My day at the apple store...I see why the i series cpu's are so respected now!

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by The Final Cut, May 11, 2010.

  1. The Final Cut macrumors 6502

    Sep 5, 2009
    Went to the apple store today (66th and Broadway New York), with the intention to but the 13" Pro . I was most concerned to look at the screens, which I was not able to because the store is designed awfully, its a glass dome box of extreme glare. The monitors looked very unappealing, really surprised apple would make their machines look so bad. So I figured I do a speed test, even though I thought I would be happy with the core 2. On the 13", I loaded 3 hd movie trailers in quicktime and played them all at once. They played pretty much flawlessly, but expose all windows lagged a bit, and slowed down the movies. I then opened 25 safari windows (with the movies still playing) and each loaded slower and slower. Realizing that this speed test, although way too extreme for realtime use, is a good test for 3D performance (as good as it could get in the store), editing, encoding, etc. I was I went to check out the 17" i5. OMG. I had the 3 hd movies up, 50 safari windows, and expose did not have ANY lag what so ever. I then opened another 50 finder windows and still perfectly smooth. I am blown away and I must say the only mac for me is the 17" MBP, I fell in love. I did not really notice the difference with the i7, but I am sure real testing would prove me wrong! I was tempted to buy it right there but realized I would rather go tax free/disucounted off ebay (sealed box) or amazon which is way better than the student discount.
  2. badtzwang macrumors regular

    Sep 1, 2009
    The tests you are performing have more to do with RAM rather than the Processor.
  3. DesmoPilot macrumors 65816

    Feb 18, 2008
    Those are all simply RAM tests basically.
  4. vant macrumors 65816

    Jul 1, 2009
    RAM+GPU. Very little processor work. You should change the title to 'I see why the 330M is better now'.
  5. techguy20 macrumors 6502

    Jan 30, 2010
    Except all of the new MacBook Pros have 4GB ram!
  6. The Final Cut thread starter macrumors 6502

    Sep 5, 2009
    Exactly, guess its the 330m that gave it the edge? What is processor intensive then?
  7. vant macrumors 65816

    Jul 1, 2009
    Converting, packaging, encoding, etc. Anything that involves a progress bar that is not too related with video. Some games are processor intensive. Most day to day tasks are not.
  8. hypermog macrumors regular

    Nov 17, 2009
    Playing 3 HD movies simultaneously will most certainly max out a 2.4 ghz C2D
  9. Tanegashima macrumors 6502

    Jun 23, 2009

    The Nvidia can do two at the same time and a C2D can certainly hold the third...
  10. The Final Cut thread starter macrumors 6502

    Sep 5, 2009
    actually I doubt it was ram or graphics, because my imac 3ghz core 2, 4 gig ram, 8800gs (which is miles better than the 330m) lags like hell when I tried the samthing at home. it was the i5 at work I am sure. why would apple put an i5 in so 1% of users can convert video faster? what your saying is absurd.
  11. iBunny macrumors 65816

    Apr 15, 2004
    I wish you people knew more about computer hardware.

    Yes, these tests are Ram Heavy however, this is a good indication of processor performance.

    The Core i5/i7's ability to process 4 threads of Data as opposed to the Core 2 Duo's 2 threads is significant.

    Also, the Core i5/i7's on Die memory controller can fetch and write data to the Ram significantly quicker than the Core 2's old bottlenecked Front side bus system.
  12. The Final Cut thread starter macrumors 6502

    Sep 5, 2009
    Thanks iBunny, I Knew I was not a total idiot.:) The i5/i7 is a revamped structure from core 2...
  13. 1BadMac macrumors 6502


    Jan 27, 2010
  14. ARF900 macrumors 65816


    Oct 30, 2009
    nahh they probably loaded the display ones up to max to impress people like OP
  15. brentsg macrumors 68040

    Oct 15, 2008
  16. murdercitydevil macrumors 68000


    Feb 23, 2010
  17. Prolif1k macrumors 6502

    Apr 14, 2009
    lol @ this
  18. Garrus macrumors member

    Mar 26, 2010
    i tough that too... only the core i7 is suppose to be hyperthreaded?
    oh wait the highest i5 is too i think?
  19. TMRaven macrumors 68020


    Nov 5, 2009
    The i5 series in the arrandales (mobile dual core nehalems) and clarkdales (desktop dual core nehalems) have hyperthreading.

    Only the Lynnfield (desktop quad core nehalems) have it set up to where the i5 variants have hyperthreading disabled. It's all very confusing, intel should have done a better job naming their new cpus.
  20. brentsg macrumors 68040

    Oct 15, 2008
    Oh geez, out come the self-righteous ********s.

    Yes I am incorrect, didn't realize Intel decided to put HT back in for the mobile launch.

    So basically the i7 has more cache and some additional clockspeed? That's it? I don't see how that deserves a separate naming convention.
  21. djasterix macrumors 6502a


    Apr 10, 2010
    Paradise City
    Yes it have...

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  22. iBunny macrumors 65816

    Apr 15, 2004

    I know im a dick, but thats my job. Please download the Internet and read it all before posting again. k thx

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