Performance: SR Macbook pro vs. 2 yr old DELL

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by macbookprofan07, Jun 15, 2007.

  1. macbookprofan07 macrumors newbie

    Jun 15, 2007
    Hi, i have a old ibook (2002) and this workstation i'm using:

    heres the specs my current workstation (2 yr old DELL XPS M170 laptop)

    2.13 ghz Pentium M single core
    533 Mhz System Bus
    1 GB DDR2 533 Mhz RAM
    60 Gb 7200rpm HD
    17" WUXGA 1920x1200
    GeForce Go 6800 Ultra Specs:
    12 pixel pipeline
    450 Mhz Core Clock
    1050 Mhz DDR3 RAM

    3D Mark05 Score: 5410
    3D Mark06 Score: 2485

    I want to replace my workstation w/ a macbook pro so.....

    How much faster is the 17" SR Macbook Pro w/ maxed out specs :apple: compare to this?
  2. Fayler macrumors regular


    Jun 6, 2007
    If you get a 7200 rpm hard drive, you'll probably see a pretty nice power boost, especially since you're moving from a single core to a dual core cpu. Add to that, the faster front bus, newer GPU, more ram (and probably faster too), and the fact that OS X won't get bogged down like windows.
  3. iW00t macrumors 68040


    Nov 7, 2006
    Defenders of Apple Guild
    I think a MacBook Pro scores about 8000 on the 3dmark score.

    Laptop technology has seen a lot of progress in the past 2 years...
  4. Spanky Deluxe macrumors 601

    Spanky Deluxe

    Mar 17, 2005
    London, UK
    The C2D chips perform up to 50% better than the Pentium-M chips clock for clock. The 2.4GHz MacBook (as an example) would therefore perform equivalent to something like a 3.6Ghz Pentium-M chip although there are two cores so you're looking at double that in optimised apps.

    I'd guesstimate that in real world applications, the MBP would perform at 2-5x the speed of your current laptop. The graphics chip compares in roughly the same way. Put it this way, it'll be a **** load faster in everything you do. :)

    BTW the 5400 drive probably equally, if not faster than the 7200 drive in your laptop at the moment due to the much higher data density.
  5. thebeephaha macrumors 6502


    Sep 4, 2006
    Seattle WA
    Try 2000. (3DMark06)
  6. iW00t macrumors 68040


    Nov 7, 2006
    Defenders of Apple Guild

    And so, that again is proof how Apple makes shitte computers with superior technology.
  7. Erasmus macrumors 68030


    Jun 22, 2006
    Hiding from Omnius in Australia
    Its like 3000-4000 (depending on screen res) in 3dmark06, and probably more like 8000 in 3dmark05.

    Therefore you should see a decent boost in graphics performance. The 8600M GT, as you know, is the best available mobile graphics card today, if not in terms of sheer power (the Go 7950GX2 would obviously thrash it) but in terms of performance per watt.

    But you should see a huge boost in CPU intensive applications (ie. anything but games). The 2.4GHz C2D will run rings around the Pentium. Most modern programs are capable of using at least some of the advantages of 2 cores.

    I wouldn't bother with the faster HDD. The wait to get them is too long.
  8. outlandos macrumors regular

    Jun 7, 2007
    This makes me wonder, how do drivers work in both Tiger and Windows Vista (by running Bootcamp).

    Do I have to download the latest drivers from the site and install them manually or does Bootcamp itself include drivers and how about when running it in the MAC OS?
  9. kwood macrumors 6502a


    Jun 26, 2006
    In the Great White North.
    Windows only get bogged down if you let it. Same thing with a Mac. The only thing that primarily causes it to slow down is Start-up items. The same problem happens with a Mac. The only difference is people write viruses for Windows as opposed to Mac. Although my Windows computer hasn't had a virus in 2 years.

    When you use the boot camp assistant the program allows you to burn a Windows Driver CD. These drives are coded to work with Windows. They are not an exact copy of the ones used for the Mac side.

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