Maxing out my 2012 13"?

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  1. logicpro7 macrumors 6502a

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    Ok,
    I have added a few mods already, but as i work with audio/video and need to be mobile i want to max out my current mbp even more.

    Im not interested in buying a bigger/retina mbp before someone suggests it ;)

    I currently have the following...


    Mid 2012 13" i5 mbp
    16gb crucial 1600mhz ram
    Samsung 830 256gb ssd
    Momentus xt 500gb hybrid hd

    Is there anything else i could do to max it even further?

    I have done a few online geekbench tests and it averages about 6914

    Thanks.
     
  2. MaxPower72 macrumors 6502

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    you could install another 830 in place of the Seagate Momentus
     
  3. djfmf, Nov 28, 2012
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    I get 7546

    Mid 2012 MBP I5 2.5
    16gb 1600 DDR3 ram Corsair Vengence
    120gb Force Corsair GT SSD
     
  4. T5BRICK macrumors 604

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    Aside from replacing your HDD with a second SSD, I don't think there is a whole lot left to upgrade.
     
  5. logicpro7 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Thats a great score. Would that be due to the different ram? Or both? Is the GT SSD a quicker drive than the samsung?

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    Is the bottleneck the i5 processor?
     
  6. T5BRICK macrumors 604

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    Probably more based on the fact that its a dual core CPU, not quad. I don't know if geekbench measures GPU performance but that could affect the score as well.

    Did you run the 32 or 64 bit geekbench test? If I recall correctly, the 64 bit test gives a slightly higher score.
     
  7. thekev macrumors 604

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    Geekbench is mostly cpu bound. I haven't looked at the individual i5 vs i7 notebook scores. If the i5 really isn't suitable, you'd be better off with a 15" for the quad cpu. The difference is a little more inflated on the desktop end where only the i7 quads have hyperthreading. Even there hyperthreading won't always help you in spite of the pretty GB scores.
     
  8. logicpro7 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I can only run a 32bit score with the free version. This was the highest score i could see.
     

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  9. djfmf macrumors member

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    I have a full version of geek bench.;)

    I used 64 bit on the test, also I head that our MBP can support the 16gb DDR3 1866, but I haven't tested it yet. I got the Force GT because it looks cool and of course lots of high reviews on a lot of computer sites. Boot time is pretty much 10 seconds from turn on to login.
     
  10. T5BRICK macrumors 604

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    Thats where the difference in score is coming from.
     
  11. LeeM macrumors 6502a

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    i wouldnt worry too much about the score, i just got 6800 with a 2012 i5 with standard 4gb and 128gb samsung 830
     
  12. logicpro7 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Cool.

    I think i will replace the ram with 16gb 1866mhz and another 256gb 830 ssd.

    What 1866mhz would you recommend?
     
  13. LeeM macrumors 6502a

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    just ran a geekbench on my girlfriends samsung laptop, has a 2.5 i5 ivy bridge, hd400 and 6gb ram but a 500gb mechanical drive and it came in at 6353 compared to mine so my ssd more than makes up for the extra ram she's got. id say get another ssd in a raid setup
     
  14. MaxPower72 macrumors 6502

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    for comparison my 2 cMBP 15" and 13" both i7 but quad core vs dual both with 1 SSD and 16 Gb RAM
     

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  15. LeeM macrumors 6502a

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    just ran geekbench within windows on my macbook, 6374 so only marginally better than my girlfriends and not as good as the same machine running osx.
     
  16. msh441, Nov 29, 2012
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    13" MBP (non-retina)
    2012 i7 2.9GHz
    Running Windows 7 64 bit Ultimate Edition via Bootcamp
    16GB Kingston 1600MHz ram
    1TB 5400rpm HDD

    32 bit Geekbench hits around 7780-7950.

    64 bit I get 9000-10050.

    I figured there would be room for improvment as SSD's get bigger and cheaper and RAM increases in capacity to push the theoretical Ivy Bridge 32GB max.

    One question... Geekbench suggests my RAM is 2 8GB cards at 799MHz... is my RAM 1/2 the advertized output... or does 2x799MHz=1598MHz (or close enough to the advertised 1600)? Intel's Extreme Tuning Utility shows both slots at their default 1600MHz.
     
  17. thekev macrumors 604

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    Bootcamp drivers aren't that well optimized. Is your girlfriend's computer specced similar to your own?
     
  18. LeeM macrumors 6502a

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    identical processor and graphics, 6gb ram to my 4, 500gb hdd to my 128gb ssd
     

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