updated 11:00 pm EST, Thu March 4, 2010
27-inch iMac core i7 bypasses some Mac Pros
Primate Labs has updated its Mac Benchmark chart, adding recent Macs to the list. The chart is a compilation of Mac-based performance scores generated from user-submitted Geekbench results. The comparison uses results from standard Macs instead of modified or overclocked systems. Numerically it uses a 1000-point baseline set to a Power Mac G5/1.6GHz machine.
The newest update adds three recent Mac systems, the iMac (27-inch late 2009) and the MacBook (late 2009). The 27-inch iMac scored higher than any consumer Mac, only bested by 16- and 8-core Mac Pros and Xserves. The iMac (four-core Intel Core i7 2.8 GHz) actually best an 8-core Mac Pro from early 2009 by 21 points. Other editions of the iMac and iMac 27-inch, featuring Intel Core 2 Duo chips, scored just over half as many points -- the iMac late 2009 with Intel Core 2 Duo 3.33 GHz scored 4654, compared to the above Core i7-based iMac 27-inch which scored 8237.
The MacBook Late 2009 was further back in the pack at 3214 for the Intel Core 2 Duo 2.26 GHz version. It was 87 points short of a 2005 Power Mac G5, albeit a 4-core G5.