Mac benchmark scores

Speedmark 8 scores

Speedmark 8 Score
27in iMac 3.2GHz Core i5 (Late 2012) 224
27in iMac 2.9GHz Core i5 (Late 2012) 238
27in iMac 3.4GHz Core i7 1TB Fusion Drive, 16GB RAM BTO (Late 2012) 313
21.5in iMac 2.9GHz Core i5 (Late 2012) 204
21.5in iMac 2.7GHz Core i5 (Late 2012) 194
Mac mini Core i5 2.5GHz dual-core (Mid 2011) 120
Mac mini Core i5 2.3GHz dual-core (Mid 2011) 100
Mac mini/2.3GHz Core i7 (Late 2012) 164
Mac mini/2.5GHz Core i5 (Late 2012) 131
15in Retina MacBook Pro/2.7GHz Core i7 (Early 2013) 284
15in Retina MacBook Pro/2.4GHz Core i7 (Early 2013) 270
13in Retina MacBook Pro/2.6GHz Core i5 (Early 2013) 190
15in MacBook Pro (Retina display) Core i7 2.6GHz quad-core (Mid 2012) 275
15in MacBook Pro (Retina display) Core i7 2.3GHz quad-core (Mid 2012) 257
13in MacBook Pro Core i7 2.9GHz dual-core (Mid 2012) 153
13in MacBook Pro Core i5 2.5GHz dual-core (Mid 2012) 121
13in MacBook Pro (Retina) 2.5GHz Core i5 (Late 2012) 184
13in MacBook Air 1.8GHz Core i5 (Mid 2012) 166
11in MacBook Air 1.3GHz Core i5 (Mid 2013) 165
13in MacBook Air 1.3GHz Core i5 (Mid 2013) 166

Speedmark 7 scores

Which system was the best overall performer? Look no further than our Speedmark 7 score, which combines the performance scores from all of the tests and boils them down to one number.

Our baseline system, which is given a score of 100 and is what we compare the individual test performance of each system to, is a 2010 Mac mini with a 2.4GHz Core 2 Duo processor, 2GB of RAM, a 320GB 5400-rpm hard drive, and integrated Nvidia GeForce 320M graphics. A second system, a 2010 MacBook with very similar specifications, also earned a Speedmark 7 score of 100.

The fastest system overall of the current Mac is the newest kid on the block, the 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display boasting a Core i7 2.6GHz quad-core; it has a Speedmark 7 score of 330. It also gains the title of the fastest standard configuration Mac we’ve tested so far. The system with the slowest Speedmark 7 score of all the Macs we have tested is a 2008 MacBook Air with a 1.6GHz Core 2 Duo processor.

Below is a chart of Speedmark 7 scores of all the Macs in Apple’s lineup until 2012.

Speedmark 7:  Mac lineup

Mac model Speedmark 7 Score
Mac Pro Xeon 2.4GHz 8-core 6GB RAM (Mid 2010) 235
Mac Pro Xeon 2.8GHz quad-core 3GB RAM (Mid 2010) 219
27-inch iMac Core i5 3.1GHz quad-core (Mid 2011) 241
27-inch iMac Core i5 2.7GHz quad-core (Mid 2011) 225
21.5-inch iMac Core i7 2.8GHz quad-core BTO (Mid 2011) 244
21.5-inch iMac Core i5 2.7GHz quad-core (Mid 2011) 229
21.5-inch iMac Core i5 2.5GHz quad-core (Mid 2011) 211
Mac mini Core i7 2.7GHz dual-core SSD BTO (Mid 2011) 218
Mac mini Core i5 2.5GHz dual-core (Mid 2011) 161
Mac mini Core i5 2.3GHz dual-core (Mid 2011) 132
17-inch MacBook Pro Core i7 2.2GHz quad-core (Early 2011) 207
15-inch MacBook Pro (Retina display) Core i7 2.6GHz quad-core (Mid 2012) 330
15-inch MacBook Pro (Retina display) Core i7 2.3GHz quad-core (Mid 2012) 319
15-inch MacBook Pro Core i7 2.6GHz quad-core (Mid 2012) 239
15-inch MacBook Pro Core i7 2.3GHz quad-core (Mid 2012) 221
13-inch MacBook Pro Core i7 2.9GHz dual-core (Mid 2012) 189
13-inch MacBook Pro Core i5 2.5GHz dual-core (Mid 2012) 161
13-inch MacBook Air Core i5 1.8GHz dual-core 256GB flash storage (Mid 2012) 206
13-inch MacBook Air Core i5 1.8GHz dual-core 128GB flash storage (Mid 2012) 201
11-inch MacBook Air Core i5 1.7GHz dual-core 128GB flash storage (Mid 2012) 195
11-inch MacBook Air Core i5 1.7GHz dual-core 64GB flash storage (Mid 2012) 186

Results are scores. Higher scores are faster. Best result in bold.

Individual application test results

Speedmark 7 is comprised of 16 different application-based tests that can run on all shipping Macs. The tests are designed to measure the different subsystems: CPU, GPU, storage, and memory. Here’s a breakdown of the individual tests that make up Speedmark 7.

Mac OS X Finder tests: Three tests: Duplicate 2GB Folder, Compress 4GB Folder, and Uncompress 4GB File Archive

The duplicate and uncompress tasks demonstrate the speed of the system’s internal storage. Flash drives do much better in this test. The flash storage in the 2012 MacBook Pros with Retina display are the fastest that we’ve tested so far, taking just over 13 seconds to duplicate the 2GB folder and 26 seconds to uncompress a 4GB zip file. These scores are around six times faster than scores of our baseline Mac mini, which took 79 seconds to duplicate the folder and 165 seconds to uncompress the 4GB zip file.

Speedmark 7: Finder tests

Mac Model Duplicate 2GB Folder Zip 4GB Folder Unzip 4GB File
Mac Pro Xeon 2.4GHz 8-core 6GB RAM (Mid 2010) 44.3 277.0 89.0
Mac Pro Xeon 2.8GHz quad-core 3GB RAM (Mid 2010) 40.4 244.2 91.4
27-inch iMac Core i5 3.1GHz quad-core (Mid 2011) 43.9 205.2 88.8
27-inch iMac Core i5 2.7GHz quad-core (Mid 2011) 45.5 198.7 89.7
21.5-inch iMac Core i7 2.8GHz quad-core BTO (Mid 2011) 46.4 195.8 84.3
21.5-inch iMac Core i5 2.7GHz quad-core (Mid 2011) 46.2 190.1 85.1
21.5-inch iMac Core i5 2.5GHz quad-core (Mid 2011) 41.5 213.8 84.0
Mac mini Core i7 2.7GHz dual-core SSD BTO (Mid 2011) 29.0 203.4 49.2
Mac mini Core i5 2.5GHz dual-core (Mid 2011) 65.6 240.9 148.8
Mac mini Core i5 2.3GHz dual-core (Mid 2011) 64.7 248.7 144.0
17-inch MacBook Pro Core i7 2.2GHz quad-core (Early 2011) 54.2 219.3 119.9
15-inch MacBook Pro (Retina display) Core i7 2.6GHz quad-core (Mid 2012) 13.9 183.5 26.9
15-inch MacBook Pro (Retina display) Core i7 2.3GHz quad-core (Mid 2012) 13.3 198.6 26.6
15-inch MacBook Pro Core i7 2.6GHz quad-core (Mid 2012) 54.6 195.7 113.7
15-inch MacBook Pro Core i7 2.3GHz quad-core (Mid 2012) 55.8 223.3 115.3
13-inch MacBook Pro Core i7 2.9GHz dual-core (Mid 2012) 52.9 196.9 125.5
13-inch MacBook Pro Core i5 2.5GHz dual-core (Mid 2012) 63.6 233.8 141.8
13-inch MacBook Air Core i5 1.8GHz dual-core 256GB flash storage (Mid 2012) 15.1 234.7 30.1
13-inch MacBook Air Core i5 1.8GHz dual-core 128GB flash storage (Mid 2012) 17 234.7 32.3
11-inch MacBook Air Core i5 1.7GHz dual-core 128GB flash storage (Mid 2012) 15.4 249.8 32.6
11-inch MacBook Air Core i5 1.7GHz dual-core 64GB flash storage (Mid 2012) 21.8 251.4 43.3

Results are in seconds. Lower is better. Best result in bold.

Pages ‘09 test: Convert and Open a 500-page Microsoft Word Document

The Pages test favors Core i5 and i7 processors, though faster internal drives help. Once again the Retina MacBook Pros lead the pack; if you include older Macs, Core 2 Duo systems (especially older MacBook Airs) pull up the rear.

Speedmark 7: Pages ’09 test

Mac Model Pages ’09 import 500-page Word doc
Mac Pro Xeon 2.4GHz 8-core 6GB RAM (Mid 2010) 97.1
Mac Pro Xeon 2.8GHz quad-core 3GB RAM (Mid 2010) 99.5
27-inch iMac Core i5 3.1GHz quad-core (Mid 2011) 85.5
27-inch iMac Core i5 2.7GHz quad-core (Mid 2011) 81.3
21.5-inch iMac Core i7 2.8GHz quad-core BTO (Mid 2011) 78.1
21.5-inch iMac Core i5 2.7GHz quad-core (Mid 2011) 71.4
21.5-inch iMac Core i5 2.5GHz quad-core (Mid 2011) 90.8
Mac mini Core i7 2.7GHz dual-core SSD BTO (Mid 2011) 72.5
Mac mini Core i5 dual-core 2.5GHz (Mid 2011) 84.7
Mac mini Core i5 2.3GHz dual-core (Mid 2011) 102.7
15-inch MacBook Pro Core i7 2.3GHz quad-core BTO (Early 2011) 78.6
17-inch MacBook Pro Core i7 2.2GHz quad-core (Early 2011) 76.1
15-inch MacBook Pro (Retina display) Core i7 2.6GHz quad-core (Mid 2012) 66.3
15-inch MacBook Pro (Retina display) Core i7 2.3GHz quad-core (Mid 2012) 71.6
15-inch MacBook Pro Core i7 2.6GHz quad-core (Mid 2012) 69.3
15-inch MacBook Pro Core i7 2.3GHz quad-core (Mid 2012) 72.3
13-inch MacBook Pro Core i7 2.9GHz dual-core (Mid 2012) 67.7
13-inch MacBook Pro Core i5 2.5GHz dual-core (Mid 2012) 77.7
13-inch MacBook Air Core i5 1.8GHz dual-core 256GB flash storage (Mid 2012)
13-inch MacBook Air Core i5 1.8GHz dual-core 128GB flash storage (Mid 2012)
11-inch MacBook Air Core i5 1.7GHz dual-core 128GB flash storage (Mid 2012)
11-inch MacBook Air Core i5 1.7GHz dual-core 64GB flash storage (Mid 2012)

Results are in seconds. Lower is better. Best result in bold.

iMovie ‘11 tests: Import Two-Minute Clip from Camera Archive, and Share Movie to iTunes for Mobile Devices

The Share to iTunes test is the first to show a benefit of more than four cores. The Retina display MacBook Pro finished first with the 2.4GHz Xeon 8-core Mac Pro finishing the test just one second slower than the second fastest overall Mac, a 2010 BTO 2.93GHz i7 iMac with SSD drive. In the iMovie Share to iTunes Mobile test, the 2009 2.26GHz Xeon 8-core Mac Pro came in third place of all the Macs we tested. As with Pages, the 2.93GHz iMac with the SSD was faster than the same system without it; 19 percent faster in the import and 16 percent faster when sharing the file to iTunes.

Speedmark 7: iMovie ’11 tests

Mac Model iMovie ’11 Import Two-Minute Clip from Camera Archive iMovie ’11 Share Movie to iTunes for Mobile Devices
Mac Pro Xeon 2.4GHz 8-core 6GB RAM (Mid 2010) 50.3 59.0
Mac Pro Xeon 2.8GHz quad-core 3GB RAM (Mid 2010) 63.8 60.9
27-inch iMac Core i5 3.1GHz quad-core (Mid 2011) 66.1 53.4
27-inch iMac Core i5 2.7GHz quad-core (Mid 2011) 73.4 59.8
21.5-inch iMac Core i7 2.8GHz quad-core BTO (Mid 2011) 62.0 54.9
21.5-inch iMac Core i5 2.7GHz quad-core (Mid 2011) 74.4 61.8
21.5-inch iMac Core i5 2.5GHz quad-core (Mid 2011) 77.6 63.4
Mac mini Core i7 2.7GHz dual-core SSD BTO (Mid 2011) 77.3 62.8
Mac mini Core i5 dual-core 2.5GHz (Mid 2011) 113.3 78.2
Mac mini Core i5 2.3GHz dual-core (Mid 2011) 118.8 102.9
15-inch MacBook Pro Core i7 2.3GHz quad-core BTO (Early 2011) 75.6 61.0
17-inch MacBook Pro Core i7 2.2GHz quad-core (Early 2011) 74.2 66.8
15-inch MacBook Pro (Retina display) Core i7 2.6GHz quad-core (Mid 2012) 45.2 59.6
15-inch MacBook Pro (Retina display) Core i7 2.3GHz quad-core (Mid 2012) 40.5 61.1
15-inch MacBook Pro Core i7 2.6GHz quad-core (Mid 2012) 68.1 63.5
15-inch MacBook Pro Core i7 2.3GHz quad-core (Mid 2012) 72.1 65.9
13-inch MacBook Pro Core i7 2.9GHz dual-core (Mid 2012) 98.5 73.5
13-inch MacBook Pro Core i5 2.5GHz dual-core (Mid 2012) 106.4 83.8
13-inch MacBook Air Core i5 1.8GHz dual-core 256GB flash storage (Mid 2012) 83.2 77.3
13-inch MacBook Air Core i5 1.8GHz dual-core 128GB flash storage (Mid 2012) 85.4 79.9
11-inch MacBook Air Core i5 1.7GHz dual-core 128GB flash storage (Mid 2012) 88.7 82.3
11-inch MacBook Air Core i5 1.7GHz dual-core 64GB flash storage (Mid 2012) 90.4 83.3

Results are in seconds. Lower is better. Best result in bold.

iTunes 10 test: Convert 42 AAC Files to MP3

Another processor-intensive test where the Core i5 and i7 processors outperform the Core 2 Duos. Unlike some other tests, though, having an SSD doesn’t benefit performance. MacBook Pro with Retina displays finish first, older MacBook Airs finish last, and iMacs and Mac Pros land in the middle.

Speedmark 7: iTunes 10 test

Mac Model iTunes 10 AAC to MP3 Encode
Mac Pro Xeon 2.4GHz 8-core 6GB RAM (Mid 2010) 91.7
Mac Pro Xeon 2.8GHz quad-core 3GB RAM (Mid 2010) 84.3
27-inch iMac Core i5 3.1GHz quad-core (Mid 2011) 65.5
27-inch iMac Core i5 2.7GHz quad-core (Mid 2011) 65.3
21.5-inch iMac Core i7 2.8GHz quad-core BTO (Mid 2011) 63.3
21.5-inch iMac Core i5 2.7GHz quad-core (Mid 2011) 71.8
21.5-inch iMac Core i5 2.5GHz quad-core (Mid 2011) 74.1
Mac mini Core i7 2.7GHz dual-core SSD BTO (Mid 2011) 73.8
Mac mini Core i5 dual-core 2.5GHz (Mid 2011) 83.3
Mac mini Core i5 2.3GHz dual-core (Mid 2011) 92.7
15-inch MacBook Pro Core i7 2.3GHz quad-core BTO (Early 2011) 72.3
17-inch MacBook Pro Core i7 2.2GHz quad-core (Early 2011) 81.9
15-inch MacBook Pro (Retina display) Core i7 2.6GHz quad-core (Mid 2012) 62.1
15-inch MacBook Pro (Retina display) Core i7 2.3GHz quad-core (Mid 2012) 66.8
15-inch MacBook Pro Core i7 2.6GHz quad-core (Mid 2012) 69.9
15-inch MacBook Pro Core i7 2.3GHz quad-core (Mid 2012) 73.5
13-inch MacBook Pro Core i7 2.9GHz dual-core (Mid 2012) 76.3
13-inch MacBook Pro Core i5 2.5GHz dual-core (Mid 2012) 88.8
13-inch MacBook Air Core i5 1.8GHz dual-core 256GB flash storage (Mid 2012) 86.2
13-inch MacBook Air Core i5 1.8GHz dual-core 128GB flash storage (Mid 2012) 86.9
11-inch MacBook Air Core i5 1.7GHz dual-core 128GB flash storage (Mid 2012) 93
11-inch MacBook Air Core i5 1.7GHz dual-core 64GB flash storage (Mid 2012) 93.2

Results are in seconds. Lower is better. Best result in bold.

HandBrake 0.9.5 64-bit test: Encode Four Chapters from Ripped File on Hard Drive to H.264

HandBrake is one of the few applications that takes full use of however many processor cores are available. Mac Pros with eight or more cores finish before quad-core iMacs, but the Retina MacBook Pros just finish firts. MacBook Airs, which have a tendency to slow down to avoid overheating, can take nearly 4 minutes to complete the task, while the eight-core Mac Pros both finished in less than a minute and a half.

Speedmark 7: HandBrake test

Mac Model Encode Four Chapters from Ripped File on Hard Drive to H.264
Mac Pro Xeon 2.4GHz 8-core 6GB RAM (Mid 2010) 87.9
Mac Pro Xeon 2.8GHz quad-core 3GB RAM (Mid 2010) 104.6
27-inch iMac Core i5 3.1GHz quad-core (Mid 2011) 104.5
27-inch iMac Core i5 2.7GHz quad-core (Mid 2011) 115.8
21.5-inch iMac Core i7 2.8GHz quad-core BTO (Mid 2011) 95.6
21.5-inch iMac Core i5 2.7GHz quad-core (Mid 2011) 116.0
21.5-inch iMac Core i5 2.5GHz quad-core (Mid 2011) 125.7
Mac mini Core i7 2.7GHz dual-core SSD BTO (Mid 2011) 175.7
Mac mini Core i5 dual-core 2.5GHz (Mid 2011) 186.3
Mac mini Core i5 2.3GHz dual-core (Mid 2011) 212.2
15-inch MacBook Pro Core i7 2.3GHz quad-core BTO (Early 2011) 103.0
17-inch MacBook Pro Core i7 2.2GHz quad-core (Early 2011) 103.2
15-inch MacBook Pro (Retina display) Core i7 2.6GHz quad-core (Mid 2012) 81.7
15-inch MacBook Pro (Retina display) Core i7 2.3GHz quad-core (Mid 2012) 88.4
15-inch MacBook Pro Core i7 2.6GHz quad-core (Mid 2012) 84.4
15-inch MacBook Pro Core i7 2.3GHz quad-core (Mid 2012) 87.6
13-inch MacBook Pro Core i7 2.9GHz dual-core (Mid 2012) 155.8
13-inch MacBook Pro Core i5 2.5GHz dual-core (Mid 2012) 182.5
13-inch MacBook Air Core i5 1.8GHz dual-core 256GB flash storage (Mid 2012) 203.4
13-inch MacBook Air Core i5 1.8GHz dual-core 128GB flash storage (Mid 2012) 203.2
11-inch MacBook Air Core i5 1.7GHz dual-core 128GB flash storage (Mid 2012) 220.8
11-inch MacBook Air Core i5 1.7GHz dual-core 64GB flash storage (Mid 2012) 219

Results are in seconds. Lower is better. Best result in bold.

Cinebench R11.5 tests: OpenGL Test and CPU Test

Maxon’s Cinebench’s OpenGL test measures the performance of the graphics card in the system and gives a result in frames per second, so the higher the score, the better. The 2011 iMacs are fastest, with up to 47.7 frames per second in the tests. MacBook Airs struggled to approach 20 frames per second.

Maxon’s Cinebench CPU isolates the CPU. Like HandBrake and MathematicaMark, the Cinebench CPU test can take full advantage of up to 64 processor threads. The Mac Pro with eight cores (seen as having 16 virtual cores by the application thanks to Intel’s Hyper Threading technology) finished the test in less than a minute.

Speedmark 7: Cinebench tests

Mac Model Cinebench OpenGL Cinebench CPU
Mac Pro Xeon 2.4GHz 8-core 6GB RAM (Mid 2010) 29.9 50.1
Mac Pro Xeon 2.8GHz quad-core 3GB RAM (Mid 2010) 34.0 81.8
27-inch iMac Core i5 3.1GHz quad-core (Mid 2011) 43.7 84.5
27-inch iMac Core i5 2.7GHz quad-core (Mid 2011) 45.4 97.5
21.5-inch iMac Core i7 2.8GHz quad-core BTO (Mid 2011) 47.7 73.4
21.5-inch iMac Core i5 2.7GHz quad-core (Mid 2011) 45.5 96.4
21.5-inch iMac Core i5 2.5GHz quad-core (Mid 2011) 40.3 104.3
Mac mini Core i7 2.7GHz dual-core SSD BTO (Mid 2011) 24.9 136.8
Mac mini Core i5 dual-core 2.5GHz (Mid 2011) 24.6 143.2
Mac mini Core i5 2.3GHz dual-core (Mid 2011) 12.0 160.0
15-inch MacBook Pro Core i7 2.3GHz quad-core BTO (Early 2011) 39.6 78.6
17-inch MacBook Pro Core i7 2.2GHz quad-core (Early 2011) 38.8 82.0
15-inch MacBook Pro (Retina display) Core i7 2.6GHz quad-core (Mid 2012) 37.4 62.3
15-inch MacBook Pro (Retina display) Core i7 2.3GHz quad-core (Mid 2012) 34.8 67.4
15-inch MacBook Pro Core i7 2.6GHz quad-core (Mid 2012) 37.4 62.7
15-inch MacBook Pro Core i7 2.3GHz quad-core (Mid 2012) 34.6 66.7
13-inch MacBook Pro Core i7 2.9GHz dual-core (Mid 2012) 20 119.6
13-inch MacBook Pro Core i5 2.5GHz dual-core (Mid 2012) 18.4 141.6
13-inch MacBook Air Core i5 1.8GHz dual-core 256GB flash storage (Mid 2012) 17.5 157.4
13-inch MacBook Air Core i5 1.8GHz dual-core 128GB flash storage (Mid 2012) 17.5 158.3
11-inch MacBook Air Core i5 1.7GHz dual-core 128GB flash storage (Mid 2012) 15.6 169.8
11-inch MacBook Air Core i5 1.7GHz dual-core 64GB flash storage (Mid 2012) 15.9 170.1

OpenGL results are in frames per second; Higher is better. CPU results are in seconds; lower is better. Best result in bold.

Parallels 6 test: WorldBench 6 Multitasking Test on Windows 7

Faster processors do well on this test, with the latest iMacs performing the best. Mac Pros with faster processor clock speeds scored better than those with slower clock speeds but more processors.

Speedmark 7: Parallels 6 test

Mac Model Parallels WorldBench 6 Multitasking Test on Windows 7
Mac Pro Xeon 2.4GHz 8-core 6GB RAM (Mid 2010) 333.0
Mac Pro Xeon 2.8GHz quad-core 3GB RAM (Mid 2010) 308.3
27-inch iMac Core i5 3.1GHz quad-core (Mid 2011) 224.7
27-inch iMac Core i5 2.7GHz quad-core (Mid 2011) 262.7
21.5-inch iMac Core i7 2.8GHz quad-core BTO (Mid 2011) 269.0
21.5-inch iMac Core i5 2.7GHz quad-core (Mid 2011) 263.3
21.5-inch iMac Core i5 2.5GHz quad-core (Mid 2011) 279.7
Mac mini Core i7 2.7GHz dual-core SSD BTO (Mid 2011) 268.7
Mac mini Core i5 dual-core 2.5GHz (Mid 2011) 285.3
Mac mini Core i5 2.3GHz dual-core (Mid 2011) 378.3
15-inch MacBook Pro Core i7 2.3GHz quad-core BTO (Early 2011) 264.0
17-inch MacBook Pro Core i7 2.2GHz quad-core (Early 2011) 265.3
15-inch MacBook Pro (Retina display) Core i7 2.6GHz quad-core (Mid 2012) 231.3
15-inch MacBook Pro (Retina display) Core i7 2.3GHz quad-core (Mid 2012) 231
15-inch MacBook Pro Core i7 2.6GHz quad-core (Mid 2012) 245.3
15-inch MacBook Pro Core i7 2.3GHz quad-core (Mid 2012) 270
13-inch MacBook Pro Core i7 2.9GHz dual-core (Mid 2012) 240
13-inch MacBook Pro Core i5 2.5GHz dual-core (Mid 2012) 296.7
13-inch MacBook Air Core i5 1.8GHz dual-core 256GB flash storage (Mid 2012) 353.7
13-inch MacBook Air Core i5 1.8GHz dual-core 128GB flash storage (Mid 2012) 364.7
11-inch MacBook Air Core i5 1.7GHz dual-core 128GB flash storage (Mid 2012) 333.3
11-inch MacBook Air Core i5 1.7GHz dual-core 64GB flash storage (Mid 2012) 341

Results are in seconds. Lower is better. Best result in bold.

Adobe Photoshop CS5 test: Action Script

The Photoshop Action Script test uses a 100MB file, and involves running various filters and tasks, as well as importing RAW files. Processors, RAM and drive speed all come into play on this test. The 2010 eight-core Mac Pro posted the fastest time last year but the Mid 2012 MacBook Pros took the top honours this time around.

Speedmark 7: Photoshop CS5 test

Mac Model Photoshop CS5 Action Script
Mac Pro Xeon 2.4GHz 8-core 6GB RAM (Mid 2010) 94.2
Mac Pro Xeon 2.8GHz quad-core 3GB RAM (Mid 2010) 125.3
27-inch iMac Core i5 3.1GHz quad-core (Mid 2011) 122.9
27-inch iMac Core i5 2.7GHz quad-core (Mid 2011) 137.0
21.5-inch iMac Core i7 2.8GHz quad-core BTO (Mid 2011) 123.6
21.5-inch iMac Core i5 2.7GHz quad-core (Mid 2011) 125.5
21.5-inch iMac Core i5 2.5GHz quad-core (Mid 2011) 128.8
Mac mini Core i7 2.7GHz dual-core SSD BTO (Mid 2011) 96.5
Mac mini Core i5 dual-core 2.5GHz (Mid 2011) 159.2
Mac mini Core i5 2.3GHz dual-core (Mid 2011) 249.8
15-inch MacBook Pro Core i7 2.3GHz quad-core BTO (Early 2011) 104.5
17-inch MacBook Pro Core i7 2.2GHz quad-core (Early 2011) 147.5
15-inch MacBook Pro (Retina display) Core i7 2.6GHz quad-core (Mid 2012) 80.9
15-inch MacBook Pro (Retina display) Core i7 2.3GHz quad-core (Mid 2012) 81.8
15-inch MacBook Pro Core i7 2.6GHz quad-core (Mid 2012) 83.1
15-inch MacBook Pro Core i7 2.3GHz quad-core (Mid 2012) 126.2
13-inch MacBook Pro Core i7 2.9GHz dual-core (Mid 2012) 88.5
13-inch MacBook Pro Core i5 2.5GHz dual-core (Mid 2012) 123.4
13-inch MacBook Air Core i5 1.8GHz dual-core 256GB flash storage (Mid 2012) 99.7
13-inch MacBook Air Core i5 1.8GHz dual-core 128GB flash storage (Mid 2012) 103.2
11-inch MacBook Air Core i5 1.7GHz dual-core 128GB flash storage (Mid 2012) 104.3
11-inch MacBook Air Core i5 1.7GHz dual-core 64GB flash storage (Mid 2012) 104

Results are in seconds. Lower is better. Best result in bold.

Aperture 3 test: Import and Process 207 Photos

This test hits both the hard drive and the processor. And you guessed it, the Retina display welding MacBook Pros lead the pack.

Speedmark 7: Aperture 3 test

Mac Model Aperture 3 Import and Process 207 Photos
Mac Pro Xeon 2.4GHz 8-core 6GB RAM (Mid 2010) 85.0
Mac Pro Xeon 2.8GHz quad-core 3GB RAM (Mid 2010) 88.8
27-inch iMac Core i5 3.1GHz quad-core (Mid 2011) 80.3
27-inch iMac Core i5 2.7GHz quad-core (Mid 2011) 83.4
21.5-inch iMac Core i7 2.8GHz quad-core BTO (Mid 2011) 81.7
21.5-inch iMac Core i5 2.7GHz quad-core (Mid 2011) 79.5
21.5-inch iMac Core i5 2.5GHz quad-core (Mid 2011) 145.2
Mac mini Core i7 2.7GHz dual-core SSD BTO (Mid 2011) 79.5
Mac mini Core i5 dual-core 2.5GHz (Mid 2011) 113.4
Mac mini Core i5 2.3GHz dual-core (Mid 2011) 145.5
15-inch MacBook Pro Core i7 2.3GHz quad-core BTO (Early 2011) 101.0
17-inch MacBook Pro Core i7 2.2GHz quad-core (Early 2011) 106.5
15-inch MacBook Pro (Retina display) Core i7 2.6GHz quad-core (Mid 2012) 54.8
15-inch MacBook Pro (Retina display) Core i7 2.3GHz quad-core (Mid 2012) 55.5
15-inch MacBook Pro Core i7 2.6GHz quad-core (Mid 2012) 97.8
15-inch MacBook Pro Core i7 2.3GHz quad-core (Mid 2012) 104.7
13-inch MacBook Pro Core i7 2.9GHz dual-core (Mid 2012) 86.8
13-inch MacBook Pro Core i5 2.5GHz dual-core (Mid 2012) 106.3
13-inch MacBook Air Core i5 1.8GHz dual-core 256GB flash storage (Mid 2012) 72.1
13-inch MacBook Air Core i5 1.8GHz dual-core 128GB flash storage (Mid 2012) 74.3
11-inch MacBook Air Core i5 1.7GHz dual-core 128GB flash storage (Mid 2012) 76.4
11-inch MacBook Air Core i5 1.7GHz dual-core 64GB flash storage (Mid 2012) 80

Results are in seconds. Lower is better. Best result in bold.

iPhoto ‘11 test: Import 500 Photos

Another test that takes advantage of drive speed as well as processor speed. While the new MacBook Airs performed admirably, the MacBook Pros with Retina Display came home with the goods.

Speedmark 7: iPhoto ’11 test

Mac Model iPhoto ’11 Import 500 Photos
Mac Pro Xeon 2.4GHz 8-core 6GB RAM (Mid 2010) 86.8
Mac Pro Xeon 2.8GHz quad-core 3GB RAM (Mid 2010) 93.2
27-inch iMac Core i5 3.1GHz quad-core (Mid 2011) 112.2
27-inch iMac Core i5 2.7GHz quad-core (Mid 2011) 112.6
21.5-inch iMac Core i7 2.8GHz quad-core BTO (Mid 2011) 113.4
21.5-inch iMac Core i5 2.7GHz quad-core (Mid 2011) 112.4
21.5-inch iMac Core i5 2.5GHz quad-core (Mid 2011) 92.6
Mac mini Core i7 2.7GHz dual-core SSD BTO (Mid 2011) 77.1
Mac mini Core i5 dual-core 2.5GHz (Mid 2011) 164.2
Mac mini Core i5 2.3GHz dual-core (Mid 2011) 170.0
15-inch MacBook Pro Core i7 2.3GHz quad-core BTO (Early 2011) 138.5
17-inch MacBook Pro Core i7 2.2GHz quad-core (Early 2011) 139.7
15-inch MacBook Pro (Retina display) Core i7 2.6GHz quad-core (Mid 2012) 48.8
15-inch MacBook Pro (Retina display) Core i7 2.3GHz quad-core (Mid 2012) 50.8
15-inch MacBook Pro Core i7 2.6GHz quad-core (Mid 2012) 135.9
15-inch MacBook Pro Core i7 2.3GHz quad-core (Mid 2012) 136.9
13-inch MacBook Pro Core i7 2.9GHz dual-core (Mid 2012) 131.1
13-inch MacBook Pro Core i5 2.5GHz dual-core (Mid 2012) 159.9
13-inch MacBook Air Core i5 1.8GHz dual-core 256GB flash storage (Mid 2012) 85.1
13-inch MacBook Air Core i5 1.8GHz dual-core 128GB flash storage (Mid 2012) 86.8
11-inch MacBook Air Core i5 1.7GHz dual-core 128GB flash storage (Mid 2012) 92.1
11-inch MacBook Air Core i5 1.7GHz dual-core 64GB flash storage (Mid 2012) 92.4

Results are in seconds. Lower is better. Best result in bold.

MathematicaMark 8 test: Evaluate Notebook Test

As with HandBrake and Cinebench’s CPU Test, MathematicaMark takes advantage of all available processor cores. The result is a score, with higher numbers being better. The eight-core Mac Pro (with Hyper Threading presenting the application with 16 virtual processors) were the winners in this test last year but once again the 2012 MacBook Pros win out.

Speedmark 7: Mathematica 8 test

Mac Model Mathematica 8
Mac Pro Xeon 2.4GHz 8-core 6GB RAM (Mid 2010) 1.85
Mac Pro Xeon 2.8GHz quad-core 3GB RAM (Mid 2010) 1.27
27-inch iMac Core i5 3.1GHz quad-core (Mid 2011) 1.75
27-inch iMac Core i5 2.7GHz quad-core (Mid 2011) 1.66
21.5-inch iMac Core i7 2.8GHz quad-core BTO (Mid 2011) 1.73
21.5-inch iMac Core i5 2.7GHz quad-core (Mid 2011) 1.63
21.5-inch iMac Core i5 2.5GHz quad-core (Mid 2011) 1.58
Mac mini Core i7 2.7GHz dual-core SSD BTO (Mid 2011) 1.10
Mac mini Core i5 dual-core 2.5GHz (Mid 2011) 1.00
Mac mini Core i5 2.3GHz dual-core (Mid 2011) 0.93
15-inch MacBook Pro Core i7 2.3GHz quad-core BTO (Early 2011) 1.63
17-inch MacBook Pro Core i7 2.2GHz quad-core (Early 2011) 1.57
15-inch MacBook Pro (Retina display) Core i7 2.6GHz quad-core (Mid 2012) 1.98
15-inch MacBook Pro (Retina display) Core i7 2.3GHz quad-core (Mid 2012) 1.91
15-inch MacBook Pro Core i7 2.6GHz quad-core (Mid 2012) 1.97
15-inch MacBook Pro Core i7 2.3GHz quad-core (Mid 2012) 1.84
13-inch MacBook Pro Core i7 2.9GHz dual-core (Mid 2012) 1.2
13-inch MacBook Pro Core i5 2.5GHz dual-core (Mid 2012) 1.06
13-inch MacBook Air Core i5 1.8GHz dual-core 256GB flash storage (Mid 2012) 0.99
13-inch MacBook Air Core i5 1.8GHz dual-core 128GB flash storage (Mid 2012) 0.98
11-inch MacBook Air Core i5 1.7GHz dual-core 128GB flash storage (Mid 2012) 0.93
11-inch MacBook Air Core i5 1.7GHz dual-core 64GB flash storage (Mid 2012) 0.93

Results are a score. Higher is better. Best result in bold.

Portal 2 test: Timedemo (1280-by-800)

This test shows how well a graphics cards can handle modern 3D games. CPU can play a small role in performance, but our Portal 2 test is really about GPU speed. In this test, scores are framerates, and higher scores are better. No system was better than our 2011 27-inch 3.1GHz Core i5 quad-core i5 iMac that displayed 231 frames per second.

Speedmark 7: Portal 2 test

Mac Model Portal 2 (1280×800)
Mac Pro Xeon 2.4GHz 8-core 6GB RAM (Mid 2010) 171.5
Mac Pro Xeon 2.8GHz quad-core 3GB RAM (Mid 2010) 195.1
27-inch iMac Core i5 3.1GHz quad-core (Mid 2011) 231.3
27-inch iMac Core i5 2.7GHz quad-core (Mid 2011) 160.6
21.5-inch iMac Core i7 2.8GHz quad-core BTO (Mid 2011) 205.4
21.5-inch iMac Core i5 2.7GHz quad-core (Mid 2011) 168.5
21.5-inch iMac Core i5 2.5GHz quad-core (Mid 2011) 140.2
Mac mini Core i7 2.7GHz dual-core SSD BTO (Mid 2011) 106.3
Mac mini Core i5 dual-core 2.5GHz (Mid 2011) 103.7
Mac mini Core i5 2.3GHz dual-core (Mid 2011) 62.5
15-inch MacBook Pro Core i7 2.3GHz quad-core BTO (Early 2011) 161.1
17-inch MacBook Pro Core i7 2.2GHz quad-core (Early 2011) 156.0
15-inch MacBook Pro (Retina display) Core i7 2.6GHz quad-core (Mid 2012) 194.8
15-inch MacBook Pro (Retina display) Core i7 2.3GHz quad-core (Mid 2012) 172.6
15-inch MacBook Pro Core i7 2.6GHz quad-core (Mid 2012) 212
15-inch MacBook Pro Core i7 2.3GHz quad-core (Mid 2012) 201.8
13-inch MacBook Pro Core i7 2.9GHz dual-core (Mid 2012) 89.6
13-inch MacBook Pro Core i5 2.5GHz dual-core (Mid 2012) 81.9
13-inch MacBook Air Core i5 1.8GHz dual-core 256GB flash storage (Mid 2012) 77.4
13-inch MacBook Air Core i5 1.8GHz dual-core 128GB flash storage (Mid 2012) 79.5
11-inch MacBook Air Core i5 1.7GHz dual-core 128GB flash storage (Mid 2012) 78.6
11-inch MacBook Air Core i5 1.7GHz dual-core 64GB flash storage (Mid 2012) 77.6

Results are frames per second. Higher is better. Best result in bold.

More Speedmark 7 scores

Interested in seeing the individual application scores that make up the overall Speedmark 7 score? We’ve broken it up into families of Macs. Just click on a link below.

Mac Pros

Speedmark 7 Score: Mac Pros Tested

Mac Model Speedmark 7 Score
Mac Pro Xeon 2.4GHz 8-core 6GB RAM (Mid 2010) 235
Mac Pro Xeon 2.8GHz quad-core 3GB RAM (Mid 2010) 219
Mac Pro Xeon 2.26GHz 8-core 6GB RAM (Early 2009) 197
Mac Pro Xeon 2.66GHz quad-core 3GB RAM (Early 2009) 177

Results are scores. Higher scores are faster. Best result in bold. Older models in italics.

Speedmark 7 Individual Application Results: Mac Pros Tested

Mac Model Duplicate 2GB Folder Zip 4GB Folder Unzip 4GB File Pages ’09 Import 500-page Word Doc
Mac Pro Xeon 2.4GHz 8-core 6GB RAM (Mid 2010) 44.3 277.0 89.0 97.1
Mac Pro Xeon 2.8GHz quad-core 3GB RAM (Mid 2010) 40.4 244.2 91.4 99.5
Mac Pro Xeon 2.26GHz 8-core 6GB RAM (Early 2009) 48.8 287.6 100.7 106.7
Mac Pro Xeon 2.66GHz quad-core 3GB RAM (Early 2009) 47.5 254.1 104.4 92.2

Results are in seconds. Lower is faster. Best result in bold. Older models in italics.

Speedmark 7 Individual Application Results: Mac Pros Tested

Mac Model 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
Mac Pro Xeon 2.4GHz 8-core 6GB RAM (Mid 2010) 50.3 59.0 91.7 87.9
Mac Pro Xeon 2.8GHz quad-core 3GB RAM (Mid 2010) 63.8 60.9 84.3 104.6
Mac Pro Xeon 2.26GHz 8-core 6GB RAM (Early 2009) 58.2 80.7 101.0 81.8
Mac Pro Xeon 2.66GHz quad-core 3GB RAM (Early 2009) 69.1 101.2 90.4 109.8

Results are in seconds. Lower is faster. Best result in bold. Older models in italics.

Speedmark 7 Individual Application Results: Mac Pros Tested

Mac Model Cinebench OpenGL Cinebench CPU Parallels WorldBench 6 Multitasking Test on Windows 7 Photoshop CS5 Action Script
Mac Pro Xeon 2.4GHz 8-core 6GB RAM (Mid 2010) 29.9 50.1 333.0 94.2
Mac Pro Xeon 2.8GHz quad-core 3GB RAM (Mid 2010) 34 81.8 308.3 125.3
Mac Pro Xeon 2.26GHz 8-core 6GB RAM (Early 2009) 15.5 53.5 342.0 110.5
Mac Pro Xeon 2.66GHz quad-core 3GB RAM (Early 2009) 15.5 85.9 312.7 166.7

Cinebench OpenGL is a score; higher is better. All other results are in seconds; lower is better. Best result in bold. Older models in italics.

Speedmark 7 Individual Application Results: Mac Pros Tested

Mac Model Aperture 3 Import and Process 207 Photos iPhoto ’11 Import 500 Photos Mathematica 8 Portal 2 (1280×800)
Mac Pro Xeon 2.4GHz 8-core 6GB RAM (Mid 2010) 85.0 86.8 1.85 171.5
Mac Pro Xeon 2.8GHz quad-core 3GB RAM (Mid 2010) 88.8 93.2 1.27 195.1
Mac Pro Xeon 2.26GHz 8-core 6GB RAM (Early 2009) 104.0 107.9 2.11 77.3
Mac Pro Xeon 2.66GHz quad-core 3GB RAM (Early 2009) 99.0 109.4 1.27 68.1

Mathematica 8 is a score; higher is better. Portal 2 results is frames per second; higher is better. All other results are in seconds; lower is better. Best result in bold. Older models in italics.

MacBooks

Speedmark 7 Score: MacBooks Tested

Mac Model Speedmark 7 Score
15-inch MacBook Pro (Retina display) Core i7 2.6GHz quad-core (Mid 2012) 330
15-inch MacBook Pro (Retina display) Core i7 2.3GHz quad-core (Mid 2012) 319
15-inch MacBook Pro Core i7 2.6GHz quad-core (Mid 2012) 239
15-inch MacBook Pro Core i7 2.3GHz quad-core (Mid 2012) 221
13-inch MacBook Pro Core i7 2.9GHz dual-core (Mid 2012) 189
13-inch MacBook Pro Core i5 2.5GHz dual-core (Mid 2012) 161
17-inch MacBook Pro Core i7 2.2GHz quad-core (Early 2011) 207
15-inch MacBook Pro Core i7 2.3GHz quad-core BTO (Early 2011) 207
15-inch MacBook Pro Core i7 2.2GHz quad-core (Early 2011) 205
15-inch MacBook Pro Core i7 2.0GHz quad-core (Early 2011) 169
13-inch MacBook Pro Core i5 2.3GHz dual-core SSD BTO (Early 2011) 178
13-inch MacBook Pro Core i7 2.7GHz dual-core (Early 2011) 151
13-inch MacBook Pro Core i5 2.3GHz dual-core (Early 2011) 140
17-inch MacBook Pro Core i5 2.53GHz dual-core (Mid 2010) 139
15-inch MacBook Pro Core i5 2.53GHz dual-core (Mid 2010) 134
15-inch MacBook Pro Core i5 2.4GHz dual-core (Mid 2010) 131
13-inch MacBook Pro Core 2 Duo 2.66GHz (Mid 2010) 112
13-inch MacBook Pro Core 2 Duo 2.4GHz (Mid 2010) 108
17-inch MacBook Pro Core 2 Duo 2.66GHz (Early 2009) 118
13-inch MacBook Air Core i5 1.8GHz dual-core 256GB flash storage (Mid 2012) 206
13-inch MacBook Air Core i5 1.8GHz dual-core 128GB flash storage (Mid 2012) 201
11-inch MacBook Air Core i5 1.7GHz dual-core 128GB flash storage (Mid 2012) 195
11-inch MacBook Air Core i5 1.7GHz dual-core 64GB flash storage (Mid 2012) 186
13-inch MacBook Air Core i7 1.8GHz dual-core 256GB flash storage BTO (Mid 2011) 175
13-inch MacBook Air Core i5 1.7GHz dual-core 256GB flash storage (Mid 2011) 162
13-inch MacBook Air Core i5 1.7GHz dual-core 128GB flash storage (Mid 2011) 166
11-inch MacBook Air Core i7 1.8GHz dual-core 128GB flash storage BTO (Mid 2011) 175
11-inch MacBook Air Core i5 1.6GHz dual-core 128GB flash storage (Mid 2011) 152
11-inch MacBook Air Core i5 1.6GHz dual-core 64GB flash storage (Mid 2011) 146
13-inch MacBook Air Core 2 Duo 1.86GHz (Late 2010) 117
11-inch MacBook Air Core 2 Duo 1.4GHz (Late 2010) 94
13-inch MacBook Air Core 2 Duo 2.13GHz (Mid 2009) 69
13-inch MacBook Air Core 2 Duo 1.6GHz (Early 2008) 59
MacBook Core 2 Duo 2.4GHz (Mid 2010) 100
MacBook Core 2 Duo 2.4GHz aluminum unibody (Late 2008) 91

Results are scores. Higher scores are faster. Best result in bold. Older models in italics.

Speedmark 7 Individual Application Results: MacBooks Tested

Mac Model Duplicate 2GB Folder Zip 4GB Folder Unzip 4GB File Pages ’09 Import 500-page Word Doc
15-inch MacBook Pro (Retina display) Core i7 2.6GHz quad-core (Mid 2012) 13.9 183.5 26.9 66.3
15-inch MacBook Pro (Retina display) Core i7 2.3GHz quad-core (Mid 2012) 13.3 198.6 26.6 71.6
15-inch MacBook Pro Core i7 2.6GHz quad-core (Mid 2012) 54.6 195.7 113.7 69.3
15-inch MacBook Pro Core i7 2.3GHz quad-core (Mid 2012) 55.8 223.3 115.3 72.3
13-inch MacBook Pro Core i7 2.9GHz dual-core (Mid 2012) 52.9 196.9 125.5 67.7
13-inch MacBook Pro Core i5 2.5GHz dual-core (Mid 2012) 63.6 233.8 115.3 77.7
17-inch MacBook Pro Core i7 2.2GHz quad-core (Early 2011) 54.2 219.3 119.9 78.6
15-inch MacBook Pro Core i7 2.3GHz quad-core BTO (Early 2011) 51.4 224.2 117.4 76.1
15-inch MacBook Pro Core i7 2.2GHz quad-core (Early 2011) 59.6 234.3 125.5 83.3
15-inch MacBook Pro Core i7 2.0GHz quad-core (Early 2011) 73.7 261.1 153.3 89.4
13-inch MacBook Pro Core i5 2.3GHz dual-core SSD BTO (Early 2011) 29.2 236.8 49.8 89.8
13-inch MacBook Pro Core i7 2.7GHz dual-core (Early 2011) 66.4 224.9 149.8 103.0
13-inch MacBook Pro Core i5 2.3GHz dual-core (Early 2011) 69.7 271.1 180.3 89.8
17-inch MacBook Pro Core i5 2.53GHz dual-core (Mid 2010) 61.6 285.0 147.3 118.8
15-inch MacBook Pro Core i5 2.53GHz dual-core (Mid 2010) 73.3 293.2 149.5 118.7
15-inch MacBook Pro Core i5 2.4GHz dual-core (Mid 2010) 70.7 301.1 158.9 129.0
13-inch MacBook Pro Core 2 Duo 2.66GHz (Mid 2010) 86.5 320.6 171.3 138.9
13-inch MacBook Pro Core 2 Duo 2.4GHz (Mid 2010) 77.2 352.9 156.8 149.7
17-inch MacBook Pro Core 2 Duo 2.66GHz (Early 2009) 64.5 335.5 127.7 133.4
13-inch MacBook Air Core i5 1.8GHz dual-core 256GB flash storage (Mid 2012) 15.1 234.7 30.1
13-inch MacBook Air Core i5 1.8GHz dual-core 128GB flash storage (Mid 2012) 17 234.7 32.3
11-inch MacBook Air Core i5 1.7GHz dual-core 128GB flash storage (Mid 2012) 15.4 249.8 32.6
11-inch MacBook Air Core i5 1.7GHz dual-core 64GB flash storage (Mid 2012) 21.8 251.4 43.3
13-inch MacBook Air Core i7 1.8GHz dual-core 256GB flash storage BTO (Mid 2011) 22.3 235.5 40.5 88.2
13-inch MacBook Air Core i5 1.7GHz dual-core 128GB flash storage (Mid 2011) 27.4 253.8 50.4 92.8
13-inch MacBook Air Core i5 1.7GHz dual-core 256GB flash storage (Mid 2011) 25.9 253.6 47.9 95.3
11-inch MacBook Air Core i7 1.8GHz dual-core 128GB flash storage BTO (Mid 2011) 25 233.9 43.9 89.1
11-inch MacBook Air Core i5 1.6GHz dual-core 128GB flash storage (Mid 2011) 23.5 297.6 43.3 109.8
11-inch MacBook Air Core i5 1.6GHz dual-core 64GB flash storage (Mid 2011) 27.4 300.9 46.7 111.2
13-inch MacBook Air Core 2 Duo 1.86GHz (Late 2010) 32.0 420.3 59.9 148.2
11-inch MacBook Air Core 2 Duo 1.4GHz (Late 2010) 32.8 552.7 65.8 196.0
13-inch MacBook Air Core 2 Duo 2.13GHz (Mid 2009) 67.2 536.2 104.5 183.5
13-inch MacBook Air Core 2 Duo 1.6GHz (Early 2008) 128.1 527.9 331.1 187.7
MacBook Core 2 Duo 2.4GHz (Mid 2010) 82.1 337.1 176.6 120.2
MacBook Core 2 Duo 2.4GHz aluminum unibody (Late 2008) 94.6 353.6 196.4 153.5

Results are in seconds. Lower is faster. Best result in bold. Older models in italics.

Speedmark 7 Individual Application Results: MacBooks Tested

Mac Model 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
15-inch MacBook Pro (Retina display) Core i7 2.6GHz quad-core (Mid 2012) 45.2 59.6 62.1 81.7
15-inch MacBook Pro (Retina display) Core i7 2.3GHz quad-core (Mid 2012) 40.5 61.1 66.8 88.4
15-inch MacBook Pro Core i7 2.6GHz quad-core (Mid 2012) 68.1 63.5 69.9 84.4
15-inch MacBook Pro Core i7 2.3GHz quad-core (Mid 2012) 72.1 65.9 73.5 87.6
13-inch MacBook Pro Core i7 2.9GHz dual-core (Mid 2012) 98.5 73.5 76.3 155.8
13-inch MacBook Pro Core i5 2.5GHz dual-core (Mid 2012) 106.4 83.8 88.8 182.5
17-inch MacBook Pro Core i7 2.2GHz quad-core (Early 2011) 75.6 61.0 72.3 103.0
15-inch MacBook Pro Core i7 2.3GHz quad-core BTO (Early 2011) 74.2 66.8 81.9 103.2
15-inch MacBook Pro Core i7 2.2GHz quad-core (Early 2011) 73.7 65.0 75.2 106.9
15-inch MacBook Pro Core i7 2.0GHz quad-core (Early 2011) 81.0 85.3 84.9 115.6
13-inch MacBook Pro Core i5 2.3GHz dual-core SSD BTO (Early 2011) 89.3 86.9 86.0 208.8
13-inch MacBook Pro Core i7 2.7GHz dual-core (Early 2011) 107.0 90.8 78.7 186.0
13-inch MacBook Pro Core i5 2.3GHz dual-core (Early 2011) 116.0 87.5 99.7 210.0
17-inch MacBook Pro Core i5 2.53GHz dual-core (Mid 2010) 91.8 102.0 104.4 230.0
15-inch MacBook Pro Core i5 2.53GHz dual-core (Mid 2010) 90.9 119.0 104.7 228.8
15-inch MacBook Pro Core i5 2.4GHz dual-core (Mid 2010) 94.0 131.6 106.7 238.8
13-inch MacBook Pro Core 2 Duo 2.66GHz (Mid 2010) 116.6 126.5 120.1 356.0
13-inch MacBook Pro Core 2 Duo 2.4GHz (Mid 2010) 115.5 133.3 131.5 385.9
17-inch MacBook Pro Core 2 Duo 2.66GHz (Early 2009) 103.1 117.1 136.1 425.8
13-inch MacBook Air Core i5 1.8GHz dual-core 256GB flash storage (Mid 2012) 83.2 77.3 86.2 203.4
13-inch MacBook Air Core i5 1.8GHz dual-core 128GB flash storage (Mid 2012) 85.4 79.9 86.9 203.2
11-inch MacBook Air Core i5 1.7GHz dual-core 128GB flash storage (Mid 2012) 88.7 82.3 93 220.8
11-inch MacBook Air Core i5 1.7GHz dual-core 64GB flash storage (Mid 2012) 90.4 83.3 93.2 219
13-inch MacBook Air Core i7 1.8GHz dual-core 256GB flash storage BTO (Mid 2011) 97.5 106.8 92.6 238.1
13-inch MacBook Air Core i5 1.7GHz dual-core 128GB flash storage (Mid 2011) 100.0 109.3 96.1 246.1
13-inch MacBook Air Core i5 1.7GHz dual-core 256GB flash storage (Mid 2011) 100.3 110.7 96.2 241.8
11-inch MacBook Air Core i7 1.8GHz dual-core 128GB flash storage BTO (Mid 2011) 99.0 100.9 90.7 239.3
11-inch MacBook Air Core i5 1.6GHz dual-core 128GB flash storage (Mid 2011) 111.5 114.9 112.1 279.2
11-inch MacBook Air Core i5 1.6GHz dual-core 64GB flash storage (Mid 2011) 115.1 118.5 113.5 291.2
13-inch MacBook Air Core 2 Duo 1.86GHz (Late 2010) 90.7 157.9 172.5 474.0
11-inch MacBook Air Core 2 Duo 1.4GHz (Late 2010) 107.3 185.6 232.4 676.9
13-inch MacBook Air Core 2 Duo 2.13GHz (Mid 2009) 169.3 238.2 252.3 880.6
13-inch MacBook Air Core 2 Duo 1.6GHz (Early 2008) 195.4 258.4 205.7 753.6
MacBook Core 2 Duo 2.4GHz (Mid 2010) 123.0 180.4 144.7 387.6
MacBook Core 2 Duo 2.4GHz aluminum unibody (Late 2008) 121.9 146.7 125.3 375.2

Results are in seconds. Lower is faster. Best result in bold. Older models in italics.

Speedmark 7 Individual Application Results: MacBooks Tested

Mac Model Cinebench OpenGL Cinebench CPU Parallels WorldBench 6 Multitasking Test on Windows 7 Photoshop CS5 Action Script
15-inch MacBook Pro (Retina display) Core i7 2.6GHz quad-core (Mid 2012) 37.4 62.3 231.3 80.9
15-inch MacBook Pro (Retina display) Core i7 2.3GHz quad-core (Mid 2012) 34.8 67.4 231 81.8
15-inch MacBook Pro Core i7 2.6GHz quad-core (Mid 2012) 37.4 62.7 245.3 83.1
15-inch MacBook Pro Core i7 2.3GHz quad-core (Mid 2012) 34.6 66.7 270 126.2
13-inch MacBook Pro Core i7 2.9GHz dual-core (Mid 2012) 20 119.6 240 88.5
13-inch MacBook Pro Core i5 2.5GHz dual-core (Mid 2012) 18.4 141.6 296.7 123.4
17-inch MacBook Pro Core i7 2.2GHz quad-core (Early 2011) 39.6 78.6 264.0 104.5
15-inch MacBook Pro Core i7 2.3GHz quad-core BTO (Early 2011) 38.8 82.0 265.3 147.5
15-inch MacBook Pro Core i7 2.2GHz quad-core (Early 2011) 38.8 81.9 267.7 148.9
15-inch MacBook Pro Core i7 2.0GHz quad-core (Early 2011) 20.9 86.9 280.7 144.5
13-inch MacBook Pro Core i5 2.3GHz dual-core SSD BTO (Early 2011) 12.6 158.2 307.7 121.8
13-inch MacBook Pro Core i7 2.7GHz dual-core (Early 2011) 12.7 140.7 274.0 122.4
13-inch MacBook Pro Core i5 2.3GHz dual-core (Early 2011) 12.5 161.0 328.0 128.0
17-inch MacBook Pro Core i5 2.53GHz dual-core (Mid 2010) 17.9 179.7 377.0 144.3
15-inch MacBook Pro Core i5 2.53GHz dual-core (Mid 2010) 18.1 176.9 395.3 157.2
15-inch MacBook Pro Core i5 2.4GHz dual-core (Mid 2010) 18.0 184.8 407.3 153.7
13-inch MacBook Pro Core 2 Duo 2.66GHz (Mid 2010) 12.6 266.1 390.3 153.4
13-inch MacBook Pro Core 2 Duo 2.4GHz (Mid 2010) 12.4 293.9 419.0 168.4
17-inch MacBook Pro Core 2 Duo 2.66GHz (Early 2009) 14.2 333.3 408.3 154.1
13-inch MacBook Air Core i5 1.8GHz dual-core 256GB flash storage (Mid 2012) 17.5 157.4 353.7 99.7
13-inch MacBook Air Core i5 1.8GHz dual-core 128GB flash storage (Mid 2012) 17.5 158.3 364.7 103.2
11-inch MacBook Air Core i5 1.7GHz dual-core 128GB flash storage (Mid 2012) 15.6 169.8 333.3 104.3
11-inch MacBook Air Core i5 1.7GHz dual-core 64GB flash storage (Mid 2012) 15.9 170.1 341 104
13-inch MacBook Air Core i7 1.8GHz dual-core 256GB flash storage BTO (Mid 2011) 11.4 175.1 324.7 107.7
13-inch MacBook Air Core i5 1.7GHz dual-core 128GB flash storage (Mid 2011) 11.2 184.9 360.7 112.8
13-inch MacBook Air Core i5 1.7GHz dual-core 256GB flash storage (Mid 2011) 10.7 182.3 373.7 112.4
11-inch MacBook Air Core i7 1.8GHz dual-core 128GB flash storage BTO (Mid 2011) 11.9 166.7 330.7 106.0
11-inch MacBook Air Core i5 1.6GHz dual-core 128GB flash storage (Mid 2011) 10.1 211.0 442.7 119.3
11-inch MacBook Air Core i5 1.6GHz dual-core 64GB flash storage (Mid 2011) 9.6 211.1 449.7 132.6
13-inch MacBook Air Core 2 Duo 1.86GHz (Late 2010) 13.0 367.1 475.0 169.0
11-inch MacBook Air Core 2 Duo 1.4GHz (Late 2010) 10.9 498.7 649.0 217.5
13-inch MacBook Air Core 2 Duo 2.13GHz (Mid 2009) 4.5 623.2 757.0 272.3
13-inch MacBook Air Core 2 Duo 1.6GHz (Early 2008) 4.6 520.7 664.3 540.5
MacBook Core 2 Duo 2.4GHz (Mid 2010) 12.6 293.7 428.3 315.3
MacBook Core 2 Duo 2.4GHz aluminum unibody (Late 2008) 6.3 295.1 431.7 280.7

Cinebench OpenGL is a score; higher is better. All other results are in seconds; lower is better. Best result in bold. Older models in italics.

Speedmark 7 Individual Application Results: MacBooks Tested

Mac Model Aperture 3 Import and Process 207 Photos iPhoto ’11 Import 500 Photos Mathematica 8 Portal 2 (1280×800)
15-inch MacBook Pro (Retina display) Core i7 2.6GHz quad-core (Mid 2012) 54.8 48.8 1.98 194.8
15-inch MacBook Pro (Retina display) Core i7 2.3GHz quad-core (Mid 2012) 55.5 50.8 1.91 172.6
15-inch MacBook Pro Core i7 2.6GHz quad-core (Mid 2012) 97.8 135.9 1.97 212
15-inch MacBook Pro Core i7 2.3GHz quad-core (Mid 2012) 104.7 136.9 1.84 201.8
13-inch MacBook Pro Core i7 2.9GHz dual-core (Mid 2012) 86.8 131.1 1.2 89.6
13-inch MacBook Pro Core i5 2.5GHz dual-core (Mid 2012) 106.3 159.9 1.06 81.9
17-inch MacBook Pro Core i7 2.2GHz quad-core (Early 2011) 101.0 138.5 1.63 161.1
15-inch MacBook Pro Core i7 2.3GHz quad-core BTO (Early 2011) 106.5 139.7 1.57 156.0
15-inch MacBook Pro Core i7 2.2GHz quad-core (Early 2011) 101.5 141.2 1.52 160.9
15-inch MacBook Pro Core i7 2.0GHz quad-core (Early 2011) 115.5 170.4 1.46 68.6
13-inch MacBook Pro Core i5 2.3GHz dual-core SSD BTO (Early 2011) 88.1 83.1 0.94 63.3
13-inch MacBook Pro Core i7 2.7GHz dual-core (Early 2011) 105.4 162.2 1.02 59.5
13-inch MacBook Pro Core i5 2.3GHz dual-core (Early 2011) 121.3 171.7 0.95 61.8
17-inch MacBook Pro Core i5 2.53GHz dual-core (Mid 2010) 123.9 164.1 0.68 83.0
15-inch MacBook Pro Core i5 2.53GHz dual-core (Mid 2010) 129.4 177.4 0.68 83.8
15-inch MacBook Pro Core i5 2.4GHz dual-core (Mid 2010) 125.7 171.0 0.65 84.0
13-inch MacBook Pro Core 2 Duo 2.66GHz (Mid 2010) 143.8 202.3 0.73 52.7
13-inch MacBook Pro Core 2 Duo 2.4GHz (Mid 2010) 147.9 203.7 0.67 52.4
17-inch MacBook Pro Core 2 Duo 2.66GHz (Early 2009) 127.2 164.4 0.63 65.6
13-inch MacBook Air Core i5 1.8GHz dual-core 256GB flash storage (Mid 2012) 72.1 85.1 0.99 77.4
13-inch MacBook Air Core i5 1.8GHz dual-core 128GB flash storage (Mid 2012) 74.3 86.8 0.98 79.5
11-inch MacBook Air Core i5 1.7GHz dual-core 128GB flash storage (Mid 2012) 76.4 92.1 0.93 78.6
11-inch MacBook Air Core i5 1.7GHz dual-core 64GB flash storage (Mid 2012) 80 92.4 0.93 77.6
13-inch MacBook Air Core i7 1.8GHz dual-core 256GB flash storage BTO (Mid 2011) 82.1 89.4 0.86 60.1
13-inch MacBook Air Core i5 1.7GHz dual-core 128GB flash storage (Mid 2011) 90.2 90.4 0.82 55.9
13-inch MacBook Air Core i5 1.7GHz dual-core 256GB flash storage (Mid 2011) 92.1 88.8 0.82 53.5
11-inch MacBook Air Core i7 1.8GHz dual-core 128GB flash storage BTO (Mid 2011) 84.1 89.4 0.85 60.9
11-inch MacBook Air Core i5 1.6GHz dual-core 128GB flash storage (Mid 2011) 96.4 103.6 0.77 57.1
11-inch MacBook Air Core i5 1.6GHz dual-core 64GB flash storage (Mid 2011) 109.3 104.7 0.76 58.4
13-inch MacBook Air Core 2 Duo 1.86GHz (Late 2010) 144.3 157.3 0.57 57.4
11-inch MacBook Air Core 2 Duo 1.4GHz (Late 2010) 180.5 198.5 0.43 52.7
13-inch MacBook Air Core 2 Duo 2.13GHz (Mid 2009) 200.1 277.4 0.32 29.7
13-inch MacBook Air Core 2 Duo 1.6GHz (Early 2008) 289.3 370.0 0.35 32.3
MacBook Core 2 Duo 2.4GHz (Mid 2010) 167.1 234.4 0.65 54.4
MacBook Core 2 Duo 2.4GHz aluminum unibody (Late 2008) 173.0 237.7 0.64 26.0

Mathematica 8 is a score; higher is better. Portal 2 results is frames per second; higher is better. All other results are in seconds; lower is better. Best result in bold. Older models in italics.

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Mac Minis and iMacs

 

 

Speedmark 7 Score: Mac Minis and iMacs Macs Tested

Mac Model Speedmark 7 Score
27-inch iMac Core i5 3.1GHz quad-core (Mid 2011) 241
27-inch iMac Core i5 2.7GHz quad-core (Mid 2011) 225
21.5-inch iMac Core i7 2.8GHz quad-core BTO (Mid 2011) 244
21.5-inch iMac Core i5 2.7GHz quad-core (Mid 2011) 229
21.5-inch iMac Core i5 2.5GHz quad-core (Mid 2011) 211
27-inch iMac Core i7 2.93GHz quad-core SSD BTO (Mid 2010) 264
27-inch iMac Core i7 2.93GHz quad-core BTO (Mid 2010) 228
27-inch iMac Core i5 3.6GHz dual-core SSD BTO (Mid 2010) 219
27-inch iMac Core i5 3.6GHz dual-core BTO (Mid 2010) 199
27-inch iMac Core i5 2.8GHz quad-core (Mid 2010) 215
27-inch iMac Core i3 3.2GHz dual-core (Mid 2010) 176
21.5-inch iMac Core i3 3.2GHz dual-core (Mid 2010) 180
24-inch iMac Core 2 Duo 3.06GHz (Early 2009) 154
Mac mini Core i7 2.7GHz dual-core SSD BTO (Mid 2011) 218
Mac mini Core i5 2.5GHz dual-core (Mid 2011) 161
Mac mini Core i5 2.3GHz dual-core (Mid 2011) 132
Mac mini Core 2 Duo 2.4GHz (Mid 2010) 100

Results are scores. Higher scores are faster. Best result in bold. Older models in italics.

Speedmark 7 Individual Application Results: Mac Minis and iMacs Tested

Mac Model Duplicate 2GB Folder Zip 4GB Folder Unzip 4GB File Pages ’09 Import 500-page Word Doc
27-inch iMac Core i5 3.1GHz quad-core (Mid 2011) 43.9 205.2 88.8 85.5
27-inch iMac Core i5 2.7GHz quad-core (Mid 2011) 45.5 198.7 89.7 81.3
21.5-inch iMac Core i7 2.8GHz quad-core BTO (Mid 2011) 46.4 195.8 84.3 78.1
21.5-inch iMac Core i5 2.7GHz quad-core (Mid 2011) 46.2 190.1 85.1 71.4
21.5-inch iMac Core i5 2.5GHz quad-core (Mid 2011) 41.5 213.8 84.0 90.8
27-inch iMac Core i7 2.93GHz quad-core SSD BTO (Mid 2010) 29.0 227.1 49.3 75.6
27-inch iMac Core i7 2.93GHz quad-core BTO (Mid 2010) 38.8 232.9 82.8 89.3
27-inch iMac Core i5 3.6GHz dual-core SSD BTO (Mid 2010) 28.9 196.1 50.3 71.6
27-inch iMac Core i5 3.6GHz dual-core BTO (Mid 2010) 37.8 195.8 88.6 87.3
27-inch iMac Core i5 2.8GHz quad-core (Mid 2010) 44.0 244.3 90.2 88.2
27-inch iMac Core i3 3.2GHz dual-core (Mid 2010) 44.8 234.3 90.1 96.1
21.5-inch iMac Core i3 3.2GHz dual-core (Mid 2010) 42.0 232.4 84.9 96.9
24-inch iMac Core 2 Duo 3.06GHz (Early 2009) 47.5 258.7 102.4 112.8
Mac mini Core i7 2.7GHz dual-core SSD BTO (Mid 2011) 29.0 203.4 49.2 72.5
Mac mini Core i5 2.5GHz dual-core (Mid 2011) 65.6 240.9 148.8 84.7
Mac mini Core i5 2.3GHz dual-core (Mid 2011) 64.7 248.7 144.0 102.7
Mac mini Core 2 Duo 2.4GHz (Mid 2010) 78.9 353.4 165.0 149.8

Results are in seconds. Lower is faster. Best result in bold. Older models in italics.

Speedmark 7 Individual Application Results: Mac Minis and iMacs Tested

Mac Model 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
27-inch iMac Core i5 3.1GHz quad-core (Mid 2011) 66.1 53.4 65.5 104.5
27-inch iMac Core i5 2.7GHz quad-core (Mid 2011) 73.4 59.8 65.3 115.8
21.5-inch iMac Core i7 2.8GHz quad-core BTO (Mid 2011) 62.0 54.9 63.3 95.6
21.5-inch iMac Core i5 2.7GHz quad-core (Mid 2011) 74.4 61.8 71.8 116.0
21.5-inch iMac Core i5 2.5GHz quad-core (Mid 2011) 77.6 63.4 74.1 125.7
27-inch iMac Core i7 2.93GHz quad-core SSD BTO (Mid 2010) 49.2 47.9 74.9 99.4
27-inch iMac Core i7 2.93GHz quad-core BTO (Mid 2010) 60.7 56.9 77.8 99.7
27-inch iMac Core i5 3.6GHz dual-core SSD BTO (Mid 2010) 77.8 56.6 71.4 169.2
27-inch iMac Core i5 3.6GHz dual-core BTO (Mid 2010) 88.8 67.5 73.8 169.8
27-inch iMac Core i5 2.8GHz quad-core (Mid 2010) 73.7 53.2 78.9 122.9
27-inch iMac Core i3 3.2GHz dual-core (Mid 2010) 97.8 71.1 83.4 194.3
21.5-inch iMac Core i3 3.2GHz dual-core (Mid 2010) 97.1 70.1 83.4 195.0
24-inch iMac Core 2 Duo 3.06GHz (Early 2009) 131.7 86.1 99.1 275.4
Mac mini Core i7 2.7GHz dual-core SSD BTO (Mid 2011) 77.3 62.8 73.8 175.7
Mac mini Core i5 2.5GHz dual-core (Mid 2011) 113.3 78.2 83.3 186.3
Mac mini Core i5 2.3GHz dual-core (Mid 2011) 118.8 102.9 92.7 212.2
Mac mini Core 2 Duo 2.4GHz (Mid 2010) 117.6 152.1 132.2 383.7

Results are in seconds. Lower is faster. Best result in bold. Older models in italics.

Speedmark 7 Individual Application Results: Mac Minis and iMacs Tested

Mac Model Cinebench OpenGL Cinebench CPU Parallels WorldBench 6 Multitasking Test on Windows 7 Photoshop CS5 Action Script
27-inch iMac Core i5 3.1GHz quad-core (Mid 2011) 43.7 84.5 224.7 122.9
27-inch iMac Core i5 2.7GHz quad-core (Mid 2011) 45.4 97.5 262.7 137.0
21.5-inch iMac Core i7 2.8GHz quad-core BTO (Mid 2011) 47.7 73.4 269.0 123.6
21.5-inch iMac Core i5 2.7GHz quad-core (Mid 2011) 45.5 96.4 263.3 125.5
21.5-inch iMac Core i5 2.5GHz quad-core (Mid 2011) 40.3 104.3 279.7 128.8
27-inch iMac Core i7 2.93GHz quad-core SSD BTO (Mid 2010) 39.6 78.4 273.7 94.6
27-inch iMac Core i7 2.93GHz quad-core BTO (Mid 2010) 39.5 77.7 281.3 174.7
27-inch iMac Core i5 3.6GHz dual-core SSD BTO (Mid 2010) 33.2 129.8 284.3 117.6
27-inch iMac Core i5 3.6GHz dual-core BTO (Mid 2010) 33.1 130.8 285.7 128.0
27-inch iMac Core i5 2.8GHz quad-core (Mid 2010) 36.3 107.3 273.3 126.4
27-inch iMac Core i3 3.2GHz dual-core (Mid 2010) 30.3 152.8 331.7 135.1
21.5-inch iMac Core i3 3.2GHz dual-core (Mid 2010) 30.4 151.4 324.7 134.9
24-inch iMac Core 2 Duo 3.06GHz (Early 2009) 26.9 225.2 283.7 211.3
Mac mini Core i7 2.7GHz dual-core SSD BTO (Mid 2011) 24.9 136.8 268.7 96.5
Mac mini Core i5 2.5GHz dual-core (Mid 2011) 24.6 143.2 285.3 159.2
Mac mini Core i5 2.3GHz dual-core (Mid 2011) 12.0 160.0 378.3 249.8
Mac mini Core 2 Duo 2.4GHz (Mid 2010) 12.9 296.4 451.7 364.0

Cinebench OpenGL is a score; higher is better. All other results are in seconds; lower is better. Best result in bold. Older models in italics.

Speedmark 7 Individual Application Results: Mac Minis and iMacs Tested

Mac Model Aperture 3 Import and Process 207 Photos iPhoto ’11 Import 500 Photos Mathematica 8 Portal 2 (1280×800)
27-inch iMac Core i5 3.1GHz quad-core (Mid 2011) 80.3 112.2 1.75 231.3
27-inch iMac Core i5 2.7GHz quad-core (Mid 2011) 83.4 112.6 1.66 160.6
21.5-inch iMac Core i7 2.8GHz quad-core BTO (Mid 2011) 81.7 113.4 1.73 205.4
21.5-inch iMac Core i5 2.7GHz quad-core (Mid 2011) 79.5 112.4 1.63 168.5
21.5-inch iMac Core i5 2.5GHz quad-core (Mid 2011) 145.2 92.6 1.58 140.2
27-inch iMac Core i7 2.93GHz quad-core SSD BTO (Mid 2010) 74.4 78.6 1.34 199.4
27-inch iMac Core i7 2.93GHz quad-core BTO (Mid 2010) 87.1 89.5 1.30 212.4
27-inch iMac Core i5 3.6GHz dual-core SSD BTO (Mid 2010) 76.9 84.0 0.87 113.1
27-inch iMac Core i5 3.6GHz dual-core BTO (Mid 2010) 90.4 92.8 0.84 142.1
27-inch iMac Core i5 2.8GHz quad-core (Mid 2010) 88.0 110.3 1.32 199.0
27-inch iMac Core i3 3.2GHz dual-core (Mid 2010) 95.8 121.4 0.78 112.4
21.5-inch iMac Core i3 3.2GHz dual-core (Mid 2010) 93.9 114.5 0.81 116.7
24-inch iMac Core 2 Duo 3.06GHz (Early 2009) 104.8 120.8 0.84 126.4
Mac mini Core i7 2.7GHz dual-core SSD BTO (Mid 2011) 79.5 77.1 1.10 106.3
Mac mini Core i5 2.5GHz dual-core (Mid 2011) 113.4 164.2 1.00 103.7
Mac mini Core i5 2.3GHz dual-core (Mid 2011) 145.5 170.0 0.93 62.5
Mac mini Core 2 Duo 2.4GHz (Mid 2010) 181.8 218.5 0.64 55.6

Mathematica 8 is a score; higher is better. Portal 2 results is frames per second; higher is better. All other results are in seconds; lower is better. Best result in bold. Older models in italics.

 

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