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MacBook 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 SSD line, we now have another contender for drastically increasing performance on your Mac.

As shown in the benchmarks below, adding more memory to your MacBook gradually boosts performance and allows you to run more processes and programs at once regardless of which model MacBook you have.

Let's take, for example, the last MacBook model produced from Mid 2010. Upgrading the base machine to 16GB of RAM (following the OWC MaxRAM guidelines and OS X 10.7.5 or later) yielded up to a 71% drop in time to complete each of the photoshop action tests.

Simply installing an OWC Mercury Electra 3G SSD dropped the time over 62% by itself.

And using the two together, speed gains are higher still - making us rethink and expand our company mantra:

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 super fast!

OWC's FREE step-by-step installation videos guide you through upgrading your MacBook.
Other World Computing Benchmark Result Tables

"Boot Time Test" Results

This test measures the time (in seconds) it takes to boot the MacBook from a cold start to usability. Tests are completed using the stock minimum memory.

Lower times are better.

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RAM Configuration Boot Time

MacBook Mid 2010
2.4GHz Core 2 Duo (MacBook7,1)

OWC 3G SSD 19.4
5400 RPM 54.2

MacBook Late 2009
2.26GHz Core 2 Duo (MacBook6,1)

OWC 3G SSD 21.7
5400 RPM 55.9

MacBook Mid 2009
2.13GHz Core 2 Duo (MacBook5,2)

OWC 3G SSD 31.2
5400 RPM 65.1

MacBook Early 2009
2.0GHz Core 2 Duo (MacBook5,2)

OWC 3G SSD 30.9
5400 RPM 64.9

MacBook Late 2008
2.4GHz Core 2 Duo (MacBook5,1)

OWC 3G SSD 29.5
5400 RPM 57.1

MacBook Late 2008
2.0GHz Core 2 Duo (MacBook5,1)

OWC 3G SSD 32.0
5400 RPM 60.5

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"Adobe Photoshop CS6 Large 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 25,000 pixel wide image using Adobe Photoshop CS6.It is designed to represent a system-straining photo editing session of a graphic artist on a MacBook such as with multiple images, images with multiple layers, or very large images such as trade show graphics, billboards, 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 MacBook itself running. Memory Usage is left at the default 72% 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.

The only scratch disk used for the purposes of this test is the boot drive itself. Increased performance can be achieved through the use of additional scratch disks. For more information on optimizing your Mac for Adobe Photoshop CS6, we suggest checking out Lloyd Chambers' Mac Performance Guide article Optimizing Photoshop CS6 Performance.

Lower times are better.

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

MacBook Mid 2010
2.4GHz Core 2 Duo (MacBook7,1)

OWC 3G SSD 1703.14 1473.48 1204.00 1091.66 958.79 944.46
5400 RPM 4520.90 3520.82 2370.99 1818.44 1339.20 1304.50

MacBook Late 2009
2.26GHz Core 2 Duo (MacBook6,1)

OWC 3G SSD 1684.13 1453.02 1208.96 1081.24
5400 RPM 4610.03 3631.88 2410.53 1830.57

MacBook Mid 2009
2.13GHz Core 2 Duo (MacBook5,2)

OWC 3G SSD 1725.91 1523.75 1291.73
5400 RPM 5420.20 4292.54 2592.87

MacBook Early 2009
2.0GHz Core 2 Duo (MacBook5,2)

OWC 3G SSD 1791.23 1568.40 1328.59
5400 RPM 6246.26 4963.08 3590.57

MacBook Late 2008
2.4GHz Core 2 Duo (MacBook5,1)

OWC 3G SSD 1645.77 1435.07 1163.06 1051.83
5400 RPM 5210.28 3918.20 2760.06 2094.83

MacBook Late 2008
2.0GHz Core 2 Duo (MacBook5,1)

OWC 3G SSD 1731.63 1526.49 1292.30 1155.31
5400 RPM 5979.98 4249.24 3141.50 2232.01

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"Adobe Photoshop CS6 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 CS6.It is designed to represent a system-straining photo editing session of a graphic artist on a MacBook 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 MacBook itself running. Memory Usage is left at the default 72% 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.

The only scratch disk used for the purposes of this test is the boot drive itself. Increased performance can be achieved through the use of additional scratch disks. For more information on optimizing your Mac for Adobe Photoshop CS6, we suggest checking out Lloyd Chambers' Mac Performance Guide article Optimizing Photoshop CS6 Performance.

Lower times are better.

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

MacBook Mid 2010
2.4GHz Core 2 Duo (MacBook7,1)

OWC 3G SSD 763.25 560.75 485.12 463.18 460.45 442.25
5400 RPM 1920.70 972.55 695.54 680.14 632.50 606.94

MacBook Late 2009
2.26GHz Core 2 Duo (MacBook6,1)

OWC 3G SSD 757.36 566.57 483.77 472.12
5400 RPM 1924.50 1005.70 687.77 687.77

MacBook Mid 2009
2.13GHz Core 2 Duo (MacBook5,2)

OWC 3G SSD 789.32 604.74 514.63
5400 RPM 2393.60 1358.60 835.21

MacBook Early 2009
2.0GHz Core 2 Duo (MacBook5,2)

OWC 3G SSD 813.28 613.16 543.06
5400 RPM 2572.10 1332.90 937.55

MacBook Late 2008
2.4GHz Core 2 Duo (MacBook5,1)

OWC 3G SSD 373.95 539.90 476.46 455.41
5400 RPM 2134.00 1094.60 805.29 721.67

MacBook Late 2008
2.0GHz Core 2 Duo (MacBook5,1)

OWC 3G SSD 781.60 594.04 511.51 505.55
5400 RPM 2568.50 1174.90 825.94 757.59

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"Adobe Photoshop CS6 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 17,500 pixel wide image using Adobe Photoshop CS6.It is designed to represent a system-straining photo editing session of a graphic artist on a 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 MacBook itself running. Memory Usage is left at the default 72% 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.

The only scratch disk used for the purposes of this test is the boot drive itself. Increased performance can be achieved through the use of additional scratch disks. For more information on optimizing your Mac for Adobe Photoshop CS6, we suggest checking out Lloyd Chambers' Mac Performance Guide article Optimizing Photoshop CS6 Performance.

Lower times are better.

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

MacBook Mid 2010
2.4GHz Core 2 Duo (MacBook7,1)

OWC 3G SSD 314.97 243.77 238.58 237.89 226.92 196.67
5400 RPM 660.73 367.32 343.21 332.05 293.30 202.81

MacBook Late 2009
2.26GHz Core 2 Duo (MacBook6,1)

OWC 3G SSD 315.11 246.78 241.97 235.49
5400 RPM 698.82 367.77 334.54 312.62

MacBook Mid 2009
2.13GHz Core 2 Duo (MacBook5,2)

OWC 3G SSD 329.85 262.97 260.97
5400 RPM 796.36 436.15 420.18

MacBook Early 2009
2.0GHz Core 2 Duo (MacBook5,2)

OWC 3G SSD 813.28 613.16 543.06
5400 RPM 2572.10 1332.90 937.55

MacBook Late 2008
2.4GHz Core 2 Duo (MacBook5,1)

OWC 3G SSD 314.51 238.37 233.89 228.93
5400 RPM 726.33 390.97 383.82 355.73

MacBook Late 2008
2.0GHz Core 2 Duo (MacBook5,1)

OWC 3G SSD 339.95 268.80 259.57 259.02
5400 RPM 583.39 424.23 434.64 382.62

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"Nova Bench" Results

NovaBench is a popular component benchmark application for Mac OS X and Windows MacBooks that tests and compares hardware and graphics capabilities. It is available for free from the Mac App Store.

Results are the overall score achieved. Higher results are better.

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

MacBook Mid 2010
2.4GHz Core 2 Duo (MacBook7,1)

OWC 3G SSD 371 383 402 445 449 467
5400 RPM 360 367 388 410 431 444

MacBook Late 2009
2.26GHz Core 2 Duo (MacBook6,1)

OWC 3G SSD 341 354 375 392
5400 RPM 329 331 354 380

MacBook Mid 2009
2.13GHz Core 2 Duo (MacBook5,2)

OWC 3G SSD 328 332 362
5400 RPM 313 319 347

MacBook Early 2009
2.0GHz Core 2 Duo (MacBook5,2)

OWC 3G SSD 317 321 346
5400 RPM 291 300 330

MacBook Late 2008
2.4GHz Core 2 Duo (MacBook5,1)

OWC 3G SSD 355 363 383 408
5400 RPM 333 345 374 382

MacBook Late 2008
2.0GHz Core 2 Duo (MacBook5,1)

OWC 3G SSD 314 325 355 365
5400 RPM 296 313 335 347

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