looking for benchmark comparisons MBP 2011 vs iMac 2011

Discussion in 'iMac' started by mdh95070, May 4, 2011.

  1. mdh95070 macrumors member

    Dec 13, 2009
    Does anyone have a URL illustrating benchmark comparisons between 2011 MBPs and iMacs?

    I want to buy another desktop replacement and I am struggling between 15 inch MBP 2.2 (with external monitor) and iMac 27 inch i7. Trying to get a sense of the performance gap.

    It sure seems like the MBP is much easier to service than an iMac watching hard drive replacements on youtube and seeing people carrying iMacs into the Apple Store. At times, I trying to be too practical.. sorry. On the other side, i assume the iMacs will be quiet as some people complain about fan noise in MBPs.

    tks in advance,
  2. Ahheck01 macrumors 6502

    Aug 7, 2006
    I'd like to see this as well. Based on what I've seen on Geekbench, the 3.4Ghz i7 in the iMac only scores 12823 in 64-bit, and the 2.2Ghz i7 in the MBP scores a 10769.

    So that's a 19% speed increase for a 55% clock speed increase. That seems off, but it is what it is.

    The only thing is I will be doing editing full time in Final Cut Pro X. I have a feeling the 2GB graphics will help vs the 1GB in the Macbook Pro.

    So the question is this - do I enjoy the mobility of the 17" 2.2Ghz MBP, or do I sacrifice mobility for a 19% speed increase, a lot more screen real estate, and dual display out capability?

    Open to thoughts.
  3. animefanotaku macrumors newbie

    Aug 25, 2009
    From the encoding benchmark link you can compare the two:

    15" MBP 2.20 GHz 4 core i7 (2011) 5 mins 26 secs @ 43.86 fps (ChunkAhoy)

    27" iMac 3.4 Ghz core i7 (2011) 4 mins 11 secs @ 57.13 fps (animefanotaku)

    also for comparison

    2010 12 core 2.66GHz Mac Pro 3 mins 12 secs @74.43 fps (ibookg4user)

    Original Link
  4. stefmesman macrumors 6502

    Jun 25, 2010

    the 2Gb graphics wont do much of a difference in FCP... unless youre also going to do some heavy 3D. 1Gb of ram is MORE then anyone would need at this point. as you are stil facing the up and down speeds on a graphics card. graphics cards are mainly to drive displays or do 3D rendering (like games).

    Id go for the MBP, preferably with an big screen for at home.

    2 extra screens with an imac wont be cheap either.
  5. mdh95070 thread starter macrumors member

    Dec 13, 2009
    Great responses... i love this site... tks everyone... sounds like the top of the line i7 iMac 2011 is about 20%'ish faster than the MBP i7 2.2.

    Wonder how fan noise will compare?
  6. DisMyMac macrumors 65816


    Sep 30, 2009
    I dream of using my iMac to plays Bluray (without using awkward tricks). That's the only reason I can imagine for getting the 2Gb card.
  7. grahamnp macrumors 6502a

    Jun 4, 2008
    You won't need that much VRAM to play blurays

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