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Apple MacBook and MacBook Pro Memory Upgrade Performance Testing & Benchmarks at OtherWorldComputing.com

MacBook 15 (2006-2008 Unibody) Upgrading Memory
in your MacBook Pro 15"

More RAM = Faster Mac!

More Memory can make all the difference and these testing results and benchmarks are here to give an idea of just how much. More memory is consistently better, but be upgrading with a matched pair or one module at a time - pretty much whatever additional memory you end up with, you'll notice the difference it makes.


Apple MacBook Pro 15" Core Duo / Core 2 Duo Memory Testing of 1.0GB, 2.0GB, 3.0GB and 4.0GB configurations by Other World Computing.

Photoshop CS3 Results

Adobe Photoshop CS3 is a common, Intel-native iteration of the popular image editing program.

This test measures the time (in seconds) it takes to execute a custom 21-step action script using Adobe Photoshop CS3. Lower times are better.

RAM Configuration 1024 MB
(2x 512)
2048 MB
(2x 1024)
3072 MB
(1024+2048)
4096 MB*
(2x 2048)
MacBook Pro 15" (Mid 2009 - "Unibody" with SD card slot)
2.53 GHz Core 2 Duo
Not Tested Not Tested Not Tested 62.62
MacBook Pro 15" (Mid 2009 - "Unibody" with SD card slot)
2.53 GHz Core 2 Duo w/ Hitachi 7K320 Hard Drive upgrade
Not Tested Not Tested Not Tested 61.20
MacBook Pro 15" (Mid 2009 - "Unibody" with SD card slot)
2.66 GHz Core 2 Duo
Not Tested Not Tested Not Tested Coming Soon
MacBook Pro 15" (Mid 2009 - "Unibody" with SD card slot)
2.66 GHz Core 2 Duo w/ Hitachi 7K320 Hard Drive upgrade
Not Tested Not Tested Not Tested Coming Soon
MacBook Pro 15" (Mid 2009 - "Unibody" with SD card slot)
2.8 GHz Core 2 Duo
Not Tested Not Tested Not Tested 60.22
MacBook Pro 15" (Mid 2009 - "Unibody" with SD card slot)
2.8 GHz Core 2 Duo w/ Hitachi 7K320 Hard Drive upgrade
Not Tested Not Tested Not Tested 58.94
MacBook Pro 15" (Mid 2009 - "Unibody" with SD card slot)
3.06 GHz Core 2 Duo
Not Tested Not Tested Not Tested 57.12
MacBook Pro 15" (Mid 2009 - "Unibody" with SD card slot)
3.06 GHz Core 2 Duo w/ Hitachi 7K320 Hard Drive upgrade
Not Tested Not Tested Not Tested 56.32
MacBook Pro 15" (Early 2009 - "Unibody")
2.93 GHz Core 2 Duo (6MB L2 Cache)
Not Tested Not Tested Not Tested 59.67
MacBook Pro 15" (Early 2009 - "Unibody")
2.93 GHz Core 2 Duo (6MB L2 Cache) w/ Hitachi 7K320 Hard Drive upgrade
Not Tested Not Tested Not Tested 57.66
MacBook Pro 15" (Early 2009 - "Unibody")
2.66 GHz Core 2 Duo (6MB L2 Cache)
Not Tested Not Tested Not Tested 69.53
MacBook Pro 15" (Early 2009 - "Unibody")
2.66 GHz Core 2 Duo (6MB L2 Cache) w/ Hitachi 7K320 Hard Drive upgrade
Not Tested Not Tested Not Tested 68.97

MacBook Pro 15" (Late 2008 - "Unibody")
2.8 GHz Core 2 Duo (6MB L2 Cache)

Not Tested 82.88 66.75 65.75
MacBook Pro 15" (Late 2008 - "Unibody")
2.8 GHz Core 2 Duo (6MB L2 Cache) w/ Hitachi 7K320 Hard Drive upgrade
Not Tested 78.28 64.07 62.84

MacBook Pro 15" (Late 2008 - "Unibody")
2.53 GHz Core 2 Duo (6MB L2 Cache)

Not Tested 94.34 76.69 76.19
MacBook Pro 15" (Late 2008 - "Unibody")
2.53 GHz Core 2 Duo (6MB L2 Cache) w/ Hitachi 7K320 Hard Drive upgrade
Not Tested 89.62 75.41 74.22

MacBook Pro 15" (Late 2008 - "Unibody")
2.4 GHz Core 2 Duo (3MB L2 Cache)

Not Tested 98.84 81.75 80.31
MacBook Pro 15" (Late 2008 - "Unibody")
2.4 GHz Core 2 Duo (3MB L2 Cache) w/ Hitachi 7K320 Hard Drive upgrade
Not Tested 92.28 78.60 77.53
MacBook Pro 15" (Early 2008)
2.6 GHz Core 2 Duo (6MB L2 Cache)
Not Tested 102.50 74.81 72.94
MacBook Pro 15" (Early 2008)
2.6 GHz Core 2 Duo (6MB L2 Cache) w/ Hitachi 7K200 Hard Drive upgrade
Not Tested 85.66 70.69 68.84
MacBook Pro 15" (Early 2008)
2.5 GHz Core 2 Duo (6MB L2 Cache)
Not Tested 103.50 78.19 75.32
MacBook Pro 15" (Early 2008)
2.5 GHz Core 2 Duo (6MB L2 Cache) w/ Hitachi 7K200 Hard Drive upgrade
Not Tested 87.97 71.84 71.59
MacBook Pro 15" (Early 2008)
2.4 GHz Core 2 Duo (3MB L2 Cache)
Not Tested 108.35 81.66 79.16

MacBook Pro 15" (Early 2008)
2.4 GHz Core 2 Duo (3MB L2 Cache) w/ Hitachi 7K200 Hard Drive upgrade

Not Tested 88.91 75.91 74.72

MacBook Pro 15" (Mid/Late 2007)
2.4 GHz Core 2 Duo (4MB L2 Cache)

122.31 116.06 81.00 79.31
MacBook Pro 15" (Mid/Late 2007)
2.4 GHz Core 2 Duo (4MB L2 Cache) w/ Hitachi 7K200 Hard Drive upgrade
105.03 96.22 79.12 77.81
MacBook Pro 15" (Mid/Late 2007)
2.2 GHz Core 2 Duo (4MB L2 Cache)
134.07 122.37 86.87 85.16

MacBook Pro 15" (Mid/Late 2007)
2.2 GHz Core 2 Duo (4MB L2 Cache) w/ Hitachi 7K200 Hard Drive upgrade

119.97 110.56 84.59 83.09
MacBook Pro 15"
2.16 GHz Core 2 Duo (4MB L2 Cache)
141.75 128.60 95.44 93.03

MacBook Pro 15"
2.16 GHz Core 2 Duo (4MB L2 Cache) w/ Hitachi 7K200 Hard Drive upgrade

120.10 110.57 93.03 86.52

Macbook Pro 15"
1.83 GHz Core Duo (2MB L2 Cache)

181.56 166.32 N/A N/A
MacBook Pro 15"
1.83 GHz Core Duo (2MB L2 Cache) w/ Hitachi 7K200 Hard Drive upgrade
149.34 127.06 N/A N/A

Photoshop certainly uses the hard drive as scratch disk space, even with lots of system RAM. The 2.4GHz system barely eeked out a win in the higher RAM configuration tests.

"Stress Test" Results

This test also times how long it takes Adobe Photoshop CS3 to run a series of 21 actions. However, in addition to Photoshop, the iTunes Visualizer is also set to run. This generally taxes both the video card and the processor. Lower times are better.

RAM Configuration 1024 MB
(2x 512)
2048 MB
(2x 1024)
3072 MB
(1024+2048)
4096 MB*
(2x 2048)
MacBook Pro 15" (Mid 2009 - "Unibody" with SD card slot)
2.53 GHz Core 2 Duo
Not Tested Not Tested Not Tested 74.38
MacBook Pro 15" (Mid 2009 - "Unibody" with SD card slot)
2.53 GHz Core 2 Duo w/ Hitachi 7K320 Hard Drive upgrade
Not Tested Not Tested Not Tested 73.45
MacBook Pro 15" (Mid 2009 - "Unibody" with SD card slot)
2.66 GHz Core 2 Duo
Not Tested Not Tested Not Tested Coming Soon
MacBook Pro 15" (Mid 2009 - "Unibody" with SD card slot)
2.66 GHz Core 2 Duo w/ Hitachi 7K320 Hard Drive upgrade
Not Tested Not Tested Not Tested Coming Soon
MacBook Pro 15" (Mid 2009 - "Unibody" with SD card slot)
2.8 GHz Core 2 Duo
Not Tested Not Tested Not Tested 68.63
MacBook Pro 15" (Mid 2009 - "Unibody" with SD card slot)
2.8 GHz Core 2 Duo w/ Hitachi 7K320 Hard Drive upgrade
Not Tested Not Tested Not Tested 68.13
MacBook Pro 15" (Mid 2009 - "Unibody" with SD card slot)
3.06 GHz Core 2 Duo
Not Tested Not Tested Not Tested 58.71
MacBook Pro 15" (Mid 2009 - "Unibody" with SD card slot)
3.06 GHz Core 2 Duo w/ Hitachi 7K320 Hard Drive upgrade
Not Tested Not Tested Not Tested 58.48
MacBook Pro 15" (Early 2009 - "Unibody")
2.93 GHz Core 2 Duo (6MB L2 Cache)
Not Tested Not Tested Not Tested 65.08
MacBook Pro 15" (Early 2009 - "Unibody")
2.93 GHz Core 2 Duo (6MB L2 Cache) w/ Hitachi 7K320 Hard Drive upgrade
Not Tested Not Tested Not Tested 64.28
MacBook Pro 15" (Early 2009 - "Unibody")
2.66 GHz Core 2 Duo (6MB L2 Cache)
Not Tested Not Tested Not Tested 78.12
MacBook Pro 15" (Early 2009 - "Unibody")
2.66 GHz Core 2 Duo (6MB L2 Cache) w/ Hitachi 7K320 Hard Drive upgrade
Not Tested Not Tested Not Tested 78.00

MacBook Pro 15" (Late 2008 - "Unibody")
2.8 GHz Core 2 Duo (6MB L2 Cache)

Not Tested 108.63 92.15 85.31
MacBook Pro 15" (Late 2008 - "Unibody")
2.8 GHz Core 2 Duo (6MB L2 Cache) w/ Hitachi 7K320 Hard Drive upgrade
Not Tested 97.50 84.90 83.81

MacBook Pro 15" (Late 2008 - "Unibody")
2.53 GHz Core 2 Duo (6MB L2 Cache)

Not Tested 115.69 99.90 97.53
MacBook Pro 15" (Late 2008 - "Unibody")
2.53 GHz Core 2 Duo (6MB L2 Cache) w/ Hitachi 7K320 Hard Drive upgrade
Not Tested 112.90 98.88 97.07

MacBook Pro 15" (Late 2008 - "Unibody")
2.4 GHz Core 2 Duo (3MB L2 Cache)

Not Tested 124.78 110.06 107.10
MacBook Pro 15" (Late 2008 - "Unibody")
2.4 GHz Core 2 Duo (3MB L2 Cache) w/ Hitachi 7K320 Hard Drive upgrade
Not Tested 120.90 107.47 106.66
MacBook Pro 15" (Early 2008)
2.6 GHz Core 2 Duo (6MB L2 Cache)
Not Tested 110.81 90.15 81.08
MacBook Pro 15" (Early 2008)
2.6 GHz Core 2 Duo (6MB L2 Cache) w/ Hitachi 7K200 Hard Drive upgrade
Not Tested 94.60 88.03 81.37
MacBook Pro 15" (Early 2008)
2.5 GHz Core 2 Duo (6MB L2 Cache)
Not Tested 115.34 89.56 84.25
MacBook Pro 15" (Early 2008)
2.5 GHz Core 2 Duo (6MB L2 Cache) w/ Hitachi 7K200 Hard Drive upgrade
Not Tested 97.09 81.87 81.13
MacBook Pro 15" (Early 2008)
2.4 GHz Core 2 Duo (3MB L2 Cache)
Not Tested 122.71 91.38 88.10

MacBook Pro 15" (Early 2008)
2.4 GHz Core 2 Duo (3MB L2 Cache) w/ Hitachi 7K200 Hard Drive upgrade

Not Tested 105.03 87.75 87.12

MacBook Pro 15" (Mid/Late 2007)
2.4 GHz Core 2 Duo (4MB L2 Cache)

137.32 130.81 102.38 100.47
MacBook Pro 15" (Mid/Late 2007)
2.4 GHz Core 2 Duo (4MB L2 Cache) w/ Hitachi 7K200 Hard Drive upgrade
122.03 109.81 100.32 99.75
MacBook Pro 15" (Mid/Late 2007)
2.2 GHz Core 2 Duo (4MB L2 Cache)
153.34 139.59 110.84 106.00

MacBook Pro 15" (Mid/Late 2007)
2.2 GHz Core 2 Duo (4MB L2 Cache) w/ Hitachi 7K200 Hard Drive upgrade

133.47 130.91 105.25 103.44
MacBook Pro 15"
2.16 GHz Core 2 Duo (4MB L2 Cache)
146.10 142.25 111.56 108.93

MacBook Pro 15"
2.16 GHz Core 2 Duo (4MB L2 Cache) w/ Hitachi 7K200 Hard Drive upgrade

129.40 123.91 107.78 105.49

Macbook Pro 15"
1.83 GHz Core Duo (2MB L2 Cache)

199.72 181.41 N/A N/A
MacBook Pro 15"
1.83 GHz Core Duo (2MB L2 Cache) w/ Hitachi 7K200 Hard Drive upgrade
170.53 168.62 N/A N/A

As one would expect, more memory, and a faster hard drive = faster computer all around.


"RAM Hog" Results

This test times how long it takes to run our standard 21-step Photoshop action in Photoshop CS3 when 50% of the installed RAM is taken up with another program. Lower times are better.

RAM Configuration 1024 MB
(2x 512)
2048 MB
(2x 1024)
3072 MB
(1024+2048)
4096 MB
(2x 2048)
MacBook Pro 15" (Mid 2009 - "Unibody" with SD card slot)
2.53 GHz Core 2 Duo
Not Tested Not Tested Not Tested 83.28
MacBook Pro 15" (Mid 2009 - "Unibody" with SD card slot)
2.53 GHz Core 2 Duo w/ Hitachi 7K320 Hard Drive upgrade
Not Tested Not Tested Not Tested 82.59
MacBook Pro 15" (Mid 2009 - "Unibody" with SD card slot)
2.66 GHz Core 2 Duo
Not Tested Not Tested Not Tested Coming Soon
MacBook Pro 15" (Mid 2009 - "Unibody" with SD card slot)
2.66 GHz Core 2 Duo w/ Hitachi 7K320 Hard Drive upgrade
Not Tested Not Tested Not Tested Coming Soon
MacBook Pro 15" (Mid 2009 - "Unibody" with SD card slot)
2.8 GHz Core 2 Duo
Not Tested Not Tested Not Tested 78.03
MacBook Pro 15" (Mid 2009 - "Unibody" with SD card slot)
2.8 GHz Core 2 Duo w/ Hitachi 7K320 Hard Drive upgrade
Not Tested Not Tested Not Tested 77.89
MacBook Pro 15" (Mid 2009 - "Unibody" with SD card slot)
3.06 GHz Core 2 Duo
Not Tested Not Tested Not Tested 72.44
MacBook Pro 15" (Mid 2009 - "Unibody" with SD card slot)
3.06 GHz Core 2 Duo w/ Hitachi 7K320 Hard Drive upgrade
Not Tested Not Tested Not Tested 72.65
MacBook Pro 15" (Early 2009 - "Unibody")
2.93 GHz Core 2 Duo (6MB L2 Cache)
Not Tested Not Tested Not Tested 69.09
MacBook Pro 15" (Early 2009 - "Unibody")
2.93 GHz Core 2 Duo (6MB L2 Cache) w/ Hitachi 7K320 Hard Drive upgrade
Not Tested Not Tested Not Tested 71.97
MacBook Pro 15" (Early 2009 - "Unibody")
2.66 GHz Core 2 Duo (6MB L2 Cache)
Not Tested Not Tested Not Tested 82.46
MacBook Pro 15" (Early 2009 - "Unibody")
2.66 GHz Core 2 Duo (6MB L2 Cache) w/ Hitachi 7K320 Hard Drive upgrade
Not Tested Not Tested Not Tested 82.09

MacBook Pro 15" (Late 2008 - "Unibody")
2.8 GHz Core 2 Duo (6MB L2 Cache)

Not Tested 223.62 131.34 65.40
MacBook Pro 15" (Late 2008 - "Unibody")
2.8 GHz Core 2 Duo (6MB L2 Cache) w/ Hitachi 7K320 Hard Drive upgrade
Not Tested 197.78 119.40 63.09

MacBook Pro 15" (Late 2008 - "Unibody")
2.53 GHz Core 2 Duo (6MB L2 Cache)

Not Tested 225.40 132.15 77.09
MacBook Pro 15" (Late 2008 - "Unibody")
2.53 GHz Core 2 Duo (6MB L2 Cache) w/ Hitachi 7K320 Hard Drive upgrade
Not Tested 190.12 128.65 81.50

MacBook Pro 15" (Late 2008 - "Unibody")
2.4 GHz Core 2 Duo (3MB L2 Cache)

Not Tested 229.90 139.40 83.47
MacBook Pro 15" (Late 2008 - "Unibody")
2.4 GHz Core 2 Duo (3MB L2 Cache) w/ Hitachi 7K320 Hard Drive upgrade
Not Tested 200.40 130.88 78.43
MacBook Pro 15" (Early 2008)
2.6 GHz Core 2 Duo (6MB L2 Cache)
Not Tested 250.28 136.13 76.50
MacBook Pro 15" (Early 2008)
2.6 GHz Core 2 Duo (6MB L2 Cache) w/ Hitachi 7K200 Hard Drive upgrade
Not Tested 204.97 126.56 75.22
MacBook Pro 15" (Early 2008)
2.5 GHz Core 2 Duo (6MB L2 Cache)
Not Tested 254.44 130.53 76.22
MacBook Pro 15" (Early 2008)
2.5 GHz Core 2 Duo (6MB L2 Cache) w/ Hitachi 7K200 Hard Drive upgrade
Not Tested 209.90 128.50 75.34
MacBook Pro 15" (Early 2008)
2.4 GHz Core 2 Duo (3MB L2 Cache)
Not Tested 257.34 150.43 77.07

MacBook Pro 15" (Early 2008)
2.4 GHz Core 2 Duo (3MB L2 Cache) w/ Hitachi 7K200 Hard Drive upgrade

Not Tested 210.34 129.69 76.25

MacBook Pro 15" (Mid/Late 2007)
2.4 GHz Core 2 Duo (4MB L2 Cache)

468.72 259.69 150.22 78.97
MacBook Pro 15" (Mid/Late 2007)
2.4 GHz Core 2 Duo (4MB L2 Cache) w/ Hitachi 7K200 Hard Drive upgrade
406.43 250.00 134.43 74.13
MacBook Pro 15" (Mid/Late 2007)
2.2 GHz Core 2 Duo (4MB L2 Cache)
531.50 297.68 156.76 84.97

MacBook Pro 15" (Mid/Late 2007)
2.2 GHz Core 2 Duo (4MB L2 Cache) w/ Hitachi 7K200 Hard Drive upgrade

470.31 247.91 148.12 82.90
MacBook Pro 15"
2.16 GHz Core 2 Duo (4MB L2 Cache)
541.75 314.47 169.12 98.65

MacBook Pro 15"
2.16 GHz Core 2 Duo (4MB L2 Cache) w/ Hitachi 7K200 Hard Drive upgrade

489.13 262.91 156.93

96.74

Macbook Pro 15"
1.83 GHz Core Duo (2MB L2 Cache)

713.19 365.03 N/A N/A
MacBook Pro 15"
1.83 GHz Core Duo (2MB L2 Cache) w/ Hitachi 7K200 Hard Drive upgrade
383.88 244.10 N/A N/A

Notice how the faster hard drive truly improves performance of the slower computer - even beating the faster processor in low memory situations. Obviously using the higher RPM hard drive as RAM swap space improves performance.


Halo Results

In order to heavily tax the video card, we ran the time demo of the Intel-native version of the popular game, Halo.

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

RAM Configuration 1024 MB
(2x 512)
2048 MB
(2x 1024)
3072 MB
(1024+2048)
4096 MB*
(2x 2048)
MacBook Pro 15" (Mid 2009 - "Unibody" with SD card slot)
2.53 GHz Core 2 Duo
Not Tested Not Tested Not Tested 85.55
MacBook Pro 15" (Mid 2009 - "Unibody" with SD card slot)
2.53 GHz Core 2 Duo w/ Hitachi 7K320 Hard Drive upgrade
Not Tested Not Tested Not Tested 85.54
MacBook Pro 15" (Mid 2009 - "Unibody" with SD card slot)
2.66 GHz Core 2 Duo
Not Tested Not Tested Not Tested Coming Soon
MacBook Pro 15" (Mid 2009 - "Unibody" with SD card slot)
2.66 GHz Core 2 Duo w/ Hitachi 7K320 Hard Drive upgrade
Not Tested Not Tested Not Tested Coming Soon
MacBook Pro 15" (Mid 2009 - "Unibody" with SD card slot)
2.8 GHz Core 2 Duo
Not Tested Not Tested Not Tested 92.53
MacBook Pro 15" (Mid 2009 - "Unibody" with SD card slot)
2.8 GHz Core 2 Duo w/ Hitachi 7K320 Hard Drive upgrade
Not Tested Not Tested Not Tested 92.53
MacBook Pro 15" (Mid 2009 - "Unibody" with SD card slot)
3.06 GHz Core 2 Duo
Not Tested Not Tested Not Tested 94.12
MacBook Pro 15" (Mid 2009 - "Unibody" with SD card slot)
3.06 GHz Core 2 Duo w/ Hitachi 7K320 Hard Drive upgrade
Not Tested Not Tested Not Tested 94.12
MacBook Pro 15" (Early 2009 - "Unibody")
2.93 GHz Core 2 Duo (6MB L2 Cache)
Not Tested Not Tested Not Tested 124.26
MacBook Pro 15" (Early 2009 - "Unibody")
2.93 GHz Core 2 Duo (6MB L2 Cache) w/ Hitachi 7K320 Hard Drive upgrade
Not Tested Not Tested Not Tested 124.52
MacBook Pro 15" (Early 2009 - "Unibody")
2.66 GHz Core 2 Duo (6MB L2 Cache)
Not Tested Not Tested Not Tested 89.57
MacBook Pro 15" (Early 2009 - "Unibody")
2.66 GHz Core 2 Duo (6MB L2 Cache) w/ Hitachi 7K320 Hard Drive upgrade
Not Tested Not Tested Not Tested 89.01

MacBook Pro 15" (Late 2008 - "Unibody")
2.8 GHz Core 2 Duo (6MB L2 Cache)

Not Tested 48.45 48.71 48.64
MacBook Pro 15" (Late 2008 - "Unibody")
2.8 GHz Core 2 Duo (6MB L2 Cache) w/ Hitachi 7K320 Hard Drive upgrade
Not Tested 48.40 49.85 49.00

MacBook Pro 15" (Late 2008 - "Unibody")
2.53 GHz Core 2 Duo (6MB L2 Cache)

Not Tested 45.36 45.42 45.17
MacBook Pro 15" (Late 2008 - "Unibody")
2.53 GHz Core 2 Duo (6MB L2 Cache) w/ Hitachi 7K320 Hard Drive upgrade
Not Tested 45.38 45.33 45.55

MacBook Pro 15" (Late 2008 - "Unibody")
2.4 GHz Core 2 Duo (3MB L2 Cache)

Not Tested 40.65 40.37 40.46
MacBook Pro 15" (Late 2008 - "Unibody")
2.4 GHz Core 2 Duo (3MB L2 Cache) w/ Hitachi 7K320 Hard Drive upgrade
Not Tested 40.87 40.96 41.18
MacBook Pro 15" (Early 2008)
2.6 GHz Core 2 Duo (6MB L2 Cache)
Not Tested 52.11 52.34 52.27
MacBook Pro 15" (Early 2008)
2.6 GHz Core 2 Duo (6MB L2 Cache) w/ Hitachi 7K200 Hard Drive upgrade
Not Tested 52.88 52.37 53.22
MacBook Pro 15" (Early 2008)
2.5 GHz Core 2 Duo (6MB L2 Cache)
Not Tested 51.25 51.66 51.72
MacBook Pro 15" (Early 2008)
2.5 GHz Core 2 Duo (6MB L2 Cache) w/ Hitachi 7K200 Hard Drive upgrade
Not Tested 52.52 51.78 52.31
MacBook Pro 15" (Early 2008)
2.4 GHz Core 2 Duo (3MB L2 Cache)
Not Tested 49.23 49.52 49.55

MacBook Pro 15" (Early 2008)
2.4 GHz Core 2 Duo (3MB L2 Cache) w/ Hitachi 7K200 Hard Drive upgrade

Not Tested 50.23 49.91 51.02

MacBook Pro 15" (Mid/Late 2007)
2.4 GHz Core 2 Duo (4MB L2 Cache)

40.60 40.59 40.80 40.57
MacBook Pro 15" (Mid/Late 2007)
2.4 GHz Core 2 Duo (4MB L2 Cache) w/ Hitachi 7K200 Hard Drive upgrade
41.03 41.02 41.08 41.41
MacBook Pro 15" (Mid/Late 2007)
2.2 GHz Core 2 Duo (4MB L2 Cache)
38.78 38.69 38.71 39.16

MacBook Pro 15" (Mid/Late 2007)
2.2 GHz Core 2 Duo (4MB L2 Cache) w/ Hitachi 7K200 Hard Drive upgrade

39.23 39.29 39.44 39.66
MacBook Pro 15"
2.16 GHz Core 2 Duo (4MB L2 Cache)
38.67 37.40 38.46 38.24

MacBook Pro 15"
2.16 GHz Core 2 Duo (4MB L2 Cache) w/ Hitachi 7K200 Hard Drive upgrade

39.02 39.04 38.88 39.33

Macbook Pro 15"
1.83 GHz Core Duo (2MB L2 Cache)

39.12

39.22

N/A N/A
MacBook Pro 15"
1.83 GHz Core Duo (2MB L2 Cache) w/ Hitachi 7K200 Hard Drive upgrade
35.39 35.74 N/A N/A

The faster hard drive really shines here because Halo hits the hard drive so much for it's graphics data it is displaying.


XBench Results

XBench is a standardized utility for measuring the performance of your computer, as compared to a "baseline" computer. (More information and the application, itself, can be found here.)

For this test, we checked all the options except for the Disk Test, as it was the only one that did did not either touch System memory or Video Memory. Higher Point results are better.

RAM Configuration 1024 MB
(2x 512)
2048 MB
(2x 1024)
3072 MB
(1024+2048)
4096 MB*
(2x 2048)
MacBook Pro 15" (Mid 2009 - "Unibody" with SD card slot)
2.53 GHz Core 2 Duo
Not Tested Not Tested Not Tested 193.19
MacBook Pro 15" (Mid 2009 - "Unibody" with SD card slot)
2.53 GHz Core 2 Duo w/ Hitachi 7K320 Hard Drive upgrade
Not Tested Not Tested Not Tested 195.48
MacBook Pro 15" (Mid 2009 - "Unibody" with SD card slot)
2.66 GHz Core 2 Duo
Not Tested Not Tested Not Tested Coming Soon
MacBook Pro 15" (Mid 2009 - "Unibody" with SD card slot)
2.66 GHz Core 2 Duo w/ Hitachi 7K320 Hard Drive upgrade
Not Tested Not Tested Not Tested Coming Soon
MacBook Pro 15" (Mid 2009 - "Unibody" with SD card slot)
2.8 GHz Core 2 Duo
Not Tested Not Tested Not Tested 216.06
MacBook Pro 15" (Mid 2009 - "Unibody" with SD card slot)
2.8 GHz Core 2 Duo w/ Hitachi 7K320 Hard Drive upgrade
Not Tested Not Tested Not Tested 220.15
MacBook Pro 15" (Mid 2009 - "Unibody" with SD card slot)
3.06 GHz Core 2 Duo
Not Tested Not Tested Not Tested 233.01
MacBook Pro 15" (Mid 2009 - "Unibody" with SD card slot)
3.06 GHz Core 2 Duo w/ Hitachi 7K320 Hard Drive upgrade
Not Tested Not Tested Not Tested 227.12
MacBook Pro 15" (Early 2009 - "Unibody")
2.93 GHz Core 2 Duo (6MB L2 Cache)
Not Tested Not Tested Not Tested 224.24
MacBook Pro 15" (Early 2009 - "Unibody")
2.93 GHz Core 2 Duo (6MB L2 Cache) w/ Hitachi 7K320 Hard Drive upgrade
Not Tested Not Tested Not Tested 229.94
MacBook Pro 15" (Early 2009 - "Unibody")
2.66 GHz Core 2 Duo (6MB L2 Cache)
Not Tested Not Tested Not Tested 200.56
MacBook Pro 15" (Early 2009 - "Unibody")
2.66 GHz Core 2 Duo (6MB L2 Cache) w/ Hitachi 7K320 Hard Drive upgrade
Not Tested Not Tested Not Tested 201.16

MacBook Pro 15" (Late 2008 - "Unibody")
2.8 GHz Core 2 Duo (6MB L2 Cache)

Not Tested 238.51 237.17 239.17
MacBook Pro 15" (Late 2008 - "Unibody")
2.8 GHz Core 2 Duo (6MB L2 Cache) w/ Hitachi 7K320 Hard Drive upgrade
Not Tested 238.27 236.33 233.09

MacBook Pro 15" (Late 2008 - "Unibody")
2.53 GHz Core 2 Duo (6MB L2 Cache)

Not Tested 199.59 202.00 207.72
MacBook Pro 15" (Late 2008 - "Unibody")
2.53 GHz Core 2 Duo (6MB L2 Cache) w/ Hitachi 7K320 Hard Drive upgrade
Not Tested 202.61 204.06 206.24

MacBook Pro 15" (Late 2008 - "Unibody")
2.4 GHz Core 2 Duo (3MB L2 Cache)

Not Tested 187.56 188.62 194.73
MacBook Pro 15" (Late 2008 - "Unibody")
2.4 GHz Core 2 Duo (3MB L2 Cache) w/ Hitachi 7K320 Hard Drive upgrade
Not Tested 190.83 191.55 194.61
MacBook Pro 15" (Early 2008)
2.6 GHz Core 2 Duo (6MB L2 Cache)
Not Tested 209.24 210.16 210.84
MacBook Pro 15" (Early 2008)
2.6 GHz Core 2 Duo (6MB L2 Cache) w/ Hitachi 7K200 Hard Drive upgrade
Not Tested 210.49 211.45 211.50
MacBook Pro 15" (Early 2008)
2.5 GHz Core 2 Duo (6MB L2 Cache)
Not Tested 201.81 203.94 203.26
MacBook Pro 15" (Early 2008)
2.5 GHz Core 2 Duo (6MB L2 Cache) w/ Hitachi 7K200 Hard Drive upgrade
Not Tested 204.50 206.10 206.39
MacBook Pro 15" (Early 2008)
2.4 GHz Core 2 Duo (3MB L2 Cache)
Not Tested 196.57 196.38 202.27

MacBook Pro 15" (Early 2008)
2.4 GHz Core 2 Duo (3MB L2 Cache) w/ Hitachi 7K200 Hard Drive upgrade

Not Tested 198.10 196.12 203.12

MacBook Pro 15" (Mid/Late 2007)
2.4 GHz Core 2 Duo (4MB L2 Cache)

173.20 173.64 174.41 174.09
MacBook Pro 15" (Mid/Late 2007)
2.4 GHz Core 2 Duo (4MB L2 Cache) w/ Hitachi 7K200 Hard Drive upgrade
171.46 174.22 174.47 174.86
MacBook Pro 15" (Mid/Late 2007)
2.2 GHz Core 2 Duo (4MB L2 Cache)
160.55 161.38 160.09 161.48

MacBook Pro 15" (Mid/Late 2007)
2.2 GHz Core 2 Duo (4MB L2 Cache) w/ Hitachi 7K200 Hard Drive upgrade

161.06 160.44 161.00 161.87
MacBook Pro 15"
2.16 GHz Core 2 Duo (4MB L2 Cache)
158.69 160.04 160.05 161.05

MacBook Pro 15"
2.16 GHz Core 2 Duo (4MB L2 Cache) w/ Hitachi 7K200 Hard Drive upgrade

160.19 160.25 160.74 161.25

Macbook Pro 15"
1.83 GHz Core Duo (2MB L2 Cache)

122.06 120.94 N/A N/A
MacBook Pro 15"
1.83 GHz Core Duo (2MB L2 Cache) w/ Hitachi 7K200 Hard Drive upgrade
120.90 121.92 N/A N/A