Macbook Air 2011 too slow!

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by SpeedFleX, Aug 4, 2011.

  1. SpeedFleX macrumors 6502

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    Hi all,

    I just got my macbook air 2011 and unpacked it, booting seem ok but nothing special compared to my macbook 2008.

    Anyways everything seems just slow so I did a geekbench 32 Bit test, my old macbook has a score oaf 3403, my air only 1847. What is wrong?!?
     
  2. simsaladimbamba, Aug 4, 2011
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    It will probably be Spotlight (mds) doing the initial indexing.

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  3. misterneums macrumors 6502

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    Seems odd. There people who have been Geekbenching theirs in 32 bit haven't been as fast as the 64 bit test. Perhaps there is something wrong with your unit?
     
  4. KPOM macrumors G5

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    Are you sure it's a 2011? The i5 is putting out GeekBench scores in the 5000s.

    http://www.primatelabs.ca/geekbench/mac-benchmarks/

    Lion boots a bit more slowly than Snow Leopard did. The 2010s booted in about 15 seconds. The 2011s are closer to 20. Hopefully 10.7.1 fixes this.
     
  5. SpeedFleX thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I will wait a bit maybe it is spotlight Write is at 10MB/s Read is 0, but as an example I sent a file over Airdrop and Finder CPU kept spiking to over 160%.

    it's the 13" i5.
     
  6. gentlefury macrumors 68030

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    You might have a problem with yours. I have the 2011 11" i5 1.6 and it FLIES!! How much ram do you have?? 4GB is the minimum you should be running. Sure they sell a 2GB model, but the way I use my mac I have about 600MB-1GB free at most times on 4GB....I don't think 2GB would be useable!
     
  7. KPOM macrumors G5

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    It's Spotlight. That 13" 1.7GHz i5 is Turbo Boosting to 2.4GHz most of the time, and with the SSD (either one) it should be significantly faster at just about everything than your 2008 MacBook.
     
  8. SpeedFleX thread starter macrumors 6502

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    yes 4 GB

    here are my geekbench scores:


    Geekbench Summary

    System Information
    Platform: Mac OS X x86 (32-bit)
    Compiler: GCC 4.0.1 (Apple Inc. build 5494)
    Operating System: Mac OS X 10.7 (Build 11A2063)
    Model: MacBookAir4,2
    Motherboard: Apple Inc. Mac-742912EFDBEE19B3 MacBookAir4,2
    Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-2557M CPU @ 1.70GHz
    Processor ID: GenuineIntel Family 6 Model 42 Stepping 7
    Logical Processors: 4
    Physical Processors: 1
    Processor Frequency: 1.70 GHz
    L1 Instruction Cache: 32.0 KB
    L1 Data Cache: 32.0 KB
    L2 Cache: 256 KB
    L3 Cache: 3.00 MB
    Bus Frequency: 100.0 MHz
    Memory: 4.00 GB
    Memory Type: 1333 MHz DDR3
    SIMD: 1
    BIOS: Apple Inc. MBA41.88Z.0077.B00.1106300929
    Processor Model: Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-2557M CPU @ 1.70GHz
    Processor Cores: 2

    Geekbench 2 Score: 1851

    Integer Performance (Score: 1279)
    Blowfish
    single-threaded scalar -- 516, 22.7 MB/sec
    multi-threaded scalar -- 1756, 72.0 MB/sec
    Text Compress
    single-threaded scalar -- 682, 2.18 MB/sec
    multi-threaded scalar -- 1796, 5.89 MB/sec
    Text Decompress
    single-threaded scalar -- 741, 3.05 MB/sec
    multi-threaded scalar -- 2013, 8.02 MB/sec
    Image Compress
    single-threaded scalar -- 572, 4.73 Mpixels/sec
    multi-threaded scalar -- 1544, 13.0 Mpixels/sec
    Image Decompress
    single-threaded scalar -- 578, 9.72 Mpixels/sec
    multi-threaded scalar -- 1362, 22.2 Mpixels/sec
    Lua
    single-threaded scalar -- 1141, 439.3 Knodes/sec
    multi-threaded scalar -- 2652, 1.02 Mnodes/sec

    Floating Point Performance (Score: 2381)
    Mandelbrot
    single-threaded scalar -- 675, 449.3 Mflops
    multi-threaded scalar -- 2408, 1.58 Gflops
    Dot Product
    single-threaded scalar -- 1074, 519.1 Mflops
    multi-threaded scalar -- 3051, 1.39 Gflops
    single-threaded vector -- 1323, 1.59 Gflops
    multi-threaded vector -- 3691, 3.84 Gflops
    LU Decomposition
    single-threaded scalar -- 311, 277.0 Mflops
    multi-threaded scalar -- 742, 651.3 Mflops
    Primality Test
    single-threaded scalar -- 1644, 245.6 Mflops
    multi-threaded scalar -- 3261, 605.3 Mflops
    Sharpen Image
    single-threaded scalar -- 1518, 3.54 Mpixels/sec
    multi-threaded scalar -- 4986, 11.5 Mpixels/sec
    Blur Image
    single-threaded scalar -- 1923, 1.52 Mpixels/sec
    multi-threaded scalar -- 6736, 5.30 Mpixels/sec

    Memory Performance (Score: 1864)
    Read Sequential
    single-threaded scalar -- 1848, 2.26 GB/sec
    Write Sequential
    single-threaded scalar -- 2461, 1.68 GB/sec
    Stdlib Allocate
    single-threaded scalar -- 922, 3.44 Mallocs/sec
    Stdlib Write
    single-threaded scalar -- 1823, 3.77 GB/sec
    Stdlib Copy
    single-threaded scalar -- 2267, 2.34 GB/sec

    Stream Performance (Score: 1979)
    Stream Copy
    single-threaded scalar -- 1701, 2.33 GB/sec
    single-threaded vector -- 2928, 3.80 GB/sec
    Stream Scale
    single-threaded scalar -- 1799, 2.33 GB/sec
    single-threaded vector -- 2832, 3.82 GB/sec
    Stream Add
    single-threaded scalar -- 598, 925.1 MB/sec
    single-threaded vector -- 3025, 4.21 GB/sec
    Stream Triad
    single-threaded scalar -- 685, 970.2 MB/sec
    single-threaded vector -- 2267, 4.24 GB/sec
     
  9. lukekarts macrumors regular

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    As someone said, the MBA is probably indexing. Try again with it tomorrow.
     
  10. KPOM macrumors G5

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    Try running Geekbench 64 tomorrow. Let Spotlight run its course today. How much data does it have to index?
     
  11. gentlefury macrumors 68030

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    So, why are you doing a 32-bit benchmark when Lion is a 64bit OS?
     
  12. akhbhaat macrumors regular

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    The free version of Geekbench only runs a 32 bit test.
     
  13. SpeedFleX thread starter macrumors 6502

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    its just the fresh install didn't put any other data on it, no migration no time machine. Ok I'll just wait i didn't know indexing took the system down so much, I expected maybe a 1000 points but almost 4000 is pretty bad..
     
  14. RobQuads macrumors regular

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    Why does all this indexing need to take place?

    Surely all these laptops are being shipped with the same image and so could they not have been images from one where the initial indexing has already taken place.
     
  15. Mlrollin91 macrumors G4

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    I just ran the geek bench test, have the same laptop as OP and got a 5439 score. I think there may be something off with your computer. My computer screams, 5X faster than my 2009 MBP.
     
  16. SpeedFleX thread starter macrumors 6502

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    yeah that is what I'm afraid of^^Such is life sometimes, I decided to reinstall Lion just for the heck of it.
     
  17. SpeedFleX thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I think I fixed it.

    I reset the NVRAM and Pram, didn't help :(

    reinstalled OSX Lion, didn't help :(

    went to the Apple Store, didn't help :(

    reset the SMC, this helped^^Maybe a temp fix but atleast geekbench jumped to 5432
     
  18. h00ligan macrumors 68030

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    5462 on the base 13" - on the 'ultimate' it was 5816

    Shows how little difference there really is.
     
  19. dlbmacfan macrumors regular

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    My 13" i7 did pretty well on Geekbench. This was the 64 bit test.
     

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  20. rkahl macrumors 65816

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    The 64 bit application always tests faster.
     
  21. KPOM macrumors G5

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    True. On my 11" i7, Geekbench 32 scored 5839.
     
  22. DeusInvictus7 macrumors 68020

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    64-Bit gave me 6267. Not bad for such a small computer. :D

    That number is actually higher than my 2010 MacBook Pro i7...Beast! lol
     
  23. arcangel6 macrumors regular

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    My 13" i7 gave me a similar score of 6297 score.


    Joe
     
  24. macbook123 macrumors 68000

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    Wait, did you actually all spend $12.99 just to get the 64-bit version?????

    Second (independent) question: What should the score be for the 32-bit version?

    Third question: What should the Xbench score be?
     
  25. KPOM macrumors G5

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    No, I just ran the 32-bit version.

    As for XBench, it's out of date and the thread test doesn't work right in Lion (it freezes there), but here are my results for the other tests.
     

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