MacBook Upgrade Benchmarks

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by OregonChad, Oct 31, 2008.

  1. OregonChad macrumors newbie

    Oct 31, 2008
    I purchased a MacBook 2.4/250 GB a few days ago. I ordered 4 GB of memory from Crucial ($142) and a Seagate Momentus 7200.3 ST9320421ASG ($98.99). I was curious to see how this would affect my system so I ran XBench 3 times with each setup. In between each test run I rebooted. After running the test three times, I shutdown and timed my system startup from the time I pressed the power button until I saw the login screen. In between each startup test I shutdown the system and waited about 10 seconds.

    The test scores will be listed in the order of 250/2, 250/4, 320/2, 320/4 and will be the average of all three tests.

    Startup: 30.6, 33.02, 25.29, 28.65

    CPU Test: 139.34, 149.6, 144.24, 145.24
    Thread Test: 289.82, 258.51, 306.59, 299.84
    Memory Test: 179.83, 187.15, 169.74, 178.62
    Quartz Graphics: 166.59, 166.37, 174.1, 170.11
    OpenGL Graphics: 155.98, 148.09, 146.58, 150.7
    User Interface: 270.6, 275.29, 258.13, 250.76
    Disk Test Total: 45.6, 46.08, 45.26, 55.16
    Disk Sequential: 75.95, 75.69, 100.02, 115.67
    Disk Random: 32.63, 33.13, 29.27, 36.26

    Final Score:185.15, 188.3, 165.38, 188.8

    What I noticed during my testing is that the Seagate drive did noticeably boot faster than the standard drive. I included the sub test results for the drive test (sequential & random) because the difference was pretty significant. I've attached my original test results as a csv text file.

    I must say, overall I am very impressed with this computer. This is my 6th mac (my first being a Performa 575) and it definitely is my favorite so far.

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  2. Philflow macrumors 65816

    May 7, 2008
    Have you timed boot times?

    Xbench is a synthetic benchmark and results don't give much insight to real life performance.

    Another possibilty is to copy a 5GB folder from one partition to another and time that.
  3. ronnitino macrumors newbie

    Nov 9, 2008
    I'm considering bying the 2,0 Ghz MB with no upgrades and replacing the 160/5440 HD with the 320/7200 Seagate Momentus. That setup should more or less correspond with your test score no.3 - which is the lowest!

    So should I refrain from that configuration, ie. 2,0/320/2?

    (I will probably buy more RAM in the future, but I'll manage with 2 for now...)
  4. yozh macrumors 6502

    Aug 17, 2008
    I have a 2GHz with upgraded 7200/320 seagate drive with stock 2GB RAM. The startup is much faster then the 5400/160 drive. :) I will get RAM as soon as the price is below 100$ :)

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