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13-inch MacBook Pro 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 Pro gradually boosts performance and allows you to run more processes and programs at once regardless of which model MacBook Pro you have.

Let's take, for example, the Mid 2012 2.9GHz Core i7 model. Upgrading the base machine to 16GB of RAM (following the OWC MaxRAM guidelines) yielded up to a 66% drop in time to complete each of the photoshop action tests.

Simply installing an OWC Mercury Electra 6G SSD dropped the time over 71% 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 Pro super fast!

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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.

RAM Configuration Boot Time

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

OWC 6G SSD 12.7
5400 RPM 41.6

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

OWC 6G SSD 13.5
5400 RPM 48.3

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

OWC 6G SSD 25.2
5400 RPM 53.7

MacBook Pro Late 2011
2.4GHz Core i5 (MacBookPro8,1)

OWC 6G SSD 15.5
5400 RPM 46.4

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

OWC 6G SSD 15.8
5400 RPM 65.6

MacBook Pro Mid 2010
2.4GHz Core 2 Duo (MacBookPro7,1)

OWC 3G SSD 21.6
5400 RPM 73.3

MacBook Pro Mid 2009
2.53GHz Core 2 Duo (MacBookPro5,5)

OWC 3G SSD 17.5
5400 RPM 61.9

MacBook Pro Mid 2009
2.26GHz Core 2 Duo (MacBookPro5,5)

OWC 3G SSD 20.6
5400 RPM 67.6

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

OWC 6G SSD 775.81 615.73 536.97 474.49 463.53
5400 RPM 2704.85 1743.11 1339.45 941.15 930.75

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

OWC 6G SSD 810.78 671.42 596.93 530.73 524.63
5400 RPM 2725.83 1809.44 1362.24 985.07 979.78

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

OWC 6G SSD 842.26 725.74 605.26 547.79 539.85
5400 RPM 3074.92 2228.74 1510.01 1021.40 999.51

MacBook Pro Late 2011
2.4GHz Core i5 (MacBookPro8,1)

OWC 6G SSD 893.51 788.43 676.88 609.98 585.13
5400 RPM 3242.26 2325.30 1549.20 1049.70 691.47

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

OWC 6G SSD 849.73 741.26 621.51 553.61 535.11
5400 RPM 3586.13 2572.57 1693.61 1105.01 1035.31

MacBook Pro Mid 2010
2.4GHz Core 2 Duo (MacBookPro7,1)

OWC 3G SSD 1517.45 1222.39 1087.59 972.83 958.15
5400 RPM 3822.77 2469.23 1918.30 1354.30 1294.47

MacBook Pro Mid 2009
2.53GHz Core 2 Duo (MacBookPro5,5)

OWC 3G SSD 1647.78 1411.25 1157.65 1043.86
5400 RPM 4621.16 3486.41 2451.94 2109.23

MacBook Pro Mid 2009
2.26GHz Core 2 Duo (MacBookPro5,5)

OWC 3G SSD 1660.55 1462.42 1208.37 1085.63
5400 RPM 5024.60 3985.59 2710.38 2109.37

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

OWC 6G SSD 272.79 236.95 227.96 224.88 213.42
5400 RPM 730.85 516.41 502.14 485.67 476.00

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

OWC 6G SSD 302.00 264.45 255.96 254.40 241.72
5400 RPM 745.54 531.08 527.33 512.77 494.03

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

OWC 6G SSD 311.85 267.65 255.4 252.12 245.51
5400 RPM 858.64 567.8 534.66 522.81 499.59

MacBook Pro Late 2011
2.4GHz Core i5 (MacBookPro8,1)

OWC 6G SSD 342.20 299.17 291.23 288.91 272.01
5400 RPM 923.59 559.20 502.43 479.29 444.91

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

OWC 6G SSD 315.21 276.08 263.35 257.52 246.10
5400 RPM 1084.47 605.32 524.13 523.82 479.53

MacBook Pro Mid 2010
2.4GHz Core 2 Duo (MacBookPro7,1)

OWC 3G SSD 564.72 482.54 466.79 466.64 449.24
5400 RPM 1002.80 687.20 656.77 637.43 624.03

MacBook Pro Mid 2009
2.53GHz Core 2 Duo (MacBookPro5,5)

OWC 3G SSD 754.21 535.22 455.38 441.78
5400 RPM 1928.10 986.58 759.89 821.83

MacBook Pro Mid 2009
2.26GHz Core 2 Duo (MacBookPro5,5)

OWC 3G SSD 745.33 555.93 487.25 467.86
5400 RPM 2214.10 1113.40 776.20 762.71

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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 12,500 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 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.

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

OWC 6G SSD 117.98 117.28 110.78 108.53 91.93
5400 RPM 268.09 262.29 258.34 217.19 99.97

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

OWC 6G SSD 133.13 131.33 126.95 126.09 106.60
5400 RPM 277.21 272.03 262.36 227.32 114.70

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

OWC 6G SSD 133.91 131.75 126.07 120.66 106.69
5400 RPM 297.44 287.97 286.61 243.54 130.53

MacBook Pro Late 2011
2.4GHz Core i5 (MacBookPro8,1)

OWC 6G SSD 148.91 147.83 145.79 139.11 125.48
5400 RPM 314.79 252.09 244.06 217.23 142.79

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

OWC 6G SSD 135.74 135.00 129.22 129.87 109.20
5400 RPM 361.63 592.14 271.38 243.12 130.12

MacBook Pro Mid 2010
2.4GHz Core 2 Duo (MacBookPro7,1)

OWC 3G SSD 245.35 240.16 234.78 229.40 198.67
5400 RPM 354.62 349.90 336.09 302.84 203.51

MacBook Pro Mid 2009
2.53GHz Core 2 Duo (MacBookPro5,5)

OWC 3G SSD 313.87 232.13 228.13 221.97
5400 RPM 664.36 390.75 382.30 365.88

MacBook Pro Mid 2009
2.26GHz Core 2 Duo (MacBookPro5,5)

OWC 3G SSD 326.03 248.20 243.63 240.34
5400 RPM 932.68 390.34 378.20 336.16

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

OWC 6G SSD 781 800 802 843 864
5400 RPM 735 740 759 804 828

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

OWC 6G SSD 684 710 729 739 764
5400 RPM 630 661 679 709 733

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

OWC 6G SSD 677 709 717 748 762
5400 RPM 641 676 678 691 738

MacBook Pro Late 2011
2.4GHz Core i5 (MacBookPro8,1)

OWC 6G SSD 609 625 637 671 701
5400 RPM 511 608 632 648 673

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

OWC 6G SSD 661 668 713 716 747
5400 RPM 637 647 673 686 703

MacBook Pro Mid 2010
2.4GHz Core 2 Duo (MacBookPro7,1)

OWC 3G SSD 377 407 421 444 459
5400 RPM 362 386 407 427 452

MacBook Pro Mid 2009
2.53GHz Core 2 Duo (MacBookPro5,5)

OWC 3G SSD 362 378 393 410
5400 RPM 348 360 363 381

MacBook Pro Mid 2009
2.26GHz Core 2 Duo (MacBookPro5,5)

OWC 3G SSD 343 352 375 395
5400 RPM 319 334 359 379

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