Mid 2009 running hot and slow.

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Tenashus1, Aug 15, 2013.

  1. Tenashus1 macrumors 6502

    Jul 27, 2011
    Apart from cleaning the fan, and repairing permissions is there anything else to do to try to improve performance here? It already has 8gb ram, and an SSD, but I'm afraid that the CPU is now sorely outdated. Aiming toward new Mac Book Air to replace, but curious anyway.
  2. Tenashus1 thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jul 27, 2011
    Well, bye bye mid 2009 MBP. 4 years of good service. Adios amigo.
  3. Vanilla35 macrumors 68040


    Apr 11, 2013
    Washington D.C.
    Yeah probably not. Opening it up and cleaning the inside is most likely what would get you the best performance out of it. Most people don't wanna do that though. Of course performance has come a long way since 09, as usual.
  4. AppleTecFan macrumors 6502


    Jul 7, 2009
    I think its time to say good bye to your macbook.
  5. RoboWarriorSr macrumors 6502a

    Feb 23, 2013
    The new MacBook Pros (retina 2012) are about 4X faster then the 2009 MacBook Pro. So it's definitely going to feel slower now.
  6. thermodynamic Suspended


    May 3, 2009
    4x is a tad much, though nobody would deny the newer models are faster in many ways... especially with faster buses for peripherals such as hard drives, faster video subsystem, etc...

    (interesting differences; did not know the T9600 had 6x as much on-die cache...)

    (here is where the ~3.5x claim tallies up, but static benchmarks vs real life usage are often considerably different. The CPU is 3x faster but it doesn't follow suit that the OS and apps will run that much faster, as the previous benchmark alluded to. Depending on how much L1, L2, and L3 cache exist on the CPU die, and the type of application being ran (3D rendering vs database manipulation), one CPU won't fare better than the other by the same amount...)

    (has the whole list of CPU model #s; finding those and comparing online to get ideal performance variables is only a small matter of time.)
  7. RoboWarriorSr macrumors 6502a

    Feb 23, 2013
    I got the 4X roughly by looking at Geekbench scores but still, 3.5X is a huge jump and it definitely shows. Running handbrake on my 2009 takes forever (around 1 hour for 24 minute video). People in the forums with the retina MacBook Pro say it take less then 10 minutes for the same video. That's a huge jump in performance.

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