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MacBook Pro 13" Memory and Solid State Hard Drive Benchmarks

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

Even the smallest of the MacBook Pro line shows huge performance gains with memory upgrades from Other World Computing. In our 2.26GHz MacBook Pro tests shown in the charts below, installing an OWC Extreme Pro SSD or installing a system maximum 8GB of memory resulted in a 40% faster time while installing both together sped up performance by an additional 30%!

The 2012 Core 15 and Core 17 machines come factory equipped with up to 8GB of memory and perform 15% faster when maximizing the memory to a massive 16GB via OWC's exclusive MaxRAM memory certification program and up to 50% faster times when accompanied by an OWC Mercury Extreme Pro SSD.

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



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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 20% 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 MacBook Pro to the test so you can see exactly what your machine is capable of with additional memory and a solid state drive.

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"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 Mac 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 2.0GB 4.0GB 6.0GB 8.0GB 12.0 GB 16.0 GB

MacBook Pro 13" Mid 2012
2.9 GHz Core i7 (MacBookPro9,2)

5400 RPM 401.28 389.74 353.59
SSD 208.63 207.71 201.59

MacBook Pro 13" Mid 2012
2.5 GHz Core i5 (MacBookPro9,2)

5400 RPM 842.58 548.15 520.55 480.93 443.03
SSD 300.02 241.70 234.03 233.91 229.46

MacBook Pro 13" Late 2011
2.8 GHz Core i7 (MacBookPro8,1)

5400 RPM 811.50 472.96 432.92 405.78 384.88
SSD 303.04 236.92 225.88 224.86 221.36

MacBook Pro 13" Early 2011
2.7 GHz Core i7 (MacBookPro8,1)

5400 RPM 943.49 836.25 670.20 507.66 438.05
SSD 408.05 339.18 323.45 276.98 268.82

MacBook Pro 13" Late 2011
2.4 GHz Core i7 (MacBookPro8,1)

5400 RPM 970.69 764.41 628.63 510.98 464.13
SSD 486.44 352.08 336.87 257.24 251.27

MacBook Pro 13" Early 2011
2.3 GHz Core i5 (MacBookPro8,1)

5400 RPM 911.83 813.80 697.21 519.50 469.08
SSD 440.95 369.41 342.49 306.18 298.94

MacBook Pro 13" Early 2010
2.66 GHz Core 2 Duo (MacBookPro7,1)

5400 RPM 1126.18 953.05 886.17
SSD 556.01 506.29 491.16

MacBook Pro 13" Early 2010
2.4 GHz Core 2 Duo (MacBookPro7,1)

5400 RPM 1171.39 961.93 883.07
SSD 582.92 538.83 514.28

MacBook Pro 13" Mid 2009
2.26 GHz Core 2 Duo

5400 RPM 1688.86 1032.84 898.96 806.32
SSD 813.48 592.08 536.30 515.93

Test Conclusion: The availability of more memory to the system allows the video card to utilize the additional memory to generate faster frame rates.

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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 Mac 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 2.0GB 4.0GB 6.0GB 8.0GB 12.0 GB 16.0 GB

MacBook Pro 13" Mid 2012
2.9 GHz Core i7 (MacBookPro9,2)

5400 RPM 202.63 160.53 92.33
SSD 105.24 103.38 89.00

MacBook Pro 13" Mid 2012
2.5 GHz Core i5 (MacBookPro9,2)

5400 RPM 283.17 269.12 250.56 201.33 109.43
SSD 131.43 123.54 120.61 117.82 103.51

MacBook Pro 13" Late 2011
2.8 GHz Core i7 (MacBookPro8,1)

5400 RPM 254.05 239.91 224.32 179.71 109.67
SSD 130.56 119.72 115.01 114.34 100.35

MacBook Pro 13" Early 2011
2.7 GHz Core i7 (MacBookPro8,1)

5400 RPM 350.76 305.84 289.83 215.53 120.32
SSD 163.52 150.31 142.85 134.94 105.60

MacBook Pro 13" Late 2011
2.4 GHz Core i7 (MacBookPro8,1)

5400 RPM 299.34 288.73 265.87 206.64 130.89
SSD 222.47 153.19 145.83 129.34 116.98

MacBook Pro 13" Early 2011
2.3 GHz Core i5 (MacBookPro8,1)

5400 RPM 353.24 337.92 293.71 225.61 136.79
SSD 179.27 165.93 153.57 150.79 121.46

MacBook Pro 13" Early 2010
2.66 GHz Core 2 Duo (MacBookPro7,1)

5400 RPM 404.64 341.64 306.31
SSD 246.90 233.56 217.91

MacBook Pro 13" Early 2010
2.4 GHz Core 2 Duo (MacBookPro7,1)

5400 RPM 359.11 335.03 303.45
SSD 259.82 236.18 229.92

MacBook Pro 13" Mid 2009
2.26 GHz Core 2 Duo

5400 RPM 549.27 350.58 391.03 320.51
SSD 332.47 266.95 268.09 236.16

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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 2.0GB 4.0GB 6.0GB 8.0GB 12.0 GB 16.0 GB

MacBook Pro 13" Mid 2012
2.9 GHz Core i7 (MacBookPro9,2)

5400 RPM 158.12 159.35 162.70
SSD 185.65 186.25 193.18

MacBook Pro 13" Mid 2012
2.5 GHz Core i5 (MacBookPro9,2)

5400 RPM 131.34 137.72 138.37 138.40 142.33
SSD 162.12 164.10 165.27 165.76 168.28

MacBook Pro 13" Late 2011
2.8 GHz Core i7 (MacBookPro8,1)

5400 RPM 106.67 106.83 106.87 107.25 107.69
SSD 114.79 116.09 116.28 116.58 119.54

MacBook Pro 13" Early 2011
2.7 GHz Core i7 (MacBookPro8,1)

5400 RPM 83.72 97.74 97.95 97.97 98.14
SSD 106.09 105.95 105.84 106.28 107.06

MacBook Pro 13" Late 2011
2.4 GHz Core i7 (MacBookPro8,1)

5400 RPM 89.84 92.50 94.05 94.28 103.92
SSD 101.79 101.56 102.31 103.64 103.98

MacBook Pro 13" Early 2011
2.3 GHz Core i5 (MacBookPro8,1)

5400 RPM 86.72 86.51 87.08 87.79 88.47
SSD 89.09 92.89 93.08 93.22 94.17

MacBook Pro 13" Early 2010
2.66 GHz Core 2 Duo (MacBookPro7,1)

5400 RPM 109.13 108.99 115.95
SSD 115.22 115.81 118.48

MacBook Pro 13" Early 2010
2.4 GHz Core 2 Duo (MacBookPro7,1)

5400 RPM 97.28 99.61 100.07
SSD 107.74 109.01 109.42

MacBook Pro 13" Mid 2009
2.26 GHz Core 2 Duo

5400 RPM 75.17 81.44 84.56 84.60
SSD 79.63 86.61 90.27 90.65

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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. 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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