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Over at MacWorld they got a hold of the new MacBook Pros (insert jealousy here). So let's look and analyze their scores, shall we?

 

Speedmark OVERALL (higher numbers are better)

 

15-inch MacBook Pro/2.16GHz Intel Core 2 Duo 209

15-inch MacBook Pro/2.33GHz Intel Core 2 Duo (2GB RAM) 226

15-inch MacBook Pro/2.33GHz Intel Core 2 Duo (1GB RAM) 222

15-inch MacBook Pro/2.16GHz Intel Core Duo* 190

13-inch MacBook/2GHz Intel Core Duo (Black) 167

 

So we can see the Core2Duos are faster than their previous counterparts. What's interesting here is the lack of a real difference between a system with 1 GB and 2 GB of RAM, but this is something Photoshop users have known for years. Speaking of Photoshop...

 

Adobe Photoshop CS2 Suite (not used in final Speedmark score--lower times are better)

 

15-inch MacBook Pro/2.16GHz Intel Core 2 Duo 1:16

15-inch MacBook Pro/2.33GHz Intel Core 2 Duo (2GB RAM) 1:10

15-inch MacBook Pro/2.33GHz Intel Core 2 Duo (1GB RAM) 1:11

15-inch MacBook Pro/2.16GHz Intel Core Duo* 1:40

13-inch MacBook/2GHz Intel Core Duo (Black) 1:48

 

Again, no real shockers here to Photoshop users (see last point). Taking a look at the times for Photoshop, the Core2Duos seem to spank their laptop competition in using Rosetta. This is a very promising machine for those that still use PPC programs. Well, let's look at something like Cinema 4D:

 

Cinema 4D XL 9.5.21 Render (lower times are better)

 

15-inch MacBook Pro/2.16GHz Intel Core 2 Duo 1:01

15-inch MacBook Pro/2.33GHz Intel Core 2 Duo (2GB RAM) 0:57

15-inch MacBook Pro/2.33GHz Intel Core 2 Duo (1GB RAM) 0:57

15-inch MacBook Pro/2.16GHz Intel Core Duo* 1:06

13-inch MacBook/2GHz Intel Core Duo (Black) 1:12

 

While not a decisive victory, it is still a victory nonetheless. WHen you really look at this, though, there isn't a heck of a lot of difference between the MacBook not pro and the MacBook Pro. Let's move on and compress some video:

 

Compressor 2.3 MPEG2 encode(lower times are better)

 

15-inch MacBook Pro/2.16GHz Intel Core 2 Duo 2:17

15-inch MacBook Pro/2.33GHz Intel Core 2 Duo (2GB RAM) 2:07

15-inch MacBook Pro/2.33GHz Intel Core 2 Duo (1GB RAM) 2:07

15-inch MacBook Pro/2.16GHz Intel Core Duo* 3:02

13-inch MacBook/2GHz Intel Core Duo (Black) 3:18

 

A good spanking was given by the new laptops and it's showing a lot more promise. Now, let's sit back and age gracefully:

 

iMovie 6.0.2 Apply Aged Effect (lower times are better)

 

15-inch MacBook Pro/2.16GHz Intel Core 2 Duo 0:54

15-inch MacBook Pro/2.33GHz Intel Core 2 Duo (2GB RAM) 0:51

15-inch MacBook Pro/2.33GHz Intel Core 2 Duo (1GB RAM) 0:51

15-inch MacBook Pro/2.16GHz Intel Core Duo* 0:58

13-inch MacBook/2GHz Intel Core Duo (Black) 1:03

 

What is really interesting here is that iMovie is apparently uncaring toward the processor it uses. One could say that for consumer video editing, we should go with the black MacBook not pro, but that would be basing things off of one test and it could be considered unfair. Anyways, let's listen to some music

 

iTunes 6.0.4 MP3 conversion (lower times are better)

 

15-inch MacBook Pro/2.16GHz Intel Core 2 Duo 1:11

15-inch MacBook Pro/2.33GHz Intel Core 2 Duo (2GB RAM) 0:58

15-inch MacBook Pro/2.33GHz Intel Core 2 Duo (1GB RAM) 0:58

15-inch MacBook Pro/2.16GHz Intel Core Duo* 1:38

13-inch MacBook/2GHz Intel Core Duo (Black) 1:34

 

Here, I thought we'd have the same result as iMovie, where there wouldn't be a lot of differences between the systems. Well, color me a little bit wrong here, as we have a 20 second difference between the two 2.16 systems. Speaking of colors, there are a lot of colors in games; let's play.

 

Unreal Tournament 2004 Average Frame Rate (higher numbers are better)

 

15-inch MacBook Pro/2.16GHz Intel Core 2 Duo 63.9

15-inch MacBook Pro/2.33GHz Intel Core 2 Duo (2GB RAM) 72.9

15-inch MacBook Pro/2.33GHz Intel Core 2 Duo (1GB RAM) 72.1

15-inch MacBook Pro/2.16GHz Intel Core Duo* 59

13-inch MacBook/2GHz Intel Core Duo (Black) 17.7

 

No surprises here, as there are no real differences between the two 2.16 models (remember, GHz is GHz in games, regardless of processor architecture). Also, the dedicated graphics card just kills anything with Integrated Graphics. No true surprises, so let's play with out ZIPpers.

 

Finder ZIP archive (lower times are better)

 

15-inch MacBook Pro/2.16GHz Intel Core 2 Duo 2:48

15-inch MacBook Pro/2.33GHz Intel Core 2 Duo (2GB RAM) 2:22

15-inch MacBook Pro/2.33GHz Intel Core 2 Duo (1GB RAM) 2:39

15-inch MacBook Pro/2.16GHz Intel Core Duo* 2:37

13-inch MacBook/2GHz Intel Core Duo (Black) 3:03

 

It is of note here to mention the core not 2 duo MacBook Pro had a 7200 RPM hard drive custom installed. This could result in the better score and a faster hard drive isn't currently available on the new ones, so you're going to have to play Hack-A-Mac to put one in.

 

So it seems like the Core2Duos are worth their weight in aluminum enclosures, with certain caveats (such as iMovie or the ever so strange enigma of gaming). Coming soon--results for the 17 inch MacBook Pro.

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