The problem is that benchmarks don’t really work in the world in which we actually work. You know, the real world. Benchmarks measure specific functions as numbers– CPU speed, graphic speed, storage access speed, etc. For most of us, that’s worthless. Here’s why.
Forget CPU And GPU
A man walking into a hardware store looking for a drill doesn’t really want a drill. He wants a hole. The drill merely gets him to the obvious objective. A hole.
Likewise, a CPU or GPU, though important to our personal computing, isn’t what we worry about much.
What we want are apps to open quickly, and to perform their tasks quickly and without waiting.
Benchmarks don’t measure our apps or how we use them. The measure merely the performance of the hardware (and some related software functionality).
I bring this up because my dear-but-not-yet-departed husband decided he needed a new MacBook Pro with Retina display to replace the one he bought just over a year go.
It’s not that we can’t afford it. We can. But the performance difference between this new model and last year’s model is nominal at best. It’s new. It’s faster. But who would notice?
Primate Labs has the latest MacBook Pro Geekbench results. It’s not a pretty picture.
As expected, single core and multi-core benchmarks are higher than last year’s model, which was higher than previous models. But, so what? Do the Microsoft Office apps on OS X Mavericks run sufficiently faster to notice? No. Do the Adobe Creative Suite apps run sufficiently faster to even notice? Again, no.
If you want to notice a real world difference in how apps behave on a Mac, just make sure your Mac runs a solid state storage device (SSD), which all MacBook Air models, and most MacBook Pro models already do.
Geeky Mac users love to compare performance notes, and, yes, faster is better, but it’s mostly just faster because it’s difficult to tell any real world, average user difference between this year’s model and last year’s model.
Benchmarks that don’t accurately measure real world usage results just don’t matter much to the most Mac user users so why bother?