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New MacBook Dual Core 2 Benchmarks 229

ApolloX writes "New Macbook Pro Benchmarks are now available. From the article: 'Like the iMac before it, Apple's MacBook Pro underwent an upgrade highlighted by a chip swap — the Core Duo processor that used to power Apple's pro laptop is gone, replaced by the next-generation Core 2 Duo. And as with our iMac benchmarks, these updated Core 2 Duo MacBook Pro models show a modest performance gain when compared to older systems running on Core Duo chips with the same clock speeds.' As expected, the new 15-inch Intel Dual Core 2 (2.33Ghz/2GB RAM) is the new king of Apple portables, with results for the 17-inch model still pending."
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New MacBook Dual Core 2 Benchmarks

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  • by voidptr ( 609 ) on Saturday November 04, 2006 @01:30PM (#16717019) Homepage Journal
    What's with the headline? It's "MacBook Pro", not MacBook. They're separate products. And it's "Core 2 Duo". Would it have been that hard to identify the correct product being reviewed?
  • Re:Temperature (Score:5, Informative)

    by tji ( 74570 ) on Saturday November 04, 2006 @02:14PM (#16717429)
    I didn't have a first-gen MBP, but I just bought the new Core 2 Duo version, the base system with 2.16GHz CPUs.

    I have no heat issues with this machine. The bottom of it is warm to the touch, but certainly not hot to the point of being uncomfortable. I find that it runs cooler than my PowerBook G4 1.67GHz.

  • by SeaFox ( 739806 ) on Saturday November 04, 2006 @02:28PM (#16717551)
    From the article: 'Like the iMac before it, Apple's MacBook Pro underwent an upgrade highlighted by a chip swap -- the Core Duo processor that used to power Apple's pro laptop is gone, replaced by the next-generation Core 2 Duo.

    It also gained dual-layer Superdrives and Firewire 800 back, and comes with more RAM standard and higher maximum RAM than the previous model, which is more than you can say for the iMac upgrade.
  • Re:Tired of this (Score:4, Informative)

    by wbren ( 682133 ) on Saturday November 04, 2006 @02:31PM (#16717577) Homepage
    1. Go to your Slashdot account preferences page
    2. Click the "Homepage" link at the top of that page ( [] )
    3. Uncheck the Apple section

    Hope that helps.
  • Re:too expensive (Score:3, Informative)

    by be-fan ( 61476 ) on Saturday November 04, 2006 @02:50PM (#16717707)
    You can buy a PC with the same config cheaper, but not substantially cheaper. I can't speak for the MBP, but when I got my Macbook this summer, I did some looking around, and even if you ignore things like build-quality, most comparable x86 laptops were less than 10% cheaper. If you got a comparably small and sturdy machine, the price was actually substantially higher.
  • by SystemFault ( 876435 ) on Saturday November 04, 2006 @03:09PM (#16717855)
    I picked up a 2.33 GHz MBP (US$2500) a couple of days ago and it meets my expectations. No problems with noise or heat issues, and the build quality and design is much better than the offerings back in 2002 when I bought an iBook 700 MHz G3 and a PB 800 MHz G4. The magnetic power connector by itself is a big improvement.

    The included printed documentation is rather lacking for a notebook in this price range. Additionally, there in no recordable CD or DVD included. And as noted before, there is no modem either. For developers, both X Window and Xcode require additional installation steps.

    For those who can accept a sligntly slower CPU and half the memory (128 MB vs 256 MB) graphics, a savings of US$500 can be had by getting the base model and using the cash to upgrade the main memory from 1 GB to 2 GB (or 3 GB).
  • by melted ( 227442 ) on Saturday November 04, 2006 @05:35PM (#16719029) Homepage
    2.33GHz, 2GB RAM, 160GB HDD. It's scary fast, even in Aperture. After reading horror stories on the web I thought it'd run ridiculously hot. Not so, my friends. The bottom does get hot when you do something hardcore (LiveType realtime rendering or a hardcore Aperture session), but not as hot as to be unbearable. Overall, I'm very pleased with my purchase, and this is hands down the best laptop I've ever used.

    My son is very pleased, too - he can't get enough of Photo Booth. :0)
  • by Constantine Evans ( 969815 ) on Saturday November 04, 2006 @06:13PM (#16719341) Homepage
    Do you mean the Apple technical support which wanted my credit card number before they honoured my warranty, just in case they decided replacing the dead hard drive wasn't covered? And then was rude enough to replace the combo drive in my iBook with a CD-ROM drive, and deny that they had done so afterward, when the drive wasn't even broken in the first place? I'd rather talk to an Indian or Chinese tech support which respects me rather than an American tech support system that treats me like an idiot.

    Amazingly, Dell's support is great in this regard. The technicians don't appear to be very knowledgeable and don't speak English very well, but since I've always known what has needed to be replaced on my laptop, they've been more than happy to replace whatever I tell them to within 48 hours, and have never sent me a cheaper replacement (when my hard drive died they sent me an 80GB to replace the 60GB in the laptop). Which is important, because Dells have a tendency to break rather often.
  • Re:4gb of ram? (Score:4, Informative)

    by MBCook ( 132727 ) <> on Saturday November 04, 2006 @07:57PM (#16720203) Homepage

    The chipset is only capable of addressing 32 bits or 4 gigs of memory. Many "64 bit" desktops are the same way. The problem is that while the chipset can see the full 4 gigs of ram, a portion of it (~768mb) is hidden by other address space (video card shadowing, PCI memory addresses, etc). The machine can hold 4 gigs of ram, you just won't be able to see it all. I have a friend with a Dell desktop with the same "problem".

    Frankly I like Apple approach as opposed to what many others do ("Supprots 4+ GIGs* (* unable to see top 1/2 gig)").

    The problem should go away when they stop using the current chipset (which was designed for the 32 bit Core) and move to the next chipset that was designed specifically for the Core 2 chips.

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