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MacBook Pro i7 CPU Performance and Memory Speed

Last updated 2010-04-20 - Send Feedback
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This page analyzes raw CPU performance.

See the system configuration notes.

MemoryTester — memory bandwidth

See MemoryTester for details on this test.

The memory controller of the Core i7 delivers up to 46% better bandwidth for multi-threaded code! This is a real test with threads(pthreads) in a real C++ program, not theory.

MemoryTester — compute

See MemoryTester for details on this test. The graphs below are for 1/2/3/4 CPU threads on the horizontal axis.

Even though memory itself is the same speed (1066MHz), the memory controller of the Core i7 delivers superior bandwidth.

Cycling

SHA1 hash (CPU task with memory access)

Hyperthreading (3 or 4 threads) delivers a small improvement here, but not much.

MemoryTester compute command

Pure computation with no memory access

Hyperthreading (3 or 4 threads) delivers almost zero improvement.

MemoryTester compute command

Pure memory access: copy and compare memory.

The memory controller of the Core i7 delivers up to 29% better bandwidth with two threads copying and comparing memory.

Hyperthreading (3 or 4 threads) achieves nothing, as expected.

MemoryTester compute command
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