MacBook Upgrade Benchmarks

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

  1. OregonChad macrumors newbie

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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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