Performance of penryn vs last year's model

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by elgrecomac, Feb 28, 2008.

  1. elgrecomac macrumors 65816


    Jan 15, 2008
    San Diego
    On Appleinsider today I noticed the benchmark tests for a 2.5 GHz penryn vs. last year's model with a 2.6 GHz processor. Guess what? Last year's model out-performed the penryn in all tests except a memory test where their numbers were quite close. Where was the big boost in performance expected by the hundreds of you who wrote threads last year and this year? And now I'm seeing 'wait 'til June for the big change in laptops". Here we go, again....

    The bottom line is I am quite happy with my 2.6 Ghz 17 inch model and my case of 'new mac envy' has been squelched. :D
  2. jshbckr macrumors 6502

    Apr 20, 2007
    Minneapolis, MN
    On the overall test, it only score 17 points higher. It wasn't like there was a world of difference. Also, that was 2.5 to last years 2.6. That means last year's model BARELY beat a slower processor.

    That means the people who are buying the computer now are saving money, getting a more efficient processor, AND getting multitouch! I'd like to see this years 2.6 vs last years 2.6
  3. elgrecomac thread starter macrumors 65816


    Jan 15, 2008
    San Diego

    I rarely use the touch pad so its not a big deal to me. The only thing that is interesting is battery life which may be significantly longer seems not worth the wait.

  4. DocSmitty macrumors regular

    Jan 7, 2008
    Lincoln, NE
    Once again, comparing last year's top end to this year's mid level. What if you had the 2008 2.6? :)
  5. markrivers macrumors 6502a


    Feb 9, 2008
    Valencia, California
    or the 2009?:D
    aahh.. the comparing of sizes goes on and on!
  6. Stridder44 macrumors 68040


    Mar 24, 2003
    In other news, an alligator lost to Godzilla in a fight.

    Sounds like someone's trying to justify themselves. :)
  7. tanjacob macrumors member

    Dec 14, 2007
    No regrets. Prices for MBPs in Singapore were slashed by about 9% for equivalent models (Penryn mid-end vs. last year's mid-end, etc.) so even if the performance is about the same I get other perks like bigger HDD, more VRAM, etc and I'm happy.
  8. honeycrisp macrumors regular

    Nov 28, 2007
    Very interesting...
  9. Hls811 macrumors 6502a


    Apr 19, 2004
    New Jersey
    in my real usage (unscientific) tests last years 2.4 ghtz with 4GB ram was slower than the new 2.5 ghtz with only 2GB ram...

    I think the speed increases between 2.4 > 2.5 > 2.6 are so insignificant between the models that it shouldn't sway your buying decision. Rather get a new one if you want to have the latest model, have Multi-Touch, get a cooler running laptop, increase you're re-sale value, or be prepared for SSE4.1 applications (I'm sure thats where the performance benefits come into play).

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