MacBook Memory Config Benchmarks

August 18, 2006

Using XBench and CineBench, it’s apparent that MacBook’s are in fact faster when using two DIMMs of the same size than using a single bigger DIMM. The configuration difference seems to have the biggest impact in graphics performance. Here’s a link to the XBench comparison.

For reference, here’s my PowerBook CineBench 9.5 results:

Processor        : 1,5Ghz PB G4 1,25GB RAM

MHz              : 1500

Number of CPUs   : 1

Operating System : 10.4.7



Graphics Card    : GeForce FX Go5200

Resolution       : 1024x768

Color Depth      : 24bit



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Rendering (Single   CPU): 152 CB-CPU

Rendering (Multiple CPU): --- CB-CPU





Shading (CINEMA 4D)                : 161 CB-GFX

Shading (OpenGL Software Lighting) : 485 CB-GFX

Shading (OpenGL Hardware Lighting) : 1015 CB-GFX



OpenGL Speedup: 6.32

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Next we have the 1x1GB config 2.0 Ghz MacBook:

Processor        : MB 2GHz 1x1GB

MHz              : 2000

Number of CPUs   : 2

Operating System : 10.4.6



Graphics Card    : Intel GMA950

Resolution       : 1280x800

Color Depth      : 24bit



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Rendering (Single   CPU): 307 CB-CPU

Rendering (Multiple CPU): 582 CB-CPU



Multiprocessor Speedup: 1.89



Shading (CINEMA 4D)                : 336 CB-GFX

Shading (OpenGL Software Lighting) : 1068 CB-GFX

Shading (OpenGL Hardware Lighting) : 969 CB-GFX



OpenGL Speedup: 3.18



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I’ll post the 2x512 Results soon…