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New 12-inch MacBook unboxed, benchmarked

04/02, 1:03pm

Performance comparable to 2011 MacBook Air, but longer battery life

Despite the unit not being available for another couple of weeks yet, an enthusiast in Vietnam has gotten his hands on a retail version of Apple's forthcoming 12-inch MacBook and posted an "unboxing" video. Separately, new benchmarks (now removed) for the machine show that while the new model can boast performance on par with an Intel Core i7, it would be an older i7 as found in a 2011 11-inch MacBook Air.


Benchmark estimate suggests decreased Mac mini multi-core performance

10/20, 9:29am

Dual-core Haswell processors may limit refreshed Mac mini usefulness

The refreshed Mac mini may offer a significant dip in performance compared to earlier iterations, a report claims. A blog post from the Geekbench benchmark suite suggests that, though the new Haswell-based systems may have slightly higher single-core performance scores than the Ivy Bridge-based counterparts from late 2012, their multi-core performance will apparently suffer considerably.


Briefly: Estimates of Mac Pro performance, BookBook Travel Journal

11/06, 12:23pm

Primate Labs combines Geekbench 3 leak and Windows workstations for Mac Pro prediction

Apple's upcoming Mac Pro is set to be released in December -- and with its launch still a month away, speculations continue regarding how it will perform. Apple has not announced which processors will be used, but according to John Poole of Primate Labs, research suggests Xeon E5 is likely for all upcoming models. Furthermore, the specs of the suggested processors appear to line up with details posted on the official Mac Pro website.


GeekBench 3 released for all major platforms

08/16, 6:57am

GeekBench 3 benchmarking utility brings 15 new benchmark tests

GeekBench 3 has been released for all major platforms including Windows, OS X, and Linux on the desktop. A mobile version of the widely used benchmarking utility has also been released for Android and iOS. The new version is the first major revision to the app since version 2 was released six years ago. According to Primate Labs, the new suite of tests includes 15 new benchmark tests that have been designed to real-world processor intensive tasks.


Tentative iPhone 5 benchmarks crown it fastest smartphone

09/17, 6:20pm

Dual core A6 beats quad-core Galaxy S III, Nexus 7 tablet in tests

While not confirmed as being legitimate, an iPhone 5 with the proper specification credentials has been benchmarked on the indie site Geekbench. The results show it to be the fastest smartphone on the market, with Apple's dual-core A6 (running at roughly 1GHz) beating both the Asus Nexus 7 and Samsung's Galaxy S III overall with a final score of 1,601, the highest total seen in the smartphone wars thus far. If genuine, the rating more than doubles both the iPhone 4S' score of 631 and even the 2012 iPad's 794.


MacBook Air (13-inch) 2011 hands-on and early speed tests

07/23, 7:55pm

MacBook Air 2011 gets our first look

We're just receiving our 2011, 13-inch MacBook Air systems and giving them our first dry run ahead of a review expected within the next few days. If you've seen our 2010 Air review, you'll know something of what to expect from the initial unpacking: it's the same extra-slim design, only with a Thunderbolt logo and a much, much appreciated backlit keyboard. Lion on a brand new Mac is as simple as ever to set up; if you're starting from scratch, you can be online in a few minutes.


Mac Benchmarks adds late 2009 iMacs, MacBook to ratings

03/04, 11:00pm

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.


Core i5 iMac arrives: first benchmarks

11/12, 5:50pm

Quad-core iMac near 3X faster than past gen

Electronista has received one of the first Core i5 iMacs and is putting it through its paces. Since many already are already familiar with the 27-inch iMac in Core 2 Duo form, we'll provide impressions specific to the faster model. We also have some of the first benchmarks of the system, which is Apple's first quad-core system ever outside of its Mac Pro workstations.



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