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i5 / i7 MBP / Logic Pro benchmark test

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djanthonyw Level 1 Level 1 (15 points)
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May 1, 2010 12:24 AM
So I have been thinking about consolidating both my Mac Pro and MacBook Pro into one newer MBP i5 or i7. I stumbled on a benchmark test and ran it on both my Mac Pro and MBP.

http://www.evan.se/logicprobenchmark/EvanLogicBenchmark.zip

My MacBook Pro is a 2.2 Core 2 Duo (3.1, not unibody) and I was able to play around 18 tracks by dragging the loop point right before the tracks, un-muting all tracks, starting playback and then dragging each track one by one until it can't played anymore.

I did the same thing with my Mac Pro 2 x 2.66 Xeon (first gen). I was able to get about 28 tracks going.

I got to stop in the Apple store for a short while tonight and was really disappointed by the new i5/i7's with this benchmark test. I actually got better results with the i5 than the i7 (really strange). I tried the i5 2.53 and was able to get about 22 tracks going and on the i7 2.66 I was only able to get about 16 tracks going.

Something is definitely wrong because the i7 should definitely be able to do more than the i5. I for sure thought the i7 would at least be able to match my current Mac Pro.

One more thing is that Logic Pro is not loaded on the Macs in the Apple store, only Logic Express is, so Space Designer was not present in the test at the Apple store. This was even more of a let down because when I was running the test on my Macs, Space Designer was obviously running as well.

Other people have gotten similar results in this thread on Gearslutz:

http://www.gearslutz.com/board/music-computers/371545-logic-pro-multicore-benchm arktest.html

Please run this benchmark test and give some feedback on your results, there might be something I'm missing here...
Mac Pro, MacBook Pro, Logic Studio, iPhone, Mac OS X (10.5.8)
  • gshenaut Calculating status...
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    May 1, 2010 12:27 PM (in response to djanthonyw)
    I just tried this very interesting benchmark with my new 17-inch MBP, 2.66 GHz i7, 8 GB ram, solid state disk, Logic Pro 9.1.1.

    Result: 21 tracks. I just unmuted them until it got an error, then re-ran it several times to make sure.
    MacBookPro6,1, Mac OS X (10.6.3)
  • Gordon Grotts Calculating status...
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    May 1, 2010 3:35 PM (in response to djanthonyw)
    26 tracks on my iMac. It overloads at 27.
    2008 iMac 3.06 GHz 4GB ram, 500HD, 320 WD firewire HD, Mac OS X (10.6), 2001 G4 QuickSilver, OS X10.4.11 1.46GHz GigaDesign, 1.5 GB ram, ATI 9600
  • Pancenter Level 5 Level 5 (7,505 points)
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    May 1, 2010 5:24 PM (in response to djanthonyw)
    heh, a whopping 10 tracks on my ancient G5 dual 1.8.

    pancenter-
    Power Mac G5 1.8GHz Dual, 4GB RAM, Mac OS X (10.5.7), RME Audio - MOTU MIDI, Mac (Logic 9.02), Intel/XP-Pro Quad Core PC
  • tom simenauer Calculating status...
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    May 3, 2010 12:07 AM (in response to djanthonyw)
    Got to 8 tracks on my G5 2.1ghz with 4gig of ram

    one day i'll get a faster mac.

    i manage with this now haha.
    imac g5, 2.1ghz, 2.5gig ram, Mac OS X (10.4.9)
  • Mike Connelly Level 4 Level 4 (1,785 points)
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    May 3, 2010 7:54 AM (in response to djanthonyw)
    I get in the 50s on my 8 core mac pro. And that's only using about 400% of the available 1600% of this machine.

    That sounds really low for an i7, I'll have to check mine again when I get home but I remember being pretty satisfied for a four core machine.
    Octo MP/12G ram and Mini duo 1.66, Mac OS X (10.6.2)
  • Helander Calculating status...
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    May 3, 2010 12:47 PM (in response to djanthonyw)
    Hi,
    I got my MBP i7 (8GB, 7200RPM) today with Logic Pro
    so I am kind a new to both of them. But when I clicked on your link I managed to get 84 tracks playing on my MBP. Is that good or bad news for you?

    Mons
    Mac Book Pro i7 (8GB, 7200 RPM), Mac OS X (10.6.3)
  • m_i_k_e Calculating status...
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    May 3, 2010 2:05 PM (in response to Helander)
    Hi Helander,

    Sorry if this sounds like a dumb question but are you unmuting (press M on a selected channel)? That sounds very high! I'm looking to replace a 3 yr old MBP 2.4 core 2 duo and can 14 tracks.

    Cheers,

    Mike

    PS. did you get a 15 or 17? Matt or gloss screen?
    G5 1.8DP + Macbook Pro
  • Mike Connelly Level 4 Level 4 (1,785 points)
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    May 3, 2010 2:11 PM (in response to djanthonyw)
    Yeah, that doesn't sound right, even with hyperthreading it's not likely a dual core laptop would be able to beat 8 core machines.
    Octo MP/12G ram and Mini duo 1.66, Mac OS X (10.6.2)
  • Helander Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    May 3, 2010 2:19 PM (in response to m_i_k_e)
    I got the 15.4" anti-glare. (but I wish I could get it as 13")
    The glossy one ***** if you wanna know my opinion.
    Too many reflections if you work with images or pictures.
    And you can't calibrate it with a color meter.

    OK try to do your benchmark test again...
    Mac Book Pro i7 (8GB, 7200 RPM), Mac OS X (10.6.3)
  • Helander Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    May 3, 2010 2:24 PM (in response to djanthonyw)
    OK

    Sorry for not understanding what to do the first time.
    But now I have an result and it is:

    21 track!
    It overloads att 22 tracks.
    Mac Book Pro i7 (8GB, 7200 RPM), Mac OS X (10.6.3)
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