Fastest ever new MacBook Pros with Core i5 & i7 processors and Nvidia graphics - flagship benchmarked

Published Date
14 - Apr - 2010
| Last Updated
14 - Apr - 2010
 
Fastest ever new MacBook Pros with Core i5 & i7 processors and Nv...

The New Macbook Pro Range


After a long wait, Apple has duly refreshed its MacBook Pro line with all new Intel Core I5 and i7 processors, along with the next generation of NVIDIA graphics, and an enhanced batter life, among other new features. Apple has this to say about its new line: “With faster processors, amazing graphics and up to three more hours of battery life, the new MacBook Pro delivers both performance and efficiency.”

While the MacBook Pro 13-inch is still features Core2Duo processors, it does get Nvidia’s GeForce 320M graphics, and purportedly has an amazing 10-hour battery life. It is available in two configurations: one with a 2.4 GHz Intel Core2Duo and 250GB hard drive priced at Rs. 72, 900; and one with a 2.66 GHz Intel Core2Duo and 320GB hard drive priced at Rs. 89,900.

The MacBook Pro 15-inch and 17-inch however, will feature NVIDIA’s next-gen discrete graphics, GeForce 330M. The new 15-inch MacBook Pro is available in three models: one with a 2.4 GHz Intel Core i5 (520M), and 320GB hard drive at Rs. 1,09,900; one with a 2.53 GHz Intel Core i5 (540M), and 500GB hard drive at Rs. 1,19,900; and one with a 2.66 GHz Intel Core I7(620M), and 500GB hard drive at Rs. 1,29,900. The new 17-inch MacBook Pro features a 2.53 GHz Intel Core i5 (540M), and 500GB hard drive for Rs. 1,36,900.|

It is interesting that the MacBook Pro 15-inch features the high-end Core i7 processor, and this is probably for the sake of battery life on the 17-incher. Also to be noted is that all three MacBook Pros will not be featuring Nvidia Optimus switching technology, but instead an automatic graphics switching solution, that also provides users the option of relying solely on the discrete graphics.

You can check out benchmark results between the last-generation’s flagship 15-inch 2.8GHz Core2Duo with the flagship 15-inch 2.66GHz Core i7 of this generation on the next page. Apart from processor performance upgrades, the new MacBooks also come with standard 4GB of RAM, feature inertial scrolling support for the multi-touch trackpads. The 15-inch also gives you screen resolution options: a 1440 x 900 glossy display or a 1680 x 1050 glossy display ($100 additional). The 17-inch has a single 1920 x 1200 glossy display option.

Check out the complete specifications below:

Model13-inch MacBook Pro15-inch MacBook Pro17-inch MacBook Pro
Processor2.4GHz or 2.66GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor2.4GHz or 2.53GHz Intel Core i5 processor; or 2.66GHz Intel Core i7 processor2.53GHz Intel Core i5 processor; 2.66GHz Intel Core i7 option available
GraphicsNVIDIA GeForce 320M with 256MB DDR3 SDRAM shared with main memoryIntel HD Graphics with 256MB DDR3 SDRAM shared with main memory
NVIDIA GeForce GT 330M with 256MB or 512MB GDDR3 memory
Intel HD Graphics with 256MB DDR3 SDRAM shared with main memory
NVIDIA GeForce GT 330M with 512MB GDDR3 memory
Memory and Storage4GB memory
250GB or 320GB 5400-rpm hard drive
4GB memory
320GB or 500GB 5400-rpm hard drive
4GB memory
500GB 5400-rpm hard drive
Display13.3-inch LED-backlit glossy widescreen display
1280 by 800 pixels
15.4-inch LED-backlit glossy widescreen display
1440 by 900 pixels
High-resolution 1680-by-1050 glossy or antiglare option available
17-inch high-resolution LED-backlit glossy widescreen display
1920 by 1200 pixels
Antiglare option available
BatteryUp to 10 hours (wireless web browsing)
Built-in lithium-polymer 63.5 watt-hour
Up to 8-9 hours (wireless web browsing)
Built-in lithium-polymer 77.5 watt-hour
Up to 8-9 hours (wireless web browsing)
Built-in lithium-polymer 95 watt-hour
Other FeaturesPrecision aluminum unibody
MagSafe power port
Mini DisplayPort
Two USB 2.0 ports
One FireWire 800 port
SD card slot
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iSight camera
Multi-Touch trackpad
Full-size backlit keyboard
8x SuperDrive
Precision aluminum unibody
MagSafe power port
Mini DisplayPort
Two USB 2.0 ports
One FireWire 800 port
SD card slot
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iSight camera
Multi-Touch trackpad
Full-size backlit keyboard
8x SuperDrive
Precision aluminum unibody
MagSafe power port
Mini DisplayPort
Two USB 2.0 ports
One FireWire 800 port
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ExpressCard/34 slot
iSight camera
Multi-Touch trackpad
Full-size backlit keyboard
8x SuperDrive


Catch the benchmark results on the next page...
  

 

 

MacBook Pro 15-inch

Last-generation’s flagship 15-inch 2.8GHz Core2Duo versus the flagship 15-inch 2.66GHz Core i7 of this generation:

 

:GeekBench Results

GeekBench Results

XBench Results

XBench Results

Handbrake Results

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