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2008 MacBook Pros show modest speed gains

updated 07:30 pm EDT, Fri April 4, 2008

MacBook benches

Primate Labs has published new benchmarks for MacBooks and MacBook Pros released in early 2008. The models show marginal speed gains over their predecessors, in some cases exhibiting performance slower or roughly equal to previous models. The MacBook Pro Early 2008, for instance, shows a gain of just under three percent over the Mid 2007 MacBook Pro -- scores of 3323 and 3236 respectively. The Early 2008 model uses a Intel Core 2 Duo T9500 2.6 GHz, while the Mid 2007 model uses a Intel Core 2 Duo T7800 2.6 GHz (2 cores)

Meanwhile, the MacBook Early 2008, using a Intel Core 2 Duo T8100 2.1 GHz, has performance that is equivalent to the MacBook Mid 2007, which uses an Intel Core 2 Duo T7400 2.16 GHz.

A previous Primate Labs test 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.

by MacNN Staff



  1. krispie

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Late 2008 models?

    I hope MACNN has patented its time machine.

  1. shawnce

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Of course while maintaining similar performance with the prior generation they do so burning less power... which was the main goal of the Penryn processors (process shrink of an existing core, with some additions).

  1. Guest

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Is it also true that the previous model lacked FireWire-800? (the early-2008 has it).

  1. Guest

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Plain old core duo

    I have a first gen core duo (2GHz) - it would be most interesting to see that one in the comparison.

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