MBP 2011 vs 2008 performance

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by naesy1, Sep 1, 2011.

  1. naesy1 macrumors member

    Jun 21, 2011
    I just got a new 2011 MBP from my college. It seems to run a lot snappier and faster than my 2008, which has a faster processor and better graphics card. They are both running lion with 4 gigs of ram. Is this to be expected with a more recent model? Or is it just because of the amount of apps and stuff on my 2008? By snappier, I mean start up is super quick and apps launch a lot faster. Apps also don't hang as often as on my 2008. Do you think a clean install on my 2008 will make it more comparable? Thanks.
  2. Scarrus macrumors regular

    Apr 7, 2011
    Every Notebook Apple released this year will crush any Notebook Apple released in 2008 in terms of CPU power. Also there are a lot of other things to consider. The Ram is also a lot faster, the bus speeds are also a lot faster and the HDD is also faster do to it being new and probably bigger and 7200 RPM.

    All this aside, I don't think a new install will make your system faster if you're going to restore it from a time machine backup afterwards. Maybe there's something working in the background that is eating up a lot of resources.

    One way to compare the two would be to do a time machine backup of your old system and restore the new one from it and then see if the hangups persist.
  3. Maschil macrumors 6502a


    Jun 19, 2011
    its most like the i5 processor.... I had a macbook 2010 edition with core 2 duo and 8gbs or ram.......so i got a macbook pro with 4gb of ram and i5 it topped it unceremoniously.... then i put 8gb of ram in it and its flawless. rarely get the spinning rainbows now.

    so in short its the i5 processor.
  4. GuitarG20 macrumors 65816


    Jun 3, 2011
    wait how can you say that the 2008 is more powerful?

    in terms of CPU and GPU architecture alone, anything from this generation will wipe the floor with the 2008 generation.
  5. DWBurke811 macrumors 6502a

    Jun 10, 2011
    Boca Raton, FL
    Just because the "numbers" are "bigger" on the '08 than the '11, it doesn't mean it's more powerful. The architecture in the chips on the '11 make it much more powerful, despite having lower clock rates.

    So, it makes perfect sense that the 11 performs better than the 08.
  6. Adamantoise macrumors 6502a

    Aug 1, 2011
    And this, ladies and gentlemen, is why people say Apple customers are stupid ...
  7. Young Spade macrumors 68020

    Mar 31, 2011
    Tallahassee, Florida
    Stock HDD is still 5200; IIRC, the 7200k rpm drive doesn't really provide noticeable increases in speed or performance.

    He structured the sentence wrong, he ment the 2011 is faster.
  8. DWBurke811 macrumors 6502a

    Jun 10, 2011
    Boca Raton, FL
    Stock is 5400rpm, and there should be at least some of a speed difference with a 7200rpm(assuming it's a decent drive).

    It really seems that he's saying the 08 has a faster processor and better graphics, if he's saying the 11 is then his post doesn't really make sense.
  9. NZed, Sep 1, 2011
    Last edited: Sep 1, 2011

    NZed macrumors 65816


    Jan 24, 2011
    Canada, Eh?
    I believe you dont understand what CPU is and what it does.

    Your 2008 model is not more powerful nor does it have a better graphics card.
  10. yusukeaoki macrumors 68030


    Mar 22, 2011
    Tokyo, Japan
    2008 Model: Intel Core 2 Duo Mobile
    2011 Model: Intel Core i7 Quad Mobile

    See the difference?
  11. dusk007 macrumors 68040


    Dec 5, 2009
    A list of all the CPUs and how fast they actually are not only their Mhz numbers.


    Current 15"
    is 2820QM 2.3Ghz, 2720QM 2.2Ghz, 2630QM 2.0Ghz
    2620M 2,7Ghz, 2410M 2,4Ghz

    Old 2008
    P8600 2.4Ghz
    offered P8700 2,53 Ghz
    P9600 2.66Ghz
    later models up to a P9700 2.8Ghz

    Actually The MacBook Air 1.7 Ghz CPU (2637M) is faster or at least as fast as any of the old 2008 CPUs depending on workload a little.
  12. Maschil macrumors 6502a


    Jun 19, 2011
  13. mark28 macrumors 68000

    Jan 29, 2010
    Start up speed and snappiest is determined by hard drive speed, not CPU. ( unless you have some bloated installation sucking your Ram and CPU, but that's a whole other issue )
  14. 2hvy4grvty macrumors 6502

    Jun 17, 2011
    Have you ever reformatted your 2008 MBP?

    Just curious. Macs aren't immune to it...
  15. Liquinn Suspended

    Apr 10, 2011
    Look at the benchmarks.

    How reliable are the Geekbenchmarks anyway?
  16. Naimfan Suspended


    Jan 15, 2003
    Probably just a typo, but the 2410M clock speed is 2.3 GHz, not 2.4.
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    Nov 14, 2007
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