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15" MacBook Pro Memory and Solid State Hard Drive Benchmarks
(non-Retina display models)

More memory equals a faster Mac. It's been our company mantra for quite a long time. With the addition of our new Mercury Extreme SSD line, we now have another contender for drastically increasing performance on your Mac.

Let's take, for example, the 2.3 GHz Core i7 15" MacBook Pro "Unibody" from Mid 2012. Doubling the memory in the system resulted in a 30% increase in speed of our Adobe Photoshop CS5 Medium Action Test! Very impressive of its own merit. But now that these machines have been OWC MaxRAM qualified to use a maximum of 16GB of memory, that speed becomes almost a 50% increase!

But just adding an OWC Mercury Extreme Pro SSD sped that same task up by over 50% alone!

Here's where the magic happens though. With both the maximum memory installed and an OWC SSD drive installed, the same test is completed over 5 times faster than the stock machine from Apple.

Looking to really give your laptop high performance? With the addition of the OWC Data Doubler Optical to SATA Hard Drive Converter Bracket, you can install that OWC Extreme Pro SSD in the infrequently used optical drive bay for all the benefits of faster boot and app load times, while keeping the original hard drive for data storage - eliminating the need to carry an external hard drive around.

More Memory = Faster Mac
OWC SSD Drive = Even Faster Mac
More memory and an OWC SSD Drive = Fastest Mac



OWC offers memory upgrades available up to 16.0GB to make your MacBook Pro screaming fast!

OWC's FREE detailed step-by-step installation videos guide you through upgrading your MacBook Pro.

Adding more memory to your MacBook Pro
can make a dramatic increase in performance.

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Installing the OWC Mercury Extreme Pro SSD
as the boot drive for the system
also improves performance dramatically.

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Start your MacBook Pro up to 50% faster by using the OWC Mercury Extreme Pro SSD as your boot drive.

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See the Boot Time Test shootout on a MacBook Pro in action

...and for the best performance, install both!

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Other World Computing Benchmark Result Tables

Looking to delve deeper? Unlike most benchmarking sites, we put every configuration of the Mac Pro to the test so you can see exactly what your machine is capable of with additional memory and a solid state drive.

Jump to Results:

See Benchmark Results for Other Models:


"Adobe Photoshop CS5 Medium Action Test" Results

This test measures the time (in seconds) it takes to execute a custom action script comprising of 45 commonly-used, memory-intensive processes on a 17,500 pixel wide image using Adobe Photoshop CS5. It is designed to represent a system-straining photo editing session of a graphic artist on an MacBook/MacBook Pro/Mac mini such as with multiple images, images with multiple layers, or large images such as retail signage, movie posters, event signage, promotional banners and more. These same type of results can be expected from video production suites and other 64-bit applications.

No other processes are running in the background besides those that keep the machine itself running. Memory Usage is left at the default 71% of system memory. Increasing this slider can speed up the test when more memory has been added to the system, however with lower memory amounts, make sure you're leaving enough resources for any additional processes running.

History and cache performance preferences are set as follows:
History States: 20
Cache Levels: 3
Cache Tile Size: 1028K

The only scratch disk used for the purposes of this test is the boot drive itself. No additional drives are installed in the system. Increased performance can be achieved through the use of additional scratch disks. For more information on optimizing your MacBook Pro for Adobe Photoshop CS5, we suggest checking out Lloyd Chambers' Mac Performance Guide article Optimizing Photoshop CS5 Performance.

Lower times are better.

RAM Configuration 1.0GB 2.0GB 4.0GB 6.0GB 8.0GB 12.0GB 16.0GB

MacBook Pro 15" Mid 2012 "Unibody"
2.7 GHz Core i7 (MacBookPro 9,1)

5400 RPM 375.10 359.71 321.57
SSD 160.29 159.39 152.29

MacBook Pro 15" Mid 2012 "Unibody"
2.6 GHz Core i7 (MacBookPro 9,1)

5400 RPM 429.99 390.12 348.91
SSD 162.46 161.08 155.75

MacBook Pro 15" Mid 2012 "Unibody"
2.3 GHz Core i7 (MacBookPro 9,1)

5400 RPM 742.83 487.95 458.56 418.89 379.82
SSD 234.95 180.39 172.19 169.60 165.36

MacBook Pro 15" Late 2011 "Unibody"
2.5 GHz Core i7 (MacBookPro 8,2)

5400 RPM 643.49 363.59 345.00 327.27 298.28
SSD 245.90 179.31 170.22 169.50 162.93

MacBook Pro 15" Late 2011 "Unibody"
2.4 GHz Core i7 (MacBookPro 8,2)

5400 RPM 753.19 434.02 397.95 378.60 243.80
SSD 253.25 185.90 177.74 175.44 171.44

MacBook Pro 15" Late 2011 "Unibody"
2.2 GHz Core i7 (MacBookPro 8,2)

5400 RPM 929.17 580.30 515.91 464.13 423.07
SSD 268.48 200.85 189.81 189.19 183.77

MacBook Pro 15" Early 2011 "Unibody"
2.3 GHz Core i7 (MacBookPro 8,2)

5400 RPM 714.25 662.40 538.28 460.87 410.72
SSD 354.27 281.62 266.44 234.50 227.32

MacBook Pro 15" Early 2011 "Unibody"
2.2 GHz Core i7 (MacBookPro 8,2)

5400 RPM 728.21 671.00 568.80 464.35 414.55
SSD 360.85 299.42 275.76 235.87 230.68

MacBook Pro 15" Early 2011 "Unibody"
2.0 GHz Core i7 (MacBookPro 8,2)

5400 RPM 911.41 801.95 723.37 483.02 447.55
SSD 380.33 300.81 289.02 254.90 247.89

MacBook Pro 15" Mid 2010 "Unibody"
2.66 GHz Core i7 (MacBookPro 6,2)

5400 RPM 1009.98 790.32 687.88
SSD 450.86 411.29 369.40

MacBook Pro 15" Mid 2010 "Unibody"
2.4 GHz Core i5 (MacBookPro 6,2)

5400 RPM 1127.41 854.92 696.75
SSD 484.66 429.82 396.84

MacBook Pro 15" Mid 2009 "Unibody"
3.06 GHz Core 2 Duo (MacBookPro 5,3)

5400 RPM 1132.12 929.99 811.30
SSD 508.16 471.89 448.23

MacBook Pro 15" Mid 2009 "Unibody"
2.8 GHz Core 2 Duo (MacBookPro 5,3)

5400 RPM 1155.34 956.93 838.33
SSD 524.86 476.66 454.94

MacBook Pro 15" Mid 2009 "Unibody"
2.53 GHz Core 2 Duo (MacBookPro 5,4)

5400 RPM 1150.13 942.44 808.35
SSD 555.08 496.25 464.15

MacBook Pro 15" Early 2009 "Unibody"
2.93 GHz Core 2 Duo (MacBookPro 5,1)

5400 RPM 1169.26 949.72 797.46
SSD 519.94 474.99 461.84

MacBook Pro 15" Early 2009 "Unibody"
2.66 GHz Core 2 Duo (MacBookPro5,1)

5400 RPM 1223.95 880.48 766.59
SSD 537.04 488.76 474.91

MacBook Pro 15" Late 2008 "Unibody"
2.8 GHz Core 2 Duo (MacBookPro5,1)

5400 RPM 1706.61 1211.46 912.97 833.19
SSD 783.56 555.02 491.26 470.13

MacBook Pro 15" Late 2008 "Unibody"
2.4 GHz Core 2 Duo (MacBookPro5,1)

5400 RPM 1689.38 1236.28 921.13 843.75
SSD 825.54 598.28 536.71 506.72

MacBook Pro 15" Early 2008
2.5 GHz Core 2 Duo (MacBookPro4,1)

5400 RPM 1779.56 1258.12 987.02
SSD 969.56 651.23 564.33

MacBook Pro 15" Mid 2007
2.4 GHz Core 2 Duo (MacBookPro3,1)

5400 RPM 1847.50 1131.84 993.44
SSD 994.13 789.11 684.52

MacBook Pro 15" Mid 2007
2.2 GHz Core 2 Duo (MacBookPro3,1)

5400 RPM 1767.83 1182.36 1046.78
SSD 1212.84 814.97 793.07

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"Adobe Photoshop CS5 Small Action Test" Results

This test measures the time (in seconds) it takes to execute a custom action script comprising of 45 commonly-used, memory-intensive processes on a 12,500 pixel wide image using Adobe Photoshop CS5. It is designed to represent a system-straining photo editing session of a graphic artist on an MacBook/MacBook Pro/Mac mini. These same type of results can be expected from video production suites and other 64-bit applications.

No other processes are running in the background besides those that keep the machine itself running. Memory Usage is left at the default 71% of system memory. Increasing this slider can speed up the test when more memory has been added to the system, however with lower memory amounts, make sure you're leaving enough resources for any additional processes running.

History and cache performance preferences are set as follows:
History States: 20
Cache Levels: 3
Cache Tile Size: 1028K

The only scratch disk used for the purposes of this test is the boot drive itself. No additional drives are installed in the system. Increased performance can be achieved through the use of additional scratch disks. For more information on optimizing your MacBook Pro for Adobe Photoshop CS5, we suggest checking out Lloyd Chambers' Mac Performance Guide article Optimizing Photoshop CS5 Performance.

Lower times are better.

RAM Configuration 1.0GB 2.0GB 4.0GB 6.0GB 8.0GB 12.0GB 16.0GB

MacBook Pro 15" Mid 2012 "Unibody"
2.7 GHz Core i7 (MacBookPro 9,1)

5400 RPM 183.51 124.05 65.56
SSD 79.94 77.00 60.20

MacBook Pro 15" Mid 2012 "Unibody"
2.6 GHz Core i7 (MacBookPro 9,1)

5400 RPM 207.62 141.59 67.13
SSD 80.81 79.83 62.59

MacBook Pro 15" Mid 2012 "Unibody"
2.3 GHz Core i7 (MacBookPro 9,1)

5400 RPM 249.33 231.76 210.69 167.23 71.56
SSD 99.90 89.85 85.73 82.86 67.80

MacBook Pro 15" Late 2011 "Unibody"
2.5 GHz Core i7 (MacBookPro 8,2)

5400 RPM 197.95 185.11 169.35 127.55 71.09
SSD 101.95 91.52 85.65 85.10 69.25

MacBook Pro 15" Late 2011 "Unibody"
2.4 GHz Core i7 (MacBookPro 8,2)

5400 RPM 220.62 215.95 193.21 143.49 77.92
SSD 104.11 94.46 88.66 88.27 71.68

MacBook Pro 15" Late 2011 "Unibody"
2.2 GHz Core i7 (MacBookPro 8,2)

5400 RPM 285.36 268.84 227.87 187.60 79.31
SSD 111.69 101.21 95.67 94.93 79.31

MacBook Pro 15" Early 2011 "Unibody"
2.3 GHz Core i7 (MacBookPro 8,2)

5400 RPM 255.34 215.33 195.90 164.21 97.09
SSD 140.41 127.46 117.42 104.90 74.86

MacBook Pro 15" Early 2011 "Unibody"
2.2 GHz Core i7 (MacBookPro 8,2)

5400 RPM 264.75 225.59 199.79 168.87 101.40
SSD 141.68 134.34 117.74 106.11 76.76

MacBook Pro 15" Early 2011 "Unibody"
2.0 GHz Core i7 (MacBookPro 8,2)

5400 RPM 277.28 325.68 273.50 192.64 104.15
SSD 147.12 137.81 124.20 112.80 88.34

MacBook Pro 15" Mid 2010 "Unibody"
2.66 GHz Core i7 (MacBookPro 6,2)

5400 RPM 368.76 349.36 272.54
SSD 186.84 181.15 170.90

MacBook Pro 15" Mid 2010 "Unibody"
2.4 GHz Core i5 (MacBookPro 6,2)

5400 RPM 346.13 346.10 306.99
SSD 204.30 136.57 177.60

MacBook Pro 15" Mid 2009 "Unibody"
3.06 GHz Core 2 Duo (MacBookPro 5,3)

5400 RPM 421.49 374.00 285.04
SSD 229.48 211.16 196.21

MacBook Pro 15" Mid 2009 "Unibody"
2.8 GHz Core 2 Duo (MacBookPro 5,3)

5400 RPM 441.50 396.12 320.09
SSD 232.05 222.91 207.70

MacBook Pro 15" Mid 2009 "Unibody"
2.53 GHz Core 2 Duo (MacBookPro 5,4)

5400 RPM 1150.13 942.44 808.35
SSD 555.08 496.25 464.15

MacBook Pro 15" Early 2009 "Unibody"
2.93 GHz Core 2 Duo (MacBookPro 5,1)

5400 RPM 317.70

305.54

290.08
SSD 227.67 203.58 198.15

MacBook Pro 15" Early 2009 "Unibody"
2.66 GHz Core 2 Duo (MacBookPro5,1)

5400 RPM 363.02 327.24 296.26
SSD 240.21 229.55 211.73

MacBook Pro 15" Late 2008 "Unibody"
2.8 GHz Core 2 Duo (MacBookPro5,1)

5400 RPM 523.47 353.81 319.44 308.44
SSD 309.78 245.14 209.16 203.97

MacBook Pro 15" Late 2008 "Unibody"
2.4 GHz Core 2 Duo (MacBookPro5,1)

5400 RPM 542.02 344.80 338.41 311.76
SSD 332.95 266.97 255.96 229.41

MacBook Pro 15" Early 2008
2.5 GHz Core 2 Duo (MacBookPro4,1)

5400 RPM 544.80 404.15 391.93
SSD 365.18 284.16 269.60

MacBook Pro 15" Mid 2007
2.4 GHz Core 2 Duo (MacBookPro3,1)

5400 RPM 559.06 406.79 354.60
SSD 374.18 355.91 299.15

MacBook Pro 15" Mid 2007
2.2 GHz Core 2 Duo (MacBookPro3,1)

5400 RPM 587.84 474.92 394.32
SSD 468.29 365.37 354.09

MacBook Pro 15" Early 2006
1.83 GHz Core Duo (MacBookPro1,1)

5400 RPM 1132.78 684.56
SSD 670.44 521.85

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"HALO Frame Rate Test" Results

Recognized as one of the greatest achievements in video game entertainment, the Xbox version of Halo has already sold over 3 million units and continues to be a top seller. The Macintosh version adds 16-person online multiplayer, new vehicles, new weapons, new maps, customizable multiplayer games, the precision of playing with a mouse and keyboard and more.

For our testing, we ran the Timedemo Benchmark from the Intel-native version of the popular game, Halo v2.0.3
When Halo is launched in Timedemo mode, it will run through four fixed cinematic sequences from the game. Once it's finished, it generates a file called Timedemo.txt in the ~Documents\Halo directory. The contents of the file can be examined to see what settings were used in the timedemo, including what the average framerate for the demo was.

Results are the average frame rate (in frames per second) achieved. Higher results are better.

RAM Configuration 1.0GB 2.0GB 4.0GB 6.0GB 8.0GB 12.0GB 16.0GB

MacBook Pro 15" Mid 2012 "Unibody"
2.7 GHz Core i7 (MacBookPro 9,1)

5400 RPM 192.88 200.90 232.35
SSD 228.96 229.73 230.88

MacBook Pro 15" Mid 2012 "Unibody"
2.6 GHz Core i7 (MacBookPro 9,1)

5400 RPM 188.55 205.82 231.68
SSD 214.70 215.44 220.49

MacBook Pro 15" Mid 2012 "Unibody"
2.3 GHz Core i7 (MacBookPro 9,1)

5400 RPM 172.79 173.39 175.29 208.68 212.66
SSD 202.33 202.67 202.64 203.52 207.20

MacBook Pro 15" Late 2011 "Unibody"
2.5 GHz Core i7 (MacBookPro 8,2)

5400 RPM 237.64 240.51 250.43 253.26 282.21
SSD 273.45 276.42 276.99 275.51 286.03

MacBook Pro 15" Late 2011 "Unibody"
2.4 GHz Core i7 (MacBookPro 8,2)

5400 RPM 209.36 216.12 232.59 234.05 274.61
SSD 261.34 263.41 264.00 264.74 272.92

MacBook Pro 15" Late 2011 "Unibody"
2.2 GHz Core i7 (MacBookPro 8,2)

5400 RPM 188.09 193.27 193.29 242.06 244.74
SSD 238.07 238.22 239.18 245.37 245.91

MacBook Pro 15" Early 2011 "Unibody"
2.3 GHz Core i7 (MacBookPro 8,2)

5400 RPM 209.82 211.33 234.86 247.46 251.57
SSD 252.51 258.44 258.50 259.18 271.28

MacBook Pro 15" Early 2011 "Unibody"
2.2 GHz Core i7 (MacBookPro 8,2)

5400 RPM 197.25 202.33 206.85 207.29 209.50
SSD 238.66 240.70 241.83 242.63 257.62

MacBook Pro 15" Early 2011 "Unibody"
2.0 GHz Core i7 (MacBookPro 8,2)

5400 RPM 160.49 169.65 172.10 204.64 206.03
SSD 194.38 194.46 195.50 200.83 205.51

MacBook Pro 15" Mid 2010 "Unibody"
2.66 GHz Core i7 (MacBookPro 6,2)

5400 RPM 127.27 132.52 137.98
SSD 157.39 159.26 162.91

MacBook Pro 15" Mid 2010 "Unibody"
2.4 GHz Core i5 (MacBookPro 6,2)

5400 RPM 105.84 125.83 144.52
SSD 143.28 136.57 135.94

MacBook Pro 15" Mid 2009 "Unibody"
3.06 GHz Core 2 Duo (MacBookPro 5,3)

5400 RPM 130.22 132.12 136.31
SSD 148.48 148.88 150.54

MacBook Pro 15" Mid 2009 "Unibody"
2.8 GHz Core 2 Duo (MacBookPro 5,3)

5400 RPM 129.06 127.42 128.00
SSD

140.28

141.85 143.49

MacBook Pro 15" Mid 2009 "Unibody"
2.53 GHz Core 2 Duo (MacBookPro 5,4)

5400 RPM 86.88 87.12 87.32
SSD 97.56 98.27 100.10

MacBook Pro 15" Early 2009 "Unibody"
2.93 GHz Core 2 Duo (MacBookPro 5,1)

5400 RPM 130.57 131.25 133.84
SSD 152.35 152.86 153.45

MacBook Pro 15" Early 2009 "Unibody"
2.66 GHz Core 2 Duo (MacBookPro5,1)

5400 RPM 130.45 125.19 125.49
SSD 142.86 138.63 138.95

MacBook Pro 15" Late 2008 "Unibody"
2.8 GHz Core 2 Duo (MacBookPro5,1)

5400 RPM 125.87 127.84 144.99 145.81
SSD 137.18 140.18 148.26 150.04

MacBook Pro 15" Late 2008 "Unibody"
2.4 GHz Core 2 Duo (MacBookPro5,1)

5400 RPM 95.17 105.19 105.43 106.82
SSD 117.17 113.93 112.92 113.66

MacBook Pro 15" Early 2008
2.5 GHz Core 2 Duo (MacBookPro4,1)

5400 RPM 105.22 105.98 106.60
SSD 115.98 118.30 118.61

MacBook Pro 15" Mid 2007
2.4 GHz Core 2 Duo (MacBookPro3,1)

5400 RPM 102.01 104.01 113.27
SSD 108.63 108.65 110.56

MacBook Pro 15" Mid 2007
2.2 GHz Core 2 Duo (MacBookPro3,1)

5400 RPM 94.97 97.21 101.18
SSD 101.49 101.76 103.06

MacBook Pro 15" Early 2006
1.83 GHz Core Duo (MacBookPro1,1)

5400 RPM 61.91 60.36
SSD 64.28 65.99

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System preferences were also all left as close to factory defaults as possible with few exceptions. Under the Energy Saver pane, sleep has been turned off for both display and hard disk. Better Graphics Performance is chosen over better battery life. No network connection, airport or bluetooth settings are enabled in order to eliminate outside influences to the tests.

When a specific program is used outside its factory default, the change is noted at the beginning of each test.


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