Mac Benchmark Update (March 2010)

After a lot of nudging (sorry it took so long!) I've updated Primate Labs' Mac Benchmark chart. The updated chart adds the following Macs:

  • iMac (Late 2009)
  • iMac (27-inch Late 2009)
  • MacBook (Late 2009)

The Mac Benchmark chart is generated by gathering results from the Geekbench Browser and averaging scores for each Mac model and processor combination. However, not every combination is included; for a combination to be included it has to meet a number of criteria which includes the total number of results for that combination. If the number is below a certain threshold the combination isn't included.

Which leads me to something surprising; I was hoping to include Apple's latest Mac Pro update, the single-processor Mac Pro @ 3.33GHz, but there are only two results for it in the Geekbench Browser. I was expecting more results for this particular model.

There are, however, a large number of dual-processor Mac Pros @ 3.33GHz in the Geekbench Browser even though Apple doesn't offer this configuration for sale. Apparently adding a second processor (or replacing both processors) in a Mac Pro is a popular upgrade. It's a powerful upgrade, too, as one of these upgraded Mac Pros currently has the sixth highest score in the Geekbench Browser.

John Poole is the founder of Primate Labs and lives in Toronto, Ontario with his wife Deborah. You can find John on Twitter or .