Those days are mostly gone, but sometimes we really want to know how fast our Mac is (or, is not). Apple seems to throttle most typical Mac screen actions so it’s not always easy to tell if one Mac is truly faster than another without some kind of test or benchmark.
If only there were a Mac app that would run a set of benchmarks.
Geekbench Is Not Just For Geeks
Apple’s new MacBook Pro with Retina display supposedly is a honker, a screaming fast lap of pixels that move at the speed of light.
It’s got the latest graphics chips, the latest Intel chips, and speedy Thunderbolt connectors.
But is this new MacBook Pro fast? If so, how does it compare to other Macs of the past, or even the other new Macs?
Apple doesn’t provide too many bar charts or graphs with new models unless it’s significantly faster than previous models.
The folks at OS X Daily grabbed the new MacBook Pro with Retina display and let it run wild with Geekbench, a Mac app that measures performance on a variety of criteria.
The result? The most expensive Mac notebook isn’t all that fast (compared to other MacBook Pro models).
How does your Mac really compare to the latest and greatest Macs? Geekbench is the Mac app that can give you an idea and a comparison of performance.
Geekbench measures processor and memory performance for a variety of devices, including Macs, Windows PCs, even Android and iPhone.
First, Geekbench lists system information about your Mac, then runs through a series of tests, including processor integer performance, floating point performance, memory performance, and memory bandwidth.
The Geekbench score allows you to compare your Mac’s performance with other Macs. The app tests all the cores in your Mac’s CPU, whether 32-bit or 64-bit.
All it takes is a click to get Geekbench to run. Wait a minute or two, and it spits out the results.
You can share your results with others online. Nice, right? Almost. What’s missing?
Geekbench doesn’t check two critical components of your Mac which are important measures of performance. Disk drive or SSD speed. And graphics. All Geekbench is really testing is the Mac’s RAM and Intel’s CPU.
Like most of us, I love anything that does standard comparisons, but Geekbench is missing two important aspects of every Mac. How much faster is a more expensive graphics chip with more RAM? How much faster is a solid state drive (SSD) than a typical spinning hard disk drive.
Inquiring minds want to know. Geekbench won’t say.