10SEP2014 - With the layoffs of almost the entire staff of Macworld, I will no longer be paying any attention to Macworld and this table will NOT be updated.

For me, personally, all the recent Macs are "good enough". Nothing encourages/forces me to upgrade.

Performance Benchmarks (including Speedmark scores) from Macworld

They don't have them all in one place and it was driving me crazy. So, here they are from 2004 through today. Last updated 02MAY2014.

I use these data to tell me when it makes sense to replace my "old, obsolete, piece of crap" Mac.

You need to pay attention to the fact that Speedmark metric changes over time.
Speedmark 9 is new as of DEC2013.
Roughly: A Speedmark 9 score of 100 = A Speedmark 8 score of 114 = A Speedmark 7 score of 137 = A Speedmark 6.5 score of 137 = S6 of 150 = S5 of 301 = S4.5 of 547

The ones in cyan are my machines or the ones I want to own. This is all very personal. I have stopped posting all the sub-tests as Macworld makes its more painful to do so. Besides, if you are thinking about replacing a 1.5+ year old machine, you really only care about one number.

Airbooks - Speedmark 9 scores (02MAY2014)

Mac modelSpeedmark 9 Score
11" MacBook Air/1.4GHz (128GB, Mid 2014) 131
13" MacBook Air/1.4GHz (256GB, Mid 2014) 138
11" MacBook Air/1.3GHz (256GB, Mid 2013) 143
13" MacBook Air/1.3GHz (128GB, Mid 2013) 142

Higher results are better. Best result in bold. Reference models in italics.—Macworld Lab testing by James Galbraith and Albert Filice

All tested Macs: Speedmark 9 scores

The computers in this chart are listed in order from fastest to slowest.

Mac modelSpeedmark 9 score
Mac Pro/3.0GHz (8-core Xeon E5, 32GB RAM, 512GB flash storage, dual 6GB AMD FirePro D700, Late 2013) 350
iMac/3.5GHz (27-inch, quad-core i7, 8GB RAM, 3TB Fusion Drive, 4GB Nvidia GeForce GTX 780M, Late 2013) 326
iMac/3.4GHz (27-inch, quad-core i7, 8GB RAM, 1TB Fusion Drive, 2GB Nvidia GeForce GTX 680MX, Late 2012) 293
Retina Mac Book Pro/2.3GHz (15-inch, quad-core i7, 512GB SSD, 16GB RAM, 128MB Intel Iris Pro 5200 / 2GB Nvidia GeForce GT 750M, Late 2013) 282
Retina Mac Book Pro/2.7GHz (15-inch, quad-core i7, 512GB SSD, 16GB RAM, 1GB Intel HD 4000 / 1GB Nvidia GeForce GT 650M, Early 2013) 259
Retina Mac Book Pro/2.6GHz (15-inch, quad-core i7, 512GB SSD, 8GB RAM, 1GB Intel HD 4000 / 1GB Nvidia GeForce GT 650M, Mid 2012) 251
Retina Mac Book Pro/2.4GHz (15-inch, quad-core i7, 256GB SSD, 8GB RAM, 1GB Intel HD 4000 / 1GB Nvidia GeForce GT 650M, Early 2013) 251
Retina Mac Book Pro/2.3GHz (15-inch, quad-core i7, 256GB SSD, 8GB RAM, 1GB Intel HD 4000 / Nvidia GeForce 650M, Mid 2012) 243
Mac Pro/3.2GHz (quad-core Xeon, 32GB RAM, 480GB SSD, 3GB AMD Sapphire HD 7950, Mid 2012) 241
iMac/3.4GHz (27-inch, quad-core i7, 4GB RAM, 256GB SSD, 2GB AMD Radeon HD 6970M, Mid 2011) 238
iMac/3.4GHz (27-inch, quad-core i5, 8GB RAM, 1TB HD, 2GB Nvidia GeForce GTX 775M, Late 2013) 235
Mac Pro/3.33GHz (6-core Xeon, 8GB RAM, 1TB HD, 1GB ATI Radeon HD 5870, Mid 2010) 212
iMac/3.2GHz (27-inch, quad-core i5, 8GB RAM, 1TB HD, 1GB Nvidia GeForce GT 755M, Late 2013) 211
Mac Pro/2.66GHz (12-core Xeon, 6GB RAM, 1TB HD, 1GB ATI Radeon HD 5770, Mid 2010) 206
iMac/3.2GHz (27-inch, quad-core i7, 8GB RAM, 1TB HD, 1GB Nvidia GeForce GTX 675MX, Late 2012) 204
iMac/2.9GHz (27-inch, quad-core i5, 8GB RAM, 1TB HD, 512MB Nvidia GeForce GTX 680M, Late 2012) 201
Mac Pro/2.4GHz (12-core Xeon, 12GB RAM, 1TB HD, 1GB ATI Radeon HD 5770, Mid 2012) 196
iMac/2.9GHz (21.5-inch, quad-core i5, 8GB RAM, 1TB HD, 1GB Nvidia GeForce GTX 750M, Late 2013) 189
iMac/2.7GHz (21.5-inch, quad-core i5, 4GB RAM, 256GB SSD, 512MB AMD Radeon HD 6770M, Mid 2011) 186
iMac/3.1GHz (27-inch, quad-core i5, 4GB RAM, 1TB HD, 1GB AMD Radeon HD 6970M, Mid 2011) 185
iMac/2.9GHz (21.5-inch, quad-core i5, 8GB RAM, 1TB HD, 512MB Nvidia GeForce GT 650M, Late 2012) 180
iMac/2.7GHz (21.5-inch, quad-core i5, 8GB RAM, 1TB HD, 1GB Intel Iris, Late 2013) 179
Retina Mac Book Pro/2.6GHz (13-inch, dual-core i5, 512GB SSD, 8GB RAM, 1GB Intel Iris, Late 2013) 177
MacBook Pro/2.4GHz (17-inch, quad-core i7, 256GB SSD, 4GB RAM, 384MB Intel HD 3000 / 1GB AMD Radeon HD 6770M, Late 2011) 173
Mac Pro/3.2GHz (Quad-Core Xeon, 6GB RAM, 1TB HD, 1GB ATI Radeon HD 5770, Mid 2012) 171
MacBook Air/1.7GHz (13-inch, dual-core i7, 512GB SSD, 8GB RAM, 1GB Intel HD 5000, Mid 2013) 169
Retina Mac Book Pro/2.4GHz (13-inch, dual-core i5, 256GB SSD, 8GB RAM, 1GB Intel Iris, Late 2013) 168
MacBook Pro/2.3GHz (15-inch, quad-core i7, 500GB HD, 4GB RAM, 1GB Intel HD 4000 / 512GB Nvidia GeForce GT 650M, Mid 2012) 167
iMac/2.7GHz (27-inch, quad-core i5, 4GB RAM, 1TB HD, 512MB AMD Radeon HD 6770M, Mid 2011) 165
iMac/2.7GHz (21.5-inch, quad-core i5, 4GB RAM, 1TB HD, 512MB AMD Radeon HD 6770M, Mid 2011) 165
Mac mini/2.6GHz (quad-core i7, 16GB RAM, 1TB Fusion Drive, 1GB Intel HD 4000, Late 2012) 165
Retina Mac Book Pro/2.9GHz (13-inch, dual-core i7, 512GB SSD, 8GB RAM, 1GB Intel HD 4000, Late 2012) 159
iMac/2.93GHz (27-inch, quad-core i7, 4GB RAM, 1TB HD, 1GB ATI Radeon HD 5750, Mid 2010) 159
Retina Mac Book Pro/2.4GHz (13-inch, dual-core i5, 128GB SSD, 4GB RAM, 1GB Intel Iris, Late 2013) 155
MacBook Pro (15-inch, 2.7GHz quad-core i7, 1TB HD, 8GB DDR4, Nvidia GeForce GT 650M, Mid 2012) 154
MacBook Pro/2.4GHz (17-inch, quad-core i7, 750GB HD, 4GB RAM, 384MB Intel HD 3000 / 1GB AMD Radeon HD 6770M, Late 2011) 153
MacBook Pro/2.4GHz (15-inch, quad-core i7, 750GB HD, 4GB RAM, 384MB Intel HD 3000 / 1GB AMD Radeon HD 6770M, Late 2011) 153
iMac/2.5GHz (21.5-inch, quad-core i5, 4GB RAM, 500GB HD, 512MB AMD Radeon HD 6750M, Mid 2011) 153
MacBook Pro/2.3GHz (15-inch, quad-core i7, 750GB HD, 4GB RAM, 384MB Intel HD 3000 / 1GB AMD Radeon HD 6750M, Early 2011) 152
Mac mini/2.3GHz (quad-core i7, 4GB RAM, 1TB HD, 1GB Intel HD 4000, Late 2012) 149
MacBook Air/2GHz (13-inch, dual-core i7, 512GB SSD, 8GB RAM, 1GB Intel HD 4000, Mid 2012) 148
MacBook Pro/2.2GHz (17-inch, quad-core i7, 750GB HD, 4GB RAM, 384MB Intel HD 3000 / 1GB AMD Radeon HD 6750M, Early 2011) 147
MacBook Air/1.3GHz (11-inch, dual-core i5, 256GB SSD, 4GB RAM, 1GB Intel HD 5000, Mid 2013) 143
MacBook Air/2GHz (11-inch, dual-core i7, 256GB SSD, 8GB RAM, 1GB Intel HD 4000, Mid 2012) 143
Retina Mac Book Pro/2.6GHz (13-inch, dual-core i5, 250GB SSD, 8GB RAM, 1GB Intel HD 4000, Early 2013) 143
iMac/2.8GHz (27-inch quad-core i5, 4GB RAM, 1TB HD, 1GB ATI Radeon HD 5750, Mid 2010) 142
MacBook Air/1.3GHz (13-inch, dual-core i5, 128GB SSD, 4GB RAM, 1GB Intel HD 5000, Mid 2013) 142
Retina Mac Book Pro/2.5GHz (13-inch, dual-core i5, 256GB SSD, 8GB RAM, 1GB Intel HD 4000, Late 2012) 141
Retina Mac Book Pro/2.5GHz (13-inch, dual-core i5, 128GB SSD, 8GB RAM, 1GB Intel HD 4000, Late 2012) 140
Mac Pro/3.33GHz (quad-core Xeon, 3GB RAM, 640GB HD, 512MB Nvidia GeForce GT 120, Early 2009) 133
Mac mini/2.7GHz (dual-core i7, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD, 256MB AMD Radeon HD 6630M, Mid 2011) 133
MacBook Air/1.8GHz (13-inch, dual-core i5, 128GB SSD, 4GB RAM, 1GB Intel HD 4000, Mid 2012) 133
MacBook Air/1.7GHz (11-inch, dual-core i5, 64GB SSD, 4GB RAM, 1GB Intel HD 4000, Mid 2012) 120
Mac Pro/2.66GHz (quad-core Xeon, 3GB RAM, 640GB HD, 512MB Nvidia GeForce GT 120, Early 2009) 117
MacBook Pro/2.0GHz (15-inch, quad-core i7, 500GB HD, 4GB RAM, 256MB AMD Radeon HD 6490M, Late 2011) 113
iMac/3.2GHz (27-inch, dual-core i3, 4GB RAM, 1TB HD, 512MB ATI Radeon HD 5670, Mid 2010) 109
MacBook Pro/2.3GHz (13-inch, dual-core i5, 128GB SSD, 4GB RAM, 384MB Intel HD 3000, Early 2011) 105
MacBook Air/1.7GHz (13-inch, dual-core i5, 256GB SSD, 4GB RAM, 384MB Intel HD 3000, Mid 2011) 100
Mac mini/2.5GHz (dual-core i5, 4GB RAM, 500GB HD, 256MB AMD Radeon HD 6630M Mid 2011) 98
MacBook Pro/2.4GHz (13-inch, dual-core i5, 500GB HD, 4GB RAM, 384MB Intel HD 3000, Late 2011) 85
MacBook Pro/2.53GHz (17-inch, dual-core i5, 500GB HD, 4GB RAM, 288MB Intel HD / 512MB Nvidia GeForce GT 330M, Mid 2010) 81
Mac mini/2.3GHz (dual-core i5, 4GB RAM, 500GB HD, 288MB Intel HD 3000 Mid 2011) 80
MacBook Pro/2.53GHz (15-inch, dual-core i5, 500GB HD, 4GB RAM, 288MB Intel HD / 256MB Nvidia GeForce GT 330M, Mid 2010) 78
MacBook Pro/2.5GHz (15-inch, dual-core i5, 320GB HD, 4GB RAM, 288MB Intel HD / 256MB Nvidia GeForce GT 330M, Mid 2010) 77
Mac mini/2.4GHz (Core 2 Duo, 2GB RAM, 320GB HD, 256MB Nvidia GeForce 320M, Mid 2010) 71
MacBook Pro/2.66GHz (13-inch, Core 2 Duo, 320GB HD, 4GB RAM, 256MB Nvidia GeForce 320M, Mid 2010) 62
MacBook Air/1.86GHz (13-inch, Core 2 Duo, 256GB SSD, 2GB RAM, 256MB Nvidia GeForce 320M, Late 2010) 60
MacBook Air/1.86GHz (13-inch, Core 2 Duo, 128GB SSD, 2GB RAM, 256MB Nvidia GeForce 320M, Late 2010) 59
MacBook Air/1.6GHz (11-inch, Core 2 Duo, 128GB SSD, 4GB RAM, 256MB Nvidia GeForce 320M, Late 2010) 54
iMac/2.4GHz (20-inch, Core 2 Duo, 2GB RAM, 320GB HD, 256MB ATI Radeon HD 2600 Pro, Mid 2007) 53
MacBook Air/1.4GHz (11-inch, Core 2 Duo, 64GB SSD, 2GB RAM, 256MB Nvidia GeForce 320M, Late 2010) 48
MacBook Air/1.4GHz (11-inch, Core 2 Duo, 128GB SSD, 2GB RAM, 256MB Nvidia GeForce 320M, Late 2010) 47
MacBook Pro/2.4GHz (13-inch, Core 2 Duo, 250GB HD, 2GB RAM, 256MB Nvidia GeForce 9400M, Late 2008) 47
MacBook Air/2.0GHz (13-inch, Core 2 Duo, 160GB HD, 2GB RAM, 256MB Nvidia GeForce 9700M, Late 2008) 44

All results are scores. Higher scores are better. Not all models were available for testing. Current models are in bold.—Macworld Lab testing performed by James Galbraith and Albert Filice.

MacPro - Late 2013: Speedmark 9 Scores (20DEC2013)

Mac modelSpeedmark 9 Score
Mac Pro 8-Core/3.0GHz (Late 2013) 312
Mac Pro 6-Core/2.4GHz (Mid 2012) 191
Mac Pro quad-core/3.2GHz (Mid 2012) 164
27-inch iMac quad-core/3.5GHz CTO (Late 2013) 288
15-inch Retina MacBook Pro quad-core/2.3GHz (Late 2013) 252

Results are scores. Higher results are better. Best score in bold. Reference models in italics.—Macworld Lab testing by James Galbraith and Albert Filice

iMacs - Late 2013: Speedmark scores (03OCT2013)

Speedmark 8
27" iMac/3.5GHz CTO (3.5 GHz, 3TB Fusion, Nvidia GeForce GTX 780M, Late 2013) 332
21.5" iMac/2.7GHz Haswell i5 (Late 2013) 212
27-inch iMac/2.8GHz Core i5 (Mid 2010) 168

Higher results/longer bars are better.—Macworld Lab testing by James Galbraith, Albert Filice, and Jeff Sandstoe

Haswell MacBook Air: Speedmark scores (18JUN2013)

Speedmark 8
13-inch MacBook Air/1.7GHz Core i7 (Mid 2013) 204
MacBook Air 1.6GHz Core 2 Duo (original, we still own this) 44
13-inch MacBook Air/1.3GHz Core i5 (Mid 2013) 166
11-inch MacBook Air/1.3GHz Core i5 (Mid 2013) 165
13-inch MacBook Air/1.8GHz Core i5 (Mid 2012) 166
11-inch MacBook Air/1.7GHz Core i5 (Mid 2012) 151
13-inch MacBook Air/1.7GHz Core i5 (Mid 2011) 127
13-inch Retina MacBook Pro/2.6GHz Core i5 (Early 2013) 190

Higher results/longer bars are better.—Macworld Lab testing by James Galbraith, Albert Filice, and Jeff Sandstoe

2012 27-inch iMacs: Speedmark scores (12JAN2013)

Speedmark 8
27-inch iMac/3.2GHz Core i5 (Late 2012, $2000) 224
27-inch iMac/2.9GHz Core i5 (Late 2012, $1800) 238
27-inch iMac/3.4GHz Core i7 1TB Fusion Drive, 16GB RAM BTO (Late 2012, $2700) 313
27-inch iMac/3.1GHz Core i5 (Mid 2011) 189
27-inch iMac/2.7GHz Core (Mid 2011) 187
15-inch Retina MacBook Pro/2.6GHz Core i7 (Mid 2012) 275
24-inch iMac/2.4GHz Core 2 Duo (2007, Speedmark 5 score of 245) 82

All results are scores. Higher scores are better. Best result in bold. Reference models in italics. Macworld Lab testing by James Galbraith, Albert Filice, and Kean Bartelman.

2012 BTO iMacs: Speedmark scores (30NOV2012)

Speedmark 8 score
21.5-inch iMac/3.1GHz Core i7, 1TB Fusion Drive, 16GB RAM BTO (Late 2012) 298
27-inch iMac/3.3GHz Core i7, 1TB Fusion Drive, 8GB RAM BTO (Late 2012) 312
21.5-inch iMac/2.7GHz Core i5, 256GB SSD, 4GB RAM BTO (Mid 2011) 232
21.5-inch iMac/2.8GHz Core i7, 1TB HD, 4GB RAM BTO (Mid 2011) 195
27-inch iMac/3.4GHz Core i7, 1TB HD, 4GB RAM BTO (Mid 2011) 256
Mac mini/2.6GHz Core i7, 1TB Fusion Drive, 8GB RAM BTO (Late 2012) 249
15-inch Retina MacBook Pro/2.6GHz Core i7 (Mid 2012) 275

All results are scores. Higher scores are better. Best result in bold. Reference models in italics. Macworld Lab testing by James Galbraith, Albert Filice, Kean Bartelman, and William Wang.

2012 Mac mini: Speedmark 8 scores (08NOV2012)

Speedmark 8 score
Mac mini/2.6GHz quad-core Core i7, 16GB RAM, 1TB Fusion Drive BTO (Late 2012) 249
Mac mini/2.3GHz Core i7 (Late 2012) 164
Mac mini/2.5GHz Core i5 (Late 2012) 131
Mac mini/2.5GHz Core i5 (Mid 2011) 120
Mac mini/2.3GHz Core i5 (Mid 2011) 100
Mac mini/2.4GHz Core 2 Duo (Mid 2010) 78

All results are scores. Higher scores are better. Best result in bold. Reference models in italics. Macworld Lab testing by James Galbraith, Albert Filice, Kean Bartelman, and William Wong.

13-inch Retina MacBook Pro: Speedmark 8 Scores (25OCT2012)

Speedmark 8 score
13-inch Retina MacBook Pro/2.5GHz Core i5 (Late 2012) 184
13-inch MacBook Pro/2.9GHz Core i7 (Mid 2012) 153
13-inch MacBook Pro/2.5GHz Core i5 (Mid 2012) 121
13-inch MacBook Air/1.8GHz Core i5 (Mid 2012) 166
15-inch Retina MacBook Pro/2.6GHz Core i7 (Mid 2012) 275
15-inch Retina MacBook Pro/ 2.3GHz Core i7 (Mid 2012) 257

All results are scores. Higher scores are better. Best result in bold. Reference models in italics.

13-inch MacBook Pro 2012 Model Benchmarks

Speedmark 7 scoreDuplicate 2GB folderZip 4GB folderUnzip 4GB filePagesImport iMovie ArchiveShare to iTunes: MobileiTunes AAC to MP3 EncodeHandbrake 0.95 64bitCinebench OpenGLCinebench CPUParallels WorldbenchPhotoshop CS5 ActionApertureiPhoto 500Mathematica 8Portal 2
13-inch MacBook Pro/2.5GHz Core i5 (Mid 2012) 161 63.6 233.8 141.8 77.7 106.4 83.8 88.8 182.5 18.4 141.6 296.7 123.4 106.3 159.9 1.06 81.9
13-inch MacBook Pro/2.9GHz Core i7 (Mid 2012) 189 52.9 196.9 125.5 67.7 98.5 73.5 76.3 155.8 20.0 119.6 240.0 88.5 86.8 131.1 1.20 89.6
13-inch MacBook Pro/2.4GHz Core i5 (Late 2011) 146 68.6 249.1 146.4 83.7 109.3 88.2 88.8 203.8 12.9 155.2 318.0 145.8 118.6 178.4 1.09 61.5
13-inch MacBook Pro/2.8GHz Core i7 (Late 2011) 164 54.1 208.0 114.8 84.3 95.8 79.0 79.0 174.0 13.4 132.3 269.7 138.1 113.7 151.5 1.11 67.1

All times in seconds (lower is better), except for Cinebench OpenGL and Portal, which are frames per second (higher is better), and Mathematica and Speedmark, which are scores (higher is better). Best results in bold. Reference sytems in italics.

How We Tested: We duplicated a 2GB file, created a Zip archive in the Finder from the two 2GB files and then unzipped it. In Pages ’09 we converted and opened a 500-page Microsoft Word document. In iMovie ’11, we imported a two-minute clip from a camera archive, and performed a Share Movie to iTunes for Mobile Devices function. In iTunes, we converted 135 minutes of AAC audio files to MP3 using the High Quality setting. In Handbrake 0.9.5, we encoded a single chapter (to H.264 using the application’s Normal settings) from a DVD that was previously ripped to the hard drive. In Cinebench, we recorded how long it took to render a scene with multiprocessors. We installed Parallels 6 and ran WorldBench 6’s Multitask test. In Photoshop CS5, we ran an action script on a 100MB image file. In Aperture 3 we performed an Import and Process on 207 photos. In iPhoto ‘11, we imported 500 photos. We ran Mathematica 8’s Evaluate Notebook Test. In Cinebench, we ran that application’s OpenGL frames-per-second test. Using Steam and Steam for Mac, we created a self-running demo for Portal and recorded the frames-per-second rating.—Macworld Lab testing by James Galbraith, William Wang, Kean Bartelman, and Mauricio Grijalva.

15-inch MacBook Pro 2012 Model Benchmarks

Speedmark 7 scoreDuplicate 2GB folderZip 4GB folderUnzip 4GB filePagesImport iMovie ArchiveShare to iTunes: MobileiTunes AAC to MP3 EncodeHandbrake 0.95 64bitCinebench OpenGLCinebench CPUParallels WorldbenchPhotoshop CS5 ActionApertureiPhoto 500Mathematica 8Portal 2
15-inch MacBook Pro/2.3GHz Core i7 (Mid 2012) 221 55.8 223.3 115.3 72.3 72.1 65.9 73.5 87.6 34.6 66.7 270.0 126.2 104.7 136.9 1.84 201.8
15-inch MacBook Pro/2.6GHz Core i7 (Mid 2012) 239 54.6 195.7 113.7 69.3 68.1 63.5 69.9 84.4 37.4 62.7 245.3 83.1 97.8 135.9 1.97 212.0
15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display/2.3GHz Core i7 (Mid 2012) 319 13.3 198.6 26.6 71.6 40.5 61.1 66.8 88.4 34.8 67.4 231.0 81.8 55.5 50.8 1.91 172.6
15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display/2.6GHz Core i7 (Mid 2012) 330 13.9 183.5 26.9 66.3 45.2 59.6 62.1 81.7 37.4 62.3 231.3 80.9 54.8 48.8 1.98 194.8
15-inch MacBook Pro/2.4GHz Core i7 (Late 2011) 219 52.7 217.4 131.6 76 70.2 52.6 71.5 100.5 43.3 76 234.0 149.8 103.9 141.2 1.64 174.3
15-inch MacBook Pro/2.2GHz Core i7 (Late 2011) 190 74.4 245.5 168.9 88.6 82.2 60.8 80.6 108.2 38.7 81.9 288.3 147.9 117.2 186.2 1.55 160

All times in seconds (lower is better), except for Cinebench OpenGL and Portal, which are frames per second (higher is better), and Mathematica and Speedmark, which are scores (higher is better). Best results in bold. Reference sytems in italics.

How We Tested: We duplicated a 2GB file, created a Zip archive in the Finder from the two 2GB files and then unzipped it. In Pages ’09 we converted and opened a 500-page Microsoft Word document. In iMovie ’11, we imported a two-minute clip from a camera archive, and performed a Share Movie to iTunes for Mobile Devices function. In iTunes, we converted 135 minutes of AAC audio files to MP3 using the High Quality setting. In Handbrake 0.9.5, we encoded a single chapter (to H.264 using the application’s Normal settings) from a DVD that was previously ripped to the hard drive. In Cinebench, we recorded how long it took to render a scene with multiprocessors. We installed Parallels 6 and ran WorldBench 6’s Multitask test. In Photoshop CS5, we ran an action script on a 100MB image file. In Aperture 3 we performed an Import and Process on 207 photos. In iPhoto ‘11, we imported 500 photos. We ran Mathematica 8’s Evaluate Notebook Test. In Cinebench, we ran that application’s OpenGL frames-per-second test. Using Steam and Steam for Mac, we created a self-running demo for Portal and recorded the frames-per-second rating.—Macworld Lab testing by James Galbraith, William Wang, Kean Bartelman, and Mauricio Grijalva.

11-inch MacBook Air 2012 Model Benchmarks

Speedmark 7
score
Duplicate
2GB folder
Zip 4GB
folder
Unzip 4GB
file
Pages Import
iMovie
Archive
Share to
iTunes:
Mobile
iTunes AAC
to MP3
Encode
Handbrake
0.95 64bit
Cinebench
OpenGL
Cinebench
CPU
Parallels
worldbench
Photoshop
CS5
Aperture iPhoto 500 Mathematica
Mark 8
Portal 2
2012 11-inch MacBook Air 1.7 GHz i5 4GB RAM 64GB 186.0 21.8 251.4 43.3 88.1 90.4 83.3 93.2 219.0 15.9 170.1 341.0 104.0 80.0 92.4 0.93 77.6
2012 11-inch MacBook Air 1.7 GHz i5 4GB RAM 128GB 195 15.4 249.8 32.6 87.6 88.7 82.3 93.0 220.8 15.6 169.8 333.3 104.3 76.4 92.1 0.93 78.6
11-inch MacBook Air Core i5 1.6GHz dual-core 128GB flash storage (Mid 2011) 152 23.5 297.6 43.3 109.8 111.5 114.9 112.1 279.2 10.1 211 442.7 119.3 96.4 103.6 0.77 57.1

All times in seconds (lower is better), except for Cinebench OpenGL and Portal, which are frames per second (higher is better), and Mathematica and Speedmark, which are scores (higher is better). Best results in bold. Reference sytems in italics.

13-inch MacBook Air 2012 Model Benchmarks

Speedmark 7 score Duplicate 2GB folder Zip 4GB folder Unzip 4GB file Pages Import iMovie Archive Share to iTunes: Mobile iTunes AAC to MP3 Encode Handbrake 0.95 64bit Cinebench OpenGL Cinebench CPU Parallels worldbench Photoshop CS5 Aperture iPhoto 500 MathematicaMark 8 Portal 2
2012 13-inch MacBook Air 1.8GHz i5, 4GB RAM, 256GB 206 15.1 234.7 30.1 82.4 83.2 77.3 86.2 203.4 17.5 157.4 353.7 99.7 72.1 85.1 0.99 77.4
2012 13-inch MacBook Air 1.8GHz i5, 4GB RAM, 128GB 201 17.0 234.7 32.3 85.2 85.4 79.9 86.9 203.2 17.5 158.3 364.7 103.2 74.3 86.8 0.98 79.5
13-inch MacBook Air Core i5 1.7GHz dual-core 256GB flash storage (Mid 2011) 162 25.9 253.6 47.9 95.3 100.3 110.7 96.2 241.8 10.7 182.3 373.7 112.4 92.1 88.8 0.82 53.5
2.9Ghz 2C Core i7, 13-inch, MacBook Pro, 8GB, 2012 189 52.9 196.9 125.5 67.7 98.5 73.5 76.3 155.8 20.0 119.6 240.0 88.5 86.8 131.1 1.20 89.6

All times in seconds (lower is better), except for Cinebench OpenGL and Portal, which are frames per second (higher is better), and Mathematica and Speedmark, which are scores (higher is better). Best results in bold. Reference sytems in italics.

Benchmarks: 13-inch MacBook Pros (Late 2011)

Speedmark 7Duplicate 2GB FolderZip 4GB FolderUnzip 4GB FilePages '09 Open Word Doc
13-inch MacBook Pro/2.4GHz Core i5 (Late 2011) 146 68.6 249.1 146.4 83.7
13-inch MacBook Pro/2.8GHz Core i7, (Late 2011) 164 54.1 208.0 114.8 84.3
13-inch MacBook Pro/2.3GHz Core i5 (Early 2011) 140 69.7 271.1 180.3 89.8
13-inch MacBook Pro/2.7GHz Core i7 (Early 2011) 151 66.4 224.9 149.8 103.0

Speedmark 7 results are scores; higher scores are better. All other results above are in seconds; lower is better. References models in italics. Best result in bold.

Benchmarks: 13-inch MacBook Pros (Late 2011)

Import iMovie '11 ArchiveiMovie '11 Share to iTunes: MobileiTunes 10 AAC to MP3 EncodeHandBrake 0.9.5 Encode
13-inch MacBook Pro/2.4GHz Core i5 (Late 2011) 109.3 88.2 88.8 203.8
13-inch MacBook Pro/2.8GHz Core i7, (Late 2011) 95.8 79.0 79.0 174.0
13-inch MacBook Pro/2.3GHz Core i5 (Early 2011) 116.0 87.5 99.7 210.0
13-inch MacBook Pro/2.7GHz Core i7 (Early 2011) 107.0 90.8 78.7 186.0

Results above are in seconds; lower is better. References models in italics. Best result in bold.

Benchmarks: 13-inch MacBook Pros (Late 2011)

Cinebench OpenGLCinebench CPUParallels WorldBench 6 Multitasking Test on Windows 7Photoshop CS5 Action Script
13-inch MacBook Pro/2.4GHz Core i5 (Late 2011) 12.9 155.2 318.0 145.8
13-inch MacBook Pro/2.8GHz Core i7, (Late 2011) 13.4 132.3 269.7 138.1
13-inch MacBook Pro/2.3GHz Core i5 (Early 2011) 12.5 161.0 328.0 128.0
13-inch MacBook Pro/2.7GHz Core i7 (Early 2011) 12.7 140.7 274.0 122.4

Cinebench OpenGL results are scores; higher is better. All other results above are in seconds; lower is better. References models in italics. Best result in bold.

Benchmarks: 13-inch MacBook Pros (Late 2011)

Aperture 3 Import and Process 207 PhotosiPhoto '11 Import 500 PhotosMathematica 8Portal 2 (1280x800)
13-inch MacBook Pro/2.4GHz Core i5 (Late 2011) 118.6 178.4 1.09 61.5
13-inch MacBook Pro/2.8GHz Core i7, (Late 2011) 113.7 151.5 1.11 67.1
13-inch MacBook Pro/2.3GHz Core i5 (Early 2011) 121.3 171.7 0.95 61.8
13-inch MacBook Pro/2.7GHz Core i7 (Early 2011) 105.4 162.2 1.02 59.5

Mathematica 8 results are scores; higher is better. Portal 2 results are framerates; higher is better. All other results above are in seconds; lower is better. References models in italics. Best result in bold.

Benchmarks: 15- and 17-inch MacBook Pros (Late 2011)

Speedmark 7Duplicate 2GB FolderZip 4GB FolderUnzip 4GB FilePages '09 Open Word Doc
15-inch MacBook Pro/2.2GHz Core i7 (Late 2011) 190 74.4 245.5 168.9 88.6
15-inch MacBook Pro/2.4GHz Core i7 (Late 2011) 219 52.7 217.4 131.6 76.0
17-inch MacBook Pro/2.4GHz Core i7 (Late 2011) 216 55.8 223.4 123.5 79.0
15-inch MacBook Pro/2GHz Core i7 (Early 2011) 169 73.7 261.1 153.3 89.4
15-inch Macbook Pro/2.2GHz Core i7 (Early 2011) 205 59.6 234.3 125.5 83.3
17-inch MacBook Pro/2.2GHz Core i7 (Early 2011) 207 54.2 219.3 119.9 76.1

Speedmark 7 results are scores; higher scores are faster. All other results above are in seconds; lower is better. References models in italics. Best result in bold.

Benchmarks: 15- and 17-inch MacBook Pros (Late 2011)

Import iMovie '11 ArchiveiMovie '11 Share to iTunes: MobileiTunes 10 AAC to MP3 EncodeHandBrake 0.9.5 Encode
15-inch MacBook Pro/2.2GHz Core i7 (Late 2011) 82.2 60.8 80.6 108.2
15-inch MacBook Pro/2.4GHz Core i7 (Late 2011) 70.2 52.6 71.5 100.5
17-inch MacBook Pro/2.4GHz Core i7 (Late 2011) 68.3 54.9 72.0 99.1
15-inch MacBook Pro/2GHz Core i7 (Early 2011) 81.0 85.3 84.9 115.6
15-inch Macbook Pro/2.2GHz Core i7 (Early 2011) 73.7 65.0 75.2 106.9
17-inch MacBook Pro/2.2GHz Core i7 (Early 2011) 74.2 66.8 81.9 103.2

Results above are in seconds; lower is better. References models in italics. Best result in bold.

Benchmarks: 15- and 17-inch MacBook Pros (Late 2011)

Cinebench OpenGLCinebench CPUParallels WorldBench 6 Multitasking Test on Windows 7Photoshop CS5 Action Script
15-inch MacBook Pro/2.2GHz Core i7 (Late 2011) 38.7 81.9 288.3 147.9
15-inch MacBook Pro/2.4GHz Core i7 (Late 2011) 43.3 76.0 234.0 149.8
17-inch MacBook Pro/2.4GHz Core i7 (Late 2011) 42.6 76.2 261.3 149.5
15-inch MacBook Pro/2GHz Core i7 (Early 2011) 20.9 86.9 280.7 144.5
15-inch Macbook Pro/2.2GHz Core i7 (Early 2011) 38.8 81.9 267.7 148.9
17-inch MacBook Pro/2.2GHz Core i7 (Early 2011) 38.8 82.0 265.3 147.5

Cinebench OpenGL results are scores; higher is better. All other results above are in seconds; lower is better. References models in italics. Best result in bold.

Benchmarks: 15- and 17-inch MacBook Pros (Late 2011)

Aperture 3 Import and Process 207 PhotosiPhoto '11 Import 500 PhotosMathematica 8Portal 2 (1280x800)
15-inch MacBook Pro/2.2GHz Core i7 (Late 2011) 117.2 186.2 1.55 160.0
15-inch MacBook Pro/2.4GHz Core i7 (Late 2011) 103.9 141.2 1.64 174.3
17-inch MacBook Pro/2.4GHz Core i7 (Late 2011) 103.0 142.5 1.64 169.6
15-inch MacBook Pro/2GHz Core i7 (Early 2011) 115.5 170.4 1.46 68.6
15-inch Macbook Pro/2.2GHz Core i7 (Early 2011) 101.5 141.2 1.52 160.9
17-inch MacBook Pro/2.2GHz Core i7 (Early 2011) 106.5 139.7 1.57 156.0

Mathematica 8 results are scores; higher is better. Portal 2 results are framerates; higher is better. All other results above are in seconds; lower is better. References models in italics. Best result in bold.

How we tested. We duplicated a 2GB file, created a Zip archive in the Finder from the two 2GB files and then unzipped it. In iMovie ’11, we imported a camera archive and exported it to iTunes using the Mobile Devices setting. We converted 135 minutes of AAC audio files to MP3 using iTunes’ High Quality setting. We used HandBrake 0.9.5 to encode a single chapter from a DVD previously ripped to the hard drive to H.264 using the application's Normal settings. We recorded how long it took to render a scene with multiprocessors in Cinebench and ran that application's OpenGL, frames per second test. We ran a timedemo in Call of Duty 4 at a resolution of 1024-by-768 with 4X anti-aliasing turned on. We installed Parallels 6 and ran WorldBench 6's Multitask test.—Macworld Lab testing by James Galbraith, Mauricio Grijalva and William Wang

Speedmark 7: Current Mac lineup (06SEP2011)

Mac modelSpeedmark 7
Score
Duplicate
2GB Folder
Zip 4GB
Folder
Unzip
4GB File
Pages '09
import
500-page
Word doc
iMovie '11
Import
Two-Minute
Clip from
Camera Archive
iMovie '11
Share Movie
to iTunes
for
Mobile Devices
iTunes 10
AAC to
MP3 Encode
Encode
Four Chapters
from
Ripped File
on Hard Drive
to H.264
Cinebench
OpenGL
Cinebench
CPU
Parallels
WorldBench 6
Multitasking
Test on
Windows 7
Photoshop
CS5 Action Script
Aperture 3
Import and
Process 207
Photos
iPhoto '11
Import
500 Photos
Mathematica 8 Portal 2
(1280x800)
Mac Pro Xeon 2.4GHz 8-core 6GB RAM (Mid 2010) 235 44.3 277.0 89.0 97.1 50.3 59.0 91.7 87.9 29.9 50.1 333.0 94.2 85.0 86.8 1.85 171.5
Mac Pro Xeon 2.8GHz quad-core 3GB RAM (Mid 2010) 219 40.4 244.2 91.4 99.5 63.8 60.9 84.3 104.6 34.0 81.8 308.3 125.3 88.8 93.2 1.27 195.1
27-inch iMac Core i5 3.1GHz quad-core (Mid 2011) 241 43.9 205.2 88.8 85.5 66.1 53.4 65.5 104.5 43.7 84.5 224.7 122.9 80.3 112.2 1.75 231.3
27-inch iMac Core i5 2.7GHz quad-core (Mid 2011) 225 45.5 198.7 89.7 81.3 73.4 59.8 65.3 115.8 45.4 97.5 262.7 137.0 83.4 112.6 1.66 160.6
21.5-inch iMac Core i7 2.8GHz quad-core BTO (Mid 2011) 244 46.4 195.8 84.3 78.1 62.0 54.9 63.3 95.6 47.7 73.4 269.0 123.6 81.7 113.4 1.73 205.4
21.5-inch iMac Core i5 2.7GHz quad-core (Mid 2011) 229 46.2 190.1 85.1 71.4 74.4 61.8 71.8 116.0 45.5 96.4 263.3 125.5 79.5 112.4 1.63 168.5
21.5-inch iMac Core i5 2.5GHz quad-core (Mid 2011) 211 41.5 213.8 84.0 90.8 77.6 63.4 74.1 125.7 40.3 104.3 279.7 128.8 145.2 92.6 1.58 140.2
Mac mini Core i7 2.7GHz dual-core SSD BTO (Mid 2011) 218 29.0 203.4 49.2 72.5 77.3 62.8 73.8 175.7 24.9 136.8 268.7 96.5 79.5 77.1 1.10 106.3
Mac mini Core i5 2.5GHz dual-core (Mid 2011) 161 65.6 240.9 148.8 84.7 113.3 78.2 83.3 186.3 24.6 143.2 285.3 159.2 113.4 164.2 1.00 103.7
Mac mini Core i5 2.3GHz dual-core (Mid 2011) 132 64.7 248.7 144.0 102.7 118.8 102.9 92.7 212.2 12.0 160.0 378.3 249.8 145.5 170.0 0.93 62.5
17-inch MacBook Pro Core i7 2.2GHz quad-core (Early 2011) 207 54.2 219.3 119.9 78.6 75.6 61.0 72.3 103.0 39.6 78.6 264.0 104.5 101.0 138.5 1.63 161.1
15-inch MacBook Pro Core i7 2.3GHz quad-core BTO (Early 2011) 207 51.4 224.2 117.4 76.1 74.2 66.8 81.9 103.2 38.8 82.0 265.3 147.5 106.5 139.7 1.57 156.0
15-inch MacBook Pro Core i7 2.2GHz quad-core (Early 2011) 205 59.6 234.3 125.5 83.3 73.7 65.0 75.2 106.9 38.8 81.9 267.7 148.9 101.5 141.2 1.52 160.9
15-inch MacBook Pro Core i7 2.0GHz quad-core (Early 2011) 169 73.7 261.1 153.3 89.4 81.0 85.3 84.9 115.6 20.9 86.9 280.7 144.5 115.5 170.4 1.46 68.6
13-inch MacBook Pro Core i5 2.3GHz dual-core SSD BTO (Early 2011) 178 29.2 236.8 49.8 89.8 89.3 86.9 86.0 208.8 12.6 158.2 307.7 121.8 88.1 83.1 0.94 63.3
13-inch MacBook Pro Core i7 2.7GHz dual-core (Early 2011) 151 66.4 224.9 149.8 103.0 107.0 90.8 78.7 186.0 12.7 140.7 274.0 122.4 105.4 162.2 1.02 59.5
13-inch MacBook Pro Core i5 2.3GHz dual-core (Early 2011) 140 69.7 271.1 180.3 89.8 116.0 87.5 99.7 210.0 12.5 161.0 328.0 128.0 121.3 171.7 0.95 61.8
13-inch MacBook Air Core i7 1.8GHz dual-core 256GB flash storage BTO (Mid 2011) 175 22.3 235.5 40.5 88.2 97.5 106.8 92.6 238.1 11.4 175.1 324.7 107.7 82.1 89.4 0.86 60.1
13-inch MacBook Air Core i5 1.7GHz dual-core 256GB flash storage (Mid 2011) 162 27.4 253.8 50.4 92.8 100.0 109.3 96.1 246.1 11.2 184.9 360.7 112.8 90.2 90.4 0.82 55.9
13-inch MacBook Air Core i5 1.7GHz dual-core 128GB flash storage (Mid 2011) 166 25.9 253.6 47.9 95.3 100.3 110.7 96.2 241.8 10.7 182.3 373.7 112.4 92.1 88.8 0.82 53.5
11-inch MacBook Air Core i7 1.8GHz dual-core 256GB flash storage BTO (Mid 2011) 175 25.0 233.9 43.9 89.1 99.0 100.9 90.7 239.3 11.9 166.7 330.7 106.0 84.1 89.4 0.85 60.9
11-inch MacBook Air Core i5 1.6GHz dual-core 128GB flash storage (Mid 2011) 152 23.5 297.6 43.3 109.8 111.5 114.9 112.1 279.2 10.1 211.0 442.7 119.3 96.4 103.6 0.77 57.1
11-inch MacBook Air Core i5 1.6GHz dual-core 64GB flash storage (Mid 2011) 146 27.4 300.9 46.7 111.2 115.1 118.5 113.5 291.2 9.6 211.1 449.7 132.6 109.3 104.7 0.76 58.4

Benchmarks: New MacBook Airs (Mid 2011) (27-30JUL2011)

Duplicate
2GB
folder
Zip
4GB
folder
Unzip
4GB
file
Pages
'09
import
Word
doc
Import
movie
archive
to
iMovie
'09
iMovie '09
export
to
iTunes
10
for
iPhone
iTunes
10
AAC
to
MP3
encode
Hand-
Brake
0.9.5
encode
Cine-
bench
R11.5
graphics
Cine-
bench
R11.5
CPU
Call
of
Duty 4
frame-
rate
Parallels
World-
Bench
Mulitask
Portal 2
frame-
rate
11-inch MacBook Air/1.8GHz Core i7
(BTO, Mid 2011)
25 234 44 89 99 105 91 239 11.9 167 25.9 331 60.9
13-inch MacBook Air/1.8GHz Core i7
(BTO, Mid 2011)
22 236 41 88 98 107 93 238 11.4 175 25.9 325 60.1
11-inch MacBook Air/1.6GHz Core i5
2GB RAM (64GB SSD, Mid 2011)
27 301 47 111 115 119 114 291 9.6 211 24.9 449  
11-inch MacBook Air/1.6GHz Core i5
4GB RAM (128GB SSD, Mid 2011)
24 298 43 110 112 115 112 279 10.1 211 24.9 443 57.1
13-inch MacBook Air/1.7GHz Core i5
4GB RAM (128GB SSD, Mid 2011)
27 253 50 95 100 111 96 242 10.7 182 25.3 373  
13-inch MacBook Air/1.7GHz Core i5
4GB RAM (256GB SSD, Mid 2011)
26 254 52 93 100 110 96 246 11.2 185 25.7 361 55.9
11-inch MacBook Air/1.4GHz Core 2 Duo
(Late 2010)
33 553 66 196 107 176 228 677 10.9 499 35.5 640 52.7
13-inch MacBook Air/1.86GHz Core 2 Duo
(Late 2010)
32 420 60 148 91 146 173 474 13.0 367 38.7 475 57.4
13-inch MacBook Pro/2.3GHz Core i5
(Early 2011)
70 271 180 90 116 88 100 210 12.5 161 27 328 61.8
13-inch MacBook/2.4GHz Core 2 Duo
(Mid 2010)
82 337 177 120 123 180 145 388 12.6 294 37.9 428 54.4

Call of Duty 4 and Cinebench graphics results are based on framerate; higher results are better. All other test results in the above charts are in seconds; lower results are better. References models in italics. Best result in bold. We duplicated a 2GB file, created a Zip archive in the Finder from the two 2GB files and then unzipped it. In iMovie ’11, we imported a camera archive and exported it to iTunes using the Mobile Devices setting. We converted 135 minutes of AAC audio files to MP3 using iTunes’ High Quality setting. We used HandBrake 0.95 to encode a single chapter from a DVD previously ripped to the hard drive to H.264 using the application's Normal settings. We recorded how long it took to render a scene with multiprocessors in Cinebench and ran that application's OpenGL, frames per second test. We ran a timedemo in Call of Duty 4 at a resolution of 1024-by-768 with 4X anti-aliasing turned on. We installed Parallels 6 and ran WorldBench 6's Multitask test.—Macworld Lab testing by James Galbraith, Mauricio Grijalva and William Wang

Benchmarks: New Mac minis (Mid 2011) (22JUL2011)

Duplicate
2GB
folder
Zip
4GB
folder
Unzip
4GB
file
iTunes 10
AAC to
MP3 encode
Import
movie
archive to
iMovie '09
iMovie '09
export to
iTunes 10
for iPhone
HandBrake
0.9.5
encode
Cinebench
R11.5
graphics
Cinebench
R11.5
CPU
Call of
Duty 4
frame-
rate
Mac mini/2.3GHz Core i5
2GB RAM (Mid 2011)
65 249 144 93 119 103 212 12 160 27.3
Mac mini/2.5GHz Core i5
4GB RAM (Mid 2011)
66 241 149 83 113 78 186 24.6 143.2 59.5
Mac mini/2.4GHz Core 2 Duo
2GB RAM (Mid 2010)
79 353 165 132 118 148 384 12.9 296.4 38.9
13-inch MacBook Pro/2.3GHz Core i5
4GB RAM (Early 2011)
70 271 180 99.7 116 87.5 210 12.5 161 27
21.5-inch iMac/2.7GHz Core i5
4GB RAM (Mid 2011)
46 190 85 72 74 46 190 85 72 74

Call of Duty 4 and Cinebench graphics results are based on framerate; higher results are better. All other test results in the above chart are in seconds; lower results are better. References models in italics. Best result in bold.

We duplicated a 2GB file, created a Zip archive in the Finder from the two 2GB files and then unzipped it. In iMovie ’11, we imported a camera archive and exported it to iTunes using the Mobile Devices setting. We converted 135 minutes of AAC audio files to MP3 using iTunes’ High Quality setting. We used Handbrake 0.95 to encode a single chapter from a DVD previously ripped to the hard drive to H.264 using the application's Normal settings. We recorded how long it took to render a scene with multiprocessors in Cinebench and ran that application's OpenGL, frames per second test. We ran a timedemo in Call of Duty 4 at a resolution of 1024 x 768 with 4X anti-aliasing turned on.—Macworld Lab testing by James Galbraith, Mauricio Grijalva, and William Wang.

BTO iMacs (Mid 2011) Benchmarks (13MAY2011 and 11JUN2011)

Speedmark 6.5
Score
Duplicate
1GB
File
Zip
2GB
folder
Unzip
2GB
folder
Pages '09
Open
Word Doc
iTunes 10
AAC to
MP3
encode
Import
movie
archive to
iMovie '09
iMovie '09
export to
iTunes 10
for iPhone
Call of
Duty 4
framerate
iPhoto '09
200 JPEG
import
Photoshop
CS5 action
HandBrake
0.9.4
encode
Cinebench
R11.5
graphics
Cine-
bench
R11.5
CPU
Mathe-
matica
Mark 7
Parallels
World-
Bench
Multitask
test
Aperture
3 import
and
process
Multi-
tasking
27-inch iMac 3.4GHz Core i7 SSD (BTO, Mid 2011) 298 13 121 25 52 66 44 43 88.6 16 43 165 44 61 15 213 88 45
21.5-inch iMac 2.8GHz Core i7 (BTO) 238 20 130 45 65 72 60 49 88.1 35 50 194 42.6 72 13.1 254 101 59
27-inch iMac 3.4GHz Core i7 (BTO) 252 20 130 45 63 68 55 46 88.6 33 51 165 43.2 60 15.3 226 100 55
21.5-inch iMac 2.7GHz Core i5 (Mid 2011) 223 20 134 47 65 74 71 49 87.6 33 52 236 41.6 96 10.7 262 104 61
27-inch iMac 3.1GHz Core i5 (Mid 2011) 227 20 144 48 70 74 66 51 88.5 28 53 209 38.3 85 11.7 247 107 58
27-inch iMac 2.93GHz Core i7 (BTO, Mid 2010) 225 17 157 36 71 92 61 55 88.3 29 53 208 34.8 77 12.5 282 108 62
27-inch iMac 3.6GHz Core i5 (BTO, Mid 2010) 199 17 140 36 65 80 90 61 79.0 33 55 340 31.0 130 7.0 293 109 72
Mac Pro 3.33GHz Xeon Westmere six-core (BTO, Mid 2010) 263 18 148 26 62 81 48 48 88.3 27 55 144 34 48 19.2 253 101 59

How we tested. Speedmark 6.5 scores are relative to those of a 2.4GHz Core 2 Duo Mac mini (Mid 2010) with 2GB of RAM, which is assigned a score of 100. We duplicated a 1GB file, created a Zip archive in the Finder from the two 1GB files and then unzipped it. We converted 135 minutes of AAC audio files to MP3 using iTunes’ High Quality setting. In iMovie ’09, we imported a camera archive and exported it to iTunes using the Mobile Devices setting. We ran a Timedemo at 1024-by-768 with 4X anti-aliasing on in Call of Duty 4. We imported 200 JPEGs into iPhoto '09. The Photoshop Suite test is a set of 23 scripted tasks using a 50MB file. Photoshop’s memory was set to 70 percent and History was set to Minimum. For our multitasking test, we timed the Photoshop test again, but with the iTunes MP3 encoding and file compression tests running in the background. We used Handbrake to encode four chapters from a DVD previously ripped to the hard drive to H.264. We recorded how long it took to render a scene with multiprocessors in Cinebench and ran that application's OpenGL, frames per second test. We ran the Evaluate Notebook test in MathematicaMark 7. We ran the WorldBench 6 multitasking test on a Parallels 6 VM running Windows 7 Professional. We timed the import and processing time for 200 photos in Aperture.—Macworld Lab testing by James Galbraith, William Wang, and Mauricio Grijalva

iMac (Mid-2011) benchmarks (06MAY2011)

Speedmark 6.5
Score
Duplicate
1GB
File
Zip
2GB
folder
Unzip
2GB
folder
Pages '09
Open
Word Doc
iTunes 10
AAC to
MP3
encode
Import
movie
archive to
iMovie '09
iMovie '09
export to
iTunes 10
for iPhone
Call of
Duty 4
framerate
iPhoto '09
200 JPEG
import
Photoshop
CS5 action
HandBrake
0.9.4
encode
Cinebench
R11.5
graphics
Cine-
bench
R11.5
CPU
Mathe-
matica
Mark 7
Parallels
World-
Bench
Multitask
test
Aperture
3 import
and
process
Multi-
tasking
21.5-inch iMac Core i5 2.5GHz 215 18 147 36 70 83 76 55 86.3 32 54 254 36 103 10.0 287 108 63
21.5-inch iMac Core i5 2.7GHz 223 20 134 47 65 74 71 49 87.6 33 52 236 41.6 96 10.7 262 104 61
27-inch iMac Core i5 2.7GHz 222 20 133 45 65 75 72 53 88.1 33 52 236 40.2 96 10.6 263 111 60
27-inch iMac Core i5 3.1GHz 227 20 144 48 70 74 66 51 88.5 28 53 209 38.3 85 11.7 247 107 58
21.5-inch iMac Core i3 3.06GHz (Mid 2010) 174 19 166 42 77 95 103 69 78.3 35 60 405 25.4 157 6.1 340 125 78
21.5-inch iMac Core i3 3.2GHz (Mid 2010) 179 19 160 42 67 91 101 68 78.4 34 58 391 27.4 152 6.3 333 121 75
27-inch iMac Core i3 3.2GHz (Mid 2010) 177 20 161 43 76 91 100 68 78.2 35 59 392 27.3 152 6.23 332 123 75
27-inch iMac Core i5 2.8GHz (Mid 2010) 196 21 170 44 76 95 78 56 88.1 36 55 256 31.9 108 10.1 290 118 65
27-inch iMac 2.93GHz Core i7 (BTO, Mid 2010) 225 17 157 36 71 92 61 55 88.3 29 53 208 34.8 77 12.5 282 108 62
27-inch iMac 3.6GHz Core i5 (BTO, Mid 2010) 199 17 140 36 65 80 90 61 79.0 33 55 340 31.0 130 7.0 293 109 72
21.5-inch iMac 3.06GHz Core 2 Duo (Late 2009) 129 20 177 40 85 123 97 102 19.1 42 62 569 6.4 229 4.3 355 137 88
27-inch iMac 2.66GHz Core i5 (Late 2009) 195 22 179 43 76 101 82 60 87.5 38 57 267 30.7 112 9.7 300 118 65
15-inch MacBook Pro 2.2GHz Core i7 (Early 2011) 206 23 159 50 76 83 70 55 81 52 55 220 35 81 11.4 278 118 61
Mac Pro 3.33GHz Xeon Westmere six-core (BTO, Mid 2010) 263 18 148 26 62 81 48 48 88.3 27 55 144 34 48 19.2 253 101 59

How we tested. Speedmark 6.5 scores are relative to those of a 2.4GHz Core 2 Duo Mac mini (Mid 2010) with 2GB of RAM, which is assigned a score of 100. We duplicated a 1GB file, created a Zip archive in the Finder from the two 1GB files and then unzipped it. We converted 135 minutes of AAC audio files to MP3 using iTunes’ High Quality setting. In iMovie ’09, we imported a camera archive and exported it to iTunes using the Mobile Devices setting. We ran a Timedemo at 1024-by-768 with 4X anti-aliasing on in Call of Duty 4. We imported 200 JPEGs into iPhoto '09. The Photoshop Suite test is a set of 23 scripted tasks using a 50MB file. Photoshop’s memory was set to 70 percent and History was set to Minimum. For our multitasking test, we timed the Photoshop test again, but with the iTunes MP3 encoding and file compression tests running in the background. We used Handbrake to encode four chapters from a DVD previously ripped to the hard drive to H.264. We recorded how long it took to render a scene with multiprocessors in Cinebench and ran that application's OpenGL, frames per second test. We ran the Evaluate Notebook test in MathematicaMark 7. We ran the WorldBench 6 multitasking test on a Parallels 6 VM running Windows 7 Professional. We timed the import and processing time for 200 photos in Aperture.—Macworld Lab testing by James Galbraith, William Wang, and Mauricio Grijalva

2011 MacBook Pros (Early 2011) Speedmark 6.5 scores (25FEB2011)

Speedmark 6.5
Score
Duplicate
1GB
File
Zip
2GB
folder
Unzip
2GB
folder
Pages '09
Open
Word Doc
iTunes 10
AAC to
MP3
encode
Import
movie
archive to
iMovie '09
iMovie '09
export to
iTunes 10
for iPhone
Call of
Duty 4
framerate
iPhoto '09
200 JPEG
import
Photoshop
CS5 action
HandBrake
0.9.4
encode
Cinebench
R11.5
graphics
Cine-
bench
R11.5
CPU
Mathe-
matica
Mark 7
Parallels
World-
Bench
Multitask
test
Aperture
3 import
and
process
Multi-
tasking
13" MacBook Pro 2.3GHz Core i5 dual-core 140 29 181 65 83 97 114 88 26 45 60 404 11 158 6 342 133 76
13" MacBook Pro 2.7GHz Core i7 dual-core 155 27 158 59 76 85 101 80 27 43 57 359 11 138 7 274 116 71
15" MacBook Pro 2.0GHz Core i7 quad-core 175 31 184 64 81 94 77 67 51 43 69 238 21 86 11 306 138 64
15" MacBook Pro 2.2GHz Core i7 quad-core 209 23 159 51 77 83 70 56 81 39 55 220 35 81 11 270 118 61
17" MacBook Pro 2.2GHz Core i7 quad-core 210 24 159 49 76 82 69 54 81 39 57 216 36 79 12 268 116 62
13" MacBook Pro 2.4GHz Core 2 Duo 106 32 239 69 115 226 103 121 33 61 71 760 11 294 4 435 188 103
13" MacBook Pro 2.66GHz Core 2 Duo 137 25 174 51 80 132 99 85 34 44 66 495 11 199 4.4 320 137 96
15" MacBook Pro 2.4GHz Core i5 dual core 132 32 211 68 82 123 87 101 63 61 65 484 16 185 5 420 152 83
15" MacBook Pro 2.66GHz Core i7 dual-core 151 29 190 65 80 106 86 88 62 44 58 422 16 160 5.8 361 137 77
17" MacBook Pro 2.53GHz Core i5 dual-core 137 28 198 60 74 118 87 102 62 60 68 464 16 176 5 408 148 85
13" MacBook Air 1.83GHz Core 2 Duo (256GB SSD) 108 13 262 39 118 259 103 139 40 65 75 950 13 369 3 496 198 124
MacBook 2.4GHz Core 2 Duo (2GB RAM) 99 32 238 68 106 255 108 120 33 68 95 762 11 295 4 446 207 181
21.5" iMac 3.06GHz Core i3 dual-core 174 19 166 42 77 95 103 69 78 35 60 405 25 157 6.1 340 125 78
27" iMac 2.8GHz Core i5 quad-core 196 21 170 44 76 95 78 56 88 36 55 256 32 108 10 290 118 65

How we tested. Speedmark 6.5 scores are relative to those of a 2.4GHz Core 2 Duo Mac mini (Mid 2010) with 2GB of RAM, which is assigned a score of 100. We duplicated a 1GB file, created a Zip archive in the Finder from the two 1GB files and then unzipped it. We converted 135 minutes of AAC audio files to MP3 using iTunes’ High Quality setting. In iMovie ’09, we imported a camera archive and exported it to iTunes using the Mobile Devices setting. We ran a Timedemo at 1024-by-768 with 4X anti-aliasing on in Call of Duty 4. We imported 200 JPEGs into iPhoto ’09. The Photoshop Suite test is a set of 23 scripted tasks using a 50MB file. Photoshop’s memory was set to 70 percent and History was set to Minimum. For our multitasking test, we timed the Photoshop test again, but with the iTunes MP3 encoding and file compression tests running in the background. We used Handbrake to encode four chapters from a DVD previously ripped to the hard drive to H.264. We recorded how long it took to render a scene with multiprocessors in Cinebench and ran that application's OpenGL, frames per second test. We ran the Evaluate Notebook test in MathematicaMark 7. We ran the WorldBench 6 multitasking test on a Parallels 6 VM running Windows 7 Professional. We timed the import and processing time for 200 photos in Aperture.—Macworld Lab testing by James Galbraith, William Wang, and Mauricio Grijalva

MacBook Air (Late 2010) Speedmark 6.5 scores (27OCT2010)

Speedmark
6.5 Score
Duplicate
1GB File
Zip
2GB folder
Unzip
2GB folder
Pages '09
Open
Word Doc
iTunes 10
AAC to
MP3
Encode
Import
movie
archiveto
iMovie '09
iMovie '09
Export to
iTunes 10
for iPhone
Call of
Duty 4
framerate
iPhoto '09
200 JPEG
import
Photo-
shop CS5
Hand-
Brake
0.9.4
CineBench
R15
Graphics
CineBench
R15
CPU
Mathe-
maticaMark
7
Parallels
WorldBench
Multitask test
Aperture 3
import and
process
Multitasking
11” MacBook Air 1.6GHz Core 2 Duo, 128GB FS, 4GB RAM (BTO) 94 13 304 44 146 290 119 157 37 76 83 1160 11.5 439 2.40 618 220 133
13” MacBook Air 2.13GHz Core 2 Duo, 256GB FS, 4GB RAM (BTO) 119 14 230 36 109 231 90 127 40 56 70 832; 13 324 3.40 435 169 105
11” MacBook Air 1.4GHz Core 2 Duo, 64GB FS 85 13 346 49 159 331 134 174 37 86 90 1327 11 503 2 695 257 156
11” MacBook Air 1.4GHz Core 2 Duo, 128GB FS 84 13 346 49 165 344 134 174 37 87 91 1329 11 501 2 688 257 159
13” MacBook Air 1.86GHz Core 2 Duo, 128GB FS 108 13 261 39 117 261 103 140 40 65 74 948 13 369 3 499 198 124
13” MacBook Air 1.86GHz Core 2 Duo, 256GB FS 108 13 262 39 118 259 103 139 40 65 75 950 13 369 3 496 198 124
MacBook Air 1.86GHz Core 2 Duo, (Mid 2009) 54 69 331 134 151 338 228 209 13 155 124 1470 4 545 2 716 328 322
MacBook Air 2.13GHz Core 2 Duo, (Mid 2009) 63 33 322 57 143 351 191 218 12 102 101 1659 4 623 2 806 253 203
MacBook 2.4GHz Core 2 Duo, (Mid 2010) 99 32 238 68 106 255 108 120 33 68 95 762 11 295 4 446 207 181
13” MacBook Pro 2.4GHz Core 2 Duo, (Mid 2010) 106 32 239 69 115 226 103 121 33 61 71 760 11 294 4 435 188 103
15” MacBook Pro 2.4GHz Core i5, (Mid 2010) 132 32 211 68 82 123 87 101 63 61 65 484 16 185 5 420 152 83

How we tested. Speedmark 6.5 scores are relative to those of a 2.4GHz Core 2 Duo Mac mini (Mid 2010) with 2GB of RAM, which is assigned a score of 100. All iMacs were tested with OS X 10.6.4. The MacBook Airs were tested with 2GB of RAM. The MacBook Pros were tested with 4GB of RAM. We duplicated a 1GB file, created a Zip archive in the Finder from the two 1GB files and then unzipped it. We converted 135 minutes of AAC audio files to MP3 using iTunes’ High Quality setting. In iMovie ’09, we imported a camera archive and exported it to iTunes using the Mobile Devices setting. We ran a Timedemo at 1024-by-768 with 4X anti-aliasing on in Call of Duty 4. We imported 200 JPEGs into iPhoto ’09. The Photoshop Suite test is a set of 23 scripted tasks using a 50MB file. Photoshop’s memory was set to 70 percent and History was set to Minimum. For our multitasking test, we timed the Photoshop test again, but with the iTunes MP3 encoding and file compression tests running in the background. We used Handbrake to encode four chapters from a DVD previously ripped to the hard drive to H.264. We recorded how long it took to render a scene with multiprocessors in Cinebench and ran that application's OpenGL, frames per second test. We ran the Evaluate Notebook test in MathematicaMark 7. We ran the WorldBench 6 multitasking test on a Parallels 6 VM running Windows 7 Professional. We timed the import and processing time for 200 photos in Aperture.—Macworld Lab testing by James Galbraith, McKinley Noble, Gil Loyola, and William Wang

MacBook Air (Late 2010) Speedmark 6.5 scores (26OCT2010)

  MacBook 2.4GHz Core 2 Duo 2GB RAM (Mid 2010) 13" MacBook Pro 2.4GHz Core 2 Duo 4GB RAM (Mid 2010) 13" MacBook Pro 2.66GHz Core 2 Duo 4GB RAM (Mid 2010) 15" MacBook Pro 2.4GHz Core i5 4GB RAM (Mid 2010) 15" MacBook Pro 2.66GHz Core i7 4GB RAM (Mid 2010) 17" MacBook Pro 2.53GHz Core i5 4GB RAM (Mid 2010) 17" MacBook Pro 2.8GHz Core 2 Duo 4GB (Mid 2009) Mac mini 2.4GHz Core 2 Duo 2GB (Mid 2010) 21.5" iMac 3.06GHz Core i3 4GB RAM (Mid 2010) 21.5" iMac 3.2GHz Core i3 4GB RAM (Mid 2010) 27" iMac 3.2GHz Core i3 4GB RAM (Mid 2010) 27" iMac 2.8GHz Core i5 Quad-Core 4GB RAM (Mid 2010) 27" iMac 2.93GHz Core i7 Quad-Core 4GB RAM (Mid 2010, BTO) 27" iMac 3.6GHz Core i5 Dual-Core 4GB RAM SSD (Mid 2010, BTO) 27" iMac 3.6GHz Core i5 Dual-Core 4GB RAM (Mid 2010, BTO) Mac Pro 2.8GHz Quad-Core Xeon Nehalem 3GB (Mid 2010) Mac Pro 2.4GHz Quad-Core 2X (8 cores total) Xeon Westmere 6GB (Mid 2010) Mac Pro 3.33GHz 6-Core Xeon Westmere 8GB (Mid 2010, BTO) Mac Pro 2.66GHz 6-Core 2X (12 cores total) Xeon Westmere 6GB (Mid 2010)
Speedmark 6.5 Score 99 106 137 132 151 137 119 100 174 179 177 196 225 218 199 207 216 263 261
Speedmark 6 Score 118 118 126 146 161 154   117 178 190 188 217     228 230     237
Duplicate 1GB File 32 32 25 32 29 28 31 32 19 19 19.6 21 17 14 17 18 19 18 18
Zip 2GB folder 238 239 174 211 190 198 214 237 166 160 161 170 157 131 140 172 191 148 169
Unzip 2GB folder 68 69 51 68 65 60 66 65 42 42 43.0 44 36 24 36 38 34 26 32
Pages Open Word doc. 106 115 80 82 80 74 92 108 77 67 76 76 71 56 65 74 84 62 75
iTunes AAC- MP3 Encode 255 226 132 123 106 118 210 212 95 91 90.9 95 92 78 80 95 104 81 91
Import movie archive to iMovie 108 103 99 87 86 87 106 106 103 101 99.8 78 61 80 90 63 52 48 45
iMovie Export to iTunes for iPhone 120 121 85 101 88 102 98 124 69 68 68.0 56 55 57 61 56 58 48 50
Call of Duty 33 33 34 63 62 62 54 35 78 78 78 88 88 79 79 88 87 88 88
iPhoto 200 68 61 44 61 44 60 64 66 35 34 35 36 29 23 33 30 32 27 27
Photoshop CS5 95 71 66 65 58 68 66 103 60 58 59.3 55 53 54 55 55 60 55 57
Handbrake 762 760 495 484 422 464 613 758 405 391 392 256 208 339 340 218 163 144 132
Cinebench Graphics 11 11 11 16 16 16 13 11 25 27 27.3 32 35 31 31 30 26 34 30
CineBench CPU 295 294 199 185 160 176 246 295 157 152 152 108 77 130 130 82 50 48 32
MathematicaMark 4 4 4.4 5 5.8 5 4 3 6.1 6 6.23 10 13 7 7 12 21 19 32
Parallels WorldBench Multitask test 446 435 320 420 361 408 351 469 340 333 332 290 282 289 293 306 331 253 294
Aperture import and process 207 188 137 152 137 148 155 203 125 121 123 118 108 99 109 118 131 101 117
Multitasking 181 103 96 83 77 85 90 186 78 75 75 65 62 68 72 118 131 59 60

 

 

Quad-core and 8-core Mac Pro (Mid 2010) benchmarks (27AUG2010 and 02SEP2010)

Speedmark
6
Adobe
Photoshop
CS4
Cinebench
R10
Mathemetica-
Mark 7
Compressor
3.0.4
Aperture
2.1.4
iMovie
'09
iMovie
'09
iTunes
9
Call of
Duty 4
Finder Parallels
WorldBench 6
Handbrake
0.9.3
iPhoto
'09
OVERALL
SCORE
SUITE RENDER SCORE MPEG
ENCODE
IMPORT IMPORT
ARCHIVE
EXPORT MP3
ENCODE
FRAME
RATE
UNZIP
ARCHIVE
MULTI-TASK
TEST
RIP
DVD
CHAPTER
IMPORT
Mac Pro 2.4GHz eight-core
Intel Xeon (Westmere)
237 0:42 0:41 20.9 6:02 1:37 0:50 0:57 1:09 87.1 0:37 4:42 1:10 0:22
Mac Pro 2.66GHz quad-core
Intel Xeon (Nehalem)
203 0:38 1:00 11.1 6:17 1:36 1:09 1:18 1:10 49.3 0:44 4:27 1:15 0:27
Mac Pro 2.8GHz quad-core
Intel Xeon (Nehalem)
230 0:36 0:57 11.8 5:47 1:34 1:03 0:55 1:05 87.7 0:38 4:13 1:14 0:22
Mac Pro 2.66GHz quad-core
Intel Xeon (Nehalem)
203 0:38 1:00 11.1 6:17 1:36 1:09 1:18 1:10 49.3 0:44 4:27 1:15 0:27
Mac Pro 2.26GHz eight-core
Intel Xeon (Nehalem)
206 0:42 0:45 19.5 6:33 1:45 0:57 1:24 1:15 50.4 0:41 5:00 1:10 0:28
27-inch iMac 2.8GHz
Core i5 quad core
217 0:40 1:09 10.1 5:36 1:47 1:17 0:57 0:58 88.1 0:44 4:03 1:01 0:22

Best results in bold. Reference systems in italics.

How we tested. Speedmark 6 scores are relative to those of a 2.13GHz Core 2 Duo MacBook, which is assigned a score of 100 (higher scores are better). Call of Duty score is in frames per second (higher is better). MathematicaMark is a performance score (higher is better). All others are in minutes:seconds (lower is better). New Mac Pros and the new iMac were tested with OS X 10.6.4. The iMac had 4GB of RAM, the quad-core Mac Pros had 3GB of RAM, the 8-core Mac Pros have 6GB of RAM. The older-generation Mac Pros were tested with OS X 10.6.1. We duplicated a 1GB file, created a Zip archive in the Finder from the two 1GB files and then unzipped it. We converted 90 minutes of AAC audio files to MP3 using iTunes' High Quality setting. In iMovie '09, we imported a camera archive and exported it to iTunes using the Mobile Devices setting. We ran a Timedemo at 1024-by-768 with 4X anti-aliasing on in Call of Duty 4. We imported 150 JPEGs into iPhoto '09. The Photoshop Suite test is a set of 14 scripted tasks using a 50MB file. Photoshop's memory was set to 70 percent and History was set to Minimum. We used Compressor to encode a .mov file to the application's H.264 for video podcast setting. We ripped a DVD chapter to the hard drive. We recorded how long it took to render a scene with multiprocessors in Cinebench. We ran the Evaluate Notebook test in MathematicaMark 7. We ran the WorldBench 6 multitasking test on a Parallels 5 VM running Windows 7 Professional. We timed the import and thumbnail/preview creation time for 150 photos in Aperture.—Macworld Lab testing by James Galbraith and McKinley Noble

27-inch Core i3/i5 iMac benchmarks (29JUL2010 and 03AUG2010 and 13AUG2010 and 23AUG2010)

Speedmark
6
Adobe
Photoshop
CS4
Cinebench
R10
Mathemetica-
Mark 7
Compressor
3.0.4
Aperture
2.1.4
iMovie
'09
iMovie
'09
iTunes
9
Call of
Duty 4
Finder Parallels
WorldBench 6
Handbrake
0.9.3
iPhoto
'09
OVERALL
SCORE
SUITE RENDER SCORE MPEG
ENCODE
IMPORT IMPORT
ARCHIVE
EXPORT MP3
ENCODE
FRAME
RATE
UNZIP
ARCHIVE
MULTI-TASK
TEST
RIP
DVD
CHAPTER
IMPORT
27-inch iMac 2.93GHz
Core i7 quad core
BTO (SSD)
254 0:37 0:54 10.4 5:04 1:25 0:52 0:47 0:53 88.4 0:25 3:46 2:49 0:13
27" iMac 2.8GHz
Core i5 quad core
217 0:40 1:09 10.1 5:36 1:47 1:17 0:57 0:58 88.1 0:44 4:03 1:01 0:22
27" iMac 2.66GHz
Core i5 quad core
209 0:39 1:12 9.64 5:44 1:50 1:22 1:03 1:07 86.9 0:43 5:07 1:22 0:26
27-inch iMac 3.6GHz
Core i5 dual core (SSD)
228 0:37 1:23 7.19 6:00 1:34 1:22 0:55 0:49 82.1 0:24 4:05 2:51 0:19
27-inch 3.6GHz
Core i5 dual core
(7200-rpm hard drive)
203 0:38 1:23 7.2 5:59 1:38 1:32 0:59 0:56 82 0:41 4:08 3:02 0:23
27-inch iMac 3.2GHz
Core i3
188 0:42 1:37 6.2 6:58 1:59 1:42 1:05 0:59 81.4 0:44 4:45 1:37 0:27
27" iMac 3.06GHz
Core 2 Duo
162 0:42 2:15 4.28 8:16 2:34 2:17 1:16 1:16 66.2 0:39 4:45 2:23 0:32
Mac Pro 2.66GHz
quad core
203 0:38 1:00 11.13 6:17 1:36 1:09 1:18 1:10 49.3 0:44 4:27 1:15 0:27

Best results in bold. Reference systems in italics.

How we tested. Speedmark 6 scores are relative to those of a 2.13GHz Core 2 Duo MacBook, which is assigned a score of 100 (higher scores are better). Call of Duty score is in frames per second (higher is better). MathematicaMark is a performance score (higher is better). All others are in minutes:seconds (lower is better). All iMacs were tested with OS X 10.6.4 and 4GB of RAM. The 2.66GHz Mac Pro was tested with OS X 10.6.1 and 3GB of RAM. We duplicated a 1GB file, created a Zip archive in the Finder from the two 1GB files and then unzipped it. We converted 90 minutes of AAC audio files to MP3 using iTunes’ High Quality setting. In iMovie ’09, we imported a camera archive and exported it to iTunes using the Mobile Devices setting. We ran a Timedemo at 1024-by-768 with 4X anti-aliasing on in Call of Duty 4. We imported 150 JPEGs into iPhoto ’09. The Photoshop Suite test is a set of 14 scripted tasks using a 50MB file. Photoshop’s memory was set to 70 percent and History was set to Minimum. We used Compressor to encode a .mov file to the application\'s H.264 for video podcast setting. We ripped a DVD chapter to the hard drive. We recorded how long it took to render a scene with multiprocessors in Cinebench. We ran the Evaluate Notebook test in MathematicaMark 7. We ran the WorldBench 6 multitasking test on a Parallels 5 VM running Windows 7 Professional. We timed the import and thumbnail/preview creation time for 150 photos in Aperture.—Macworld Lab testing by James Galbraith, McKinley Noble, Blair Hanley Frank, and Chris Holt.

SSD benchmarks (13AUG2010)

Startup File duplicate GarageBand Multiple apps
1GB FILE OPEN PROJECT LAUNCH
27-inch 3.6GHz Core i5 dual core
(SSD)
0:22 0:13 0:05 0:03
27-inch 3.6GHz Core i5 dual core
(7200-rpm hard drive)
0:27 0:21 0:12 0:19

Best results in bold.

How we tested. Times are in minutes:seconds (lower is better). All systems were tested with 4GB of RAM. We timed startup times without network connection. We duplicated a 1GB file, we timed how long it took to launch a Garageband project by clicking on the project's icon. We recorded the time it took to launch Photoshop, Microsoft Word, iTunes and Safari.—Macworld Lab testing by James Galbraith and McKinley Noble

21.5-inch iMac Core i3 benchmarks (28JUL2010 and 29JUL2010)

Speedmark
6
Adobe
Photoshop
CS4
Cinebench R10 Mathemetica-
Mark 7
Compressor
3.0.4
Aperture
2.1.4
iMovie
'09
iMovie
'09
iTunes
9
Call of
Duty 4
Finder Parallels
WorldBench
6
Handbrake
0.9.3
iPhoto
'09
OVERALL
SCORE
SUITE RENDER SCORE MPEG
ENCODE
IMPORT IMPORT
ARCHIVE
EXPORT MP3
ENCODE
FRAME
RATE
UNZIP
ARCHIVE
MULTI-TASK
TEST
RIP DVD
CHAPTER
IMPORT
21.5" iMac 3.2GHz
Core i3
190 0:41 1:37 6.24 7:00 1:54 1:42 1:04 0:59 81.4 0:43 4:41 1:37 0:25
21.5" iMac 3.06GHz
Core i3
178 0:41 1:42 6.01 7:13 1:57 1:44 1:05 1:01 81.3 0:44 4:51 3:27 0:28
21.5" iMac 3.06GHz
Core 2 Duo
(ATI Radeon HD 4670)
164 0:41 2:15 4.42 8:06 2:32 2:16 1:18 1:16 69.1 0:43 5:20 2:20 0:32
21.5" iMac 3.06GHz
Core 2 Duo
(Nvidia GeForce 9400M)
148 0:44 2:16 4.23 8:09 2:28 2:14 1:41 1:11 21.9 0:46 5:26 2:09 0:32
20" iMac 2.66GHz
Core 2 Duo (early 2009)
134 0:47 2:33 4.22 9:03 3:10 1:40 1:53 1:28 19.2 0:51 5:46 2:24 0:36

Best results in bold. Reference systems in italics.

How we tested. Speedmark 6 scores are relative to those of a 2.13GHz Core 2 Duo MacBook, which is assigned a score of 100 (higher scores are better). Call of Duty score is in frames per second (higher is better). MathematicaMark is a performance score (higher is better). All others are in minutes:seconds (lower is better). The new 21.5-inch 3.06GHz Core i3 iMac was tested with OS X 10.6.4. Both 21.5-inch 3.06GHz Core 2 Duo iMacs were tested with OS X 10.6.1. The 27-inch 2.66GHz Core i5 iMac was tested with OS X 10.6.2. The 20-inch 2.66GHz Core 2 Duo iMac (early 2009) was tested with 10.6.1. We duplicated a 1GB file, created a Zip archive in the Finder from the two 1GB files and then unzipped it. We converted 90 minutes of AAC audio files to MP3 using iTunes’ High Quality setting. In iMovie '09, we imported a camera archive and exported it to iTunes using the Mobile Devices setting. We ran a Timedemo at 1024-by-768 with 4X anti-aliasing on in Call of Duty 4. We imported 150 JPEGs into iPhoto '09. The Photoshop Suite test is a set of 14 scripted tasks using a 50MB file. Photoshop’s memory was set to 70 percent and History was set to Minimum. We used Compressor to encode a .mov file to the application's H.264 for video podcast setting. We ripped a DVD chapter to the hard drive. We recorded how long it took to render a scene with multiprocessors in Cinebench. We ran the Evaluate Notebook test in MathematicaMark 7. We ran the WorldBench 6 multitasking test on a Parallels 5 VM running Windows 7 Professional. We timed the import and thumbnail/preview creation time for 150 photos in Aperture.—Macworld Lab testing by James Galbraith, Mckinley Noble, Blair Hanely Frank, and Chris Holt.

New Mac mini 2.4GHz Speedmark scores (18JUN2010)

Speedmark
6
Adobe
Photoshop
CS4
Cinebench
R10
Mathemetica-
Mark 7
Compressor
3.0.4
Aperture
2.1.4
iMovie
’09
iMovie
’09
iTunes
9
Call of
Duty 4
Finder Finder Finder Parallels
WorldBench
6
Handbrake
0.9.3
iPhoto
’09
Pages
’09
OVERALL
SCORE
SUITE RENDER SCORE MPEG
ENCODE
IMPORT IMPORT
ARCHIVE
EXPORT MP3
ENCODE
FRAME
RATE
DUPLICATE
1GB FOLDER
ZIP
ARCHIVE
UNZIP
ARCHIVE
MULTI-TASK
TEST
RIP DVD
CHAPTER
IMPORT OPEN WORD
DOCUMENT
Mac mini 2.4GHz Core 2 Duo
(2GB RAM)
117 0:50 2:58 3.3 10:25 3:13 1:44 1:58 1:35 36.1 0:31 4:04 1:09 6:34 4:10 0:54 2:21
MacBook 2.4GHz Core 2 Duo
(2GB RAM)
118 0:48 2:58 3.39 10:20 3:38 1:47 1:58 1:37 35.6 0:35 4:07 1:18 6:21 3:15 0:55 2:05
iMac 3.06GHz Core 2 Duo
(4GB RAM)
148 0:44 2:16 4.23 8:09 2:28 2:14 1:41 1:11 21.9 0:21 2:54 0:46 5:26 2:09 0:32 1:32

Best results in bold. Reference systems in italics.

How we tested. Call of Duty score is in frames per second (higher is better). Speedmark and MathematicaMark are performance scores (higher scores are better). All others are in minutes:seconds (lower is better). The new Mac mini was tested with OSX 10.6.4, the MacBook was tested with OS X 10.6.3 and the the rest were tested with 10.6. The Photoshop Suite test is a set of 14 scripted tasks using a 50MB file. Photoshop’s memory was set to 70 percent and History was set to Minimum. We recorded how long it took to render a scene with mulitprocessors in CinemaBench. We used Compressor to encode a MOV file to the application’s H.264 for video podcast setting. We timed the import and thumbnail/preview creation time for 150 photos. In iMovie, we imported a camera archive and exported it to iTunes for Mobile Devices setting. We converted 90 minutes of AAC audio files to MP3 using iTunes’ High Quality setting. We Unzipped a 2GB archive in the Finder. We ran WorldBench 6 multitasking test on a Parallels VM. We imported 150 JPEGs into iPhoto. We used HandBrake to rip a DVD chapter to the hard drive. We opened a 500-page Word document in Pages ’09.—Macworld Lab testing by James Galbraith and McKinley Noble

2.4GHz MacBook Pro Speedmark scores

Speedmark
6
Adobe
Photoshop
CS4
Cinebench
R10
Mathemetica-
Mark 7
Compressor
3.0.4
Aperture
2.1.4
iMovie
’09
iMovie
’09
iTunes
9
Call of
Duty 4
Finder Finder Finder Parallels
WorldBench 6
Handbrake
0.9.3
iPhoto
’09
Pages
’09
Battery
Life
OVERALL
SCORE
SUITE RENDER SCORE MPEG
ENCODE
IMPORT IMPORT
ARCHIVE
EXPORT MP3
ENCODE
FRAME
RATE
DUPLICATE
1GB
FOLDER
ZIP
ARCHIVE
UNZIP
ARCHIVE
MULTI-TASK
TEST
RIP
DVD
CHAPTER
IMPORT OPEN
WORD
DOCUMENT
VIDEO
PLAYBACK
MacBook
2.4GHz Core 2 Duo
118 0:48 2:58 3.39 10:20 3:38 1:47 1:58 1:37 35.6 0:35 4:07 1:18 6:21 3:15 0:55 2:05 4:55
MacBook
2.26GHz Core 2 Duo (Late 2009)
110 0:50 3:05 3.13 10:39 3:49 2:09 2:07 1:39 21.5 0:32 4:11 1:14 6:30 3:12 1:00 2:26 3:58
13-inch MacBook Pro
2.4GHz Core 2 Duo
118 0:48 2:57 3.41 11:11 3:41 1:46 2:00 1:41 38.9 0:32 4:03 1:14 6:23 3:14 0:48 2:02 4:19
15-inch MacBook Pro
2.4GHz Core i5
146 0:43 2:02 4.93 8:35 2:22 1:28 1:35 1:20 68.4 0:32 3:37 1:12 5:56 2:39 0:43 1:35 4:33

Best results in bold. Reference systems in italics.

How we tested. Call of Duty score is in frames per second (higher is better). Speedmark and MathematicaMark are performance scores (higher scores are better). All others are in minutes:seconds (lower is better, except for Battery Life, where higher is better). All systems were tested with 10.6.3 and 4GB RAM. The Photoshop Suite test is a set of 14 scripted tasks using a 50MB file. Photoshop’s memory was set to 70 percent and History was set to Minimum. We recorded how long it took to render a scene with mulitprocessors in CinemaBench. We used Compressor to encode a MOV file to the application’s H.264 for video podcast setting.We timed the import and thumbnail/preview creation time for 150 photos. In iMovie, we imported a camera archive and exported it to iTunes for Mobile Devices setting. We converted 90 minutes of AAC audio files to MP3 using iTunes’ High Quality setting. We Unzipped a 2GB archive in the Finder. We ran WorldBench 6 multitasking test on a Parallels VM. We imported 150 JPEGs into iPhoto. We used HandBrake to rip a DVD chapter to the hard drive. We opened a 500-page Word document in Pages ’09.—Macworld Lab testing by James Galbraith, Chris Holt, Lynn La, and Meghann Myers

BTO MacBook Pros (20MAY2010)

Speedmark
6
Adobe
Photoshop
CS4
Cinebench
R10
Mathemetica
-Mark 7
Compressor
3.0.4
Aperture
2.1.4
iMovie
’09
iMovie
’09
iTunes
9
Call of
Duty 4
Finder Finder Finder Parallels
WorldBench 6
Handbrake
0.9.3
iPhoto
’09
Pages
’09
OVERALL
SCORE
SUITE RENDER SCORE MPEG
ENCODE
IMPORT IMPORT
ARCHIVE
EXPORT MP3
ENCODE
FRAME
RATE
DUPLICATE
1GB FOLDER
ZIP
ARCHIVE
UNZIP
ARCHIVE
MULTI-TASK
TEST
RIP DVD
CHAPTER
IMPORT OPEN
WORD
DOCUMENT
15-inch MacBook Pro 2.66GHz Core i7 BTO
(7200 rpm drive, 8GB RAM)
173 0:44 1:43 5.73 7:57 2:09 1:17 1:26 1:06 70.2 0:25 2:57 0:58 5:02 2:10 0:30 1:22
15-inch MacBook Pro 2.66GHz Core i7 BTO
(7200 rpm drive, 4GB RAM)
170 0:45 1:43 5.77 7:56 2:10 1:17 1:27 1:07 67.1 0:25 2:56 0:58 5:07 2:10 0:34 1:23
17-inch MacBook Pro 2.66GHz Core i7 BTO
(5400 rpm drive, 4GB RAM)
162 0:44 1:43 5.76 7:45 2:08 1:25 1:31 1:11 68.8 0:28 3:12 1:02 5:07 2:33 0:41 1:31
15-inch MacBook Pro 2.66GHz Core i7 161 0:42 1:43 5.71 7:43 2:07 1:27 1:34 1:11 69.8 0:31 3:11 1:05 5:08 2:35 0:42 1:25
17-inch MacBook Pro 2.53GHz Core i5 154 0:44 1:55 5.21 8:22 2:18 1:26 1:33 1:16 68.3 0:28 3:25 1:06 5:47 2:37 0:42 1:33
15-inch MacBook Pro 2.8GHz Core 2 Duo 140 0:46 2:26 4.26 8:54 2:55 1:45 1:30 1:26 55.5 0:34 3:31 1:17 4:52 3:05 0:43 1:44
27-inch iMac 2.66GHz Core i5 211 0:39 1:12 9.33 5:39 1:48 1:25 0:57 1:07 87.2 0:21 3:03 0:44 4:09 1:22 0:25 1:24

Best results in bold. Reference systems in italics.

How we tested. Call of Duty score is in frames per second (higher is better). SpeedMark and MathematicaMark are performance scores (higher is better). All others are in minutes:seconds (lower is better). The Photoshop Suite test is a set of 14 scripted tasks using a 50MB file. Photoshop’s memory was set to 70 percent and History was set to Minimum. We recorded how long it took to render a scene with mulitprocessors in CinemaBench. We used Compressor to encode a MOV file to the application’s H.264 for video podcast setting.We timed the import and thumbnail/preview creation time for 150 photos. In iMovie, we imported a camera archive and exported it to iTunes for Mobile Devices setting. We converted 90 minutes of AAC audio files to MP3 using iTunes’ High Quality setting. We Unzipped a 2GB archive in the Finder. We ran WorldBench 6 multitasking test on a Parallels VM. We imported 150 JPEGs into iPhoto. We used HandBrake to rip a DVD chapter to the hard drive. We opened a 500-page Word document in Pages ’09.—Macworld Lab testing by James Galbraith and Chris Holt

15-inch MacBook Pro: Speedmark scores (23APR2010)

Speedmark
6
Adobe
Photoshop
CS4
Cinebench
R10
Mathemetica-
Mark 7
Compressor
3.0.4
Aperture
2.1.4
iMovie
’09
iMovie
’09
iTunes
9
Call of Duty
4
Finder Finder Finder Parallels
WorldBench 6
Handbrake
0.9.3
iPhoto
’09
Pages
’09
OVERALL
SCORE
SUITE RENDER SCORE MPEG
ENCODE
IMPORT IMPORT
ARCHIVE
EXPORT MP3
ENCODE
FRAME
RATE
DUPLICATE
1GB FOLDER
ZIP
ARCHIVE
UNZIP
ARCHIVE
MULTI-TASK
TEST
RIP DVD
CHAPTER
IMPORT OPEN WORD
DOCUMENT
15-inch MacBook Pro
2.4GHz Core i5
146 0:43 2:02 4.93 8:35 2:22 1:28 1:35 1:20 68.4 0:32 3:37 1:12 5:56 2:39 0:43 1:35
15-inch MacBook Pro
2.53GHz Core i5
150 0:44 1:55 5.21 9:18 2:30 1:25 1:39 1:18 69.1 0:31 3:27 1:09 5:44 2:36 0:43 1:33
15-inch MacBook Pro
2.66GHz Core i7
161 0:42 1:43 5.71 7:43 2:07 1:27 1:34 1:11 69.8 0:31 3:11 1:05 5:08 2:35 0:42 1:25
13-inch MacBook Pro
2.66GHz Core 2 Duo
126 0:48 2:40 3.60 10:41 3:28 1:47 1:59 1:32 39.1 0:37 3:44 1:11 5:55 3:05 0:38 2:11
15-inch MacBook Pro
2.53GHz Core 2 Duo (mid 2009)
119 0:48 2:44 3.58 9:48 3:19 1:47 2:00 1:35 19.6 0:33 3:48 1:10 6:07 3:10 0:52 2:04
15-inch MacBook Pro
2.66GHz Core 2 Duo (mid 2009)
129 0:48 2:36 3.71 9:24 3:15 1:54 1:44 1:27 60.8 0:40 3:47 1:23 5:27 3:07 0:55 1:53
15-inch MacBook Pro
2.8GHz Core 2 Duo (mid 2009)
140 0:46 2:26 4.26 8:54 2:55 1:45 1:30 1:26 55.5 0:34 3:31 1:17 4:52 3:05 0:43 1:44
27-inch iMac
2.66GHz Core i5
211 0:39 1:12 9.33 5:39 1:48 1:25 0:57 1:07 87.2 0:21 3:03 0:44 4:09 1:22 0:25 1:24
27-inch iMac
2.8GHz Core i7
229 0:37 0:58 9.9 5:26 1:44 1:04 0:51 1:02 86.8 0:19 2:42 0:41 3:56 1:15 0:25 1:19

Best results in bold. Reference systems in italics.

Call of Duty score is in frames per second. MathematicaMark is a performance score. All others are in minutes:seconds. All systems were tested with 10.6.3 and 4GB RAM. The Photoshop Suite test is a set of 14 scripted tasks using a 50MB file. Photoshop’s memory was set to 70 percent and History was set to Minimum. We recorded how long it took to render a scene with mulitprocessors in CinemaBench. We used Compressor to encode a MOV file to the application’s H.264 for video podcast setting.We timed the import and thumbnail/preview creation time for 150 photos. In iMovie, we imported a camera archive and exported it to iTunes for Mobile Devices setting. We converted 90 minutes of AAC audio files to MP3 using iTunes’ High Quality setting. We Unzipped a 2GB archive in the Finder. We ran WorldBench 6 multitasking test on a Parallels VM. We imported 150 JPEGs into iPhoto. We used HandBrake to rip a DVD chapter to the hard drive. We opened a 500-page Word document in Pages ’09.—Macworld Lab testing by James Galbraith, Chris Holt, Lynn La, and Meghann Myers

13-inch 2.4GHz and 2.66GHz Core 2 Duo MacBook Pros (21APR2010)

Speedmark
6
Adobe
Photoshop
CS4
Cinebench
R10
Mathemetica-
Mark 7
Compressor
3.0.4
Aperture
2.1.4
iMovie
’09
iMovie
’09
iTunes
9
Call of Duty
4
Finder Finder Finder Parallels
WorldBench 6
Handbrake
0.9.3
iPhoto
’09
Pages
’09
OVERALL
SCORE
SUITE RENDER SCORE MPEG
ENCODE
IMPORT IMPORT
ARCHIVE
EXPORT MP3
ENCODE
FRAME
RATE
DUPLICATE
1GB FOLDER
ZIP
ARCHIVE
UNZIP
ARCHIVE
MULTI-TASK
TEST
RIP DVD
CHAPTER
IMPORT OPEN WORD
DOCUMENT
13-inch MacBook Pro
2.4GHz Core 2 Duo
118 0:48 2:57 3.41 11:11 3:41 1:46 2:00 1:41 38.9 0:32 4:03 1:14 6:23 3:14 0:48 2:02
13-inch MacBook Pro
2.66GHz Core 2 Duo
126 0:48 2:40 3.60 10:41 3:28 1:47 1:59 1:32 39.1 0:37 3:44 1:11 5:55 3:05 0:38 2:11
15-inch MacBook Pro
2.4GHz Core i5
146 0:43 2:02 4.93 8:35 2:22 1:28 1:35 1:20 68.4 0:32 3:37 1:12 5:56 2:39 0:43 1:35
13-inch MacBook Pro
2.53GHz Core 2 Duo (mid 2009)
123 0:52 2:44 3.54 9:44 3:23 1:46 2:01 1:28 23.7 0:31 3:41 1:00 5:44 3:08 0:44 2:04
13-inch MacBook Pro
2.26GHz Core 2 Duo (mid 2009)
107 0:51 3:03 3.22 10:51 3:44 2:04 2:13 1:42 19.5 0:45 4:26 1:36 6:40 3:14 0:50 2:08
MacBook
2.26GHz Core 2 Duo (late 2009)
112 0:53 3:05 3.21 10:39 3:58 1:50 2:09 1:38 21.7 0:34 4:06 1:18 6:23 3:09 0:49 2:07

Best results in bold. Reference systems in italics.

Call of Duty score is in frames per second. MathematicaMark is a performance score. All others are in minutes:seconds. All systems were tested with 10.6.3 and 4GB RAM. The Photoshop Suite test is a set of 14 scripted tasks using a 50MB file. Photoshop’s memory was set to 70 percent and History was set to Minimum. We recorded how long it took to render a scene with mulitprocessors in CinemaBench. We used Compressor to encode a MOV file to the application’s H.264 for video podcast setting.We timed the import and thumbnail/preview creation time for 150 photos. In iMovie, we imported a camera archive and exported it to iTunes for Mobile Devices setting. We converted 90 minutes of AAC audio files to MP3 using iTunes’ High Quality setting. We Unzipped a 2GB archive in the Finder. We ran WorldBench 6 multitasking test on a Parallels VM. We imported 150 JPEGs into iPhoto. We used HandBrake to rip a DVD chapter to the hard drive. We opened a 500-page Word document in Pages ’09.—Macworld Lab testing by James Galbraith, Chris Holt, Lynn La, and Meghann Myers

27-inch Core i5 and 27-inch Core i7 iMacs benchmarks (19NOV2009)

Speedmark
6
Finder Finder Finder iTunes
9
iMovie
'09
iMovie
'09
Call of
Duty 4
iPhoto
'09
Photoshop
CS4
Compressor
3.0.4
Handbrake
0.9.3
Cinebench
R10
Mathematica-
Mark 7
Parallels 5
World Bench 6
Aperture
2.1.4
SCORE DUPLICATE 1GB FILE ZIP 2GB FOLDER UNZIP 2GB ARCHIVE AAC TO MP3 ENCODE IMPORT CAMERA ARCHIVE SHARE TO ITUNES: MOBILE FRAME RATE IMPORT 150 JPEGS SUITE ENCODE RIP DVD CHAPTER MULTIPLE CPU TEST SCORE MULTITASK TEST WINDOWS IMPORT
27" iMac 2.66GHz Core i5 209 0:21 3:01 0:43 1:07 1:22 1:03 86.9 0:26 0:39 5:44 1:22 1:12 9.64 6:07 1:50
27" iMac 2.8GHz Core i7 225 0:20 2:43 0:42 0:59 1:04 0:59 87.1 0:22 0:39 5:40 1:16 0:58 11.65 4:28 1:41
21.5" iMac 3.06GHz Core 2 Duo (ATI) 164 0:23 2:55 0:43 1:16 2:16 1:18 69.1 0:32 0:41 7:41 2:20 2:15 4.42 4:47 2:32
27" iMac 3.06GHz Core 2 Duo 162 0:22 3:00 0:39 1:16 2:17 1:16 66.2 0:32 0:42 8:16 2:23 2:15 4.28 4:45 2:34
24" iMac 2.66GHz Core 2 Duo (early 2009) 134 0:25 3:42 0:51 1:28 1:40 1:53 19.2 0:36 0:47 9:03 2:24 2:33 4.22 4:57 3:08
Mac Pro 2.66GHz Quad-Core Xeon (3GB RAM) 203 0:22 3:08 0:44 1:10 1:09 1:18 49.3 0:27 0:38 6:17 1:15 1:00 11.13 4:27 1:36
Mac Pro 2.26GHz 8-Core Xeon (6GB RAM) 206 0:23 3:27 0:41 1:14 0:57 1:24 50.4 0:28 0:42 6:33 1:10 0:45 19.53 5:00 1:45

Best results are in bold. References systems are in italics.

How we tested. Call of Duty score is in frames per second (higher is better). MathematicaMark is a performance score (higher is better). All other scores are in minutes:seconds (lower is better). Speedmark 6 scores are relative to those of a 2.13GHz Core 2 Duo MacBook, which is assigned a score of 100. All systems were tested with 10.6.1 except for the Core 15 and Core 17 iMacs, which had 10.6.2. All Macs were tested with 4GB of RAM except as noted. We duplicated a 1GB file, created a Zip archive in the Finder from the two 1GB files and then unzipped it. We converted 90 minutes of AAC audio files to MP3 using iTunes’ High Quality setting. In iMovie '09, we imported a camera archive and exported it to iTunes using the Mobile Devices setting. We ran a Timedemo at 1024-by-768 with 4X anti-aliasing on in Call of Duty 4. We imported 150 JPEGs into iPhoto '09. The Photoshop Suite test is a set of 14 scripted tasks using a 50MB file. Photoshop’s memory was set to 70 percent and History was set to Minimum. We used Compressor to encode a .mov file to the application's H.264 for video podcast setting. In HandBrake we ripped a DVD chapter to the hard drive. We recorded how long it took to render a scene with multiprocessors in Cinebench. We ran the Evaluate Notebook test in MathematicaMark 7. We ran the WorldBench 6 multitasking test on a Parallels 5 VM running Windows 7 Professional. We timed the import and thumbnail/preview creation time for 150 photos in Aperture.—Macworld Lab testing by James Galbraith, Chris Holt, Helen Williamson, and Roman Loyola.

The big switch to Speedmark 6 and some new iMacs (06NOV2009)

Speedmark 6
(17-tasks)
Older
Speedmark
Scores
Duplicate
1GB
File
Zip
2GB
folder
Unzip
2GB
folder
Pages
Open
Word doc
iTunes
AAC MP3
Encode
import
movie
archive
to iMovie
iMovie
Export
to iTunes
Call
of
Duty
iPhoto
150
Photoshop
CS4
Compressor
encode movie
to h.264 for
video podcast
Handbrake Cinebench
graphics
CineBench
CPU
Mathematica
Mark 7

Parallels 5
World Bench 6
Multitask test
Windows 7

Aperture
Mac mini 1.83GHz 2GB RAM (Mid 2007) N/A Speedmark 4.5 of 195 82 370 152 183 134 306 194 N/A 97 72 922 198 858 241 2.49 579 386
MacBook Air 2.13GHz 2GB RAM (Mid 2009) 72 Speedmark 5 of 175 34 310 57 164 176 194 229 11.5 82 81 1291 302 2768 342 1.5 721 336
20" iMac 2.16GHz 2GB RAM (Late 2006) 94 Speedmark 4.5 of 245 41 270 85 154 188 212 157 21.5 50 72 722 184 3761 201 3.00 409 257
MacBook 2.13GHz 2GB RAM (Mid 2009) 100 Speedmark 5 of 198 43 276 81 135 109 125 154 16.3 57 56 696 208 4243 198 2.9 431 262
Mac mini 2GHz 2GB RAM (Early 2009) 100 Speedmark 5 of 189 39 290 79 156 113 127 153 18.4 63 59 721 188 4164 209 2.98 423 248
13" MacBook Pro 2.26GHz 2GB RAM (Mid 2009) 104 Speedmark 5 of 213 45 267 96 144 103 127 142 18.2 49 54 657 196 4443 183 3.20 396 236
Mac mini 2.26GHz 2GB RAM (Late 2009) 104   45 274 88 148 103 128 137 18.3 65 55 655 169 4445 184 3.2 396 235
Macbook 2.26GHz 2GB RAM (Late 2009) 111   36 254 72 124 103 112 133 17.2 56 49 645 186 4622 183 3.21 383 216
15" MacBook Pro 2.53GHz 4GB RAM (Mid 2009) 118 Speedmark 5 of 237 34 234 72 115 91 108 132 18.5 51 47 602 191 4814 165 3.45 356 197
Mac mini 2.53GHz 4GB RAM (Late 2009) 118   39 236 61 132 94 109 128 18.3 46 50 614 163 4794 164 3.57 359 208
15" MacBook Pro 2.66GHz 4GB RAM (Mid 2009) 127 Speedmark 5 of 241 39 230 70 113 89 110 113 44.4 53 45 570 185 5370 157 3.7 347 192
20" iMac 2.66GHz 4GB RAM (Early 2008) 134 Speedmark 5 of 246 25 222 51 121 88 100 113 19.2 36 47 543 144 5024 153 4.22 297 188
15" MacBook Pro 2.8GHz 4GB RAM (Mid 2009) 139 Speedmark 5 of 260 29 210 66 103 83 103 105 44.5 43 44 541 192 5985 146 4.17 291 185
24" iMac 2.8GHz 2GB RAM (Early 2008) 141 Speedmark 5 of 268 29 210 68 101 83 150 91 51.5 49 41 519 147 6097 145 4.34 310 180
21.5" iMac 3.06GHz 4GB RAM, Nvidia 9400M (Late 2009) 148   21 174 46 92 71 134 102 21.9 32 44 489 129 5010 136 4.23 286 148
24" iMac 2.93GHz 4GB RAM (Early 2009) 153   23 185 41 105 76 141 95 45.1 36 47 503 136 6159 140 4.51 276 161
21.5" iMac 3.06GHz 4GB RAM, ATI 4670 (Late 2009) 164   23 175 43 92 76 136 78 69.1 32 41 461 140 6799 135 4.42 287 152
27" iMac 3.06GHz 4GB RAM (Late 2009) 162   22 180 39 104 76 137 76 66.2 32 42 496 143 6611 135 4.28 285 154
Mac Pro 2.66GHz quad core 3GB RAM (Early 2009) 203 Speedmark 5 of 348 22 188 44 94 70 69 78 49.3 27 38 377 75 6451 60 11.13 267 96
Mac Pro 2.26GHz 8-core 6GB RAM (Early 2009) 206 Speedmark 5 of 343 23 207 41 109 74 57 84 50.4 28 42 393 70 5334 45 19.53 300 105

Speedmark is Macworld Lab’s standard test tool for benchmarking new and upgraded systems running Mac OS X. It uses real-world applications and everyday tasks. It is a general-purpose suite that includes tasks everyone from a high-end user to a new user performs every day. Macworld Lab follows a detailed script to perform the 17 tasks. Each task is performed three times. We compare the results to a 2.13GHz MacBook with 2GB RAM (Mid 2009), which is assigned a score of 100. We then take the geometric mean of the normalized scores.

New iMacs - Late 2009 (04NOV2009)

Adobe
Photoshop
CS4
Cinebench Mathematica-
Mark 7
Compressor
3.0.4
Aperture
2.1.4
iMovie ’09 iMovie ’09 iTunes 9 Call of Duty 4 Finder Finder Finder Parallels Handbrake iPhoto ’09 Pages ’09
SUITE RENDER TEST MPEG ENCODE IMPORT IMPORT ARCHIVE EXPORT MP3 ENCODE FRAME RATE DUPLICATE 1GB FOLDER ZIP ARCHIVE UNZIP ARCHIVE WORLDBENCH 6 MULTI-TASK TEST RIP DVD CHAPTER IMPORT OPEN WORD DOCUMENT
21.5" iMac 3.06GHz (Nvidia) 0:44 2:16 4.23 8:09 2:28 2:14 1:41 1:11 21.9 0:21 2:54 0:46 5:26 2:09 0:32 1:32
21.5" iMac 3.06GHz (ATI) 0:41 2:15 4.42 8:06 2:32 2:16 1:18 1:16 69.1 0:23 2:55 0:43 5:20 2:20 0:32 1:33
27" iMac 3.06GHz 0:42 2:15 4.28 8:16 2:36 2:17 1:16 1:16 66.6 0:22 3:00 0:39 5:21 2:23 0:32 1:31
24" iMac 3.06GHz (Early 2009) 0:41 2:13 4.73 7:57 2:33 2:16 1:29 1:16 67.2 0:22 2:46 0:44 4:54 2:12 0:31 1:31
24" iMac 2.93GHz (Early 2009) 0:47 2:20 4.51 8:23 2:41 2:21 1:35 1:16 45.1 0:23 3:05 0:41 5:14 2:16 0:36 1:45
20" iMac 2.66GHz (Early 2009) 0:47 2:33 4.22 9:03 3:10 1:40 1:53 1:28 19.2 0:25 3:42 0:51 5:46 2:24 0:36 2:01
<Better <Better >Better <Better <Better <Better <Better <Better >Better <Better <Better <Better <Better <Better <Better <Better

Best results in bold. For Call of Duty 4 and MathematicaMark 7, higher scores are better. All other tests are timed results where lower times are better. Reference systems in italics.

Call of Duty score is in frames per second. MathematicaMark is a performance score. All others are in minutes:seconds. All systems were tested with 10.6.1 with 4GB of RAM. The Photoshop Suite test is a set of 14 scripted tasks using a 50MB file. Photoshop’s memory was set to 70 percent and History was set to Minimum. We recorded how long it took to render a scene with multiprocessors in Cinebench. We used Compressor to encode a .mov file to the application's H.264 for video podcast setting. We timed the import and thumbnail/preview creation time for 150 photos. In iMovie '09, we imported a camera archive and exported it to iTunes using the Mobile Devices setting. We converted 90 minutes of AAC audio files to MP3 using iTunes’ High Quality setting. We duplicated a 1GB folder, created a Zip archive in the Finder from the two 1GB files and then Unzipped it. We ran WorldBench 6 multitasking test on a Parallels VM. We imported 150 JPEGs into iPhoto '09. We ripped a DVD chapter to the hard drive and opened a 500 page Word document in Pages '09.—Macworld Lab testing by James Galbraith, Chris Holt, Helen Williamson, and Roman Loyola.

New Mac minis - Late 2009 (30OCT2009)

Adobe Photoshop CS4 Cinebench Mathemetica-Mark 7 Compressor 3.0.4 Aperture 2.1.4 iMovie '09 iMovie '09 iTunes 9.0.1 Call of Duty 4 Finder Finder Finder Parallels Desktop 4 Handbrake 0.9.3 iPhoto '09 Pages '09
SUITE RENDER TEST MPEG ENCODE IMPORT IMPORT ARCHIVE EXPORT MP3 ENCODE FRAME RATE DUPLICATE 1GB FOLDER ZIP ARCHIVE UNZIP ARCHIVE WORLDBENCH 6 MULTI-TASK TEST RIP DVD CHAPTER IMPORT OPEN WORD DOCUMENT
Mac mini 2.53GHz 4GB 0:50 2:44 3.57 10:14 3:28 1:49 2:08 1:34 18.3 0:39 3:56 1:01 6:31 2:43 0:47 1:54
Mac mini 2.26GHz 2GB 0:55 3:05 3.2 10:55 3:55 2:08 2:17 1:43 18.3 0:45 4:34 1:28 7:14 2:49 1:05 2:28
Mac mini 2.26GHz 4GB 0:53 3:03 3.33 10:48 3:26 1:59 2:11 1:44 18.4 0:45 4:28 1:32 7:18 2:53 0:57 2:05
Mac mini 2.GHz 2GB (Early 2009) 0:59 3:29 2.98 12:01 4:08 2:07 2:33 1:53 18.4 0:39 4:50 1:19 8:12 3:08 1:03 2:36
Mac mini 1.83.GHz 2GB (Mid 2007) 1:12 4:01 2.49 15:22 6:26 5:06 3:14 2:14 n/a 1:22 6:10 3:32 8:10 3:18 1:37 3:03
<Better <Better >Better <Better <Better <Better <Better <Better >Better <Better <Better <Better <Better <Better <Better <Better

Best results in bold. For Speedmark and Quake 4, higher scores are better. All other tests are timed results where lower times are better. Reference systems in italics.

Call of Duty score is in frames per second. MathematicaMark is a performance score. All others are in minutes:seconds. All systems were tested with 10.6.1. RAM as noted. The Photoshop Suite test is a set of 14 scripted tasks using a 50MB file. Photoshop’s memory was set to 70 percent and History was set to Minimum. We recorded how long it took to render a scene with multiprocessors in CinemaBench. We used Compressor to encode a .mov file to the application\'s h.264 for video podcast setting.We timed the import and thumbnail/preview creation time for 150 photos. In iMovie, import a camera archive and exported it to iTunes for Mobile Devices setting. We converted 90 minutes of AAC audio files to MP3 using iTunes’ High Quality setting. We duplicated a 1GB folder, created a Zip archive in the Finder from the two 1GB files and then Unzipped it. We ran WorldBench 6 multitasking test on a Parallels VM. We imported 150 jpegs into iPhoto. We ripped a DVD chapter to the hard drive and opened a 500 page Word document in Pages 09 .—Macworld Lab testing by James Galbraith, Chris Holt and Roman Loyola.

New 2.26GHz Core 2 Duo MacBook benchmarks (28OCT2009)

Adobe Photoshop CS4 Cinebench Mathemetica-Mark 7 Compressor 3.0.4 Aperture 2.1.4 iMovie '09 iMovie '09 iTunes 9.0.1 Call of Duty 4 Finder Finder Finder Parallels Desktop 4 Handbrake 0.9.3 iPhoto '09 Pages '09
SUITE RENDER TEST MPEG ENCODE IMPORT IMPORT ARCHIVE EXPORT MP3 ENCODE FRAME RATE DUPLICATE 1GB FOLDER ZIP ARCHIVE UNZIP ARCHIVE WORLDBENCH 6 MULTI-TASK TEST RIP DVD CHAPTER IMPORT OPEN WORD DOCUMENT
MacBook 2.26GHz Core 2 Duo 0:49 3:03 3.21 10:45 3:36 1:52 2:13 1:43 17.2 0:36 4:14 1:12 7:17 3:06 0:56 2:04
MacBook 2.13GHz Core 2 Duo 0:56 3:18 2.94 11:36 4:21 2:05 2:34 1:49 16.3 0:43 4:36 1:21 7:52 3:28 0:57 2:15
13" MacBook Pro 2.26GHz Core 2 Duo (2GB) 0:51 3:03 3.20 10:57 3:56 2:07 2:21 1:43 18.2 0:45 4:27 1:36 7:18 3:16 0:49 2:24
15" MacBook Pro 2.53GHz Core 2 Duo (4GB) 0:47 2:45 3.45 10:02 3:17 1:48 2:12 1:31 18.5 0:34 3:54 1:11 6:32 3:11 0:53 1:55
MacBook Air 2.13GHz Core 2 Duo 1:21 5:42 1.51 21:31 5:36 3:14 3:49 2:56 11.5 0:35 5:10 0:56 13:41 5:02 1:21 2:44
<Better <Better >Better <Better <Better <Better <Better <Better >Better <Better <Better <Better <Better <Better <Better <Better

Best results in bold.

Call of Duty score is frames per second. MathematicaMark is a performance score. All others are in minutes:seconds. All laptops were tested using Mac OS X 10.6.1. All laptops were tested with 2GB of RAM unless otherwise noted. The Photoshop Suite test is a set of 14 scripted tasks using a 50MB file. Photoshop’s memory was set to 70 percent and History was set to Minimum. We recorded how long it took to render a scene with multiprocessors in CineBench. We used Compressor to encode a .mov file to the application's h.264 for video podcast setting. We timed the import and thumbnail preview creation time for 150 photos in Aperture. In iMovie, we imported a Camera Archive and exported it to iTunes for Mobile Devices setting. We converted 90 minutes of AAC audio files to MP3 using iTunes’s High Quality setting. We duplicated a 1GB folder, created a Zip archive in the Finder from the two 1GB files and then Unzipped it. We ran WorldBench 6 multitasking test using Windows via Parallels. We imported 150 photos into iPhoto. We ripped a DVD chapter to the hard drive using HandBrake. We opened a 500-page Word document in Page '09.—Macworld Lab testing by James Galbraith, Chris Holt, and Roman Loyola.

Benchmarks: AirBooks (24JUN2009)

Speedmark 5 Adobe Photoshop CS3 Cinema 4D XL 10.5 Compressor 3.0.4 iMovie HD iTunes 7.7 Quake 4 Finder Finder Battery Life
OVERALL SCORE SUITE RENDER MPEG ENCODE AGED EFFECT MP3 ENCODE FRAME RATE ZIP ARCHIVE UNZIP ARCHIVE LOOP MOVIE
MacBook Air/2.13GHz 175 1:18 1:37 3:17 1:25 1:43 25.3 6:12 1:03 2hrs 37mins
MacBook Air/1.86GHz 156 1:25 1:24 2:49 1:09 1:30 23.8 6:05 1:58 2hrs 49mins
13" MacBook Pro/2.53GHz (4GB) 239 0:53 0:50 1:52 0:46 0:58 39.3 4:11 1:14 3hrs 31mins
13" 2.13GHz MacBook 198 1:08 1:00 2:02 0:56 1:07 33.5 5:15 1:29 3hrs 22mins
MacBook Air/1.86GHz (Oct. 2008) 179 1:19 1:32 3:00 1:16 1:36 25.2 5:49 1:03 2hrs 21mins
MacBook Air/1.6GHz (Oct. 2008) 145 1:26 1:24 2:51 1:09 1:31 26.3 6:45 2:00 2hrs 29mins

Best results in bold. For Speedmark and Quake 4, higher scores are better. All other tests are timed results where lower times are better (except for Battery Life, where longer times are better). Reference systems in italics.

Speedmark 5 scores are relative to those of a 1.5GHz Core Solo Mac mini, which is assigned a score of 100. Adobe Photoshop, Cinema 4D XL, iMovie, iTunes, and Finder scores are in minutes:seconds. The systems were running Mac OS X 10.5.7 with 2GB of RAM except where noted. The Photoshop Suite test is a set of 14 scripted tasks using a 50MB file. Photoshop’s memory was set to 70 percent and History was set to Minimum. We recorded how long it took to render a scene in Cinema 4D XL. We used Compressor to encode a 6minute:26second DV file using the DVD: Fastest Encode 120 minutes - 4:3 setting. In iMovie, we applied the Aged Film ffect from the Video FX. menu to a one minute movie. We converted 45 minutes of AAC audio files to MP3 using iTunes’ High Quality setting. We used Quake's average-frames-per-second score; we tested at a resolution of 1,024 by 768 pixels at the Maximum setting with both audio and graphics enabled.. We duplicated a 1GB folder, created a Zip archive in the Finder from the two 1GB files and then Unzipped it.—Macworld Lab testing by James Galbraith, Blair Hanley Frank, Chris Holt, and Helen Williamson.

Benchmarks: 15" MacBook Pros (18JUN2009)

Speedmark 5 Adobe Photoshop CS3 Cinema 4D XL 10.5 Compressor 3.0.4 iMovie HD iTunes 7.7 Quake 4 Finder Finder
OVERALL SCORE SUITE RENDER MPEG ENCODE AGED EFFECT MP3 ENCODE FRAME RATE ZIP ARCHIVE UNZIP ARCHIVE
15" 2.8GHz MacBook Pro 260 0:48 0:45 1:32 0:39 0:54 77.1 4:00 1:13
15" 2.66GHz MacBook Pro 242 0:52 0:47 1:37 0:43 0:57 69.9 4:06 1:28
15" 2.53GHz MacBook Pro 237 0:53 0:50 1:42 0:45 1:00 37.4 4:11 1:18
15" 2.66GHz MacBook Pro (Mar. 2009) 241 0:53 0:47 1:36 0:43 0:57 74.1 4:10 1:18
15" 2.4GHz MacBook Pro (Oct. 2008) 224 0:57 0:54 1:46 0:50 1:04 61.0 4:39 1:16

Best results in bold. For Speedmark and Quake 4, higher scores are better. All other tests are timed results where lower times are better. Reference systems in italics.

Speedmark 5 scores are relative to those of a 1.5GHz Core Solo Mac mini, which is assigned a score of 100. Adobe Photoshop, Cinema 4D XL, iMovie, iTunes, and Finder scores are in minutes:seconds. The two white MacBooks and the MacBook Pro were running Mac OS X 10.5.7 with 4GB of RAM. The Photoshop Suite test is a set of 14 scripted tasks using a 50MB file. Photoshop’s memory was set to 70 percent and History was set to Minimum. We recorded how long it took to render a scene in Cinema 4D XL. We used Compressor to encode a 6minute:26second DV file using the DVD: Fastest Encode 120 minutes - 4:3 setting. In iMovie, we applied the Aged Film Effect from the Video FX menu to a one minute movie. We converted 45 minutes of AAC audio files to MP3 using iTunes’ High Quality setting. We used Quake\'s average-frames-per-second score; we tested at a resolution of 1,024-by-768 pixels at the Maximum setting with both audio and graphics enabled. We duplicated a 1GB folder, created a Zip archive in the Finder from the two 1GB files and then Unzipped it.—Macworld Lab testing by James Galbraith, Chris Holt, and Helen Williamson.

Benchmarks: 13" MacBook Pros (12JUN2009)

Speedmark 5 Adobe Photoshop CS3 Cinema 4D XL 10.5 Compressor 3.0.4 iMovie HD iTunes 7.7 Quake 4 Finder Finder
OVERALL SCORE SUITE RENDER MPEG ENCODE AGED EFFECT MP3 ENCODE FRAME RATE ZIP ARCHIVE UNZIP ARCHIVE
13" 2.53GHz MacBook Pro (4GB) 239 0:53 0:50 1:52 0:46 0:58 39.3 4:11 1:14
13" 2.26GHz MacBook Pro (2GB) 213 1:07 0:56 1:52 0:49 1:05 39.1 4:48 1:40
13" 2.26GHz MacBook Pro (4GB) 215 1:00 0:56 1:52 0:49 1:05 39.5 4:46 1:40
13" 2.13GHz MacBook (2GB) 198 1:08 1:00 2:02 0:56 1:07 33.5 5:15 1:29
13" 2GHz MacBook unibody (2GB) 190 1:10 1:04 2:10 0:57 1:12 38.7 5:34 1:35
15" 2.53GHz MacBook Pro (4GB) 237 0:53 0:50 1:42 0:45 1:00 37.4 4:11 1:18
>Better <Better <Better <Better <Better <Better >Better <Better <Better

Best results in bold. Reference systems in italics.

Speedmark 5 scores are relative to those of a 1.5GHz Core Solo Mac mini, which is assigned a score of 100. Adobe Photoshop, Cinema 4D XL, iMovie, iTunes, and Finder scores are in minutes:seconds. The two white MacBooks and the MacBook Pro were running Mac OS X 10.5.7. The Photoshop Suite test is a set of 14 scripted tasks using a 50MB file. Photoshop’s memory was set to 70 percent and History was set to Minimum. We recorded how long it took to render a scene in Cinema 4D XL. We used Compressor to encode a 6minute:26second DV file using the DVD: Fastest Encode 120 minutes - 4:3 setting. In iMovie, we applied the Aged Film Effect from the Video FX menu to a one minute movie. We converted 45 minutes of AAC audio files to MP3 using iTunes’ High Quality setting. We used Quake’s average-frames-per-second score; we tested at a resolution of 1,024-by-768 pixels at the Maximum setting with both audio and graphics enabled. We duplicated a 1GB folder, created a Zip archive in the Finder from the two 1GB files and then Unzipped it.—Macworld Lab testing by James Galbraith, Chris Holt, and Helen Williamson.

2.13GHz White MacBook Benchmarks (03JUN2009)

Speedmark 5 Adobe Photoshop CS3 Cinema 4D XL 10.5 Compressor 3.0.4 iMovie HD iTunes 7.7 Quake 4 Finder Finder
OVERALL SCORE SUITE RENDER MPEG ENCODE AGED EFFECT MP3 ENCODE FRAME RATE ZIP ARCHIVE UNZIP ARCHIVE
MacBook Core 2 Duo/2.13 GHz (White, May 2009) 198 1:08 1:00 2:02 0:56 1:07 33.5 5:15 1:29
MacBook Core 2 Duo/ 2GHz (White, Jan 2009) 186 1:14 1:03 2:08 0:58 1:13 30.1 5:35 1:34
MacBook Core 2 Duo/2GHz (Unibody) 190 1:10 1:04 2:10 0:57 1:12 38.7 5:34 1:35
MacBook Pro Core 2 Duo/2.4GHz (Unibody) 219 1:03 0:54 1:50 0:49 1:04 60.9 4:41 1:17
MacBook Air Core 2 Duo/1.86GHz 174 1:18 1:25 2:59 1:13 1:36 24.8 5:53 1:19
>Better <Better <Better <Better <Better <Better >Better <Better <Better

Best results in bold. Reference systems in italics.

Speedmark 5 scores are relative to those of a 1.5GHz Core Solo Mac mini, which is assigned a score of 100. Adobe Photoshop, Cinema 4D XL, iMovie, iTunes, and Finder scores are in minutes:seconds. The MacBooks and MacBook Pro were running Mac OS X 10.5.7, the MacBook Air was running Mac OS X 10.5.6, and all were tested with 2GB of RAM. The Photoshop Suite test is a set of 14 scripted tasks using a 50MB file. Photoshop’s memory was set to 70 percent and History was set to Minimum. We recorded how long it took to render a scene in Cinema 4D XL. We used Compressor to encode a 6minute:26second DV file using the DVD: Fastest Encode 120 minutes - 4:3 setting. In iMovie, we applied the Aged Film Effect from the Video FX menu to a one-minute movie. We converted 45 minutes of AAC audio files to MP3 using iTunes’ High Quality setting. We used Quake’s average-frames-per-second score; we tested at a resolution of 1,024 by 768 pixels at the Maximum setting with both audio and graphics enabled. We duplicated a 1GB folder, created a Zip archive in the Finder from the two 1GB files and then Unzipped it.—MACWORLD LAB TESTING BY JAMES GALBRAITH AND CHRIS HOLT

Custom-configuration Mac mini benchmarks (14MAY2009)

Price Speedmark 5 Adobe
Photoshop
CS3
Cinema 4D
XL 10.5
Compressor iMovie HD iTunes 7.7 Finder Finder
OVERALL SCORE SUITE RENDER MPEG ENCODE AGED EFFECT MP3 ENCODE ZIP ARCHIVE UNZIP ARCHIVE
Mac mini 2GHz Core 2 Duo
2GB RAM, 120GB Drive
($599 model w/ 2GB RAM)
$649 189 1:15 1:04 2:07 0:58 1:14 5:45 1:41
Mac mini 2GHz Core 2 Duo
2GB RAM, 320GB Drive
($799 model)
$799 202 1:08 1:04 2:07 0:57 1:13 5:31 1:19
Mac mini 2.26GHz Core 2 Duo
2GB RAM, 320GB Drive
(Build-to-order)
$949 209 1:05 0:56 1:52 0:52 1:05 5:08 1:15
Mac mini 2.26GHz Core 2 Duo
4GB RAM, 320GB Drive
(Build-to-order)
$1049 216 0:58 0:56 1:52 0:52 1:05 4:55 1:15
Mac mini 2GHz Core 2 Duo
4GB RAM, 320GB 7200rpm Drive
(DIY-upgraded $599 model)
$747 217 0:58 1:04 2:03 0:57 1:11 5:18 0:59
<Better >Better <Better <Better <Better <Better <Better <Better <Better

Best results in bold.

Speedmark 5 scores are relative to those of a 1.5GHz Core Solo Mac mini, which is assigned a score of 100. Adobe Photoshop, Cinema 4D XL, iMovie, iTunes, and Finder scores are in minutes:seconds. All systems were running Mac OS X 10.5.6 with 2GB of RAM. The Photoshop Suite test is a set of 14 scripted tasks using a 50MB file. Photoshop’s memory was set to 70 percent and History was set to Minimum. We recorded how long it took to render a scene in Cinema 4D XL. We used Compressor to encode a 6minute:26second DV file using the DVD: Fastest Encode 120 minutes - 4:3 setting. In iMovie, we applied the Aged Film Effect from the Video FX. menu to a one minute movie. We converted 45 minutes of AAC audio files to MP3 using iTunes’ High Quality setting. We duplicated a 1GB folder, created a Zip archive in the Finder from the two 1GB files and then Unzipped it. Prices are for Apple Store purchases (except for DIY model). To compare Speedmark 5 scores for various Mac systems, visit our Mac Hardware Guide.—MACWORLD LAB TESTING BY JAMES GALBRAITH, CHRIS HOLT, AND HELEN WILLIAMSON.

2.66GHz Quad-Core/2.26GHz Eight-Core Mac Pro benchmarks (23MAR2009)

Speedmark 5 Adobe
Photoshop CS3
Cinema 4D
XL 10.5
Compressor iMovie HD iTunes 7.5 Quake 4 Finder
OVERALL SCORE SUITE RENDER MPEG ENCODE AGED EFFECT MP3 ENCODE FRAME RATE ZIP ARCHIVE
Mac Pro 2.66GHz Quad-Core
(Nehalem)
348 0:35 0:18 0:47 0:29 0:46 81.2 3:27
Mac Pro 2.26GHz 8-Core
(Nehalem)
343 0:36 0:13 0:57 0:34 0:47 70.8 3:55
Mac Pro 2.8GHz 8-Core
(Harpertown, 3GB RAM)
301 0:48 0:16 0:59 0:34 0:49 74.5 3:49
Mac Pro 2.8GHz 8-Core
(Harpertown, 6GB RAM)
319 0:39 0:16 0:59 0:33 0:49 75.0 3:47
Mac Pro 2.66GHz Quad-Core
(Woodcrest)
262 0:44 0:28 1:19 0:40 0:54 54.7 4:01
24" iMac Core 2 Duo/3.06GHz
(March 2009)
308 0:39 0:41 1:25 0:37 0:50 85.6 3:24
Power Macintosh 2.5GHz
Quad-Core G5
226 1:10 0:32 1:30 0:39 0:48 41.6 4:40
>Better <Better <Better <Better <Better <Better >Better <Better

Best results in bold. Reference systems in italics.

Speedmark 5 scores are relative to those of a 1.5GHz Core Solo Mac mini, which is assigned a score of 100. Adobe Photoshop, Cinema 4D XL, iMovie, iTunes, and Finder scores are in minutes:seconds. All systems were running Mac OS X 10.5.6 with the Mac Pro 2.66GHz Quad Core outfitted with 3GB of RAM, and the Mac Pro 2.26GHz 8-Core with 6GB of RAM. The Photoshop Suite test is a set of 14 scripted tasks using a 50MB file. Photoshop’s memory was set to 70 percent and History was set to Minimum. We recorded how long it took to render a scene in Cinema 4D XL. We used Compressor to encode a 6minute:26second DV file using the DVD: Fastest Encode 120 minutes - 4:3 setting. In iMovie, we applied the Aged Film Effect from the Video FX menu to a one minute movie. We converted 45 minutes of AAC audio files to MP3 using iTunes’ High Quality setting. We used Quake's average-frames-per-second score; we tested at a resolution of 1,024x768 pixels at the Maximum setting with both audio and graphics enabled. We created a Zip archive in the Finder from two 1GB files.To compare Speedmark 5 scores for various Mac systems, visit our Mac Hardware Guide.—MACWORLD LAB TESTING BY JAMES GALBRAITH, CHRIS HOLT, AND HELEN WILLIAMSON.

New iMacs benchmarks (13MAR2009)

Speedmark 5 Adobe
Photoshop CS3
Cinema 4D
XL 10.5
Compressor iMovie HD iTunes 7.5 Quake 4 Call Of
Duty 4
Finder
OVERALL SCORE SUITE RENDER MPEG ENCODE AGED EFFECT MP3 ENCODE FRAME RATE FRAME RATE ZIP ARCHIVE
24" iMac Core 2 Duo 3.06GHz 308 0:39 0:41 1:25 0:37 0:50 85.6 73.7 3:24
24" iMac Core 2 Duo 2.93GHz 297 0:41 0:43 1:27 0:38 0:53 81.7 66.4 3:31
24" iMac Core 2 Duo 2.66GHz 270 0:47 0:47 1:37 0:42 0:57 39.9 41.3 4:05
20" iMac Core 2 Duo 2.66GHz 256 0:51 0:47 1:40 0:45 0:57 39.7 37.3 4:20
24" iMac Core 2 Duo 3.06GHz* (April 2008) 284 0:47 0:41 1:27 0:36 0:48 84.9 73.1 3:29
24" iMac Core 2 Duo 2.8GHz (April 2008) 277 0:45 0:45 1:32 0:40 0:54 70.7 78.3 3:45
20" iMac Core 2 Duo 2.4GHz (April 2008) 230 1:02 0:54 1:42 0:45 1:00 32.5 33.4 4:33
>Better <Better <Better <Better <Better <Better >Better >Better <Better

Best results in bold. Reference systems in italics. * denotes build-to-order configuration.

Speedmark 5 scores are relative to those of a 1.5GHz Core Solo Mac mini, which is assigned a score of 100. Adobe Photoshop, Cinema 4D XL, iMovie, iTunes, and Finder scores are in minutes:seconds. All systems were running Mac OS X 10.5.6 with the 20" iMacs outfitted with 2GB of RAM, and the 24" iMacs with 4GB. The Photoshop Suite test is a set of 14 scripted tasks using a 50MB file. Photoshop’s memory was set to 70 percent and History was set to Minimum. We recorded how long it took to render a scene in Cinema 4D XL. We used Compressor to encode a 6minute:26second DV file using the DVD: Fastest Encode 120 minutes - 4:3 setting. In iMovie, we applied the Aged Film Effect from the Video FX. menu to a one minute movie. We converted 45 minutes of AAC audio files to MP3 using iTunes’ High Quality setting. We used Quake\'s average-frames-per-second score; we tested at a resolution of 1,024 by 768 pixels at the Maximum setting with both audio and graphics enabled. We duplicated a 1GB folder, created a Zip archive in the Finder from the two 1GB files and then Unzipped it.To compare Speedmark 5 scores for various Mac systems, visit our Mac Hardware Guide.—MACWORLD LAB TESTING BY JAMES GALBRAITH, CHRIS HOLT, AND HELEN WILLIAMSON.

15" MacBook Pro Core 2 Duo/2.66GHz benchmarks (11MAR2009)

Speedmark 5 Adobe Photoshop CS3 Cinema 4D XL 10.5 Compressor 3.0.4 iMovie HD iTunes 7.7 Quake 4 Finder Finder
OVERALL SCORE SUITE RENDER MPEG ENCODE AGED EFFECT MP3 ENCODE FRAME RATE ZIP ARCHIVE UNZIP ARCHIVE
MacBook Pro 15" 2.66GHz Core 2 Duo 235 0:56 0:47 1:36 0:44 0:57 65.8 4:40 1:18
MacBook Pro 15" 2.53GHz Core 2 Duo 224 0:57 0:51 1:41 0:46 1:00 67.3 4:41 1:18
MacBook Pro 17" 2.66GHz Core 2 Duo 224 0:56 0:48 1:42 0:46 0:59 72.4 4:41 1:22
24" iMac Core 2 Duo/2.66GHz (March 2009) 270 0:47 0:47 1:37 0:42 0:57 39.9 4:05 0:41
MacBook 2.4GHz Core 2 Duo 212 1:05 0:54 1:52 0:49 1:03 39.4 4:59 1:32
PowerBook 1.67 GHz G4 Power PC 91 3:02 3:57 7:47 1:59 2:26 19.9 7:14 2:21
>Better <Better <Better <Better <Better <Better >Better <Better <Better

Best results in bold. Reference systems in italics.

Speedmark 5 scores are relative to those of a 1.5GHz Core Solo Mac mini, which is assigned a score of 100. Adobe Photoshop, Cinema 4D XL, iMovie, iTunes, and Finder scores are in minutes:seconds. The MacBook Pro models and the iMac had 4GB RAM with OSX 10.5.6, the rest were tested with 2GB of RAM and OS X 10.5.5. The Photoshop Suite test is a set of 14 scripted tasks using a 50MB file. Photoshop’s memory was set to 70 percent and History was set to Minimum. We recorded how long it took to render a scene in Cinema 4D XL. We used Compressor to encode a 6minute:26second DV file using the DVD: Fastest Encode 120 minutes - 4:3 setting. In iMovie, we applied the Aged Film effect from the Video FX menu to a one minute movie. We converted 45 minutes of AAC audio files to MP3 using iTunes’ High Quality setting. We used Quake\'s average-frames-per-second score; we tested at a resolution of 1,024 by 768 pixels at the Maximum setting with both audio and graphics enabled. We duplicated a 1GB folder, created a Zip archive in the Finder from the two 1GB files and then Unzipped it. To compare Speedmark 5 scores for various Mac systems, visit our Mac Hardware Guide.—Macworld Lab testing by James Galbraith, Chris Holt, and Helen Williamson.

Mac mini benchmarks (07MAR2009)

Speedmark 5 Adobe
Photoshop
CS3
Cinema 4D
XL 10.5
Compressor iMovie HD iTunes 7.7 Quake 4 Finder Finder
OVERALL SCORE SUITE RENDER MPEG ENCODE AGED EFFECT MP3 ENCODE FRAME RATE ZIP ARCHIVE UNZIP ARCHIVE
Mac mini 2GHz Core 2 Duo
320GB Drive
202 1:08 1:04 2:07 0:57 1:13 39.1 5:31 1:19
Mac mini 2GHz Core 2 Duo
120GB Drive
189 1:15 1:04 2:07 0:58 1:14 38.7 5:45 1:41
Mac mini 2GHz Core 2 Duo
(Aug. 2007)
167 1:22 1:07 2:25 0:57 1:09 5.6 5:30 2:02
Mac mini 1.83GHz Core 2 Duo
(Aug. 2007)
154 1:27 1:13 2:40 1:07 1:21 5.6 5:58 2:06
MacBook 2GHz Core 2 Duo
(White, Current)
186 1:14 1:03 2:08 0:58 1:13 30.1 5:35 1:34
>Better <Better <Better <Better <Better <Better >Better <Better <Better

Best results in bold. Reference systems in italics.

Speedmark 5 scores are relative to those of a 1.5GHz Core Solo Mac mini, which is assigned a score of 100. Adobe Photoshop, Cinema 4D XL, iMovie, iTunes, and Finder scores are in minutes:seconds. All systems were running Mac OS X 10.5.6 with 2GB of RAM. The Photoshop Suite test is a set of 14 scripted tasks using a 50MB file. Photoshop’s memory was set to 70 percent and History was set to Minimum. We recorded how long it took to render a scene in Cinema 4D XL. We used Compressor to encode a 6minute:26second DV file using the DVD: Fastest Encode 120 minutes - 4:3 setting. In iMovie, we applied the Aged Film Effect from the Video FX. menu to a one minute movie. We converted 45 minutes of AAC audio files to MP3 using iTunes’ High Quality setting. We used Quake's average-frames-per-second score; we tested at a resolution of 1,024 by 768 pixels at the Maximum setting with both audio and graphics enabled. We duplicated a 1GB folder, created a Zip archive in the Finder from the two 1GB files and then Unzipped it.To compare Speedmark 5 scores for various Mac systems, visit our Mac Hardware .—MACWORLD LAB TESTING BY JAMES GALBRAITH, CHRIS HOLT, AND HELEN WILLIAMSON.

17" unibody MacBook Pro 2.66GHz benchmarks (04MAR2009)

Speedmark 5 Adobe Photoshop CS3 Cinema 4D XL 10.5 Compressor 3.0.4 iMovie HD iTunes 7.7 Quake 4 Finder Finder
OVERALL SCORE SUITE RENDER MPEG ENCODE AGED EFFECT MP3 ENCODE FRAME RATE ZIP ARCHIVE UNZIP ARCHIVE
MacBook Pro 17" 2.66GHz Core 2 Duo 224 0:56 0:48 1:42 0:46 0:59 72.4 4:41 1:22
MacBook Pro 17" 2.5GHz Core 2 Duo (Nov. 2008)
220 0:56 0:51 1:47 0:47 1:01 68.1 4:28 1:23
MacBook Pro 2.53GHz Core 2 Duo (15", unibody) 231 0:56 0:53 1:41 0:44 1:00 65.7 4:37 1:15
iMac 2.66GHz Core 2 Duo (Apr. 2008)
249 0:50 0:48 1:41 0:43 0:57 67.6 4:06 1:10
Mac Pro 2.8GHz Core 2 Duo (Jan. 2008)
308 0:49 0:15 0:51 0:32 0:48 74.2 3:53 1:11
PowerBook 1.67GHz G4 91 3:02 3:57 7:47 1:59 2:26 19.9 7:14 2:21
>Better <Better <Better <Better <Better <Better >Better <Better <Better

Best results in bold. Reference systems in italics.

Speedmark 5 scores are relative to those of a 1.5GHz Core Solo Mac mini, which is assigned a score of 100. Adobe Photoshop, Cinema 4D XL, iMovie, iTunes, and Finder scores are in minutes:seconds. The 17" MacBook Pro systems were running OS X 10.5.6. All other systems were running Mac OS X 10.5.5. The unibody MacBook Pro models had 4GB RAM, the rest were tested with 2GB of RAM. The Photoshop Suite test is a set of 14 scripted tasks using a 50MB file. Photoshop's memory was set to 70 percent and History was set to Minimum. We recorded how long it took to render a scene in Cinema 4D XL. We used Compressor to encode a 6minute:26second DV file using the DVD: Fastest Encode 120 minutes - 4:3 setting. In iMovie, we applied the Aged Film ffect from the Video FX menu to a one minute movie. We converted 45 minutes of AAC audio files to MP3 using iTunes’ High Quality setting. We used Quake's average-frames-per-second score; we tested at a resolution of 1,024 by 768 pixels at the Maximum setting with both audio and graphics enabled. We duplicated a 1GB folder, created a Zip archive in the Finder from the two 1GB files and then Unzipped it. To compare Speedmark 5 scores for various Mac systems, visit our Mac Hardware .—Macworld Lab testing by James Galbraith, Chris Holt, and Jerry Jung.

MacBook 2GHz benchmarks (11FEB2009)

Speedmark 5 Adobe Photoshop CS3 Cinema 4D XL 10.5 Compressor 3.0.4 iMovie HD iTunes 7.7 Quake 4 Finder Finder
OVERALL SCORE SUITE RENDER MPEG ENCODE AGED EFFECT MP3 ENCODE FRAME RATE ZIP ARCHIVE UNZIP ARCHIVE
MacBook 2GHz Core 2 Duo (white, Nvidia GeForce 9400M) 186 1:14 1:03 2:08 0:58 1:13 30.1 5:35 1:34
MacBook 2.1GHz Core 2 Duo (white, Intel GMA X3100) 179 1:18 1:01 2:02 0:56 1:09 7.6 5:29 1:44
MacBook 2GHz Core 2 Duo (aluminum) 195 1:08 1:05 2:10 0:55 1:11 38.7 5:34 1:24
MacBook Air 1.86GHz Core 2 Duo (Nvidia GeForce 9400M) 174 1:18 1:25 2:59 1:13 1:36 24.8 5:53 1:19
MacBook Pro 2.4GHz Core 2 Duo (unibody) 215 1:08 0:54 1:53 0:49 1:04 58.9 5:05 1:18
PowerBook 1.67 91 3:02 3:57 7:47 1:59 2:26 19.9 7:14 2:21
>Better <Better <Better <Better <Better <Better >Better <Better <Better

BEST RESULTS IN BOLD. REFERENCE SYSTEMS IN ITALICS.

Speedmark 5 scores are relative to those of a 1.5GHz Core Solo Mac mini, which is assigned a score of 100. Adobe Photoshop, Cinema 4D XL, iMovie, iTunes, and Finder scores are in minutes:seconds. The two white MacBooks and the MacBook Air were running Mac OS X 10.5.6, the rest were running Mac OS X 10.5.5, and all were tested with 2GB of RAM. The Photoshop Suite test is a set of 14 scripted tasks using a 50MB file. Photoshop’s memory was set to 70 percent and History was set to Minimum. We recorded how long it took to render a scene in Cinema 4D XL. We used Compressor to encode a 6minute:26second DV file using the DVD: Fastest Encode 120 minutes - 4:3 setting. In iMovie, we applied the Aged Film ffect from the Video FX. menu to a one minute movie. We converted 45 minutes of AAC audio files to MP3 using iTunes’ High Quality setting. We used Quake\'s average-frames-per-second score; we tested at a resolution of 1,024 by 768 pixels at the Maximum setting with both audio and graphics enabled.. We duplicated a 1GB folder, created a Zip archive in the Finder from the two 1GB files and then Unzipped it.To compare Speedmark 5 scores for various Mac systems, visit our Apple Hardware Guide.—Macworld Lab testing by James Galbraith, Chris Holt, and Jerry Jung.

Benchmarks: 1.6GHz MacBook Air (23JAN2009)

Speedmark 5 Adobe Photoshop CS3 Cinema 4D XL 10.5 Compressor 3.0.4 iMovie HD iTunes 7.7 Quake 4 Finder Finder
OVERALL SCORE SUITE RENDER MPEG ENCODE AGED EFFECT MP3 ENCODE FRAME RATE ZIP ARCHIVE UNZIP ARCHIVE
MacBook Air 1.6GHz Core 2 Duo 153 1:27 1:23 2:46 1:04 1:32 26 6:41 1:54
MacBook Air 1.86GHz Core 2 Duo 174 1:18 1:25 2:59 1:13 1:36 24.8 5:53 1:19
MacBook Air 1.8GHz Core 2 Duo (original BTO with 120GB PATA HD) 125 1:52 1:53 3:25 1:19 1:39 3.9 8:36 1:32
MacBook Air 1.6GHz Core 2 Duo (original) 115 1:53 1:42 3:35 1:33 1:52 4.1 9:53 2:30
MacBook 2.4GHz Core 2 Duo (aluminum) 212 1:05 0:54 1:52 0:49 1:03 39.4 4:59 1:32
MacBook 2.1GHz Core 2 Duo (white, Intel GMA X3100) 179 1:17 1:01 2:07 0:55 1:10 7.6 5:25 1:41
PowerBook 1.67GHz 91 3:02 3:57 7:47 1:59 2:26 19.9 7:14 2:21
>Better >Better

BEST RESULTS IN BOLD. REFERENCE SYSTEMS IN ITALICS.

Speedmark 5 scores are relative to those of a 1.5GHz Core Solo Mac mini, which is assigned a score of 100. Adobe Photoshop, Cinema 4D XL, iMovie, iTunes, and Finder scores are in minutes:seconds. All systems were running Mac OS X 10.5.5 with 2GB of RAM, except the new MacBook Airs which were tested with 10.5.6. The Photoshop Suite test is a set of 14 scripted tasks using a 50MB file. Photoshop’s memory was set to 70 percent and History was set to Minimum. We recorded how long it took to render a scene in Cinema 4D XL. We used Compressor to encode a 6minute:26second DV file using the DVD: Fastest Encode 120 minutes - 4:3 setting. In iMovie, we applied the Aged Film ffect from the Video FX. menu to a one minute movie. We converted 45 minutes of AAC audio files to MP3 using iTunes’ High Quality setting. We used Quake\'s average-frames-per-second score; we tested at a resolution of 1,024 by 768 pixels at the Maximum setting with both audio and graphics enabled.. We duplicated a 1GB folder, created a Zip archive in the Finder from the two 1GB files and then Unzipped it.To compare Speedmark 5 scores for various Mac systems, visit our Apple Hardware Guide.—Macworld Lab testing by James Galbraith, Chris Holt, and Jerry Jung.

17" MacBook Pro Benchmarks (26NOV2008)

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Speedmark 5 Adobe Photoshop CS3 Cinema 4D XL 10.5 Compressor 3.0.4 iMovie HD iTunes 7.7 Quake 4 Finder Finder
OVERALL SCORE SUITE RENDER MPEG ENCODE AGED EFFECT MP3 ENCODE FRAME RATE ZIP ARCHIVE UNZIP ARCHIVE
17" MacBook Pro Core 2 Duo/2.5GHz (October 2008: 4GB RAM, 7,200-rpm 320GB drive)* 249 0:50 0:51 1:42 0:43 0:59 68.9 4:18 0:57
17" MacBook Pro Core 2 Duo/2.5GHz (February 2008: 4GB RAM, 5,400-rpm 250GB drive) 220 0:58 0:52 1:44 0:45 1:00 66.1 4:36 1:28
15" MacBook Pro Core 2 Duo/2.53GHz (Ocotber 2008: 4GB RAM, 5,400-rpm 320GB drive) 231 0:56 0:53 1:41 0:44 1:00 65.7 4:37 1:15
15" MacBook Pro Core 2 Duo/ 2.8GHz (4GB RAM, Unibody, CTO, 7200RPM HD) 259 0:49 0:45 1:31 0:41 0:56 73.9 3:52 1:00
20" iMac Core 2 Duo/2.6GHz 249 0:50 0:48 1:41 0:43 0:57 67.6 4:06 1:10
8-core Mac Pro Xeon/2.8GHz 308 0:49 0:15 0:51 0:32 0:48 74.2 3:53 1:11
PowerBook G4/1.67GHz 91 3:02 3:57 7:47 1:59 2:26 19.9 7:14 2:21
>Better <Better <Better <Better <Better<Better >Better <Better <Better

Best results in bold. Reference systems in italics. * denotes build-to-order hard drive.

Speedmark 5 scores are relative to those of a 1.5GHz Core Solo Mac mini, which is assigned a score of 100. Adobe Photoshop, Cinema 4D XL, iMovie, iTunes, and Finder scores are in minutes:seconds. All systems were running Mac OS X 10.5.5 with 2GB of RAM unless specified. The Photoshop Suite test is a set of 14 scripted tasks using a 50MB file. Photoshop’s memory was set to 70 percent and History was set to Minimum. We recorded how long it took to render a scene in Cinema 4D XL. We used Compressor to encode a 6minute:26second DV file using the DVD: Fastest Encode 120 minutes - 4:3 setting. In iMovie, we applied the Aged Film Effect from the Video FX. menu to a one minute movie. We converted 45 minutes of AAC audio files to MP3 using iTunes’ High Quality setting. We used Quake’s average-frames-per-second score; we tested at a resolution of 1,024 by 768 pixels at the Maximum setting with both audio and graphics enabled. We duplicated a 1GB folder, created a Zip archive in the Finder from the two 1GB files and then Unzipped it. To compare Speedmark 5 scores for various Mac systems, visit our Apple Hardware .—MACWORLD LAB TESTING BY JAMES GALBRAITH, CHRIS HOLT, AND JERRY JUNG

Configure-To-Order MacBook Pro Tests (13NOV2008)

  Speedmark 5 Adobe Photoshop CS3 Cinema 4D XL 10.5 Compressor 3.0.4 iMovie HD iTunes 7.6 Quake Finder Finder
OVERALL SCORE SUITE RENDER MPEG ENCODE AGED EFFECT MP3 ENCODE FRAME RATE ZIP ARCHIVE UNZIP ARCHIVE
15" MacBook Pro Core 2 Duo/ 2.8GHz (4GB RAM, Unibody, 7,200-rpm hard drive)* 259 0:49 0:45 1:31 0:41 0:56 73.9 3:52 1:00
15" MacBook Pro Core 2 Duo/ 2.53GHz (4GB RAM, Unibody, 5,400-rpm hard drive) 231 0:56 0:53 1:41 0:44 1:00 65.7 4:37 1:15
15" MacBook Pro Core 2 Duo/2.6GHz (2GB RAM, 5,400-rpm hard drive)* 206 1:16 0:51 1:57 0:44 1:01 65.1 4:45 1:50
20" iMac Core 2 Duo/2.66GHz 254 0:50 0:48 1:41 0:43 0:57 67.6 4:06 1:10
Eight-core Mac Pro Xeon/2.8GHz 308 0:49 0:15 0:51 0:32 0:48 74.2 3:53 1:11
>Better <Better <Better <Better <Better <Better >Better <Better <Better

Best results in bold. Reference systems in italics. * denotes configure-to-order system.

Speedmark 5 scores are relative to those of a 1.5GHz Core Solo Mac mini, which is assigned a score of 100. Adobe Photoshop, Cinema 4D XL, iMovie, iTunes, and Finder scores are in minutes:seconds. All systems were running Mac OS X 10.5.2 with 2GB of RAM, unless otherwise indicated. The Photoshop Suite test is a set of 14 scripted tasks using a 50MB file. Photoshop’s memory was set to 70 percent and History was set to Minimum. We recorded how long it took to render a scene in Cinema 4D XL. We used Compressor to encode a 6 minute, 26 second DV file using the DVD: Fastest Encode 120 minutes - 4:3 setting. In iMovie, we applied the Aged Film Effect from the Video FX. menu to a one-minute movie. We converted 45 minutes of AAC audio files to MP3 using iTunes’ High Quality setting. We used Quake’s average-frames-per-second score; we tested at a resolution of 1,024 by 768 pixels at the Maximum setting with both audio and graphics enabled. We duplicated a 1GB folder, created a Zip archive in the Finder from the two 1GB files and then Unzipped it.—MACWORLD LAB TESTING BY JAMES GALBRAITH, CHRIS HOLT, AND JERRY JUNG

Testing the new 1.86GHz MacBook Air (07NOV2008)

  Speedmark 5 Adobe Photoshop CS3 Cinema 4D XL 10.5 Compressor
3.0.4
iMovie HD iTunes 7.7 Quake 4 Finder Finder
  Overall score Suite Render MPEG encode Aged Effect MP3 encode Frame rate Zip archive Unzip archive
MacBook Air 1.86GHz Core 2 Duo (Nvidia graphics, 128GB SSD) 174 1:21 1:28 3:11 1:13 1:41 24.8 5:58 1:19
MacBook Air 1.8GHz Core 2 Duo (Intel graphics, 80GB HD) 125 1:52 1:53 3:25 1:19 1:39 3.9 8:36 1:32
MacBook Air 1.6GHz Core 2 Duo (Intel graphics, 80GB HD) 115 1:53 1:42 3:35 1:33 1:52 4.1 9:53 2:30
MacBook 2.4GHz Core 2 Duo (Aluminum) 212 1:05 0:54 1:52 0:49 1:03 39.4 4:59 1:32
MacBook 2.1GHz Core 2 Duo (White, Current) 179 1:17 1:01 2:07 0:55 1:10 7.6 5:25 1:41
PowerBook G4 1.67GHz 91 3:02 3:57 7:47 1:59 2:26 19.9 7:14 2:21
>Better <Better <Better <Better <Better <Better >Better <Better <Better

Best results in Bold. Reference systems in italic.

Speedmark 5 scores are relative to those of a 1.5GHz Core Solo Mac mini, which is assigned a score of 100. Adobe Photoshop, Cinema 4D XL, iMovie, iTunes, and Finder scores are in minutes:seconds. All systems were running Mac OS X 10.5.5 with 2GB of RAM. The Photoshop Suite test is a set of 14 scripted tasks using a 50MB file. Photoshop’s memory was set to 70 percent and History was set to Minimum. We recorded how long it took to render a scene in Cinema 4D XL. We used Compressor to encode a 6 minute, 26 second DV file using the DVD: Fastest Encode 120 minutes - 4:3 setting. In iMovie, we applied the Aged Film Effect from the Video FX menu to a one-minute movie. We converted 45 minutes of AAC audio files to MP3 using iTunes’ High Quality setting. We used Quake’s average-frames-per-second score; we tested at a resolution of 1,024 by 768 pixels at the Maximum setting with both audio and graphics enabled.. We duplicated a 1GB folder, created a Zip archive in the Finder from the two 1GB files and then Unzipped it. To compare Speedmark 5 scores for various Mac systems, visit our Mac Hardware .—Macworld Lab testing by James Galbraith, Chris Holt, and Jerry Jung.

Aluminum MacBook Benchmarks (17OCT2008)

Speedmark 5 Adobe Photoshop CS3 Cinema 4D XL 10.5 Compressor iMovie HD iTunes 7.7 Quake 4 Finder Finder
OVERALL SCORE SUITE RENDER MPEG ENCODE AGED EFFECT MP3 ENCODE FRAME RATE ZIP ARCHIVE UNZIP ARCHIVE
MacBook Core 2 Duo/2.4GHz (Aluminum) 212 1:05 0:54 1:52 0:49 1:03 39.4 4:59 1:32
MacBook Core 2 Duo/2GHz (Aluminum) 195 1:08 1:07 2:10 0:55 1:11 38.7 5:34 1:24
MacBook Core 2 Duo/2.1GHz (White, Current) 181 1:17 0:53 2:07 0:55 1:10 7.6 5:25 1:41
MacBook Core 2 Duo/2.4GHz (White, Feb 2008) 190 1:15 0:53 1:57 0:48 1:05 7.6 5:03 1:38
MacBook Pro Core 2 Duo/2.4GHz (15", Unibody)* 215 1:07 0:54 1:53 0:49 1:04 58.9 5:05 1:18
PowerBook G4/1.67 GHz 91 3:02 3:57 7:47 1:59 2:26 19.9 7:14 2:21
>Better <Better <Better <Better <Better <Better >Better <Better <Better

Best results in bold. Reference systems in italics. * denotes testing was conducted using the MacBook Pro’s Nvidia 9600M GT graphics.

Speedmark 5 scores are relative to those of a 1.5GHz Core Solo Mac mini, which is assigned a score of 100. Adobe Photoshop, Cinema 4D XL, iMovie, iTunes, and Finder scores are in minutes:seconds. All systems were running Mac OS X 10.5.5 with 2GB of RAM. The Photoshop Suite test is a set of 14 scripted tasks using a 50MB file. Photoshop’s memory was set to 70 percent and History was set to Minimum. We recorded how long it took to render a scene in Cinema 4D XL. We used Compressor to encode a 6-minute:26-second DV file using the DVD: Fastest Encode 120 minutes - 4:3 setting. In iMovie, we applied the Aged Film Effect from the Video FX menu to a one minute movie. We converted 45 minutes of AAC audio files to MP3 using iTunes’ High Quality setting. We used Quake’s average-frames-per-second score; we tested at a resolution of 1,024 by 768 pixels at the Maximum setting with both audio and graphics enabled. We duplicated a 1GB folder, created a Zip archive in the Finder from the two 1GB files and then Unzipped it.—MACWORLD LAB TESTING BY JAMES GALBRAITH, CHRIS HOLT, AND JERRY JUNG.

New iMacs Versus Older Models (14MAY2008)

Speedmark 5 Adobe Photoshop CS3 Cinema 4D XL 10.5 Compressor iMovie HD iTunes 7.5 Quake 4 Unreal Tournament 2004 Finder
OVERALL SCORE SUITE RENDER MPEG ENCODE AGED EFFECT MP3 ENCODE FRAME RATE FRAME RATE ZIP ARCHIVE
24" iMac Core 2 Duo/2.8GHz 268 0:48 0:45 1:31 0:40 0:53 68.1 114.5 3:48
20" iMac Core 2 Duo/2.66GHz 254 0:50 0:48 1:36 0:42 0:56 68.4 110.9 4:08
20" iMac Core 2 Duo/2.4GHz 230 0:59 0:54 1:45 0:47 1:02 30.9 78.7 4:26
17" iMac Core 2 Duo/2GHz 198 1:07 1:07 2:24 1:00 1:09 25.2 61.4 5:24
17" iMac Core Duo/1.83GHz (education model) 152 1:26 1:19 3:38 1:13 1:29 5.5 22 6:01
20" iMac G5/2.1GHz* 136 1:50 2:12 5:18 1:22 1:40 19.8 41.3 5:58
>Better <Better <Better <Better <Better <Better >Better >Better <Better

Best results in red. Reference systems in italics. * Tested with 2.5GB of RAM.

Speedmark 5 scores are relative to those of a 1.5GHz Core Solo Mac mini, which is assigned a score of 100. Adobe Photoshop, Cinema 4D XL, iMovie, iTunes, and Finder scores are in minutes:seconds. All systems were running Mac OS X 10.5.2 with 2GB of RAM, except for the iMac G5 which was tested with 2.5GB of RAM. The Photoshop Suite test is a set of 14 scripted tasks using a 50MB file. Photoshop’s memory was set to 70 percent and History was set to Minimum. We recorded how long it took to render a scene in Cinema 4D XL. We used Compressor to encode a 6minute:26second DV file using the DVD: Fastest Encode 120 minutes - 4:3 setting. In iMovie, we applied the Aged Film effect from the Video FX. menu to a one minute movie. We converted 45 minutes of AAC audio files to MP3 using iTunes’ High Quality setting. We ran the net timed demo in Quake 4 at 1024x769 with high quality settings and multiprocessing enabled. We used Unreal Tournament 2004’s Antalus Botmatch average-frames-per-second score; we tested at a resolution of 1,024 by 768 pixels at the Maximum setting with both audio and graphics enabled. We created a Zip archive in the Finder from a 2GB folder.—MACWORLD LAB TESTING BY JAMES GALBRAITH, JERRY JUNG, AND BRIAN CHEN

Aluminum iMac (2008) Benchmarks (07MAY2008)

Speedmark 5 Adobe Photoshop CS3 Cinema 4D XL 10.5 Compressor iMovie HD iTunes 7.5 Quake 4 Unreal Tournament 2004 Finder
OVERALL SCORE SUITE RENDER MPEG-2 ENCODE AGED EFFECT MP3 ENCODE FRAME RATE FRAME RATE ZIP ARCHIVE
20" iMac Core 2 Duo/2.4GHz 230 0:59 0:54 1:45 0:47 1:02 30.9 78.7 4:26
20" iMac Core 2 Duo/2.66GHz 254 0:50 0:48 1:36 0:42 0:56 68.4 110.9 4:08
24" iMac Core 2 Duo/2.8GHz 268 0:48 0:45 1:31 0:40 0:53 68.1 114.5 3:48
24" iMac Core 2 Duo/3.06GHz* 279 0:47 0:43 1:21 0:36 0:49 86.9 111.2 3:36
20" iMac Core 2 Duo/2GHz (August 2007) 204 1:03 1:06 2:17 0:58 1:10 31.4 66 5:17
20" iMac Core 2 Duo/2.4GHz (August 2007) 239 0:54 0:54 1:56 0:49 0:58 61.9 90.2 4:14
24" iMac Core 2 Duo/2.4GHz (August 2007) 238 0:54 0:55 1:57 0:49 0:58 61.7 81.1 4:30
24" iMac Core 2 Extreme/2.8GHz (August 2007)* 268 0:48 0:47 1:45 0:41 0:50 61.9 97.8 3:45
Mac Pro Xeon/2.8GHz (eight-core) 301 0:49 0:15 0:51 0:32 0:48 74.3 109.8 3:51
>Better <Better <Better <Better <Better <Better >Better >Better <Better

Best results in red. Reference systems are in italics. * Build-to-order configurations.

Speedmark 5 scores are relative to those of a 1.5GHz Core Solo Mac mini, which is assigned a score of 100. Adobe Photoshop, Cinema 4D XL, Compressor, iMovie, iTunes, and Finder scores are in minutes:seconds. All systems were running Mac OS X 10.5.2 with 2GB of RAM, unless otherwise indicated. The Photoshop Suite test is a set of 14 scripted tasks, using a 50MB file. Photoshop’s memory was set to 70 percent and History was set to Minimum. We recorded how long it took to render a scene in Cinema 4D XL. We used Compressor to encode a DV file that was 6 minutes and 26 seconds, using the DVD: Fastest Encode 120 minutes - 4:3 setting. In iMovie, we applied the Aged Film effect from the Video FX menu to a one-minute movie. We converted 45 minutes of AAC audio files to MP3, using iTunes’ High Quality setting. We ran the net timed demo in Quake 4 at 1,024 by 768 with high-quality settings and multiprocessing enabled. We used Unreal Tournament 2004’s Antalus Botmatch average-frames-per-second score; we tested at a resolution of 1,024 by 768 pixels at the Maximum setting with both audio and graphics enabled. We created a Zip archive in the Finder from a 2GB folder. For the Professional Application Multitasking suite, we recorded how long it took Photoshop to run our standard test suite while a longer Cinema 4D task and our Compressor Encode test ran in the background.—MACWORLD LAB TESTING BY BRIAN CHEN, JAMES GALBRAITH, AND JERRY JUNG

Frankenmac Benchmarks (29APR2008)

Speedmark 5 Adobe Photoshop CS3 Cinema 4D XL 10.5 Compressor iMovie HD iTunes 7.5 Quake 4 Unreal Tournament 2004 Finder
OVERALL SCORE SUITE RENDER MPEG ENCODE AGED EFFECT MP3 ENCODE FRAME RATE FRAME RATE ZIP ARCHIVE
Frankenmac Core 2 Quad/2.4Ghz 222 0:56 0:32 1:17 0:38 0:54 73.1 87.6 4:43
Mac Pro Xeon/2.8GHz (8 cores) 301 0:49 0:15 0:51 0:32 0:48 74.3 109.8 3:51
Mac mini Core 2 Duo/2GHz 167 1:26 1:07 2:22 0:58 1:09 5.6 19.1 5:29
20" iMac Core 2 Duo/2GHz (August 2007) 204 1:03 1:06 2:17 0:58 1:10 62.2 66 5:17
20" iMac Core 2 Duo/2.4GHz (August 2007) 238 0:54 0:55 1:57 0:49 0:58 61.9 81 4:30
>Better <Better <Better <Better <Better <Better >Better >Better <Better

Best results in bold. Reference systems in italics.

Speedmark 5 scores are relative to those of a 1.5GHz Core Solo Mac mini, which is assigned a score of 100. Adobe Photoshop, Cinema 4D XL, iMovie, iTunes, and Finder scores are in minutes:seconds. All systems were running Mac OS X 10.5.2 with 2GB of RAM, unless otherwise indicated. The Photoshop Suite test is a set of 14 scripted tasks using a 50MB file. Photoshop’s memory was set to 70 percent and History was set to Minimum. We recorded how long it took to render a scene in Cinema 4D XL. We used Compressor to encode a 6-minute, 26-second DV file using the DVD: Fastest Encode 120 minutes - 4:3 setting. In iMovie, we applied the Aged Film effect from the Video FX menu to a one-minute movie. We converted 45 minutes of AAC audio files to MP3 using iTunes’ High Quality setting. We ran the net time demo in Quake 4 at 1024x769 with high quality settings and multiprocessing enabled. We used Unreal Tournament 2004’s Antalus Botmatch average-frames-per-second score; we tested at a resolution of 1,024 by 768 pixels at the Maximum setting with both audio and graphics enabled. We created a Zip archive in the Finder from a 2GB folder. For the Professional Application Multitasking suite, we recorded how long it took Photoshop to run our standard test suite while a longer Cinema 4D task and our Compressor encode test ran in the background—MACWORLD LAB TESTING BY JAMES GALBRAITH, JERRY JUNG, AND BRIAN CHEN

2.6GHz MacBook Pro Benchmarks (19MAR2008)

Speedmark 5 Adobe Photoshop CS3 Cinema 4D XL 10.5 Compressor iMovie HD iTunes 7.5 Unreal Tournament 2004 Finder Finder Finder
OVERALL SCORE SUITE RENDER MPEG ENCODE AGED EFFECT MP3 ENCODE FRAME RATE ZIP ARCHIVE UNZIP ARCHIVE FILE DUPLICATE
15" MacBook Pro/2.6GHz Core 2 Duo with 4GB RAM and 7,200-rpm drive* 241 0:52 0:49 1:37 0:44 0:59 90.8 4:13 1:21 0:36
15" MacBook Pro/2.5GHz Core 2 Duo 222 1:02 0:51 1:42 0:46 1:01 89.4 4:30 1:34 0:46
15" MacBook Pro/2.6GHz Core 2 Duo (Nov. 2007)* 205 1:20 0:51 1:57 0:48 1:03 74.1 4:50 1:56 0:53
20" iMac/2.4GHz Core 2 Duo 239 0:54 0:54 1:56 0:49 0:58 90.2 4:14 1:08 0:31
Mac Pro/2.8GHz (8 cores) 301 0:49 0:15 0:51 0:32 0:48 109.8 3:51 1:12 0:31
>Better <Better <Better <Better <Better <Better >Better <Better <Better <Better

Best results in red. Reference systems in italics. * denotes build-to-order configuration.

Speedmark 5 scores are relative to those of a 1.5GHz Core Solo Mac mini, which is assigned a score of 100. Adobe Photoshop, Cinema 4D XL, iMovie, iTunes, and Finder scores are in minutes:seconds. All systems were running Mac OS X 10.5.2 with 2GB of RAM, unless otherwise indicated. The Photoshop Suite test is a set of 14 scripted tasks using a 50MB file. Photoshop’s memory was set to 70 percent and History was set to Minimum. We recorded how long it took to render a scene in Cinema 4D XL. We used Compressor to encode a 6minute:26second DV file using the DVD: Fastest Encode 120 minutes - 4:3 setting. In iMovie, we applied the Aged Film effect from the Video FX. menu to a one minute movie. We converted 45 minutes of AAC audio files to MP3 using iTunes’ High Quality setting. We used Unreal Tournament 2004’s Antalus Botmatch average-frames-per-second score; we tested at a resolution of 1,024 by 768 pixels at the Maximum setting with both audio and graphics enabled.. We created a Zip archive in the Finder from a 2GB folder.—MACWORLD LAB TESTING BY JAMES GALBRAITH, JERRY JUNG, AND BRIAN CHEN

Penryn-Based MacBook Benchmarks (05MAR2008)

Speedmark 5 Adobe Photoshop CS3 Cinema 4D XL 10.5 Compressor iMovie HD iTunes 7.5 Unreal Tournament 2004 Finder HandBrake
OVERALL SCORE SUITE RENDER MPEG ENCODE AGED EFFECT MP3 ENCODE FRAME RATE ZIP ARCHIVE H.264 ENCODE
MacBook (black)/2.4GHz Core 2 Duo 196 1:16 0:54 1:52 0:51 1:04 27.6 4:51 2:43
MacBook (white)/2.4GHz Core 2 Duo 193 1:16 0:54 1:52 0:51 1:04 27.6 4:57 2:40
MacBook (white)/2.1GHz Core 2 Duo 180 1:19 1:01 2:02 0:56 1:10 26.9 5:24 2:58
MacBook (black, fall 2007)/2.2GHz Core 2 Duo 179 1:15 1:01 2:07 0:52 1:13 26.7 5:06 3:11
MacBook (white, fall 2007)/2.GHz Core 2 Duo 167 1:32 1:07 2:27 1:00 1:15 26.6 5:54 3:14
MacBook (black, late 2006)/2.GHz Core 2 Duo 145 1:27 1:13 2:47 1:00 1:18 17.8 6:24 3:40
MacBook Air/1.6GHz Core 2 Duo 121 1:48 1:41 3:32 1:24 1:54 17.5 7:40 5:17
15" MacBook Pro/2.4GHz Core 2 Duo 204 1:05 0:53 1:51 0:49 1:03 73.4 4:46 2:57
PowerBook G4/1.67GHz PowerPC G4 89 3:04 4:05 7:57 1:55 2:34 19.7 7:18 17:07
>Better <Better <Better <Better <Better <Better >Better <Better <Better

Best results in bold. Reference systems in italics.

Speedmark 5 scores are relative to those of a 1.5GHz Core Solo Mac mini, which is assigned a score of 100. Adobe Photoshop, Cinema 4D XL, iMovie, iTunes, and Finder scores are in minutes:seconds. All systems were running Mac OS X 10.5.2 with 2GB of RAM. The Photoshop Suite test is a set of 14 scripted tasks using a 50MB file. Photoshop’s memory was set to 70 percent and History was set to Minimum. We recorded how long it took to render a scene in Cinema 4D XL. We used Compressor to encode a 6minute:26second DV file using the DVD: Fastest Encode 120 minutes - 4:3 setting. In iMovie, we applied the Aged Film effect from the Video FX. menu to a one minute movie. We converted 45 minutes of AAC audio files to MP3 using iTunes’ High Quality setting. We used Unreal Tournament 2004’s Antalus Botmatch average-frames-per-second score; we tested at a resolution of 1,024 by 768 pixels at the Maximum setting with both audio and graphics enabled.. We created a Zip archive in the Finder from a 2GB folder. For the Professional Application Multitasking suite, we recorded how long it took Photoshop to run our standard test suite while a longer Cinema4D task and our Compressor encode test ran in the background.—MACWORLD LAB TESTING BY JAMES GALBRAITH, JERRY JUNG, AND BRIAN CHEN

Penryn-Based MacBook Pro Benchmarks (03MAR2008)

Speedmark 5 Adobe Photoshop CS3 Cinema 4D XL 10.5 Compressor iMovie HD iTunes 7.5 Unreal Tournament 2004 Finder HandBrake
OVERALL SCORE SUITE RENDER MPEG ENCODE AGED EFFECT MP3 ENCODE FRAME RATE ZIP ARCHIVE H.264 ENCODE
17" MacBook Pro/2.5GHz Core 2 Duo 219 1:00 0:52 1:42 0:45 1:02 81.6 4:32 2:37
15" MacBook Pro/2.5GHz Core 2 Duo 222 1:02 0:51 1:42 0:46 1:01 89.4 4:30 2:35
15" MacBook Pro/2.4GHz Core 2 Duo 204 1:05 0:53 1:51 0:49 1:03 73.4 4:46 2:57
15" MacBook Pro/2.6GHz Core 2 Duo * 205 1:20 0:51 1:57 0:48 1:03 74.1 4:50 2:37
15" MacBook Pro/2.2GHz Core 2 Duo 182 1:23 1:00 2:17 0:55 1:09 75.8 5:36 3:12
15" MacBook Pro/2GHz Core Duo 147 1:37 1:14 3:22 1:08 1:33 54.1 6:07 3:50
MacBook/2GHz Core 2 Duo (white 2007) 167 1:32 1:07 2:27 1:00 1:15 26.6 5:54 3:14
PowerBook G4/1.67GHz PowerPC G4 89 3:04 4:05 7:57 1:55 2:34 19.7 7:18 17:07
>Better <Better <Better <Better <Better <Better >Better <Better <Better

Best results in red. Reference systems in italics. * denotes build-to-order configuration.

Speedmark 5 scores are relative to those of a 1.5GHz Core Solo Mac mini, which is assigned a score of 100. Adobe Photoshop, Cinema 4D XL, iMovie, iTunes, and Finder scores are in minutes:seconds. All systems were running Mac OS X 10.5.2 with 2GB of RAM. The Photoshop Suite test is a set of 14 scripted tasks using a 50MB file. Photoshop’s memory was set to 70 percent and History was set to Minimum. We recorded how long it took to render a scene in Cinema 4D XL. We used Compressor to encode a 6minute:26second DV file using the DVD: Fastest Encode 120 minutes - 4:3 setting. In iMovie, we applied the Aged Film effect from the Video FX menu to a one-minute movie. We converted 45 minutes of AAC audio files to MP3 using iTunes’ High Quality setting. We used Unreal Tournament 2004’s Antalus Botmatch average-frames-per-second score; we tested at a resolution of 1,024 by 768 pixels at the Maximum setting with both audio and graphics enabled.. We created a Zip archive in the Finder from a 2GB folder. For the Professional Application Multitasking suite, we recorded how long it took Photoshop to run our standard test suite while a longer Cinema4D task and our Compressor encode test ran in the background.—MACWORLD LAB TESTING BY JAMES GALBRAITH, JERRY JUNG, AND BRIAN CHEN

MacBook Air variations (21FEB2008)

Speedmark 5 Adobe PS CS3 Cinema 4D XL 10.5 iMovie HD iTunes 7.5 Unreal Tourney 2004 Finder Finder H'brake
OVERALL SCORE SUITE RENDER AGED EFFECT MP3 ENCODE FRAME RATE FILE DUPLICATE ZIP ARCHIVE H.264 ENCODE
MacBook Air/1.8GHz Core 2 Duo, 80GB PATA Drive * 130 1:42 1:32 1:16 1:48 19.5 1:16 6:59 4:53
MacBook Air/1.8GHz Core 2 Duo, 64GB SSD * 140 1:46 1:32 1:18 1:47 18.4 1:04 6:42 4:56
MacBook Air/1.6GHz Core 2 Duo 124 1:43 1:36 1:21 1:52 19.3 1:11 7:49 5:00
MacBook 2GHz Core 2 Duo 170 1:30 1:06 0:58 1:16 22.2 1:01 5:16 3:10
MacBook Pro 2.2GHz 185 1:24 1:00 0:54 1:09 76.8 1:00 5:37 3:14
Mac mini 1.83GHz Core2Duo 161 1:25 1:13 1:05 1:23 21.7 0:59 6:01 3:34
PowerBook 1.67GHz G4 92 2:59 3:52 1:58 2:26 22.2 1:04 7:13 16:55

Best results in red. Reference systems in italics. * denotes build-to-order model.

Speedmark 5 scores are relative to those of a 1.5GHz Core Solo Mac mini, which is assigned a score of 100. Adobe Photoshop, Cinema 4D XL, iMovie, iTunes, and Finder scores are in minutes:seconds. All systems were running Mac OS X 10.5.1 with 2GB of RAM. The Photoshop Suite test is a set of 14 scripted tasks using a 50MB file. Photoshop’s memory was set to 70 percent and History was set to Minimum. We recorded how long it took to render a scene in Cinema 4D XL. We used Compressor to encode a 6:26 DV file using the DVD: Fastest Encode 120 minutes - 4:3 setting. In iMovie, we applied the Aged Film effect from the Video FX. menu to a one minute movie. We converted 45 minutes of AAC audio files to MP3 using iTunes’ High Quality setting. We used Unreal Tournament 2004’s Antalus Botmatch average-frames-per-second score; we tested at a resolution of 1,024 by 768 pixels at the Maximum setting with both audio and graphics enabled. We created a Zip archive in the Finder from a 2GB folder.—MACWORLD LAB TESTING BY JAMES GALBRAITH, JERRY JUNG, AND BRIAN CHEN

1.8GHz MacBook Air Benchmarks (06FEB2008)

Speedmark 5 Adobe Photoshop CS3 Cinema 4D XL 10.5 Compressor 3 iMovie HD iTunes 7.5 Unreal Tournament 2004 Finder HandBrake
OVERALL SCORE SUITE RENDER MPEG2 ENCODE AGED EFFECT MP3 ENCODE FRAME RATE ZIP ARCHIVE H.264 ENCODE
AirBook/1.8GHz Core 2 Duo (with solid-state drive)* 141 1:42 1:32 3:20 1:18 1:47 19.1 6:42 4:56
AirBook/1.6GHz Core 2 Duo 124 1:43 1:36 3:25 1:21 1:52 19.3 7:49 5:00
MacBook/2GHz Core 2 Duo 170 1:30 1:06 2:25 0:58 1:16 22.2 5:16 3:10
MacBook Pro/2.2GHz Core 2 Duo 185 1:24 1:00 2:16 0:54 1:09 76.8 5:37 3:14
Mac mini/1.83GHz Core 2 Duo 161 1:25 1:13 2:37 1:05 1:23 21.7 6:01 3:34
PowerBook G4/1.67GHz G4 92 2:59 3:52 7:43 1:58 2:26 22.2 7:13 16:55
>Better <Better <Better <Better <Better <Better >Better <Better <Better

Best results in red. Reference systems in italics. * denotes build-to-order configuration.

Speedmark 5 scores are relative to those of a 1.5GHz Core Solo Mac mini, which is assigned a score of 100. Adobe Photoshop, Cinema 4D XL, iMovie, iTunes, and Finder scores are in minutes:seconds. All systems were running Mac OS X 10.5.1 with 2GB of RAM. The Photoshop Suite test is a set of 14 scripted tasks using a 50MB file. Photoshop’s memory was set to 70 percent and History was set to Minimum. We recorded how long it took to render a scene in Cinema 4D XL. We used Compressor to encode a 6minute:26second DV file using the DVD: Fastest Encode 120 minutes - 4:3 setting. In iMovie, we applied the Aged Film effect from the Video FX menu to a one-minute movie. We converted 45 minutes of AAC audio files to MP3 using iTunes’ High Quality setting. We used Unreal Tournament 2004’s Antalus Botmatch average-frames-per-second score; we tested at a resolution of 1,024 by 768 pixels at the Maximum setting with both audio and graphics enabled.. We created a Zip archive in the Finder from a 2GB folder. For the Professional Application Multitasking suite, we recorded how long it took Photoshop to run our standard test suite while a longer Cinema4D task and our Compressor encode test ran in the background.—MACWORLD LAB TESTING BY JAMES GALBRAITH, JERRY JUNG, AND BRIAN CHEN

3.2GHz Mac Pro Benchmarks (06FEB2008)

Speed- mark 5 Adobe PS CS3 Cinema 4D XL 10.5 Comp. 3 iMovie HD iTunes 7.5 Unreal Tourney 2004 Quake 4 Finder H’Brake Pro App Multi 2GB RAM Pro App Multi 4GB RAM
OVERALL SCORE SUITE RENDER MPEG2 ENCODE AGED EFFECT MP3 ENCODE FRAME RATE FRAME RATE ZIP ARCHIVE H.264 ENCODE SUITE SUITE
Mac Pro Xeon/3.2GHz (8 cores)* 342 0:39 0:13 0:51 0:28 0:42 111.7 33.7 3:34 0:56 1:02 0:59
Mac Pro Xeon/3GHz (8 cores)* 327 0:40 0:15 0:52 0:30 0:44 106.4 32.9 3:43 1:02 1:06 1:03
Mac Pro Xeon/2.8GHz (8 cores) 314 0:49 0:16 0:46 0:30 0:47 100.8 33.3 3:51 0:54 1:17 1:11
Mac Pro Xeon/3GHz (8 cores)(2007)* 317 0:44 0:15 1:02 0:34 0:51 95.4 51.4 3:41 0:57 1:20 1:12
Power Mac G5/2.5GHz (4 cores) 225 1:12 0:32 1:28 0:37 0:48 32.6 37.7 4:47 2:25 2:28 2:23
>Better <Better <Better <Better <Better <Better >Better >Better <Better <Better <Better <Better

Best results in red. Reference systems in italics. * denotes build-to-order configuration.

Speedmark 5 scores are relative to those of a 1.5GHz Core Solo Mac mini, which is assigned a score of 100. Adobe Photoshop, Cinema 4D XL, iMovie, iTunes, and Finder scores are in minutes:seconds. All systems were running Mac OS X 10.5.1 with 2GB of RAM. The Photoshop Suite test is a set of 14 scripted tasks using a 50MB file. Photoshop’s memory was set to 70 percent and History was set to Minimum. We recorded how long it took to render a scene in Cinema 4D XL. We used Compressor to encode a 6 minute, 26 second DV file using the DVD: Fastest Encode 120 minutes - 4:3 setting. In iMovie, we applied the Aged Film effect from the Video FX. menu to a one minute movie. We converted 45 minutes of AAC audio files to MP3 using iTunes’ High Quality setting. We used Unreal Tournament 2004’s Antalus Botmatch average-frames-per-second score; we tested at a resolution of 1,024 by 768 pixels at the Maximum setting with both audio and graphics enabled. We created a Zip archive in the Finder from a 2GB folder. For the Professional Application Multitasking suite, we recorded how long it took Photoshop to run our standard test suite while a longer Cinema 4D task and our Compressor encode test ran in the background.—MACWORLD LAB TESTING BY JAMES GALBRAITH, JERRY JUNG, AND BRIAN CHEN.

MacBook Air Benchmarks (30JAN2008)


Speedmark 5 Adobe Photoshop CS3 Cinema 4D XL 10.5 Compr. 3 iMovie HD iTunes 7.5 Unreal Tourn. 2004 Finder H'brake

OVERALL SCORE SUITE RENDER MPEG2 ENCODE AGED EFFECT MP3 ENCODE FRAME RATE ZIP ARCHIVE H.264 ENCODE
AirBook/1.6GHz Core 2 Duo 124 1:43 1:36 3:25 1:21 1:52 19.3 7:49 5:00
MacBook/2GHz Core 2 Duo 170 1:30 1:06 2:25 0:58 1:16 22.2 5:16 3:10
MacBook Pro/2.2GHz Core 2 Duo 185 1:24 1:00 2:16 0:54 1:09 76.8 5:37 3:14
Mac mini/1.83GHz Core 2 Duo 161 1:25 1:13 2:37 1:05 1:23 21.7 6:01 3:34
PowerBook/1.67GHz G4 92 2:59 3:52 7:43 1:58 2:26 22.2 7:13 16:55
  >Better <Better <Better <Better <Better <Better >Better <Better <Better

Best results in red. Reference systems in italics.

Speedmark 5 scores are relative to those of a 1.5GHz Core Solo Mac mini, which is assigned a score of 100. Adobe Photoshop, Cinema 4D XL, iMovie, iTunes, and Finder scores are in minutes:seconds. All systems were running Mac OS X 10.5.1 with 2GB of RAM. The Photoshop Suite test is a set of 14 scripted tasks using a 50MB file. Photosho's memory was set to 70 percent and History was set to Minimum. We recorded how long it took to render a scene in Cinema 4D XL. We used Compressor to encode a 6minute:26second DV file using the DVD: Fastest Encode 120 minutes - 4:3 setting. In iMovie, we applied the Aged Film effect from the Video FX. menu to a one-minute movie. We converted 45 minutes of AAC audio files to MP3 using iTunes' High Quality setting. We used Unreal Tournament 2004's Antalus Botmatch average-frames-per-second score; we tested at a resolution of 1,024 by 768 pixels at the Maximum setting with both audio and graphics enabled. We created a Zip archive in the Finder from a 2GB folder. To see other Speedmark 5 scores for other systems, —MACWORLD LAB TESTING BY JAMES GALBRAITH, JERRY JUNG, AND BRIAN CHEN

More Mac Pro Benchmarks (23JAN2008)

Speedmark 5 Photoshop CS3 Cinema 4D XL 10.5 Compressor 3 iMovie HD iTunes 7.5 Unreal Tourney 2004 Quake 4 Finder H'Brake Pro App Multi 2GB RAM Pro App Multi 4GB RAM
OVERALL SCORE SUITE RENDER MPEG2 ENCODE AGED EFFECT MP3 ENCODE FRAME RATE FRAME RATE ZIP ARCHIVE H.264 ENCODE SUITE SUITE
Mac Pro Xeon/2.8GHz (4 cores)* 294 0:50 0:26 1:01 0:31 0:46 102.7 33.4 3:53 1:30 1:23 1:19
Mac Pro Xeon/3GHz (8 cores)* 327 0:40 0:15 0:52 0:30 0:44 106.4 32.9 3:43 1:02 1:06 1:03
Mac Pro Xeon/2.8GHz (8 cores) 314 0:49 0:16 0:46 0:30 0:47 100.8 33.3 3:51 0:54 1:17 1:11
Mac Pro Xeon/2.66GHz (4 cores) 258 0:51 0:28 1:20 0:39 0:52 87.8 51.4 5:15 1:55 1:39 1:27
Mac Pro Xeon/3GHz (8 cores) (2007)* 317 0:44 0:15 1:02 0:34 0:51 95.4 51.4 3:41 0:57 1:20 1:12
Power Mac G5/2.5GHz (4 cores) 225 1:12 0:32 1:28 0:37 0:48 32.6 37.7 7:12 16:58 2:28 2:23
>Better <Better <Better <Better <Better <Better >Better >Better <Better <Better <Better <Better

Best results in bold. Discontinued reference systems in italics. * Denotes build-to-order configuration.

Speedmark 5 scores are relative to those of a 1.5GHz Core Solo Mac mini, which is assigned a score of 100. Adobe Photoshop, Cinema 4D XL, iMovie, iTunes, and Finder scores are in minutes:seconds. All systems were running Mac OS X 10.5.1 with 2GB of RAM. The Photoshop Suite test is a set of 14 scripted tasks using a 50MB file. Photoshop’s memory was set to 70 percent and History was set to Minimum. We recorded how long it took to render a scene in Cinema 4D XL. We used Compressor to encode a 6 minute, 26 second DV file using the DVD: Fastest Encode 120 minutes - 4:3 setting. In iMovie, we applied the Aged Film effect from the Video FX. menu to a one minute movie. We converted 45 minutes of AAC audio files to MP3 using iTunes’ High Quality setting. We used Unreal Tournament 2004’s Antalus Botmatch average-frames-per-second score; we tested at a resolution of 1,024 by 768 pixels at the Maximum setting with both audio and graphics enabled. We created a Zip archive in the Finder from a 2GB folder. For the Professional Application Multitasking suite, we recorded how long it took Photoshop to run our standard test suite while a longer Cinema 4D task and our Compressor encode test ran in the background.—MACWORLD LAB TESTING BY JAMES GALBRAITH, JERRY JUNG, AND BRIAN CHEN

2.8GHz 8-Core Mac Pro Benchmarks (11JAN2008)

Speedmark 5 Adobe Photoshop CS3 Cinema 4D XL 10.5 Compressor 3 iMovie HD iTunes 7.5 Unreal Tournament 2004 Finder HandBrake Pro App Multitask
OVERALL SCORE SUITE RENDER MPEG2 ENCODE AGED EFFECT MP3 ENCODE FRAME RATE ZIP ARCHIVE H.264 ENCODE SUITE
Mac Pro Xeon/Dual 2.8GHz Quad Core
ATI Radeon HD 2600 XT graphics card with 256MB of GDDR3 memory
314 0:49 0:16 0:46 0:30 0:47 100.8 3:51 0:54 1:22
Mac Pro Xeon/2.66GHz Quad Core 258 0:51 0:28 1:20 0:39 0:52 87.8 5:15 1:55 1:25
Mac Pro Xeon/Dual 3GHz Quad Core 317 0:44 0:15 1:02 0:34 0:51 95.4 3:41 0:57 0:58
24" iMac Core 2 Duo/2.8GHz*
ATI Radeon HD 2600 PRO graphics card with 256MB of GDDR3 memory
268 0:48 0:47 1:45 0:41 0:50 97.8 3:46 2:39 1:47
MacBook Pro Core 2 Duo/2.6GHz* 209 1:14 0:51 1:56 0:47 1:02 79.1 4:45 2:53 2:21
>Better <Better <Better <Better <Better <Better >Better <Better <Better <Better

Best results in bold. Reference system in italics. * Denotes build-to-order system

Speedmark 5 scores are relative to those of a 1.5GHz Core Solo Mac mini, which is assigned a score of 100. Adobe Photoshop, Cinema 4D XL, iMovie, iTunes, and Finder scores are in minutes:seconds. All systems were running Mac OS X 10.5.1 with 2GB of RAM. The Photoshop Suite test is a set of 14 scripted tasks using a 50MB file. Photoshop’s memory was set to 70 percent and History was set to Minimum. We recorded how long it took to render a scene in Cinema 4D XL. We used Compressor to encode a 6minute:26second DV file using the DVD: Fastest Encode 120 minutes - 4:3 setting. In iMovie, we applied the Aged Film effect from the Video FX. menu to a one minute movie. We converted 45 minutes of AAC audio files to MP3 using iTunes’ High Quality setting. We used Unreal Tournament 2004’s Antalus Botmatch average-frames-per-second score; we tested at a resolution of 1,024 by 768 pixels at the Maximum setting with both audio and graphics enabled.. We created a Zip archive in the Finder from a 2GB folder. For the Professional Application Multitasking suite, we recorded how long it took Photoshop to run our standard test suite while a longer Cinema4D task and our Compressor encode test ran in the background.—Macworld Lab testing by James Galbraith, Jerry Jung, and Brian Chen

2.6GHz MacBook Pro Benchmarks (30NOV2007)

Speedmark 5 Adobe Photoshop CS3 Cinema 4D XL 10.5 Compressor 3 iMovie HD iTunes 7.5 Unreal Tournament 2004 Quake 4 Finder HandBrake
OVERALL SCORE SUITE RENDER MPEG2 Encode Aged Effect MP3 ENCODE FRAME RATE FRAME RATE ZIP ARCHIVE H.264 ENCODE
15" MacBook Pro Core 2 Duo/2.6GHz* 208 1:14 0:51 1:57 0:47 1:02 77.8 51.3 4:47 2:52
15" MacBook Pro Core 2 Duo/2.4GHz 198 1:17 0:55 2:07 0:50 1:05 75.4 46.3 5:02 3:05
MacBook Core 2 Duo/2.2GHz (black) 184 1:17 1:00 2:05 0:51 1:13 25.7 7.8 5:13 3:14
>Better <Better <Better <Better <Better <Better >Better >Better <Better <Better

Best results in bold. Reference system in italics. * denotes build-to-order model.

Speedmark 5 scores are relative to those of a 1.5GHz Core Solo Mac mini, which is assigned a score of 100. Adobe Photoshop, Cinema 4D XL, iMovie, iTunes, and Finder scores are in minutes:seconds. All systems were running Mac OS X 10.5.1 with 2GB of RAM. The Photoshop Suite test is a set of 14 scripted tasks using a 50MB file. Photoshop’s memory was set to 70 percent and History was set to Minimum. We recorded how long it took to render a scene in Cinema 4D XL. We used Compressor to encode a 6 minute, 26second DV file using the DVD: Fastest Encode 120 minutes - 4:3 setting. In iMovie, we applied the Aged Film effect from the Video FX. menu to a one minute movie. We converted 45 minutes of AAC audio files to MP3 using iTunes’ High Quality setting. We used Unreal Tournament 2004’s Antalus Botmatch average-frames-per-second score; we tested at a resolution of 1,024 by 768 pixels at the Maximum setting with both audio and graphics enabled. We ran Quake 4 timedemo at a resolution of 1,024 by 768 pixels at High Quality settings. We created a Zip archive in the Finder from a 2GB folder. To compare Speedmark 5 scores for various Mac systems, visit our Apple Hardware Guide.—MACWORLD LAB TESTING BY JAMES GALBRAITH, JERRY JUNG, AND BRIAN CHEN

 

Speedmark 5 Results (27NOV2007)

Speedmark 5 Adobe Photoshop CS3 Cinema 4D XL 10.5 Compressor 3 iMovie HD iTunes 7.5 Unreal Tournament 2004 Quake 4 Finder Handbrake
OVERALL SCORE SUITE RENDER MPEG2 Encode Aged Effect MP3 ENCODE FRAME RATE FRAME RATE ZIP ARCHIVE H.264 ENCODE
MacBook Core 2 Duo/2.2GHz (black) 186 1:17 1:00 2:05 0:51 1:12 25.4 7.8 5:13 3:14
MacBook Core 2 Duo/2.2GHz (white) 185 1:17 1:01 2:11 0:53 1:11 23.3 7.7 5:09 3:14
MacBook Core 2 Duo/2GHz (white) 172 1:26 1:06 2:22 0:57 1:16 24.1 7.7 5:42 3:15
MacBook Core 2 Duo/2.16GHz (white) 179 1:16 1:04 2:17 0:53 1:13 18.5 4.5 5:11 3:18
MacBook Core 2 Duo/2GHz (white, May 2007) 165 1:31 1:11 2:37 0:59 1:16 18.5 4.5 5:51 3:31
15" MacBook Pro Core 2 Duo/2.2GHz 185 1:24 1:00 2:16 0:55 1:09 78 43.1 5:37 3:14
15" MacBook Pro Core 2 Duo/2.4GHz 199 1:17 0:55 2:08 0:50 1:06 69.9 39.1 5:01 3:02
17" MacBook Pro Core 2 Duo/2.4GHz 204 1:20 0:55 2:07 0:50 1:03 76.6 52.5 5:03 3:01
20" iMac Core 2 Duo/2GHz 210 1:03 1:05 2:17 0:56 1:09 73.7 21.3 5:13 3:21
20" iMac Core 2 Duo/2.4 GHz 245 0:54 0:54 1:57 0:47 0:59 88.7 31.3 4:24 2:56
24" iMac Core 2 Duo/2.4 GHz 245 0:55 0:54 1:57 0:47 0:59 88.6 31.2 4:25 2:56
24" iMac Core 2 Duo/2.8 GHz 262 0:47 0:47 1:42 0:41 0:51 93 31.1 3:46 2:39
Mac Pro Xeon/2.66 GHz Quad Core 260 0:51 0:28 1:19 0:39 0:52 93.5 51.4 4:16 1:55
Mac Pro Xeon/3 GHz Quad Core 274 0:47 0:25 1:16 0:35 0:48 95.3 51.5 3:56 1:38
Mac mini Core 2 Duo/2 GHz 172 1:19 1:07 2:21 0:56 1:09 23.4 5.6 5:29 3:22
Mac mini Core 2 Duo/1.83GHz 159 1:24 1:14 2:37 1:02 1:25 23.6 5.6 5:57 3:34
Mac mini Core Solo/1.5GHz 100 2:16 3:00 8:03 2:09 2:50 19.2 n/a* 7:47 9:28
15" PowerBook G4/ 1.67Ghz 92 3:00 3:53 7:52 1:58 2:26 22.3 19.9 7:12 16:58
Power Macintosh G5/Quad 2.5GHz 225 1:12 0:32 1:28 0:37 0:48 32.6 37.7 4:47 2:25
Power Macintosh G5/Dual 2.7GHz 204 1:19 0:53 2:12 0:47 0:55 49.8 16.7 4:43 4:36
Power Macintosh G5/Dual 2.5GHz 193 1:22 0:57 2:18 0:47 0:58 47.3 18.1 4:45 4:57
Power Macintosh G5/Dual 2.0GHz 166 1:49 1:11 2:34 0:56 1:10 38.8 17.2 5:44 6:04
Power Macintosh G5/1.8GHz-single 112 2:25 2:33 5:40 1:31 1:58 19.3 5.8 7:01 13:54
>Better <Better <Better <Better <Better <Better >Better >Better <Better <Better

Best results in bold. Recently added systems are in italics. Asterisk (*) Denotes a system that doesn’t meet the application’s minimum requirements.

Speedmark 5 scores are relative to those of a 1.5GHz Core Solo Mac mini, which is assigned a score of 100. Adobe Photoshop, Cinema 4D XL, iMovie, iTunes, and Finder scores are in minutes:seconds. All systems were running Mac OS X 10.5 with 2GB of RAM. The Photoshop Suite test is a set of 14 scripted tasks using a 50MB file. Photoshop’s memory was set to 70 percent and History was set to Minimum. We recorded how long it took to render a scene in Cinema 4D XL. We used Compressor to encode a 6minute:26second DV file using the DVD: Fastest Encode 120 minutes - 4:3 setting. In iMovie, we applied the Aged Film effect from the Video FX. menu to a one minute movie. We converted 45 minutes of AAC audio files to MP3 using iTunes’ High Quality setting. We used Unreal Tournament 2004’s Antalus Botmatch average-frames-per-second score; we tested at a resolution of 1,024-by-768 pixels at the Maximum setting with both audio and graphics enabled. We ran Quake 4 timedemo at a resolution of 1,024 by 768 pixels at High Quality settings. We created a Zip archive in the Finder from a 2GB folder.—MACWORLD LAB TESTING BY JAMES GALBRAITH, JERRY JUNG, AND BRIAN CHEN

 

New MacBook Benchmarks (14NOV2007)

Speedmark 5 Adobe Photoshop CS3 Cinema 4D XL 10.5 Compressor 3 iMovie HD iTunes 7.5 Unreal Tournament 2004 Quake 4 Finder
OVERALL SCORE SUITE RENDER MPEG2 Encode Aged Effect MP3 ENCODE FRAME RATE FRAME RATE ZIP ARCHIVE
MacBook Core 2 Duo (black)/2.2GHz (black) 186 1:17 1:00 2:05 0:51 1:12 25.4 7.8 5:13
MacBook Core 2 Duo (white)/2.2GHz 185 1:17 1:01 2:11 0:53 1:11 23.3 7.7 5:09
MacBook Core 2 Duo/2GHz (November 2007) 172 1:27 1:06 2:22 0:57 1:16 24.1 7.7 5:42
MacBook Core 2 Duo (white)/2.16GHz 179 1:16 1:04 2:17 0:53 1:13 18.5 4.5 5:11
15" MacBook Pro Core 2 Duo/2.2GHz 185 1:24 1:00 2:16 0:55 1:09 78 43.1 5:37
>Better <Better <Better <Better <Better <Better >Better >Better <Better

Best results in bold. Reference system in italics.

Speedmark 5 scores are relative to those of a 1.5GHz Core Solo Mac mini, which is assigned a score of 100. Adobe Photoshop, Cinema 4D XL, iMovie, iTunes, and Finder scores are in minutes:seconds. All systems were running Mac OS X 10.5 with 2GB of RAM. The Photoshop Suite test is a set of 14 scripted tasks using a 50MB file. Photoshop’s memory was set to 70 percent and History was set to Minimum. We recorded how long it took to render a scene in Cinema 4D XL. We used Compressor to encode a 6minute:26second DV file using the DVD: Fastest Encode 120 minutes - 4:3 setting. In iMovie, we applied the Aged Film effect from the Video FX. menu to a one minute movie. We converted 45 minutes of AAC audio files to MP3 using iTunes’ High Quality setting. We used Unreal Tournament 2004’s Antalus Botmatch average-frames-per-second score; we tested at a resolution of 1,024-by-768 pixels at the Maximum setting with both audio and graphics enabled. We ran Quake 4 timedemo at a resolution of 1,024-by-768 pixels at High Quality settings. We created a Zip archive in the Finder from a 2GB folder.—MACWORLD LAB TESTING BY JAMES GALBRAITH, JERRY JUNG, AND BRIAN CHEN

Speedmark 5 Results (13NOV2007)

Speedmark 5 Adobe Photoshop CS3 Cinema 4D XL 10.5 Compressor 3 iMovie HD iTunes 7.5 Unreal Tournament 2004 Quake 4 Finder HandBreak
OVERALL SCORE SUITE RENDER MPEG2 Encode Aged Effect MP3 ENCODE FRAME RATE FRAME RATE ZIP ARCHIVE H.264 ENCODE
MacBook Core 2 Duo/2.2GHz (black) 186 1:17 1:00 2:05 0:51 1:12 25.4 7.8 5:13 3:14
MacBook Core 2 Duo/2.2GHz (white) 185 1:17 1:01 2:11 0:53 1:11 23.3 7.7 5:09 3:14
MacBook Core 2 Duo/2GHz (white) 172 1:26 1:06 2:22 0:57 1:16 24.1 7.7 5:42 3:15
MacBook Core 2 Duo/2.16GHz (white) 179 1:16 1:04 2:17 0:53 1:13 18.5 4.5 5:11 3:18
MacBook Core 2 Duo/2GHz (white, May 2007) 165 1:31 1:11 2:37 0:59 1:16 18.5 4.5 5:51 3:31
15" MacBook Pro Core 2 Duo/2.2GHz 185 1:24 1:00 2:16 0:55 1:09 78 43.1 5:37 3:14
15" MacBook Pro Core 2 Duo/2.4GHz 199 1:17 0:55 2:08 0:50 1:06 69.9 39.1 5:01 3:02
17" MacBook Pro Core 2 Duo/2.4GHz 204 1:20 0:55 2:07 0:50 1:03 76.6 52.5 5:03 3:01
20" iMac Core 2 Duo/2GHz 210 1:03 1:05 2:17 0:56 1:09 73.7 21.3 5:13 3:21
20" iMac Core 2 Duo/2.4 GHz 245 0:54 0:54 1:57 0:47 0:59 88.7 31.3 4:24 2:56
24" iMac Core 2 Duo/2.4 GHz 245 0:55 0:54 1:57 0:47 0:59 88.6 31.2 4:25 2:56
Mac Pro Xeon/2.66 GHz Quad Core 260 0:51 0:28 1:19 0:39 0:52 93.5 51.4 4:16 1:55
Mac Pro Xeon/3 GHz Quad Core 274 0:47 0:25 1:16 0:35 0:48 95.3 51.5 3:56 1:38
Mac mini Core 2 Duo/2 GHz 172 1:19 1:07 2:21 0:56 1:09 23.4 5.6 5:29 3:22
Mac mini Core 2 Duo/1.83GHz 159 1:24 1:14 2:37 1:02 1:25 23.6 5.6 5:57 3:34
Mac mini Core Solo/1.5GHz 100 2:16 3:00 8:03 2:09 2:50 19.2 n/a* 7:47 9:28
>Better <Better <Better <Better <Better <Better >Better >Better <Better >Better

Best results in bold. Asterisk (*) Denotes a system that doesn’t meet the application’s minimum requirements.

Speedmark 5 scores are relative to those of a 1.5GHz Core Solo Mac mini, which is assigned a score of 100. Adobe Photoshop, Cinema 4D XL, iMovie, iTunes, and Finder scores are in minutes:seconds. All systems were running Mac OS X 10.5 with 2GB of RAM. The Photoshop Suite test is a set of 14 scripted tasks using a 50MB file. Photoshop’s memory was set to 70 percent and History was set to Minimum. We recorded how long it took to render a scene in Cinema 4D XL. We used Compressor to encode a 6minute:26second DV file using the DVD: Fastest Encode 120 minutes - 4:3 setting. In iMovie, we applied the Aged Film effect from the Video FX. menu to a one minute movie. We converted 45 minutes of AAC audio files to MP3 using iTunes’ High Quality setting. We used Unreal Tournament 2004’s Antalus Botmatch average-frames-per-second score; we tested at a resolution of 1,024-by-768 pixels at the Maximum setting with both audio and graphics enabled. We ran Quake 4 timedemo at a resolution of 1,024 by 768 pixels at High Quality settings. We created a Zip archive in the Finder from a 2GB folder.—MACWORLD LAB TESTING BY JAMES GALBRAITH, JERRY JUNG, AND BRIAN CHEN

New MacBook Benchmarks (08NOV2007)

Speedmark 5 Adobe Photoshop CS3 Cinema 4D XL 10.5 Compressor 3 iMovie HD iTunes 7.5 Unreal Tournament 2004 Quake 4 Finder
OVERALL SCORE SUITE RENDER MPEG2 Encode Aged Effect MP3 ENCODE FRAME RATE FRAME RATE ZIP ARCHIVE
MacBook Core 2 Duo (black)/2.2GHz (black) 186 1:17 1:00 2:05 0:51 1:12 25.4 7.8 5:13
MacBook Core 2 Duo (white)/2.2GHz 185 1:17 1:01 2:11 0:53 1:11 23.3 7.7 5:09
MacBook Core 2 Duo/2GHz (November 2007) 172 1:27 1:06 2:22 0:57 1:16 24.1 7.7 5:42
MacBook Core 2 Duo (white)/2.16GHz 179 1:16 1:04 2:17 0:53 1:13 18.5 4.5 5:11
15" MacBook Pro Core 2 Duo/2.2GHz 185 1:24 1:00 2:16 0:55 1:09 78 43.1 5:37
>Better <Better <Better <Better <Better <Better >Better >Better <Better

Best results in bold. Reference system in italics.

Speedmark 5 scores are relative to those of a 1.5GHz Core Solo Mac mini, which is assigned a score of 100. Adobe Photoshop, Cinema 4D XL, iMovie, iTunes, and Finder scores are in minutes:seconds. All systems were running Mac OS X 10.5 with 2GB of RAM. The Photoshop Suite test is a set of 14 scripted tasks using a 50MB file. Photoshop’s memory was set to 70 percent and History was set to Minimum. We recorded how long it took to render a scene in Cinema 4D XL. We used Compressor to encode a 6minute:26second DV file using the DVD: Fastest Encode 120 minutes - 4:3 setting. In iMovie, we applied the Aged Film effect from the Video FX. menu to a one minute movie. We converted 45 minutes of AAC audio files to MP3 using iTunes’ High Quality setting. We used Unreal Tournament 2004’s Antalus Botmatch average-frames-per-second score; we tested at a resolution of 1,024-by-768 pixels at the Maximum setting with both audio and graphics enabled. We ran Quake 4 timedemo at a resolution of 1,024-by-768 pixels at High Quality settings. We created a Zip archive in the Finder from a 2GB folder.—MACWORLD LAB TESTING BY JAMES GALBRAITH, JERRY JUNG, AND BRIAN CHEN

2.8GHz Aluminum iMac Benchmarks (04SEP2007)

Speedmark 4.5 Adobe Photoshop CS3 Cinema 4D XL 9.5.21 Compressor 3 iMovie '08 iTunes 7.3.2 Unreal Tournament 2004 Finder
OVERALL SCORE SUITE RENDER MPEG2 Encode Export Movie MP3 ENCODE FRAME RATE ZIP ARCHIVE
24" iMac Core 2 Extreme/2.8GHz 304 0:51 0:46 1:45 3:35 0:46 86.0 1:49
24" Aluminum iMac Core 2 Duo/2.4Ghz 277 0:56 0:54 2:02 4:04 0:54 87.7 2:02
20" Aluminum iMac Core 2 Duo/2GHz 253 1:04 1:05 2:18 4:41 1:04 70.1 2:29
24" iMac Core 2 Duo/2.33GHz 266 1:05 0:57 2:03 4:35 0:56 86.7 2:13
>Better <Better <Better <Better <Better <Better >Better <Better

Best results in bold. Reference system in italics.

Speedmark 4.5 scores are relative to those of a 1.25GHz Mac mini, which is assigned a score of 100. Adobe Photoshop, Cinema 4D XL, iMovie, iTunes, and Finder scores are in minutes:seconds. All systems were running Mac OS X 10.4.10 with 2GB of RAM, with processor performance set to Highest in the Energy Saver preference pane when applicable. The Photoshop Suite test is a set of 14 scripted tasks using a 50MB file. Photoshop’s memory was set to 70 percent and History was set to Minimum. We recorded how long it took to render a scene in Cinema 4D XL. We used Compressor to encode a 6minute:26second DV file using the DVD: Fastest Encode 120 minutes - 4:3 setting. In iMovie, we exported a 6minute:41second movie as a 480-by-272 resolution, H.264 file for mobile devices. We converted 45 minutes of AAC audio files to MP3 using iTunes’ High Quality setting. We used Unreal Tournament 2004’s Antalus Botmatch average-frames-per-second score; we tested at a resolution of 1,024 by 768 pixels at the Maximum setting with both audio and graphics enabled. We created a Zip archive in the Finder from a 1GB folder. To compare Speedmark 4.5 scores for various Mac systems, visit our Apple Hardware Guide.—MACWORLD LAB TESTING BY JAMES GALBRAITH, JERRY, JUNG, AND BRIAN CHEN

Mac mini Core 2 Duo (30AUG2007)

Speedmark 4.5 Adobe Photoshop CS3 Cinema 4D XL 9.5.21 Compressor 3 iMovie 6.0.2 iTunes 7.3.2 Unreal Tournament 2004 Finder Finder
OVERALL SCORE SUITE RENDER MPEG-2 ENCODE AGED EFFECT MP3 ENCODE FRAME RATE ZIP ARCHIVE DUPLICATE FILE
Mac mini Core 2 Duo/2GHz 210 1:21 1:06 2:22 0:56 1:04 23.3 2:36 0:28
Mac mini Core 2 Duo/1.83GHz 195 1:27 1:13 2:37 1:02 1:15 23.2 2:49 0:27
Mac mini Core Duo/1.83GHz 171 1:47 1:18 3:37 1:10 1:21 20.7 3:08 0:33
Mac mini Core Duo/1.66GHz 156 1:49 1:25 3:52 1:15 1:39 19.5 3:23 0:36
20" iMac Core 2 Duo/2GHz 257 1:02 1:05 2:17 0:55 1:03 70.1 2:30 0:14
>Better <Better <Better <Better <Better <Better >Better <Better <Better

Best results in bold. Reference systems in italics.

Speedmark 4.5 scores are relative to those of a 1.25GHz Mac mini, which is assigned a score of 100. Adobe Photoshop, Cinema 4D XL, iMovie, iTunes, and Finder scores are in minutes:seconds. All systems were running Mac OS X 10.4.10 with 1GB of RAM, with processor performance set to Highest in the Energy Saver preference pane when applicable. The Photoshop Suite test is a set of 14 scripted tasks using a 50MB file. Photoshop’s memory was set to 70 percent and History was set to Minimum. We recorded how long it took to render a scene in Cinema 4D XL. We used Compressor to encode a 6 minute, 26 second DV file using the DVD: Fastest Encode 120 minutes - 4:3 setting. In iMovie, we applied the Aged video effect to a one-minute movie. We converted 45 minutes of AAC audio files to MP3 using iTunes’ High Quality setting. We used Unreal Tournament 2004’s Antalus Botmatch average-frames-per-second score; we tested at a resolution of 1,024 by 768 pixels at the Maximum setting with both audio and graphics enabled. We duplicated a 500MB file in the Finder. We created a Zip archive in the Finder from a 1GB folder. To compare Speedmark 4.5 scores for various Mac systems, visit our Apple Hardware Guide.—Macworld Lab testing by James Galbraith and Jerry Jung.

Aluminum iMac Benchmarks (10AUG2007)

Speedmark 4.5 Adobe Photoshop CS3 Cinema 4D XL 9.5.21 Compressor 3 iMovie 6.0.2 iTunes 7.3.2 Unreal Tournament 2004 Finder
OVERALL SCORE SUITE RENDER MPEG2 Encode AGED EFFECT MP3 ENCODE FRAME RATE ZIP ARCHIVE
24" iMac/2.4GHz Intel Core 2 Duo 279 0:56 0:54 2:01 0:47 0:53 86.3 2:06
20" iMac/2.4GHz Intel Core 2 Duo 280 0:56 0:54 2:01 0:47 0:53 86.3 2:06
20" iMac/2.GHz Intel Core 2 Duo 257 1:02 1:05 2:17 0:55 1:03 70.1 2:30
24" iMac/2.16GHz Intel Core 2 Duo 256 1:07 1:01 2:07 0:52 1:00 88.7 2:22
20" iMac/2.1Ghz PowerPC G5 195 1:52 2:02 4:44 1:15 1:40 34.5 2:53
>Better <Better <Better <Better <Better <Better >Better <Better

Best results in bold. Reference systems in italics.

Speedmark 4.5 scores are relative to those of a 1.25GHz Mac mini, which is assigned a score of 100. Adobe Photoshop, Cinema 4D XL, iMovie, iTunes, and Finder scores are in minutes:seconds. All systems were running Mac OS X 10.4.10 with 1GB of RAM, with processor performance set to Highest in the Energy Saver preference pane when applicable. The Photoshop Suite test is a set of 14 scripted tasks using a 50MB file. Photoshop’s memory was set to 70 percent and History was set to Minimum. We recorded how long it took to render a scene in Cinema 4D XL. We used Compressor to encode a 6minute:26second DV file using the DVD: Fastest Encode 120 minutes - 4:3 setting, using Apple’s qmaster software to create a two instance cluster to process the job. In iMovie, we applied the Aged video effect to a 1-minute movie. We converted 45 minutes of AAC audio files to MP3 using iTunes’ High Quality setting. We used Unreal Tournament 2004’s Antalus Botmatch average-frames-per-second score; we tested at a resolution of 1,024 by 768 pixels at the Maximum setting with both audio and graphics enabled. We created a Zip archive in the Finder from a 1GB folder. To compare Speedmark 4.5 scores for various Mac systems, visit our Apple Hardware Guide.—MACWORLD LAB TESTING BY JAMES GALBRAITH, JERRY JUNG, AND BLAIR HANLEY FRANK.

Eight-Core Mac Pro Benchmarks (18JUL2007)

Speedmark 4.5 Adobe Photoshop CS3 Cinema 4D XL 9.5.21 Compressor 3 iMovie 6.0.1 iTunes 7.2 Unreal Tournament 2004 Finder
OVERALL SCORE SUITE RENDER MPEG-2 ENCODE AGED EFFECT MP3 ENCODE FRAME RATE ZIP ARCHIVE
Mac Pro/2 quad-core 3GHz Intel Xeon (eight-core) 325 0:48 0:14 1:03 0:39 0:55 92.1 1:45
Mac Pro/2 dual-core 3GHz Intel Xeon (quad-core) 313 0:50 0:25 1:14 0:35 0:52 95.6 1:55
Power Mac G5/2.5GHz G5 (quad-core) 252 1:16 0:30 1:23 0:40 0:51 42.7 2:20
>Better <Better <Better <Better <Better <Better >Better <Better

Best results in bold. Reference systems in italics.

Speedmark 4.5 scores are relative to those of a 1.25GHz Mac mini, which is assigned a score of 100. Adobe Photoshop, Cinema 4D XL, iMovie, iTunes, and Finder scores are in minutes:seconds. All systems were running Mac OS X 10.4.9 with 1GB of RAM, with processor performance set to Highest in the Energy Saver preference pane when applicable. The Photoshop Suite test is a set of 14 scripted tasks using a 50MB file. Photoshop’s memory was set to 70 percent and History was set to Minimum. We recorded how long it took to render a scene in Cinema 4D XL. We used Compressor to encode a 6 minutes and 26 seconds long DV file using the DVD: Fastest Encode 120 minutes - 4:3 setting, using Apple’s Qmaster software to create a two-instance cluster to process the job. In iMovie, we applied the Aged video effect to a 1-minute movie. We converted 45 minutes of AAC audio files to MP3 using iTunes’ High Quality setting. We used Unreal Tournament 200’ Antalus Botmatch average-frames-per-second score; we tested at a resolution of 1,024 by 768 pixels at the Maximum setting with both audio and graphics enabled. We created a zip archive in the Finder from a 1GB folder. To compare Speedmark 4.5 scores for various Mac systems, visit our Apple Hardware Guide.—MACWORLD LAB TESTING BY JAMES GALBRAITH, BRIAN CHEN, AND JERRY JUNG

MacBook Pro Software Update Tests (05JUL2007)

Speedmark 4.5 Suite Unreal Tournament 2004 Doom 3 Time Demo Quake 4 Time Demo
1024 x 768 1440 x 900 1024 x 768 1024 x 768
Before Update After Update Before Update After Update Before Update After Update Before Update After Update Before Update After Update
15" MacBook Pro Core 2 Duo/2.2GHz 217 220 55 69 54 62 60 58 50 49
15" MacBook Pro Core 2 Duo/2.4GHz 229 234 58 73 56 64 60 62 53 52
17" MacBook Pro Core 2 Duo/2.4GHz 233 237 58 73 57 66 65 67 53 53
17" MacBook Pro Core 2 Duo/2.33GHz 223 223 80 80 55 55 47 47 40 40

Best results in bold. Reference systems in italics.

Speedmark 4.5 scores are relative to those of a 1.25GHz Mac mini, which is assigned a score of 100. All systems were running Mac OS X 10.4.9 with 2GB of RAM. We used Unreal Tournament 2004’s Antalus and Asbestos Botmatch average-frames-per-second scores; we tested at resolutions of 1024 by 768 pixels as well as 1440 by 900 pixels at the Maximum setting with both audio and graphics enabled. Doom 3 was set to use high video setting, 1024 x 768 resolution, V-sync No, Antialiasing Off and all other settings set to Yes. Quake 4 was set to 1024 x 768 resolution, high quality video, full screen, multiprocessor on , V-sync No, antialias Off and all other advanced settings set to Yes.—MACWORLD LAB TESTING BY JERRY JUNG AND JAMES GALBRAITH
The 1,024-by-768 Unreal Tournament test is included in our Speedmark test suite, so the slow frame rates were holding down the overall score of the new MacBook Pros. With last week’s software update, the significant improvement in the Unreal Tournament score also increased the Speedmark score.
The three new MacBook Pro models received a three to five point boost in Speedmark scores, pushing the new 17" MBP to a 6-percent faster Speedmark score than the old top of the line 17" 2.33GHz model—that’s up from a 4-percent margin. Quake and Doom scores didn’t change much, up or down a frame or two. We also spot checked the rest of the Speedmark tasks to see if the update improved or broke anything else, but those tasks appear to be unaffected by this update.
Though this type of mystery pops up quit often in my line of work, I don’t like when systems don’t behave the way they should. I like it less when I’m the only person seeing it. Now that this little problem has been ironed out, I can move onto the next.

MacBook Pro: (15JUN2007)

Speedmark 4.5 Adobe Photoshop CS3 Cinema 4D XL 9.5.21 Compressor 3 iMovie 6.0.2 iPhoto 6.0.3 iTunes 7.2 Zip Archive
SUITE SUITE RENDER MPEG2 ENCODE AGED FILTER IMPORT PHOTOS MP3 ENCODE 1GB FOLDER
17" MacBook Pro Core 2 Duo/2.4GHz 233 1:19 0:54 2:02 0:49 0:53 0:56 2:14
15" MacBook Pro Core 2 Duo/2.4GHz 229 1:21 0:54 2:02 0:49 0:53 0:56 2:14
15" MacBook Pro Core 2 Duo/2.2GHz 217 1:28 1:00 2:12 0:51 0:55 1:01 2:32
MacBook Pro 2.33GHz Intel Core 2 Duo, (17") 223 1:16 0:57 2:07 0:50 0:54 0:59 2:20
MacBook Core 2 Duo/2.16Ghz (black) 202 1:27 1:02 2:16 0:52 0:55 1:10 2:26
Mac Pro 2.66GHz 310 0:54 0:28 1:27 0:38 0:31 0:53 1:57
>Better <Better <Better <Better <Better <Better <Better <Better

Best results in bold. Reference systems in italics.

Speedmark 4.5 scores are relative to those of a 1.25GHz Mac mini, which is assigned a score of 100. Adobe Photoshop, Cinema 4D XL, iMovie, iTunes, and Zip Archive scores are in minutes:seconds. All systems were running Mac OS X 10.4.9 with 2GB of RAM, with processor performance set to Highest in the Energy Saver preference pane when applicable. The Photoshop Suite test is a set of 15 scripted tasks using a 50MB file. Photoshop’s memory was set to 70 percent and History was set to Minimum. We recorded how long it took to render a scene in Cinema4D. We used Compressor to encode a 6minute:26second DV file using the DVD: Fastest Encode 120 minutes - 4:3 setting. In iMovie, we applied the Aged video effect to a 1-minute movie. We converted 45 minutes of AAC audio files to MP3 using iTunes’ High Quality setting. We created a Zip archive in the Finder from a 1GB folder.To compare Speedmark 4.5 scores for various Mac systems, visit our Apple Hardware Guide.—MACWORLD LAB TESTING BY JAMES GALBRAITH, BRIAN CHEN, AND JERRY JUNG

Updated MacBooks Tested (22MAY2007)

Speedmark 4.5 Adobe Photoshop CS3 Cinema 4D XL 9.5.21 Compressor 2.3 iMovie 6.0.2 iPhoto 6.0.3 iTunes 7.1.1 Unreal Tournament 2004 Zip Archive
SUITE SUITE RENDER MPEG2 ENCODE AGED FILTER IMPORT PHOTOS MP3 ENCODE AVERAGE FRAME RATE 1GB FOLDER
MacBook Core 2 Duo (black)/2.16GHz 202 1:30 1:02 2:17 0:52 0:53 1:14 17.8 2:35
MacBook Core 2 Duo (white)/2.16GHz 195 1:32 1:02 2:17 0:53 0:56 1:14 18.4 2:45
MacBook Core 2 Duo/2GHz (May 2007) 192 1:36 1:10 2:31 0:55 0:54 1:08 17.9 2:45
MacBook Core 2 Duo/2GHz (white, November 2006) 180 1:36 1:14 2:43 0:58 0:59 1:15 19.7 2:57
15" MacBook Pro Core 2 Duo/2.33GHz 223 1:31 0:57 2:12 0:51 0:54 0:54 77.1 2:39
>Better <Better <Better <Better <Better <Better <Better >Better <Better

Best results in bold. Reference systems in italics.

Speedmark 4.5 scores are relative to those of a 1.25GHz Mac mini, which is assigned a score of 100. Adobe Photoshop, Cinema 4D XL, iMovie, iTunes, and Zip Archive scores are in minutes:seconds. All systems were running Mac OS X 10.4.9 with 1GB of RAM, with processor performance set to Highest in the Energy Saver preference pane when applicable. The Photoshop Suite test is a set of 15 scripted tasks using a 50MB file. Photoshop’s memory was set to 70 percent and History was set to Minimum. We recorded how long it took to render a scene in Cinema4D. We used Compressor to encode a 6-minute, 26-second DV file using the DVD: Fastest Encode 120 minutes - 4:3 setting. In iMovie, we applied the Aged video effect to a 1-minute movie. We converted 45 minutes of AAC audio files to MP3 using iTunes’ High Quality setting. We used Unreal Tournament 2004’s Antalus Botmatch average-frames-per-second score; we tested at a resolution of 1,024-by-768 pixels at the Maximum setting with both audio and graphics enabled. We created a Zip archive in the Finder from a 1GB folder. To compare Speedmark 4.5 scores for various Mac systems, visit our Apple Hardware Guide.—MACWORLD LAB TESTING BY JAMES GALBRAITH AND BRIAN CHEN

17" MacBook Pro Core 2 Duo Benchmarks (15DEC2006)

Speedmark 4.5 Adobe Photoshop CS2 Cinema 4D XL 9.5.21 Compressor 2.3 iMovie 6.0.2 iPhoto 6.0.5 iTunes 6.0.4 Unreal Tournament 2004 Zip Archive UnZip Archive
SUITE SUITE RENDER MPEG2 Encode AGED FILTER IMPORT PHOTOS MP3 ENCODE AVERAGE FRAME RATE 1GB FOLDER 1GB FILE
17" MacBook Pro Core 2 Duo/2.33GHz 211 1:12 0:57 2:02 0:50 2:55 0:58 72.6 2:18 1:34
17" MacBook Pro Core 2 Duo/2.33GHz (120GB drive) 218 1:11 0:57 2:07 0:51 1:21 0:58 72.4 2:24 1:33
15" MacBook Pro Core 2 Duo/2.16GHz (1GB RAM) 209 1:16 1:01 2:17 0:54 1:12 1:11 63.9 2:48 1:26
15" MacBook Pro Core 2 Duo/2.33GHz 226 1:10 0:57 2:07 0:51 1:10 0:58 72.9 2:22 1:19
15" MacBook Pro Core 2 Duo/2.33GHz (1GB RAM) 222 1:11 0:57 2:07 0:51 1:12 0:58 72.1 2:39 1:24
15" MacBook Pro Core Duo*/2.16GHz (1GB RAM) 190 1:40 1:06 3:02 0:58 1:51 1:38 59 2:37 1:17
MacBook Core 2 Duo/2GHz (White-1GB RAM) 178 1:25 1:14 2:41 0:59 1:15 1:13 17.8 2:53 1:40
15" PowerBook G4/1.67GHz (1GB RAM) 132 1:35 3:57 6:59 1:51 2:04 1:53 19.9 3:30 1:32
>Better <Better <Better <Better <Better <Better <Better >Better <Better <Better

Best results in bold. Reference system in italics. Asterisk (*) denotes model with build-to-order 7,200-rpm hard drive

Speedmark 4.5 scores are relative to those of a 1.25GHz Mac mini, which is assigned a score of 100. Adobe Photoshop, Cinema 4D XL, iMovie, iTunes, and Zip Archive scores are in minutes:seconds. All systems were running Mac OS X 10.4.8 with 2GB of RAM (except where indicated), with processor performance set to Highest in the Energy Saver preference pane when applicable. The Photoshop Suite test is a set of 14 scripted tasks using a 50MB file. Photoshop’s memory was set to 70 percent and History was set to Minimum. We recorded how long it took to render a scene in Cinema4D. We used Compressor to encode a 6minute:26second DV file using the DVD: Fastest Encode 120 minutes - 4:3 setting. In iMovie, we applied the Aged video effect to a 1-minute movie. We imported 100 jpeg images from the hard drive into iPhoto’s library. We converted 45 minutes of AAC audio files to MP3 using iTunes’ High Quality setting. We used Unreal Tournament 2004’ Antalus Botmatch average-frames-per-second score; we tested at a resolution of 1,024 by 768 pixels at the Maximum setting with both audio and graphics enabled. We created a Zip archive in the Finder from a 1GB folder and then Unzipped the same file. To compare Speedmark 4.5 scores for various Mac systems, visit our Apple Hardware Guide.—MACWORLD LAB TESTING BY JAMES GALBRAITH, JERRY JUNG AND BRIAN CHEN

Core 2 Duo MacBooks Tested (21NOV2006)

Speedmark 4.5 Adobe Photoshop CS2 Cinema 4D XL 9.5.21 Compressor 2.3 iMovie 6.0.2 iTunes 6.0.4 Unreal Tournament 2004 Finder
OVERALL SCORE SUITE RENDER MPEG-2-ENCODE AGED EFFECT MP3 ENCODE FRAME RATE ZIP ARCHIVE
MacBook Core 2 Duo/1.83GHz 168 1:30 1:16 2:43 1:04 1:17 17.4 3:14
MacBook Core 2 Duo/2GHz (black) 173 1:24 1:12 2:42 1:01 1:14 17.9 3:03
MacBook Core 2 Duo/2GHz (white) 178 1:25 1:14 2:41 0:59 1:13 17.8 2:53
MacBook Core Duo/2GHz (Black) 167 1:48 1:12 3:18 1:03 1:34 17.7 3:03
15" MacBook Pro Core 2 Duo/2.16GHz 209 1:16 1:01 2:17 0:54 1:11 63.9 2:48
15" PowerBook G4/1.67GHz 132 1:35 3:57 6:59 1:51 1:53 19.9 3:30
14" iBook G4/1.42GHz 108 1:50 4:31 n/a 2:09 2:18 14.3 4:34

Best results in red. Reference systems in italics. Asterisk (*) denotes system tested with optional 7,200-rpm hard drive.

Speedmark 4.5 scores are relative to those of a 1.25GHz Mac mini, which is assigned a score of 100. Adobe Photoshop, Cinema 4D XL, iMovie, iTunes, and Zip Archive scores are in minutes:seconds. All systems were running Mac OS X 10.4.8 with 1GB of RAM, with processor performance set to Highest in the Energy Saver preference pane when applicable. The Photoshop Suite test is a set of 14 scripted tasks using a 50MB file. Photoshop’s memory was set to 70 percent and History was set to Minimum. We recorded how long it took to render a scene in Cinema4D. We used Compressor to encode a 6-minute, 26-second DV file using the DVD: Fastest Encode 120 minutes - 4:3 setting. In iMovie, we applied the Aged video effect to a 1-minute movie. We converted 45 minutes of AAC audio files to MP3 using iTunes’ High Quality setting. We used Unreal Tournament 2004’s Antalus Botmatch average-frames-per-second score; we tested at a resolution of 1,024 by 768 pixels at the Maximum setting with both audio and graphics enabled. We created a Zip archive in the Finder from a 1GB folder. To compare Speedmark 4.5 scores for various Mac systems, visit our Apple Hardware Guide.—Macworld Lab testing by James Galbraith, Brian Chen and Jerry Jung.

15" MacBook Pro Core 2 Duo Benchmarks (03NOV2006)

Speedmark 4.5 Adobe Photoshop CS2 Cinema 4D XL 9.5.21 Compressor 2.3 iMovie 6.0.2 iTunes 6.0.4 Unreal Tournament 2004 Zip Archive
SUITE SUITE RENDER MPEG2 Encode AGED FILTER MP3 ENCODE AVERAGE FRAME RATE 1GB FOLDER
15" MacBook Pro/2.16GHz Intel Core 2 Duo 209 1:16 1:01 2:17 0:54 1:11 63.9 2:48
15" MacBook Pro/2.33GHz Intel Core 2 Duo (2GB RAM) 226 1:10 0:57 2:07 0:51 0:58 72.9 2:22
15" MacBook Pro/2.33GHz Intel Core 2 Duo (1GB RAM) 222 1:11 0:57 2:07 0:51 0:58 72.1 2:39
15" MacBook Pro/2.16GHz Intel Core Duo* 190 1:40 1:06 3:02 0:58 1:38 59 2:37
13" MacBook/2GHz Intel Core Duo (Black) 167 1:48 1:12 3:18 1:03 1:34 17.7 3:03
>Better <Better <Better <Better <Better <Better >Better <Better

Best results in bold. Reference system in italics. * denotes model with build-to-order 7,200-rpm hard drive

Speedmark 4.5 scores are relative to those of a 1.25GHz Mac mini, which is assigned a score of 100. Adobe Photoshop, Cinema 4D XL, iMovie, iTunes, and Zip Archive scores are in minutes:seconds. All systems were running Mac OS X 10.4.8 with 1GB of RAM (except where indicated), with processor performance set to Highest in the Energy Saver preference pane when applicable. The Photoshop Suite test is a set of 14 scripted tasks using a 50MB file. Photoshop’s memory was set to 70 percent and History was set to Minimum. We recorded how long it took to render a scene in Cinema4D. We used Compressor to encode a 6minute:26second DV file using the DVD: Fastest Encode 120 minutes - 4:3 setting. In iMovie, we applied the Aged video effect to a 1-minute movie. We converted 45 minutes of AAC audio files to MP3 using iTunes’ High Quality setting. We used Unreal Tournament 2004’ Antalus Botmatch average-frames-per-second score; we tested at a resolution of 1,024 by 768 pixels at the Maximum setting with both audio and graphics enabled. We created a Zip archive in the Finder from a 1GB folder.To compare Speedmark 4.5 scores for various Mac systems, visit our Apple Hardware Guide.—MACWORLD LAB TESTING BY JAMES GALBRAITH AND JERRY JUNG

Core 2 Duo iMac Benchmarks (15SEP2006)

Speedmark 4.5 Adobe Photoshop CS2 Cinema 4D XL 9.5.21 Compressor 2.1 iMovie 6.0.2 iTunes 6.0.4 Unreal Tournament 2004 Finder
OVERALL SCORE SUITE RENDER MPEG-2 Encode AGED EFFECT MP3 ENCODE FRAME RATE 1024 x768 ZIP ARCHIVE
24" iMac Core 2 Duo/2.33GHz* 259 1:47 0:57 2:12 0:48 0:56 83.6 2:15
24" iMac Core 2 Duo/2.16GHz 245 1:55 1:01 2:25 0:51 1:06 79.3 2:22
20" iMac Core 2 Duo/2.16GHz 245 1:55 1:01 2:37 0:52 1:03 74.4 2:22
17" iMac Core 2 Duo/2GHz 232 2:04 1:06 2:50 0:57 1:03 65.5 2:34
17" iMac Core 2 Duo/1.83GHz 202 2:17 1:13 3:07 1:02 1:10 21.7 2:46
20" iMac Core Duo/2GHz 210 2:31 1:11 3:21 1:03 1:26 54.1 2:34
Mac Pro/2GHz 254 1:50 0:37 1:57 0:48 0:59 73.4 2:32
>Better <Better <Better <Better <Better <Better >Better <Better

Best results in bold. Reference system in italics. * denotes build-to-order model with upgraded video card

Speedmark 4.5 scores are relative to those of a 1.25GHz Mac mini, which is assigned a score of 100. Adobe Photoshop, Cinema 4D XL, iMovie, iTunes, and Finder scores are in minutes:seconds. All systems were running Mac OS X 10.4.7 with 1GB of RAM, with processor performance set to Highest in the Energy Saver preference pane when applicable. The Photoshop Suite test is a set of 14 scripted tasks using a 50MB file. Photoshop’s memory was set to 70 percent and History was set to Minimum. We recorded how long it took to render a scene in Cinema 4D XL. We used Compressor to encode a 6-minute and 26-second DV file using the DVD: Fastest Encode 120 minutes - 4:3 setting. In iMovie, we applied the Aged video effect to a 1-minute movie. We converted 45 minutes of AAC audio files to MP3 using iTunes’ High Quality setting. We used Unreal Tournament 2004’s Antalus Botmatch average-frames-per-second score; we tested at a resolution of 1,024-by-768 pixels at the Maximum setting with both audio and graphics enabled. We created a Zip archive in the Finder from a 1GB folder.—Macworld Lab testing by James Galbraith and Jerry Jung

 

Mac mini Core Duo (06SEP2006)

Speedmark 4.5 Adobe Photoshop CS2 Cinema 4D XL 9.5.21 Compressor 2.1 iMovie 6.0.1 iTunes 6.0.4 Unreal Tournament 2004 Finder
OVERALL SCORE SUITE RENDER MPEG-2 Encode AGED EFFECT MP3 ENCODE FRAME RATE ZIP ARCHIVE
Mac mini Core Duo/1.83GHz 165 2:48 1:18 4:12 1:09 1:22 20.8 3:12
Mac mini Core Duo/1.66GHz 152 3:04 1:25 4:22 1:15 1:39 19.3 3:22
Mac mini Core Duo/1.66GHz (old) 145 3:04 1:26 4:18 1:13 1:38 19.6 3:30
Mac mini Core Solo/1.5GHz 121 4:27 2:57 8:08 2:05 2:43 16.6 3:50
17" iMac Core 2 Duo/1.83GHz 202 2:17 1:13 3:07 1:02 1:10 21.7 2:46
17" iMac Core 2 Duo/2GHz 232 2:04 1:06 2:50 0:57 1:03 65.5 2:34
>Better <Better <Better <Better <Better <Better >Better <Better

Best results in bold. Reference systems in italics.

How We Tested: Speedmark is a suite of 15 tasks using the Finder and eight other applications. Only a portion of those tests are represented in this chart. The individual scores are relative to those of a 1.25GHz Mac mini, which is assigned a score of 100. Adobe Photoshop, Cinema 4D XL, iMovie, iTunes, and Finder scores are in minutes:seconds. All systems were running Mac OS X 10.4.7 with 1GB of RAM, with processor performance set to Highest in the Energy Saver preference pane when applicable. The Photoshop Suite test is a set of 14 scripted tasks using a 50MB file. Photoshop’s memory was set to 70 percent and History was set to Minimum. We recorded how long it took to render a scene in Cinema 4D XL. We used Compressor to encode a 6-minute and 26-second DV file using the DVD: Fastest Encode 120 minutes - 4:3 setting. In iMovie, we applied the Aged video effect to a 1-minute movie. We converted 45 minutes of AAC audio files to MP3 using iTunes’ High Quality setting. We used Unreal Tournament 2004’s Antalus Botmatch average-frames-per-second score; we tested at a resolution of 1,024 by 768 pixels at the Maximum setting with both audio and graphics enabled. We created a Zip archive in the Finder from a 1GB folder. The Photoshop CS2 and Compressor tests are not part of Speedmark and do not factor into the Speedmark overall score. To compare Speedmark 4.5 scores for various Mac systems

 

Mac Pro 2.66GHz (16AUG2006)

Speedmark 4.5 Adobe Photoshop CS2 Cinema 4D XL 9.5.21 Compressor 2.1 iMovie 6.0.1 iTunes 6.0.4 Unreal Tournament 2004 Finder
OVERALL SCORE SUITE RENDER MPEG-2 Encode AGED EFFECT MP3 ENCODE FRAME RATE ZIP ARCHIVE
Mac Pro/2.66GHz (Standard) 299 1:25 0:28 1:47 0:38 0:48 91.3 2:01
Power Mac G5/2.5GHz quad-core 262 0:45 0:30 1:52 0:39 0:43 62.2 2:22
Power Mac G5/2.7GHz dual-processor 267 0:48 0:52 2:17 0:43 0:46 44.3 2:15
Power Mac G4/1.42GHz dual-processor 155 1:24 2:23 4:43 1:24 1:35 26.5 3:16
20" iMac Core Duo/2GHz 210 2:31 1:11 3:21 1:03 1:26 54.1 2:34
>Better <Better <Better <Better <Better <Better >Better <Better

Best results in bold. Reference systems in italics.

How We Tested: Speedmark 4.5 scores are relative to those of a 1.25GHz Mac mini, which is assigned a score of 100. Adobe Photoshop, Cinema 4D XL, Compressor 2.1, iMovie, iTunes, and Finder scores are in minutes:seconds. All systems were running Mac OS X 10.4.7 with 1GB of RAM, with processor performance set to Highest in the Energy Saver preference pane when applicable. We used the Mac Pro Standard Configuration with two dual core 2.66GHz Xeon processors, a 250GB hard drive, and the Nvidia GeForce 7300 GT graphics card. The Photoshop Suite test is a set of 14 scripted tasks using a 50MB file. Photoshop’s memory was set to 70 percent and History was set to Minimum. We recorded how long it took to render a scene in Cinema 4D XL. We used Compressor to encode a DV file that was 6 minutes and 26 seconds long using the DVD: Fastest Encode 120 minutes - 4:3 setting. In iMovie, we applied the Aged video effect to a 1-minute movie. We converted 45 minutes of AAC audio files to MP3 using iTunes’ High Quality setting. We used Unreal Tournament 2004’s Antalus Botmatch average-frames-per-second score; we tested at a resolution of 1,024 by 768 pixels at the Maximum setting with both audio and graphics enabled. We created a Zip archive in the Finder from a 1GB folder.To compare Speedmark 4.5 scores for various Mac systems, visit our Apple Hardware Guide.—Macworld Lab testing by James Galbraith and Jerry Jung

 

MacBooks Tested (26MAY2006)

Speedmark 4.5 Adobe Photoshop CS2 Cinema 4D XL 9.5.21 Compressor 2.1 iMovie 6.0.1 iTunes 6.0.4 Unreal Tournament 2004 Zip Archive
SUITE SUITE RENDER MPEG2 Encode AGED FILTER MP3 ENCODE AVERAGE FRAME RATE 1GB FOLDER
13" MacBook Core Duo/1.83GHz 154 2:53 1:25 4:17 1:12 1:37 17.8 3:14
13" MacBook Core Duo/2GHz (black) 161 2:39 1:13 4:17 1:13 1:32 17.6 3:05
13" MacBook Core Duo/2GHz (white) 161 2:38 1:13 4:01 1:04 1:26 17.8 3:00
14" iBook G4/1.42GHz 107 1:49 4:29 8:29 2:07 2:19 14.1 4:33
15" MacBook Pro Core Duo/1.83GHz (January 2006) 153 2:52 1:19 5:01 1:14 1:29 52.3 3:54
15" MacBook Pro Core Duo/2GHz (January 2006) 166 2:45 1:11 4:22 1:08 1:17 51.5 3:04
12" PowerBook G4/1.5GHz 125 1:43 4:16 8:04 1:57 2:14 21.7 3:37
20" iMac Core Duo/2GHz 217 2:31 1:11 3:22 1:02 1:19 56.0 2:32
>Better <Better <Better <Better <Better <Better >Better <Better

Best results in bold. Reference system in italics.

Speedmark 4.5 scores are relative to those of a 1.25GHz Mac mini, which is assigned a score of 100. Adobe Photoshop, Cinema 4D XL, iMovie, iTunes, and Zip Archive scores are in minutes:seconds. All systems were running Mac OS X 10.4.6 with 1GB of RAM, with processor performance set to Highest in the Energy Saver preference pane when applicable. The Photoshop Suite test is a set of 14 scripted tasks using a 50MB file. Photoshop’s memory was set to 70 percent and History was set to Minimum. We recorded how long it took to render a scene in Cinema4D. We used Compressor to encode a 6minute:26second DV file using the DVD: Fastest Encode 120 minutes - 4:3 setting. In iMovie, we applied the Aged video effect to a 1-minute movie. We converted 45 minutes of AAC audio files to MP3 using iTunes’ High Quality setting. We used Unreal Tournament 2004’s Antalus Botmatch average-frames-per-second score; we tested at a resolution of 1,024 by 768 pixels at the Maximum setting with both audio and graphics enabled. We created a Zip archive in the Finder from a 1GB folder. To compare Speedmark 4.5 scores for various Mac systems, visit our Apple Hardware Guide.—Macworld Lab testing by James Galbraith and Jerry Jung

 

17" MacBook Pro Benchmarks (19MAY2006)

Speedmark 4.5 Adobe Photoshop CS2 Cinema 4D XL 9.5.21 Compressor 2.1 iMovie 6.0.1 iTunes 6.0.4 Unreal Tournament 2004 Zip Archive
SUITE SUITE RENDER MPEG2 Encode AGED FILTER MP3 ENCODE AVERAGE FRAME RATE 1GB FOLDER
17" MacBook Pro/2.16GHz Intel Core Duo 193 2:26 1:06 3:59 1:01 1:28 63.1 2:48
15" MacBook Pro/2.16GHz Intel Core Duo* 189 2:32 1:06 4:03 1:00 1:24 57.6 2:39
15" PowerBook/1.67GHz PowerPC G4 131 1:34 3:54 7:32 1:50 2:12 21.4 3:29
20" iMac/2GHz Intel Core Duo 217 2:31 1:11 3:22 1:02 1:19 56.0 2:32
Power Macintosh/2GHz Dual Core PowerPC G5 224 1:02 1:07 2:47 0:50 0:57 45.8 2:50
>Better <Better <Better <Better <Better <Better >Better <Better

Best results in bold. Reference system in italics. Asterisk (*) denotes system tested with optional 7,200-rpm hard drive.

Speedmark 4.5 scores are relative to those of a 1.25GHz Mac mini, which is assigned a score of 100. Adobe Photoshop, Cinema 4D XL, iMovie, iTunes, and Zip Archive scores are in minutes:seconds. All systems were running Mac OS X 10.4.6 with 1GB of RAM, with processor performance set to Highest in the Energy Saver preference pane when applicable. The Photoshop Suite test is a set of 14 scripted tasks using a 50MB file. Photoshop’s memory was set to 70 percent and History was set to Minimum. We recorded how long it took to render a scene in Cinema4D. We used Compressor to encode a 6-minute, 26-second DV file using the DVD: Fastest Encode 120 minutes - 4:3 setting. In iMovie, we applied the Aged video effect to a 1-minute movie. We converted 45 minutes of AAC audio files to MP3 using iTunes’ High Quality setting. We used Unreal Tournament 2004’ Antalus Botmatch average-frames-per-second score; we tested at a resolution of 1,024 by 768 pixels at the Maximum setting with both audio and graphics enabled. We created a Zip archive in the Finder from a 1GB folder. To compare Speedmark 4.5 scores for various Mac systems, visit our Apple Hardware Guide.—Macworld Lab testing by James Galbraith and Jerry Jung

 

MacBook Pro Models Tested (24FEB2006)

Speedmark Adobe Photoshop CS2 Cinema 4D XL 9.5.21 Duplicate File iMovie 6.0.1 iTunes 6.0.3 Microsoft Word Scroll Start Up Unreal Tournament 2004 Zip Archive
  SUITE RENDER 500MB FILE AGED FILTER MP3 ENCODE 500 PAGE DOCUMENT BOOT TIME AVERAGE FRAME RATE 1GB FOLDER
MacBook Pro Core Duo 1.83GHz ? 2:49 1:19 0:42 1:16 1:31 2:10 0:31 48.4 3:54
MacBook Pro Core Duo 2GHz   2:41 1:11 0:32 1:08 1:33 2:07 0:32 51.6 3:08
15" PowerBook G4 1.67GHz   1:34 3:57 0:32 1:50 2:00 1:31 0:40 23.0 3:29
14" iBook G4 1.42GHz   1:49 4:31 0:49 2:07 2:19 1:34 0:43 14.1 4:33
20" iMac Core Duo 2GHz   2:31 1:11 0:18 1:02 1:25 1:58 0:29 51.6 2:33
Power Mac G5 Dual Core 2GHz   1:03 1:07 0:18 0:50 0:57 0:42 0:42 43.7 2:51
  <Better <Better <Better <Better <Better <Better <Better >Better <Better

Best results in bold. Reference system in italics.

All scores are in minutes:seconds except for Unreal Tournament results, which are in frames per second. All systems were running Mac OS X 10.4.5 with 1GB of RAM. The Photoshop Suite test is a set of 14 scripted tasks using a 50MB file. Photoshop’s memory was set to 70 percent and History was set to Minimum. We rendered a project in Cinema4D. In the Finder, we duplicated a 500MB file. In Microsoft Word, we scrolled through a 500 page document. We recorded the amount of time it took for each system to start up. In iMovie, we applied the Aged video effect to a 1-minute movie. We converted 45 minutes of AAC audio files to MP3 using iTunes’ High Quality setting. We used Unreal Tournament 2004’s Antalus Botmatch average-frames-per-second score; we tested at a resolution of 1,024 by 768 pixels at the Maximum setting with both audio and graphics enabled. We created a Zip archive in the Finder from a 1GB folder.—Macworld Lab testing by James Galbraith and Jerry Jung

 

Quad-Core Power Mac Tested (21NOV2005)

Speedmark 4 Adobe Photoshop CS2 Cinema 4D XL 9.1 Compressor 2.0 iMovie HD iTunes 6.0.1 Unreal Tournament 2004
OVERALL SCORE SUITE RENDER MPEG-2 ENCODE RENDER MP3 ENCODE FRAME RATE
Power Mac G5/2.5GHz quad-core 257 0:47 0:37 3:23 0:33 0:43 53.7
Power Mac G5/2GHz dual-core 215 1:04 1:23 6:20 0:36 0:58 40.6
Power Mac G5/2.3GHz dual-core 236 0:56 1:11 5:35 0:33 0:52 50.1
Power Mac G5/2.7GHz dual-processor 253 0:52 1:03 5:12 0:25 0:46 47.7
>Better <Better <Better <Better <Better <Better >Better

Best results in bold. Reference system in italics.

Speedmark 4 scores are relative to those of a 1.25GHz Mac mini, which is assigned a score of 100. Adobe Photoshop, Cinema 4D XL, iMovie, and iTunes scores are in minutes:seconds. All systems were running Mac OS X 10.4.3 with 512MB of RAM, with processor performance set to Highest in the Energy Saver preference pane. We converted 45 minutes of AAC audio files to MP3 using iTunes’ High Quality setting. We used Unreal Tournament 2004’s Antalus Botmatch average-frames-per-second score; we tested at a resolution of 1,024 by 768 pixels at the Maximum setting. The Photoshop Suite test is a set of 14 scripted tasks using a 50MB file. Photoshop’s memory was set to 70 percent and History was set to Minimum. To compare Speedmark 4 scores for various Mac systems, visit our Apple Hardware Guide.—Macworld Lab testing by James Galbraith and Jerry Jung

 

iMac G5s (iSight) Tested (04NOV2005)

Speedmark 4 Adobe Photoshop CS2 Cinema 4D XL 9.1 Compressor 2.0 iMovie HD iTunes 6.0.1 Unreal Tournament 2004
OVERALL SCORE SUITE RENDER MPEG2 ENCODE RENDER MP3 ENCODE FRAME RATE
17" iMac G5/1.9GHz (iSight) 178 1:23 2:53 12:49 0:32 1:42 35.4
20" iMac G5/2.1GHz (iSight) 190 1:15 2:36 11:41 0:31 1:25 40.7
20" iMac G5/2GHz 178 1:24 2:44 12:50 0:33 1:39 32.2
>Better <Better <Better <Better <Better <Better >Better

Best results in red. Reference system in italics.

Speedmark 4 scores are relative to those of a 1.25GHz Mac mini, which is assigned a score of 100. Adobe Photoshop, Cinema 4D XL, iMovie, and iTunes scores are in minutes:seconds. All systems were running Mac OS X 10.4.2 with 512MB of RAM, with processor performance set to Highest in the Energy Saver preference pane. We converted 45 minutes of AAC audio files to MP3 using iTunes’s High Quality setting. We used Unreal Tournament 2004’s Antalus Botmatch average-frames-per-second score; we tested at a resolution of 1,024 by 768 pixels at the Maximum setting. The Photoshop Suite test is a set of 14 scripted tasks using a 50MB file. Photoshop’s memory was set to 70 percent and History was set to Minimum. To compare Speedmark 4 scores for various Mac systems, visit our Apple Hardware Guide.—Macworld Lab testing by James Galbraith and Jerry Jung

1.67GHz PowerBooks Tested (31OCT2005)

Speedmark 4 Adobe Photoshop CS2 Cinema 4D XL 9.1 Compressor 2.0 iMovie HD iTunes 6.0.1 Unreal Tournament 2004
OVERALL SCORE SUITE RENDER MPEG-2 ENCODE RENDER MP3 ENCODE FRAME RATE
15" PowerBook G4/1.67GHz (late 2005) 135 1:36 4:19 17:55 0:52 1:59 22.1
17" PowerBook G4/1.67GHz (late 2005) 134 1:36 4:14 17:54 0:50 1:59 20.6
15" PowerBook G4/1.67GHz (early 2005) 133 1:33 4:26 17:44 0:52 2:05 19.7
>Better <Better <Better <Better <Better <Better >Better

Best results in bold. Reference system in italics.

Speedmark 4 scores are relative to those of a 1.25GHz Mac mini, which is assigned a score of 100. Adobe Photoshop, Cinema 4D XL, iMovie, and iTunes scores are in minutes:seconds. All systems were running Mac OS X 10.4.2 with 512MB of RAM, with processor performance set to Highest in the Energy Saver preference pane. We converted 45 minutes of AAC audio files to MP3 using iTunes’ High Quality setting. We used Unreal Tournament 2004’s Antalus Botmatch average-frames-per-second score; we tested at a resolution of 1,024 by 768 pixels at the Maximum setting. The Photoshop Suite test is a set of 14 scripted tasks using a 50MB file. Photoshop’s memory was set to 70 percent and History was set to Minimum. To compare Speedmark 4 scores for various Mac systems, visit our Apple Hardware Guide.—Macworld Lab testing by James Galbraith and Jerry Jung

Dual-Core Power Mac G5 Benchmarks (25OCT2005)

Speedmark 4 Adobe Photoshop CS2 Cinema 4D XL 9.1 Compressor 2.0 iMovie HD iTunes 6.0.1 Unreal Tournament 2004
OVERALL SCORE SUITE RENDER MPEG2 ENCODE RENDER MP3 ENCODE FRAME RATE
Power Mac G5/2GHz dual-core 208 1:04 1:23 6:20 0:36 0:58 40.6
Power Mac G5/2.3GHz dual-core 226 0:56 1:11 5:35 0:33 0:52 50.1
Power Mac G5/2.3GHz dual-processor 224 0:59 1:13 6:03 0:36 0:52 40.2
Power Mac G5/2.7GHz dual-processor 248 0:52 1:03 5:12 0:25 0:46 47.7
>Better <Better <Better <Better <Better <Better >Better

Best results in bold. Reference systems in italics.

Speedmark 4 scores are relative to those of a 1.25GHz Mac mini, which is assigned a score of 100. Adobe Photoshop, Cinema 4D, iMovie, and iTunes scores are in minutes:seconds. All systems were running Mac OS X 10.4.2 with 512MB of RAM, with processor performance set to Highest in the Energy Saver pane in System Preferences. We converted 45 minutes of AAC audio files to MP3 using iTunes’ High Quality settings. We used Unreal Tournament 2004’s Antalus Botmatch Average Frames Per Second score tested at a resolution of 1,024-by-768 pixels at Maximum settings. The Photoshop Suite test is a set of 14 scripted tasks using a 50MB file. Photoshop’s memory was set to 70 percent and History was set to Minimum. To compare Speedmark 4 scores for various Mac systems, visit our Apple Hardware Guide.—Macworld Lab testing by James Galbraith and Jerry Jung

Power Mac G5 Benchmarks (09MAY2005)

SpeedMark 4 Cinema4D 9.1 iMovie HD Render iTunes 4.7 MP3 Encode Photoshop CS2 Suite Unreal Tournament 2004 Compressor MPEG2 Encode
Power Mac G5 Dual 2.7GHz 250 1:02 0:25 0:52 0:53 49 3:52
Power Mac G5 Dual 2.3GHz 226 1:13 0:35 0:58 0:59 40 4:24
Power Mac G5 Dual 2.0GHz 205 1:24 0:29 1:08 1:06 38 4:46
Power MacG5 Dual 2.5GHz 225 1:08 0:36 0:54 0:56 52 4:19
Power MacG5 Dual 2.0GHz (old) 196 1:25 0:38 1:07 1:23 39 4:59
Power MacG5 1.8GHz 160 3:06 0:40 1:49 1:33 27 10:04
>better <better <better <better <better >better <better

Best results in bold.
Systems in italics are no longer in the product line. Included only for reference.

Speedmark 4 scores are relative to those of a 1.25GHz Mac mini which is assigned a score of 100. Photoshop, Cinema 4D, iMovie, and iTunes scores are in minutes:seconds. All systems were running Mac OS X 10.4, had 512MB RAM, with Processor Performance set to Highest in the Energy Saver pane in System Preferences. We converted 45 minutes of AAC audio files to MP3 using iTune’s High Quality settings. We used Unreal Tournament’s Antalus Botmatch Average Frames Per Second score tested at a resolution of 1,024-by-768 pixels at highest settings. The Photoshop Suite test is a set of 14 scripted tasks using a 50MB file. Photoshop’s memory was set to 70 percent and History was set to Minimum. Go here for more information on Speedmark 4.—Macworld Lab testing by James Galbraith and Jerry Jung.

PowerBook G4 Benchmarks (23FEB2005)

Speedmark 3.3 Cinema 4D 8.5 iMovie HD Render iTunes 4.7 MP3 encode Photoshop CS Suite Unreal Tournament Compressor MPEG-2 Encode
12" PowerBook G4/1.5GHz (SuperDrive) 136 4:36 0:58 2:24 2:00 22.4 12:06
15" PowerBook G4/1.5GHz (Combo drive) 136 4:44 0:56 2:30 2:02 25.5 13:55
15" PowerBook G4/1.67GHz (SuperDrive) 142 4:15 0:51 2:16 2:00 28.4 12:36
17" PowerBook G4/1.67GHz 148 4:17 0:46 2:15 1:56 29.1 12:23
PowerBook 1.5GHz/15" (2004) 134 4:38 0:58 2:26 2:05 26.5 12:24
>better <better <better <better <better >better <better

Best results in bold. Reference system in italics.

Speedmark 3.3 scores are relative to those of a 1GHz eMac which is assigned a score of 100. Photoshop, Cinema 4D, iMovie, and iTunes scores are in minutes:seconds. All systems were running Mac OS X 10.37 and 512MB RAM, with Processor Performance set to Highest in the Energy Saver pane in System Preferences. We tested MP3 encoding with an audio-CD track that is 45 minutes long, converting it from the hard drive using iTunes’ High Quality setting. We used Unreal Tournament’s Antalus Botmatch Average Frames Per Second score tested at a resolution of 1,024-by-768 pixels. The Photoshop Suite test is a set of 14 scripted tasks using a 50MB file. Photoshop’s memory was set to 75 percent and History was set to Minimum. For more information on Speedmark 3.3 go here.—Macworld Lab testing by James Galbraith

Benchmarks (02NOV2004)

SpeedMark 3.3 Cinema4D 8.5 iMovie 4.0.1 iTunes 4.6 Photoshop 8.0 Unreal Tournament Compressor
Overall Score Render Render MP3 Encode Suite Average Frame Rate MPEG2 Encode
Single 1.8GHz G5 Power Mac G5 165 3:05 :45 1:56 1:52 39.4 10:18
1.8GHz iMac G5 (20") 163 3:02 :39 1:53 1:51 33.6 10:05
Dual 1.8GHz G5 Power Mac G5 194 1:32 :41 1:17 1:29 32.6 5:03
Old Single 1.8GHz (900mhz bus) * 169 3:00 :43 1:54 1:48 39.7 7:16
iBook G4 1.33GHz 14" 116 5:11 1:07 2:48 2:18 16.0 14:37
iBook G4 1.2GHz 12" 106 5:45 1:13 3:07 2:34 15.6 14:34
iBook G4 1.2GHz 14" 109 5:45 1:12 3:07 2:28 14.9 15:24
PowerBook G4 1.33 15" 10.3.3 126 5:05 1:02 2:44 2:15 25.3 12:49
>better <better <better <better <better >better <better

Speedmark 3.3 scores are relative to those of a 1GHz eMac G4, which is assigned a score of 100. Cinema 4D XL, Compressor, iMovie, iTunes, and Photoshop scores are in minutes:seconds. All systems were running Mac OS X 10.3.5 with 512MB of RAM. We exported a 1-minute-and-40-second movie to QuickTime: Email using iMovie. We tested MP3 encoding with an audio-CD track that was 45 minutes long, converting it from the hard drive using iTunes' High Quality setting. The Photoshop Suite test is a set of 14 scripted tasks using a 50MB file. Photoshop's memory was set to 75 percent and History was set to Minimum. We used Unreal Tournament's Antalus Botmatch average-frames-per-second score; we tested at a resolution of 1,024 by 768 pixels. We used Compressor's Fast Encode preset. For more information on Speedmark 3.3, visit www.macworld.com/speedmark. -- Macworld Lab testing by James Galbraith

iBook G4 Benchmarks (04AUG2004)

Speedmark 4
OVERALL SCORE
14" iBook G4/1.42GHz 111
12" iBook G4/1.33GHz 106
14" iBook G4/1.33GHz (previous model 101
>better

Best results in bold. Reference system in italics.

Speedmark 4 scores are relative to those of a 1.25GHz Mac mini, which is assigned a score of 100.

Dual 1.8GHz G5 Benchmarks (29MAR2004)

  Speedmark 3.5
  Overall Score
Apple Power MacG5/dual-1.8GHz 199
Apple Power MacG5/1.6GHz 154
Apple Power Mac G5/dual-2.0GHz 204
Apple Power MacG5/1.8GHz (900MHz FSB) 168
  >Better
Speedmark 3.3 scores are relative to those of a 1GHz eMac (G4), which is assigned a score of 100.

 

Speedmark 8 Scores

ModelSpeedmark 8 score
15-inch Retina MacBook Pro/2.6GHz Core i7 (Mid 2012) 275
15-inch Retina MacBook Pro/2.3GHz Core i7 (Mid 2012) 257
15-inch MacBook Pro/2.7GHz 8GB RAM 1TB HD BTO (Mid 2012) 209
15-inch MacBook Pro/2.6GHz Core i7 (Mid 2012) 189
15-inch MacBook Pro/2.3GHz Core i7 (Mid 2012) 161
13-inch MacBook Pro/2.9GHz Core i7 (Mid 2012) 153
13-inch MacBook Pro/2.5GHz Core i5 (Mid 2012) 121
17-inch MacBook Pro/2.4GHz Core i7 (Late 2011) 161
15-inch MacBook Pro/2.4GHz Core i7 (Late 2011) 161
13-inch MacBook Pro/2.4GHz Core i5 (Late 2011) 107
15-inch MacBook Pro/2.3GHz Core i7 750GB BTO (Early 2011) 159
13-inch MacBook Pro/2.3GHz Core i5 128GB SSD (Early 2011) 141
17-inch MacBook Pro/2.2GHz Core i7 (Early 2011) 139
17-inch MacBook Pro/2.53GHz Core i5 (Mid 2010) 109
15-inch MacBook Pro/2.53GHz Core i5 (Mid 2010) 104
15-inch MacBook Pro/2.4GHz Core i5 (Mid 2010) 104
15-inch MacBook Pro/2.6GHz Core 2 Duo BTO (Early 2008) 67
17-inch MacBook Pro/2.4GHz Core 2 Duo (Mid 2007) 81
13-inch MacBook Air/1.8GHz Core i5 256GB flash storage (Mid 2012) 166
13-inch MacBook Air/1.8GHz Core i5 128GB flash storage (Mid 2012) 166
11-inch MacBook Air/2.0GHz Core i7 128GB flash storage (Mid 2012) 175
11-inch MacBook Air/1.7GHz Core i5 64GB flash storage (Mid 2012) 151
13-inch MacBook Air/1.7GHz Core i5 256GB flash storage (Mid 2011) 135
13-inch MacBook Air/1.7GHz Core i5 128GB flash storage (Mid 2011) 129
11-inch MacBook Air/1.6GHz Core i5 128GB flash storage (Mid 2011) 122
13-inch MacBook Air/1.86GHz Core 2 Duo 250GB SSD (Late 2010) 97
13-inch MacBook Air/1.86GHz Core 2 Duo 120GB SSD (Late 2010) 98
11-inch MacBook Air/1.6GHz Core 2 Duo 120GB SSD (Late 2010) 86
11-inch MacBook Air/1.4GHz Core 2 Duo 60GB SSD (Late 2010) 78
11-inch MacBook Air/1.4GHz Core 2 Duo 120GB SSD (Late 2010) 75
13-inch MacBook Air/2.13GHz Core 2 Duo 120GB hard drive (Mid 2009) 58
13-inch MacBook Air/1.6GHz Core 2 Duo 120GB hard drive (Late 2008) 48
MacBook/2.4GHz Core 2 Duo (Late 2008) 72
MacBook/2.0GHz Core 2 Duo (Late 2008) 65
Mac Pro/2.4GHz Xeon 12-core (Mid 2012) 215
Mac Pro/3.2GHz Xeon quad-core (Mid 2012) 200
Mac Pro/2.66GHz Xeon 12-core (Mid 2010) 220
Mac Pro/3.3GHz Xeon 6-core (Mid 2010) 224
Mac Pro/2.26GHz Xeon 8-core (Early 2009) 158
Mac Pro/3.33GHz Xeon quad-core (Early 2009) 144
Mac Pro/2.66GHz Xeon quad-core (Early 2009) 141
Mac Pro/2.66GHz Xeon quad-core (Early 2009) 141
Mac Pro/2.66GHz Xeon quad-core (Early 2009) 140
Mac Pro/2.8GHz Xeon 8-core (Early 2008) 130
Mac Pro/3.2GHz Xeon 8-core BTO (Early 2008) 126
Mac Pro/3.0GHz Xeon 8-core (Early 2008) 123
27-inch iMac/3.4GHz Core i7 BTO (Mid 2011) 256
27-inch iMac/3.1GHz Core i5 (Mid 2011) 189
27-inch iMac/2.7GHz Core i5 (Mid 2011) 187
21.5-inch iMac/2.8GHz Core i7 BTO (Mid 2011) 195
21.5 inch iMac/2.7GHz Core i5 (Mid 2011) 223
21.5-inch iMac/2.5GHz Core i5 (Mid 2011) 174
27-inch iMac/2.93GHz Core i7 BTO (Mid 2010) 181
27-inch iMac/2.8GHz Core i5 (Mid 2010) 168
27-inch iMac/3.6GHz Core i5 250GB SSD BTO (Mid 2010) 186
27-inch iMac/3.6GHz Core i5 BTO (Mid 2010) 157
27-inch iMac/3.2GHz Core i3 (Mid 2010) 141
20-inch iMac/2.4GHz Core 2 Duo (Mid 2007) 82
Mac mini/2.7GHz Core i7 256GD SSD, 8GB RAM BTO (Mid 2011) 178
Mac mini/2.3GHz Corel i5 (Mid 2011) 100
Mac Mini/2.4GHz Core 2 Duo (Mid 2010) 78

All results are scores. Higher scores are better. Best results in bold. Discontinued models in italics.