Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 26th Oct 2006 19:42 UTC, submitted by jfpoole
Benchmarks Geek Patrol has benchmarked the new (Core 2 Duo) MacBook Pro against the old (Core Duo) model. "Moving from the Core Duo to the Core 2 Duo means 32-bit MacBook Pro performance is up 10% without an increase in processor clock speed. That's impressive! Even more impressive is the Core 2 Duo is 20% faster (when executing 64-bit code) than the Core Duo (when executing 32-bit code)."
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Looks good
by CrimsonScythe on Thu 26th Oct 2006 23:13 UTC
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I think this looks great. The MacBook Pro finally got the two things I sorely missed in the previous version: FireWire 800 and 64-bit CPU. The disappointing thing, however, is that it only supports 3GB of memory. I guess I'd manage with 2GB for now until the prices on the 2GB sticks drop, but the option of 4GB would really be sweet. I have 1.25GB on my current PowerBook, which is rather on the painful side. (I constantly have 2-3GB in swap.)

And, from what I've heard, Mathworks have a beta version of Matlab for Intel Macs out now, so that's no longer a huge obstacle for me either. Now, all I need is money. :-P

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RE: Looks good
by mym6 on Thu 26th Oct 2006 23:16 UTC in reply to "Looks good"
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2-3GB in swap and you have 1.25GB of ram? Not to be an arse but people complain about Windows being bloated and using a lot of ram but...that's insane. What do you do on your computer?

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RE[2]: Looks good
by CrimsonScythe on Thu 26th Oct 2006 23:28 UTC in reply to "RE: Looks good"
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Windows was worse ;-) I do think that Linux is nicer on the memory consupmtion than either, though. Don't know if this is a fact, but that's my impression.

In a typical session I have:
* Opera with roughly 100 pages open.
* Colloquy IRC program with 4-5 channels open.
* TextMate editor (brilliant!) with 10-15 files open.
* Emacs.
* Adium messenger, connected with 5-8 different accounts/protocols.
* Mail.
* Safari, for testing purposes.
* Terminal, 5-10 open sessions.
* QuickSilver.
* iTunes.
* VLC.
* Dictionary.
* with about 5-10 PDFs.
* Azureus.
* VirtueDesktops.
* Various Menu applets like Menumeters, etc.
* Various other apps from time to time, such as Matlab, Vim, etc.

It all adds up to quite a lot, especially a hundred web pages. I mostly do surfing, programming, research, and LaTeX.

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RE[3]: Looks good
by rayiner on Fri 27th Oct 2006 00:03 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Looks good"
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Linux tends to use less memory because Linux installs share as much code as possible. However, Linux handles high memory loads better than OS X as well. OS X's VM is ancient technology and its showing. It's still not as bad as XP under load, but it's not like Linux where I could often fail to notice swapping unless I was listening to the hard drive.

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RE[3]: Looks good
by Ronald Vos on Fri 27th Oct 2006 12:22 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Looks good"
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How do you ever got work done?

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RE[3]: Looks good
by helf on Fri 27th Oct 2006 19:15 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Looks good"
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Wow, thats a lot of stuff. I typically have open:

* firefox + about 15 extensions + ~30-50 websites
* 2 or 3 instances of PuTTY connected to various remote servers via ssh or telnet
* WinSCP connected to my shell
* notepad++ with 3 or 4 files open
* mediaplayer10 with about 5k MP3s in the playlist
* POSE (palm os emulator)
* several palm os programming tools (prcedit among others)
* South palm os debugger (its a java app)
* palm hotsink manager...

few other things... and I'm typically only using about 500mb of RAM... (this is with windows XP)

Guess most of my apps are smaller in size ;)

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RE[4]: Looks good
by andyleung on Fri 27th Oct 2006 20:10 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Looks good"
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How did you measure your 500MB? by counting in Process list?

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RE[3]: Looks good
by zephc on Sat 28th Oct 2006 05:01 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Looks good"
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> * Emacs.

Well there's your problem

EMACS: Eight-hundred Megs And Swapping.


Seriously though, do you really need to keep everything running all the time? The Dock is there so you don;t have to keep stuff running 24/7.

I have Safari, iChat, and WoW (a ram and CPU hog) running on my 17" PowerBook 1.66 (The last-gen PB) with 1GB ram.

(I'm getting a new MBP 17" soon, but I'm in the Silicon Valley, so naturally the Apple Stores are sold out :-) )

Edited 2006-10-28 05:02

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RE[3]: Looks good
by mym6 on Fri 27th Oct 2006 21:10 UTC in reply to "RE: Looks good"
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100 pages? I heard of this thing the other day, I think they called it a bookmark. You might be interested :-P.

I can see how you're using so much ram then and I don't think you can blame the OS, no matter which one your using.

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Noise, Heat and Battery Life
by twenty characters ma on Fri 27th Oct 2006 02:46 UTC
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Right now, I'm much more interested in the changes in noise, heat and battery life. My ibook g4 did pretty well in those categories. The idea of going to a macbook almost seemed like a downgrade.

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Clock speed?
by tore- on Fri 27th Oct 2006 01:45 UTC
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Clock speed is'nt all!

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