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Primate Labs: new MacBooks are slower

updated 06:55 pm EST, Wed March 5, 2008

New MacBooks slower?

Primate Labs has taken a close look at the performance of Apple's lastest MacBook, and claims that the newest base model is slower than the previous generation. A performance comparison via Geekbench -- an application designed to test the speed of computers in various areas -- revealed higher scores for MacBooks released in early 2008 than the latest models offered by Apple. In overall performance the early 2008 2.4GHz Intel Core 2 Duo MacBook scored 3,135 against a baseline score of 1,000, which signifies the score a 1.6GHz Power Mac G5 would receive. Conversely, Apple's late 2008 2.2GHz MacBook scored 2,890 -- significantly less than the slightly older model.

Interestingly, the early 2007 MacBook outperformed the current-generation system in almost every category. Only stream performance showed a slight uptick in performance for the latest MacBook over the 2007 model. Primate Labs concludes that the late 2008 high-end MacBooks outperform the high-end early 2007 systems, pointing to the newer model's increased processor frequency.

"Of course, the high-end MacBook (Early 2008) is faster than the high-end MacBook (Late 2007); it seems the increase in processor frequency is enough to overcome the smaller L2 cache in this case."

Primate Labs chalks up the newest base model's lower performance to Apple's inclusion of Intel's Penryn processor, which offers less L2 cache than the chips that shipped in early 2007 MacBooks.




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  1. Peter Bonte

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    slower

    It isn't a real speed upgrade but better cooling and longer battery life is also interesting for a laptop. We'll just have to wait a bit longer for a total redesign a la the Air. The only thing i'm waiting for at the moment is a small sub $1000 tablet, be it a small Mac or big iPod to read my comics. :)

  1. jayparry

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    "late 2008"

    those arent even out yet!

  1. zaghahzag

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    still its a better machin

    Its got a bigger HD, which is nice. I'd be surprised if the speed difference is that much and its supposedly going to have longer battery life. It's not a huge upgrade in speed, but its probably a slightly better machine. It's just too bad apple didn't knock 50$ off the price.

  1. Guest

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    late, early, wha!

    to wit: " Primate Labs concludes that the late 2008 high-end MacBooks . . . "

    probably the only lab to get their hands on a late 2008 this early!

    better early than wait, what say?

    andyb

  1. cmoney

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    reread that 2nd paragraph

    you've got all the "latest"s and "early"s mixed up.

  1. Philbert

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    Ultimately screwy ...

    First of all, there's no such thing as a "late" 2008 Macbook because there's been only one Macbook intro'd in 2008 - the one just announced! The previous generation Macbooks introduced was back in November 2007.

    Secondly, according to the benchmarks posted today from Macworld, not only is the new low end FASTER than the previous low end, it's faster than the previous HIGH end!

    If you're gonna' post FUD, at least try to make SOME parts of it believable ...

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    Re: ultimately screwy

    Yet MacWorld and Primate Labs both ran the same GeekBench tests. Seems to indicate that something is amiss somewhere (I know, it's got to be Primate labs, for we know whoever has the more impressive info must be the correct one).

  1. dagamer34

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    Then again

    The 2.4 Ghz Penryn chip is in the base model now costing you $500 less. The only people that should be whining are those with unlimited amounts of money, in which case, they can go buy a Mac Pro.

  1. Guest

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    significantly

    Claiming the score is "significantly less" implies there was some statistical procedure employed. Use a different word.

  1. Guest

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    Geekbench developer

    Everyone does realize that Primate Labs is the developer of Geekbench and the scores were probably sent in from users, right?

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