So about a week ago I got very impulsive and dediced to upgrade from my 3.06 C2D MacBook Pro to the new Core i7 based model that was recently released. I wasn’t simply after the latest and greatest processor however, there were some other significant changes that I was eager to experience first hand, so this is the model I purchased:
- 15 Inch Matte High Resolution Display (big selling point)
- Core i7 2.66 GHz
- 4GB RAM
- NVIDIA GeForce 330M 512MB
I really wanted to purchase a laptop with some newer architecture than the Core 2 Duo chips that have been out for a while as I’m looking to stay with the same machine for at least 2-3 years, which if you know me is near impossible! However, I finally brought myself to purchase AppleCare now that I’m comfortable with a machine that will last me for a while.
Quick thoughts: The new matte high-resolution screen is simply AMAZING! I have been wanting to go back to a matte screen for a while now and I hit the jackpot. The extra screen real estate does wonders on a 15 inch laptop and if you spend a few days with it and attempt to use a standard resolution MacBook it is rough to say the least. The overall performance seems a lot snappier as well, but this is due in part to the i7 processor and the Seagate 7,200 RPM hard drive I put in. Upgrading your hard drive to a high performance 7,200 RPM drive is one of the best upgrades that I can recommend. Some 5,400 RPM drives these days have much better performance than they have previously, but your laptop will feel significantly faster with this simple change, and contrary to popular belief it does not have any impact on battery life from what I can tell or it is negligible.
Now, to the GeekBench results! I ran a test in both 32-bit and 64-bit modes in case you want to compare to your machine but don’t have the paid version.
If you have any questions about the benchmarks or about the new model MacBook Pro don’t hesitate to ask below in the comments section.