It's over 11000!

Last year I wrote a post comparing the benchmarks of my then-new (2011) MacbookPro against some of the previous Apple computers I had owned. While this is a side story, I recently decided to turn in my Lenovo Windows 7-based laptop at work and repurpose my 2011 MacBook Pro as my work computer. To summarize that decision, I really wanted a computer that worked and was annoyed with the $400 calculator my employer issued me (fodder for another post, later.) The important point is that I decided to continue my lust adoration of Apple products for another year and just recently purchased a base MacBook Pro Retina for my personal computer.

Therefore, I present you the benchmarks 2012 edition!

Ready for some exciting numbers? Ok! :) These numbers were all generated via the Geekbench tool (32-bit).

Last year’s MBP model (which had an Intel SSD installed) scored 10,135 while this year’s Retina MBP model scored 11,050.

This table summarizes the benchmarks for all of my previous MacBook laptops including my newest edition.


This graph shows the Geekbench scores of all models over time.



I decoded to benchmark my iPad 3 with Geekbench after writing this post. It scored 754.


First and foremost, the Geekbench score is a little misleading.

I am not an Apple apologist but most of the benefits (technologically speaking) are likely not reflected in the Geekbench score. Display aside, I am pretty sure Geekbench does not measure GPU performance, for instance, which is likely much better with the 2012 model. While the retina MBP feels about the “same” speed-wise the GPU performance seems to be much improved when the resolution is held constant over time.

Second, the screen is amazing**

The retina display on a laptop is quite amazing – it’s like mixing a top-of-the-line 2000 CRT display and a laptop all in one. While the overall brightness is a bit weak sometimes, the display is simply beautiful.

** That is, of course, until you run into most websites and applications which look like they are being served through your 14.4k CompuServe modem. It will be interesting to see how we adapt to super high-res displays, websites especially. Even Apple’s own website has a ton of “non-retina” images which leaves their website looking like… well, crap.

Goodbye, CD
The battery in this new Retina MBP is amazing; I do not lament the loss of my CD drive at all.