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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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  • Re:too expensive (Score:2, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Saturday November 04, 2006 @01:45PM (#16717163)
    No you can't. Once you add enough upgrades to match the Apple, then the price is more than the Macbook. Look at all the stuff it has standard before you do the math.
  • by Anonymous Coward on Saturday November 04, 2006 @01:49PM (#16717205)
    "What's with the headline? It's "MacBook Pro", not MacBook. They're separate products."

    So what youre saying is that because they are slightly different products, its an unfair comparrison for the benchmark? Excuse me, but hasnt every single Mac Vs PC benchmark (in the past) been done this way?
  • by laffer1 ( 701823 ) <luke@foolishgame[ ]om ['s.c' in gap]> on Saturday November 04, 2006 @01:53PM (#16717243) Homepage Journal
    I was excited to see the headline. I look at the site and its just comparing several models to a baseline previous MacBook Pro. What is the point in that? I want to see real benchmarks like perhaps windows running on it vs a comparable "PC" laptop from say dell, toshiba or some other vendor. I'd also like to see a benchmark compared to desktop models like iMacs, Mac Pros, etc. To put it in perspective, maybe some benchmarks from G4/G5 models as well.

    I want to know how apple compares to other vendors now that apples to apples comparisons are more fair. You could argue driver support if the mac loses, but its not like dell ships great drivers for their modified chipsets either. I have an iBook now and it would be nice to know how PC operating systems run on this thing. I now have a good reason to want to run BSD on one of these :)
  • Re:Tired of this (Score:2, Insightful)

    by DDLKermit007 ( 911046 ) on Saturday November 04, 2006 @04:20PM (#16718443)
    Your kidding have to ask that? What the hell are you doing on /. if you can't figure that out?
  • by kkwst2 ( 992504 ) on Saturday November 04, 2006 @06:21PM (#16719413)
    Hmm, Aluminum vs. Magnesium alloy - advantage Thinkpad.

    FW800 - What devices do you have that use FW800 and are actually faster because of it? I know I have none. Quick, make something up.

    Drop-tilt sensors were developed by Thinkpad and are standard on all Thinkpads (DOH!!).

    Thinkpad has a keyboard illuminator built into the top of the screen that is also useful as a light. More functional and much less cheesy than the backlit keyboard in my book. To each his own.

    MagSafe power connector is neat. I must say that I've never come close to pulling my computer off the table by the power cord. Maybe you're more of a klutz than me.

    The Client Security Solution is not a subscription, but the software that integrates the fingerprint reader, allowing you to log into anything by swiping your fingerprint. Much less useful than your little camera, I'm sure!

    Thinkpad service is usually rated higher than Apple service. Comes with 3 years accidental damage and Thinkpad on-site service. Forgot to copy-and-paste that. Don't you have to pay extra for AppleCare, which this essentially is (with better service).

    You think the Thinkpad doesn't have an ExpressCard slot? Of course it does.

    Ambient Lighting Sensors?? You would pay for that if you had the choice?

    The software is your choice. I find nothing on iLife compelling. If you do, great. The cost of the software is a wash between XP and OSX. It's a choice. I said that in the beginning. The discussion was which purchase gives you more hardware for a better price.

    So after addressing the above, you're saying that you would pay $200 to have a significantly lower resolution screen, a significantly less powerful graphics card all for FW800 (over FW400), the MagSafe, the iSight camera, and ambient lighting sensors? That's fine, but I really find it difficult to argue that this is a wash from a cost-analysis standpoint.

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