Leopard and RAM Upgrade Hurt xBench/GeekBench Scores

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by ntrigue, Nov 27, 2007.

  1. ntrigue macrumors 68040


    Jul 30, 2007
    2.33gHz C2D - 4GB RAM - 10.5.1

    Standard 2.33gHz = 2975
    My Geekbench = 2942

    Perhaps Geekbench doesn't really utilize the additional 4GB

    Standard 2.33gHz = 117
    My xBench = 88.90

    Seems as though on xBench the Hard Drive related portions kill my score...
  2. CanadaRAM macrumors G5


    Oct 11, 2004
    On the Left Coast - Victoria BC Canada
    Good guess
    xBench is notoriously unreliable in any case, I wouldn't put too much faith in it.
  3. eluk macrumors 6502a


    Dec 14, 2006
    East London, UK
    My Geekbench has dropped too.

    Tiger (10.4.9): 3064

    Leopard (10.5.1): 2991
  4. ntrigue thread starter macrumors 68040


    Jul 30, 2007
    Does anyone have a test that they stand behind? Think of it as preventative because xBench seems to think my HDD is a bottleneck. May indicate corruption.
  5. jfpoole macrumors newbie

    Oct 27, 2003
    Geekbench 2 doesn't use a lot of RAM (around 128MB) when measuring your system's performance since it's more concerned with the speed of your RAM rather than the quantity of your RAM.

    Also, when comparing scores it's more important to look at the relative difference (in this case 1%) rather than the absolute difference (in this case 33 points). There are all sorts of ways system configuration can vary, and all sorts of ways these differences can affect Geekbench. Seeing a small (generally less than 3%) difference between scores is normal and nothing to worry about.
  6. JFreak macrumors 68040


    Jul 11, 2003
    Tampere, Finland
    try running Xbench without disk test. My 2.2GHz MBP scores 109.95 (all tests) or 161.28 (without disk test).

    IMO it's a little unfair to test laptop hard drive against desktop hard drives, and I do know that some people have massive RAID systems if for nothing else but getting bragging rights.

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