Brand new MacBook Pro

Today I’ve got my brand new MacBook Pro, so I thought I share some observations for those who are tempted to buy one too.

(It seems that I’m not the only one who got a new MBP today. Have fun, Mat.)


First of all I’m impressed by the size. It’s a 15.4’’ model with 1440×900 pixels. My previous 12’’ iBook had a resolution of 1024×768 pixels (that’s an improvement of 65 percent).


Before selling my PowerMac and iBook I made some performance tests. I used GeekBench which is available for all major platforms and comes in 32 and 64 bit flavors. Here the scores:

Mobile computer

  • iBook (G4 1.33GHz)
    • 32 Bit: 60.9
  • New MacBook Pro (Core 2 Duo 2.16GHz)
    • 64 Bit: 229.9
    • 32 Bit: 214.1
    • 32 Bit (Rosetta): 152.3

Desktop computer

  • PowerMac (G5 2×2GHz)
    • 64 Bit: 158
    • 32 Bit: 147.4
  • New PC (Core 2 Duo E6300 1.86GHz)
    • 32 Bit (Windows): 217
    • 32 Bit (Linux): 244.3

So, the upgrade from my iBook to my MacBook Pro increased the performance by 215 percent (32 Bit), by 150 percent (32 Bit – Rosetta), or by 277 percent (32 Bit → 64 Bit). The MacBook even beats the PowerMac! (Remember, this is only one benchmark, it doesn’t consider all components of a computer!)

The most interesting observation was the performance comparison of Windows and Linux – the same machine performs 12.5 percent better under Linux, but that’s another story.


End notes

I hope I have better luck with my new mobile computer than one of my friends with his MacBook. His suffered from random shutdown problems (twice) and recently he lost his hard-drive (somehow…). Understandable that he’ll think twice before buying another Mac.

I switched from a Mac desktop to a PC desktop because upgrading a Mac is very expensive, but a mobile Mac is still my first choice. I prefer it not only because of it’s sleep mode, but also for it’s Unix underpinning and great user-experience.

Previous MBP problems

The MBP usually runs at about 50ºC (120ºF), but this goes up to 75ºC (170ºF) when compiling and I didn’t notice any whining sounds.

It’s sad and frustrating that we are surrounded by products that seem to testify to a complete lack of care. That’s an interesting thing about an object. One object speaks volumes about the company that produced it and its values and priorities.
— Jonathan Ive