MacBook Pro Core 2 Duo Performance

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  1. MacBytes macrumors bot

    Jul 5, 2003


    Category: Benchmarks
    Link: MacBook Pro Core 2 Duo Performance
    Description:: A performance comparison between the new MacBook Pro (with a Core 2 Duo processor) and the old MacBook Pro (with a Core Duo processor). Also compares the performance between 32-bit and 64-bit performance on the new MacBook Pro.

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  2. interlaced macrumors 6502a


    Nov 16, 2005
    Hooray! Benchmarks! Just what I wanted to see.
  3. Rocksaurus macrumors 6502a


    Sep 14, 2003
    "Moving from the Core Duo to the Core 2 Duo means 32-bit MacBook Pro performance is up 10% without an increase in processor clock speed. That’s impressive"

    I don't get what all the Core 2 (mobile) hype is about. 10% is the speed increase you gain from doubling the cache... Which the Core 2 Duo did (4 MB vs 2 MB)... And don't say 64-bit.
  4. Analog Kid macrumors 68040

    Analog Kid

    Mar 4, 2003
    I'm with you-- I couldn't understand all the moaning from people wanting Merom. It's just not that big of a deal. Granted, it looks like there are certain operations that give you more than 10%, so some folks will be pretty happy.

    Anybody out there understand why Core2 choked on a couple of these? Stdlib allocation jumps out as a major bummer...

    [edit: oh, and note to benchmarkers-- if you're trying to show the advantage of B over A, normalize to A, not C...]
  5. Swarmlord macrumors 6502a


    Sep 18, 2006
    Hmmm, these benchmarks are making me feel a bit better about getting the Mini with Core Duo sooner rather than later.
  6. twoodcc macrumors P6


    Feb 3, 2005
    Right side of wrong
    nice benchmarks. about what i thought the difference would be
  7. wyatt23 macrumors 6502a


    Mar 7, 2006
    Forest Hills, NY
    wow. i was really expecting a much bigger increase in performance. oh well... does it get way better battery life? if not, i may have to try and grab an "old" mbp.
  8. Bill Gates macrumors 68020

    Bill Gates

    Jun 21, 2006
    Yes, but look at the 64-bit performance! In may cases it's leaps and bounds ahead of the 32-bit Core Duo. Once Leopard is released, more of its potential will be realized.
  9. n8236 macrumors 65816

    Mar 1, 2006
    I dunno what the author was talking about, 10% speed improvement is NOT "impressive" imo. It's hardly a double digit bump, if not a single digit bump if it had a % of error margin.

    As for the 64 vs 32 bit, why da Hell would u cross compare a C2D running 64bit to a C1D running 32bit? It makes no sense to me. I can't think of any real works situations like that. Wouldn't comparing a C2D to a C1D on either 32 then 64bit make more sense? o_O

    Anyways, 10% is rather not "impressive." In a non-scientific way, if the encoding of video took took 5 mins on a C1D, the C2D would only save u 30 seconds.
  10. Bill Gates macrumors 68020

    Bill Gates

    Jun 21, 2006
    A Core Duo is a 32-bit chip. It can't run 64-bit code, plain and simple. It won't be able to take advantage of 64-bit optimizations in Leopard.

    Regarding the 30 second savings for that benchmark, 30 seconds for several files can yield a decent saving in time.
  11. n8236 macrumors 65816

    Mar 1, 2006
    I see, gotcha. If that's the case, will it mean that the C2D will run much better than the C1D w/ Leopard?
  12. Bill Gates macrumors 68020

    Bill Gates

    Jun 21, 2006
    Depending on how much Apple optimizes it, it's certainly possible.

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