updated 07:10 am EDT, Mon May 14, 2012
Ivy Bridge MacBook Pro and iMac benchmarks surface
Purported MacBook Pro and iMac benchmarks have surfaced on Geekbench showing the Macs running Intel's next-gen Ivy Bridge processors. Giving a further hint that the specs are indeed for two of Apple's latest Macs, the MacBook Pro carries the model designation 9,1, while the 27-inch iMac carries the designation 13,2. Interestingly, Best Buy has also marked down its whole Mac range in a further sign that Apple's Mac line refresh is impending.
As expected, the Ivy Bridge processors bring up to a 17 percent performance improvement. The MacBook Pro model tested was fitted with a 3rd-gen Core i7-3820QM quad-core chip clocked at 2.7GHz and which scored 12252 on the Geekbench test. Against a similarly specified current 2nd-gen Core i7 MacBook Pro, this shows a 17 percent performance boost.
The iMac tested was also running a 3rd-generation Core i7 quad-core processor, although a desktop-class processor. Correspondingly, it was clocked at a much higher 3.4GHz, but only scored 12183 as it was matched with just 4GB of RAM. This put it slightly past a current Sandy Bridge iMac-equivalent with a 9 percent performance gain. [via Cult of Mac]