Why would an older MBP have better graphics performance than my new one?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Siriosys, Jul 2, 2010.

  1. Siriosys macrumors regular

    Siriosys

    Joined:
    Dec 24, 2007
    Location:
    New Zealand
    #1
    Hi,

    Our house has 2 13" MBP's in it. My wife's 2009 2.1Ghz MBP and my mid-2010 2.4Ghz MBP. As a bit of background, I previously owned a 2007 24inch 2.4Ghz C2D iMac, however I have needed to "upgrade" to a new MBP as I need the portability.

    I would have assumed that the graphics performance in my mid-2010 MBP to better my 3 year old iMac and my wife's MBP, however, I'm beginning to think this is sadly not the case and am wondering what's wrong with my supposedly "fastest 13inch MBP ever" computer.

    I decided to compare my wife's MBP with mine uxing Xbench and after a few tests, and despite the 'better' processor in mine, her results seem to come out better every time!!! Why would this be? And why am I finding Safari to be sluggish when scrolling on my new machine? Is there anything that could be wrong with my new MBP, or am I just being a bit unrealistic in my expectations?

    As per the info below you can see that I have a faster processor, double the memory and SUPPOSEDLY a better video card!

    **Wife's MBP**
    Results 183.66
    System Info
    Xbench Version 1.3
    System Version 10.6.4 (10F569)
    Physical RAM 2048 MB
    Model MacBookPro5,5
    Drive Type ST9160314ASG
    CPU Test 161.33
    GCD Loop 264.81 13.96 Mops/sec
    Floating Point Basic 128.32 3.05 Gflop/sec
    vecLib FFT 107.77 3.56 Gflop/sec
    Floating Point Library 253.42 44.13 Mops/sec
    Thread Test 224.06
    Computation 305.44 6.19 Mops/sec, 4 threads
    Lock Contention 176.92 7.61 Mlocks/sec, 4 threads
    Memory Test 182.69
    System 215.84
    Allocate 294.72 1.08 Malloc/sec
    Fill 175.03 8510.35 MB/sec
    Copy 208.63 4309.24 MB/sec
    Stream 158.37
    Copy 152.61 3152.06 MB/sec
    Scale 149.61 3090.94 MB/sec
    Add 166.82 3553.68 MB/sec
    Triad 165.96 3550.30 MB/sec
    Quartz Graphics Test 176.86
    Line 154.79 10.31 Klines/sec [50% alpha]
    Rectangle 199.68 59.61 Krects/sec [50% alpha]
    Circle 170.39 13.89 Kcircles/sec [50% alpha]
    Bezier 182.32 4.60 Kbeziers/sec [50% alpha]
    Text 183.55 11.48 Kchars/sec
    OpenGL Graphics Test 140.23
    Spinning Squares 140.23 177.88 frames/sec
    User Interface Test 266.83
    Elements 266.83 1.22 Krefresh/sec


    **My MBP**
    Results 183.57
    System Info
    Xbench Version 1.3
    System Version 10.6.4 (10F569)
    Physical RAM 4096 MB
    Model MacBookPro7,1
    CPU Test 170.84
    GCD Loop 279.86 14.75 Mops/sec
    Floating Point Basic 137.42 3.27 Gflop/sec
    vecLib FFT 113.06 3.73 Gflop/sec
    Floating Point Library 268.94 46.83 Mops/sec
    Thread Test 231.76
    Computation 308.86 6.26 Mops/sec, 4 threads
    Lock Contention 185.46 7.98 Mlocks/sec, 4 threads
    Memory Test 194.62
    System 229.90
    Allocate 388.23 1.43 Malloc/sec
    Fill 178.19 8663.79 MB/sec
    Copy 205.70 4248.65 MB/sec
    Stream 168.73
    Copy 160.58 3316.72 MB/sec
    Scale 158.25 3269.30 MB/sec
    Add 179.35 3820.46 MB/sec
    Triad 179.10 3831.44 MB/sec
    Quartz Graphics Test 147.27
    Line 129.19 8.60 Klines/sec [50% alpha]
    Rectangle 157.08 46.90 Krects/sec [50% alpha]
    Circle 136.67 11.14 Kcircles/sec [50% alpha]
    Bezier 159.53 4.02 Kbeziers/sec [50% alpha]
    Text 159.73 9.99 Kchars/sec
    OpenGL Graphics Test 146.18
    Spinning Squares 146.18 185.44 frames/sec
    User Interface Test 266.86
    Elements 266.86 1.22 Krefresh/sec
     
  2. neonblue2 macrumors 6502a

    Joined:
    Aug 25, 2006
    Location:
    Port Pirie, South Australia
    #2
    Xbench is too old now to be a reliable benchmark. I tested my C2D MacBook Pro running Snow Leopard against my CD MacBook Pro running Leopard and the better one did not win.

    OpenMark and Cinebench still work, however.
     

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