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Late 2009 MacBook Benchmark

Postposted on Sun Nov 22, 2009 5:33 pm

Hello again all! Here is another post from my weekend boredom.

Back in March, I bought a new Mac Mini and I ran some benchmarks on the little nettop and discovered that it was not all that powerful. (Link: viewtopic.php?f=15&t=65448) Well I killed the Mini on Friday (the 20th) trying to apply new thermal paste...needless to say, don't place the mobo near heavy unstable objects standing nearby.

So Saturday I bought a MacBook at Microcenter for $999 with a $200 mail-in-rebate, win for me! When I got home, I added in my upgrades for the Mini into the new toy. I now run 4GB of ram (same latency, 7-7-7-20) and a 500GB HDD.
And today I ran the same benchmark tests...

The MacBook specs sit as these:
-2.26Ghz 1066FSB 3MB-L2
-Nvidia 9400M chipset
-4GB DDR3-1066 (1:1 fsb ratio) (7-7-7-20)
-500GB Western Digital Scorpio Blue 8MB
-And all software is up-to-date.

I essentially ran the same tests as I had done with the Mini minus the constant resolution and one less run through the "timedemo demo1" command for Doom 3. Everything else is the same.

DOOM 3:
Stock "LOW" setting:
Run 1: 68.4 fps
Run 2: 76.2 fps
Run 3: 76.4 fps

Stock "MEDIUM" setting:
Run 1: 67.2 fps
Run 2: 75.9 fps
Run 3: 76.0 fps

Stock "HIGH" setting:
Run 1: 49.3 fps
Run 2: 58.8 fps
Run 3: 58.9 fps

Stock "ULTRA" setting:
Run 1: 34.5 fps
Run 2: 39.0 fps
Run 3: 39.0 fps

EVERYTHING turned on at 1280x1024 resolution:
Run 1: 9.6 fps
Run 2: 15.7 fps
Run 3: 15.8 fps

Other Benches:

-Disk Speed Bench X read the HDD at 74.6 MB/s!

CINEBENCH 10:
-CPU (single-thread): 2592
-CPU (both threads): 4822
-GPU: 4473

In conclusion, after maxing out the memory in the new MacBook and adding a new spunky HardDrive, the performance over the stock MacBook I'm sure is better. The overall performance over the Mac Mini (Early 2009) is due to the slightly faster processor, MUCH faster HardDrive and twice the amount RAM.

All good.

Chill.
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Re: Late 2009 MacBook Benchmark

Postposted on Mon Dec 07, 2009 1:05 am

This post is probably a Troll, but I have to say something.

First off, Mac's are not made for gaming! Second, What were you expecting to accomplish by changing the thermal paste? It's not a PC. You don't buy a Mac to tweak it. You get it because it gets the job done without all the screwing around of PCs. Third, By the writing in your post you have not researched Macs. Please do the Mac Community a favor and go back to the PC. As for you benchmarks, they are worthless. The Mac culture is not hooked on "Is my system faster than your's?". It's "What can we do with it?" that is focused on.
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Re: Late 2009 MacBook Benchmark

Postposted on Mon Dec 07, 2009 1:40 am

There's nothing wrong with his post...take a chill pill dude. :evil:
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Re: Late 2009 MacBook Benchmark

Postposted on Mon Dec 07, 2009 1:56 am

I boot into windows and run some DotA and KotR on my intel GMA 950 every now and then, so I wouldn't say these are worthless. I actually HAVE been wondering how the 9400m video does for casual gaming and this answered my question somewhat (although Doom 3 is not really any sort of a standard)
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Re: Late 2009 MacBook Benchmark

Postposted on Mon Dec 07, 2009 2:13 am

Interesting. I will note the OP is the type of person to apply after market thermal past to OEM computers.
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Re: Late 2009 MacBook Benchmark

Postposted on Mon Dec 07, 2009 3:27 am

He probably notes that you can't spell so...you're even. :wink:
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Re: Late 2009 MacBook Benchmark

Postposted on Mon Dec 07, 2009 1:59 pm

Fighterpilot wrote:He probably notes that you can't spell so...you're even. :wink:


+1

I'm also not to fond of the black tar paste Apple uses.
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Re: Late 2009 MacBook Benchmark

Postposted on Mon Dec 07, 2009 2:48 pm

Fighterpilot wrote:He probably notes that you can't spell so...you're even. :wink:


I'm not a great speller but that's not a misspelling, I know how to spell paste. It's a typo. But either way, I wasn't trying to be explicitly negative just "the OP is a bit nuts" reaction. Personally it doesn't seem worth it to void your warranty. Especially with Apple being a bit notorious for finding reasons to not honor the warranty.
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Re: Late 2009 MacBook Benchmark

Postposted on Mon Dec 07, 2009 2:49 pm

so you MEANT to say "past"? It's a spelling mistake.
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Re: Late 2009 MacBook Benchmark

Postposted on Mon Dec 07, 2009 4:32 pm

You can argue the point in adding thermal paste to a Mac in another post called "Do you need to add thermal paste to your Mac" if you want. I think the OP just wanted to report his accomplishments free of criticism.

Good job man. Good to see everything went well. I have about the same setup as you, cept I use a MBP 15 with a Seagate Momentus 7200.4 500GB. I hear those Scorpio Blues are actually pretty damn fast for a lower speed drive. Sometimes I wish I grabbed one--My Battery life has certainly taken a dip since the new drive was installed. Let me know If you see any battery life changes.

Also, do you use Windows or OS X to bench. Last I heard, DOOM 3 was a Mac game too?
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Re: Late 2009 MacBook Benchmark

Postposted on Mon Dec 07, 2009 5:00 pm

Da_Boss wrote:You can argue the point in adding thermal paste to a Mac in another post called "Do you need to add thermal paste to your Mac" if you want. I think the OP just wanted to report his accomplishments free of criticism.

Good job man. Good to see everything went well. I have about the same setup as you, cept I use a MBP 15 with a Seagate Momentus 7200.4 500GB. I hear those Scorpio Blues are actually pretty damn fast for a lower speed drive. Sometimes I wish I grabbed one--My Battery life has certainly taken a dip since the new drive was installed. Let me know If you see any battery life changes.

Also, do you use Windows or OS X to bench. Last I heard, DOOM 3 was a Mac game too?


I used OS X yes. 10.6.2 to be exact. I did not bother forcing the 64bit kernal to run though...I still read of programs not running to run if they are 32bit designed.

The reason I used Doom 3 as my test game is because it is the only game I have for MAC (besides my lost port of Halo). If only my PC games would work...lol. The bench was to determine the power of the new MacBook...as a MACBook. Not a PC, or some Linux hack, but as a Mac.

In terms of battery life, I get roughly four hours and twenty-five minuets of power with a fully charged battery and while encoding ten videos at the same time, causing the processor to run at 98-100% and the hard drive to be heavily accessed.
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Re: Late 2009 MacBook Benchmark

Postposted on Mon Dec 07, 2009 5:26 pm

derFunkenstein wrote:so you MEANT to say "past"? It's a spelling mistake.


No, I meant paste. As in thermal paste as in p a s t e. I simply missed the e when typing it and didn't proof read what I had wrote.
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