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15-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 2.7GHz Core i7 model. Upgrading the base machine to 16GB of RAM (following the OWC MaxRAM guidelines) yielded up to a 69% drop in time to complete each of the photoshop action tests.

Simply installing an OWC Mercury Electra 6G SSD dropped the time over 75% 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.



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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
2.7GHz Core i7 (MacBookPro9,1)

OWC 6G SSD 13.9
5400 RPM 41.9

MacBook Pro Mid 2012
2.6GHz Core i7 (MacBookPro9,1)

OWC 6G SSD 15.1
5400 RPM 48.1

MacBook Pro Mid 2012
2.3GHz Core i7 (MacBookPro9,1)

OWC 6G SSD 15.1
5400 RPM 45.5

MacBook Pro Late 2011
2.5GHz Core i7 (MacBookPro8,2)

OWC 6G SSD 19.0
5400 RPM 54.3

MacBook Pro Late 2011
2.4GHz Core i7 (MacBookPro8,2)

OWC 6G SSD 18.0
5400 RPM 49.3

MacBook Pro Early/Late 2011
2.2GHz Core i7 (MacBookPro8,2)

OWC 6G SSD 16.1
5400 RPM 56.2

MacBook Pro Early 2011
2.3GHz Core i7 (MacBookPro8,2)

OWC 6G SSD 15.3
5400 RPM 52.3

MacBook Pro Early 2011
2.0GHz Core i7 (MacBookPro8,2)

OWC 6G SSD 17.8
5400 RPM 54.8

MacBook Pro Mid 2010
2.66GHz Core i7 (MacBookPro6,2)

OWC 3G SSD 22.0
5400 RPM 42.2

MacBook Pro Mid 2010
2.53GHz Core i5 (MacBookPro6,2)

OWC 3G SSD 30.9
5400 RPM 56.0

MacBook Pro Early 2008
2.6GHz Core 2 Duo (MacBookPro4,1)

OWC 3G SSD 27.3
5400 RPM 82.6

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

OWC 3G SSD 25.1
5400 RPM 76.9

MacBook Pro Mid/Late 2007
2.4GHz Core 2 Duo (MacBookPro3,1)

OWC 3G SSD 29.8
5400 RPM 73.6

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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
2.7GHz Core i7 (MacBookPro9,1)

OWC 6G SSD 661.1 473.64 406.98 340.49 325.22
5400 RPM 2656.06 1672.8 1233.97 828.23 818

MacBook Pro Mid 2012
2.6GHz Core i7 (MacBookPro9,1)

OWC 6G SSD 615.89 484.11 416.05 346.07 336.3
5400 RPM 2683.11 1700.84 1227.38 831.16 828.59

MacBook Pro Mid 2012
2.3GHz Core i7 (MacBookPro9,1)

OWC 6G SSD 641.25 508.43 429.56 367.67 354.55
5400 RPM 2617.81 1684.6 1221.1 841.02 840.02

MacBook Pro Late 2011
2.5GHz Core i7 (MacBookPro8,2)

OWC 6G SSD 672.11 565.77 452.91 383.25 363.01
5400 RPM 2820.64 1963.24 1340.45 880.06 857.62

MacBook Pro Late 2011
2.4GHz Core i7 (MacBookPro8,2)

OWC 6G SSD 713.31 592.81 480.71 414.50 399.26
5400 RPM 3113.99 2185.45 1491.66 998.83 977.53

MacBook Pro Early/Late 2011
2.2GHz Core i7 (MacBookPro8,2)

OWC 6G SSD 717.05 591.53 475.27 408.59 388.34
5400 RPM 2974.5 2044.18 1339.98 897.7 875.53

MacBook Pro Early 2011
2.3GHz Core i7 (MacBookPro8,2)

OWC 6G SSD 679.07 565.64 457.58 398.95 373.36
5400 RPM 3131.11 2224.90 1532.67 951.92 877.81

MacBook Pro Early 2011
2.0GHz Core i7 (MacBookPro8,2)

OWC 6G SSD 742.14 626.25 512.65 444.23 425.12
5400 RPM 2971.81 2092.28 1383.67 930.65 913.73

MacBook Pro Mid 2010
2.66GHz Core i7 (MacBookPro6,2)

OWC 3G SSD 1258.55 1043.48 832.28
5400 RPM 1931.73 1528.83 1378.96

MacBook Pro Mid 2010
2.53GHz Core i5 (MacBookPro6,2)

OWC 3G SSD 1279.75 1085.54 895.36
5400 RPM 3140.05 2252.34 1565.84

MacBook Pro Early 2008
2.6GHz Core 2 Duo (MacBookPro4,1)

OWC 3G SSD 2152.49 1973.05 1418.11
5400 RPM 6471.91 5228.79 3541.27

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

OWC 3G SSD 2154.86 1810.39 1430.69
5400 RPM 6975.83 5794.31 3585.75

MacBook Pro Mid/Late 2007
2.4GHz Core 2 Duo (MacBookPro3,1)

OWC 3G SSD 2235.04 1946.38 1592.62
5400 RPM 6157.91 4915.71 3885.60

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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
2.7GHz Core i7 (MacBookPro9,1)

OWC 6G SSD 208.79 168.51 161.32 160.89 146.88
5400 RPM 700.64 455.90 458.37 449.62 434.70

MacBook Pro Mid 2012
2.6GHz Core i7 (MacBookPro9,1)

OWC 6G SSD 214.19 173.84 167.11 164.12 151.28
5400 RPM 721.22 467.98 459.42 436.15 432.51

MacBook Pro Mid 2012
2.3GHz Core i7 (MacBookPro9,1)

OWC 6G SSD 221.27 181.29 172.31 171.86 160.49
5400 RPM 766.58 476.19 466.85 448.70 434.66

MacBook Pro Late 2011
2.5GHz Core i7 (MacBookPro8,2)

OWC 6G SSD 239.51 191.95 179.11 179.09 160.59
5400 RPM 771.14 481.80 471.44 453.98 440.39

MacBook Pro Late 2011
2.4GHz Core i7 (MacBookPro8,2)

OWC 6G SSD 252.49 207.06 197.52 193.21 186.29
5400 RPM 850.56 564.18 460.98 442.74 411.21

MacBook Pro Early/Late 2011
2.2GHz Core i7 (MacBookPro8,2)

OWC 6G SSD 247.78 201.52 192.15 188.29 176.15
5400 RPM 868.96 485.75 478.29 459.80 444.27

MacBook Pro Early 2011
2.3GHz Core i7 (MacBookPro8,2)

OWC 6G SSD 241.96 200.50 186.62 184.52 172.20
5400 RPM 833.25 588.86 460.17 441.32 400.22

MacBook Pro Early 2011
2.0GHz Core i7 (MacBookPro8,2)

OWC 6G SSD 266.51 220.22 204.67 205.08 194.72
5400 RPM 824.49 505.78 494.36 471.25 469.83

MacBook Pro Mid 2010
2.66GHz Core i7 (MacBookPro6,2)

OWC 3G SSD 437.69 371.94 349.01
5400 RPM 536.91 466.30 463.03

MacBook Pro Mid 2010
2.53GHz Core i5 (MacBookPro6,2)

OWC 3G SSD 457.44 393.58 365.98
5400 RPM 859.60 568.38 494.74

MacBook Pro Early 2008
2.6GHz Core 2 Duo (MacBookPro4,1)

OWC 3G SSD 940.62 611.48 523.81
5400 RPM 2679.80 1884.60 941.17

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

OWC 3G SSD 943.32 626.79 529.84
5400 RPM 2686.90 1413.20 944.17

MacBook Pro Mid/Late 2007
2.4GHz Core 2 Duo (MacBookPro3,1)

OWC 3G SSD 988.15 732.74 648.70
5400 RPM 2672.14 1340.69 1106.70

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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
2.7GHz Core i7 (MacBookPro9,1)

OWC 6G SSD 83.58 82.29 77.16 75.11 58.80
5400 RPM 254.12 245.20 230.20 195.32 65.87

MacBook Pro Mid 2012
2.6GHz Core i7 (MacBookPro9,1)

OWC 6G SSD 87.50 84.17 79.33 77.43 61.39
5400 RPM 262.56 241.84 231.63 187.33 69.83

MacBook Pro Mid 2012
2.3GHz Core i7 (MacBookPro9,1)

OWC 6G SSD 89.38 87.96 83.30 81.00 64.91
5400 RPM 246.84 241.94 239.82 190.65 71.65

MacBook Pro Late 2011
2.5GHz Core i7 (MacBookPro8,2)

OWC 6G SSD 97.46 93.00 87.62 84.32 68.43
5400 RPM 269.65 243.06 239.46 201.98 87.62

MacBook Pro Late 2011
2.4GHz Core i7 (MacBookPro8,2)

OWC 6G SSD 104.56 101.50 95.40 93.31 76.82
5400 RPM 275.46 258.80 240.25 191.55 95.79

MacBook Pro Early/Late 2011
2.2GHz Core i7 (MacBookPro8,2)

OWC 6G SSD 100.64 97.91 93.04 90.74 72.77
5400 RPM 262.73 249.14 240.14 202.68 101.56

MacBook Pro Early 2011
2.3GHz Core i7 (MacBookPro8,2)

OWC 6G SSD 97.35 96.13 89.87 87.67 70.53
5400 RPM 272.45 265.87 244.08 187.12 92.61

MacBook Pro Early 2011
2.0GHz Core i7 (MacBookPro8,2)

OWC 6G SSD 108.70 107.33 101.32 98.47 82.37
5400 RPM 298.24 257.16 256.00 206.60 100.14

MacBook Pro Mid 2010
2.66GHz Core i7 (MacBookPro6,2)

OWC 3G SSD 185.11 179.3 175.35
5400 RPM 243.52 240.48 235.04

MacBook Pro Mid 2010
2.53GHz Core i5 (MacBookPro6,2)

OWC 3G SSD 193.69 190.82 183.26
5400 RPM 274.11 259.58 255.32

MacBook Pro Early 2008
2.6GHz Core 2 Duo (MacBookPro4,1)

OWC 3G SSD 346.85 258.80 255.70
5400 RPM 837.19 470.55 451.81

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

OWC 3G SSD 350.53 265.77 258.49
5400 RPM 849.32 539.92 459.04

MacBook Pro Mid/Late 2007
2.4GHz Core 2 Duo (MacBookPro3,1)

OWC 3G SSD 391.21 318.91 309.05
5400 RPM 793.06 504.04 485.32

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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
2.7GHz Core i7 (MacBookPro9,1)

OWC 6G SSD 1230 1261 1283 1285 1348
5400 RPM 1209 1224 1249 1251 1311

MacBook Pro Mid 2012
2.6GHz Core i7 (MacBookPro9,1)

OWC 6G SSD 1215 1248 1270 1287 1318
5400 RPM 1151 1207 1217 1225 1252

MacBook Pro Mid 2012
2.3GHz Core i7 (MacBookPro9,1)

OWC 6G SSD 1132 1147 1190 1201 1222
5400 RPM 1085 1136 1151 1175 1200

MacBook Pro Late 2011
2.5GHz Core i7 (MacBookPro8,2)

OWC 6G SSD 1161 1194 1209 1222 1269
5400 RPM 1152 1153 1155 1173 1210

MacBook Pro Late 2011
2.4GHz Core i7 (MacBookPro8,2)

OWC 6G SSD 1045 1052 1068 1095 1119
5400 RPM 1028 1037 1059 1070 1096

MacBook Pro Early/Late 2011
2.2GHz Core i7 (MacBookPro8,2)

OWC 6G SSD 1079 1084 1134 1147 1180
5400 RPM 1022 1057 1089 1096 1116

MacBook Pro Early 2011
2.3GHz Core i7 (MacBookPro8,2)

OWC 6G SSD 1118 1130 1148 1181 1212
5400 RPM 1062 1079 1114 1133 1135

MacBook Pro Early 2011
2.0GHz Core i7 (MacBookPro8,2)

OWC 6G SSD 907 945 950 991 994
5400 RPM 883 897 955 975 961

MacBook Pro Mid 2010
2.66GHz Core i7 (MacBookPro6,2)

OWC 3G SSD 703 717 737
5400 RPM 681 701 725

MacBook Pro Mid 2010
2.53GHz Core i5 (MacBookPro6,2)

OWC 3G SSD 683 685 719
5400 RPM 639 665 668

MacBook Pro Early 2008
2.6GHz Core 2 Duo (MacBookPro4,1)

OWC 3G SSD 415 420 451
5400 RPM 397 401 428

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

OWC 3G SSD 413 416 440
5400 RPM 394 398 414

MacBook Pro Mid/Late 2007
2.4GHz Core 2 Duo (MacBookPro3,1)

OWC 3G SSD 360 373 399
5400 RPM 344 364 380

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