New MacBook Pro 2011 Performance: Propelled to New Speeds

The new line of MacBook Pros for 2011 were simultaneously announced and released this week and most of us have been pretty impressed with what we’ve seen so far. Among the many articles we’ve already brought you were a look at a teardown, a hands-on experience and the full lineup and pricing. One of the new notable features in the whole range were the latest Intel Sandy Bridge processors and we thought we’d find out what sort of difference this has made to performance speeds.

We’ve already spoken about the new Thunderbolt (Light Peak) technology and the fact that it’s a waiting game for Thunderbolt-equipped peripherals to be released so as yet those could not be tested for speed performance but Speedmark tests on the Pros showed a marked improvement in performance with speeds increased by anywhere from 13% to 53% if measured against the old line of MacBook Pros, according to Sam Oliver over on Apple Insider, sourced from Macworld.

The tests were performed by Macworld and on the 13-inch model Speedmark 6.5 tests showed that the basic entry Pro scored 140 using its 2.3GHz Core i5 dual-core processor. Measured against the 13-inch model from the previous lineup which scored 106 the new model was found to be 35% faster. The only thing the new entry-level version was not so quick as was the 26 frames per second when playing Call of Duty, whereas the older version performed at 33 fps. However on an iTunes AAC-to-MP3 encoding test the entry level 13-inch Pro showed a significance increase in speeds, a 57% increase in fact, as opposed to the older model.

Moving on to the 15-inch new MacBook Pro with the 2.0 GHz quad- core Core i7 processor, this measured at speeds that were 33% faster than the previous equivalent model which had a 2.4 GHz i5 dual-core processor. The 15-inch new MacBook Pro with the 2.2GHz Core i7 quad-core processor was 38% faster than the previous equivalent. There is a lot more data at the Macworld link above where you can see the full charts for the whole lineup of new MacBook Pros which include two 13-inch models, two 15-inch models and one 17-inch model. The charts also include the benchmark results for the previous models of MacBook Pros as a comparison and also shows results for iMac desktops too.

If you want to check out the full line of new MacBook Pros check out the product page at apple.com here and remember they’re available now. You may also be interested to look at our earlier article, which tells of hidden touch controls that could come to future MacBooks, although this development was too late for the line just released. Are you impressed with the greater performance speeds in the new MacBook Pros 2011? Let us know with your comments.

  • asf

    god this article is so late to the party

  • mike

    The previous 13" MacBook Pro used Nvidia graphics. The 2011 13" models use a slower integrated Intel solution. That and a Windows 7 notebook for under $500 is likely to come with a 500GB hard drive while Apple gives you a $1199 notebook with a 320GB hard drive.