if I have correctly interpreted them)? Or did you notice any fps or fastness loss in the 3D intensive applications (I use FCE and Photoshop CS5 mainly).
    For the time being I would have no reason to install the update as I have never had any freezing / stability issue (touching wood...)
    I have a MBP 2011 15" / i7 2.3Ghz / ATI 6750 1Gb

    Thanks for your kind replies

    Cheers
     
  21. califfo1975 macrumors regular

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    Any feedback please on my query please?
    Cheers
     

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