Ivy Bridge-based MacBook Pro and iMac Benchmarked

We recent reviewed the performance of the Intel 's Core i7-3720QM and saw the benefits of Ivy Bridge's architecture in the mobile platform. Today, we are seeing the performance of the i7-3820QM in two unreleased Apple products, the MacBook Pro and iMac.

Based on the benchmark screenshot from Geekbench's database, the new MacBook Pro is listed with an Ivy Bridge-based i7-3820QM running @ 2.7 GHz. The move to the i7-3820QM makes sense since the current MacBook Pro runs the Core i7-2860QM processor. The i7-3820QM should be available with Apple's high-end 15-inch and 17-inch MacBook Pro Models. To compare the performance against the current offering, the i7-2860QM scored a 10,500 compared to the 12,252 seen in the unreleased Ivy Bridge MacBook Pro. 

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The new iMac is listed as running an Ivy Bridge based i7-3770 @ 3.4 GHz. The model looks to be a new 27-inch iMac model, which is Apple's high-end option. To compare the performance against the current offering, the i7-2600M scored a 11,500 compared to the 12,183 seen in the unreleased Ivy Bridge iMac.   

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Unreleased Apple product benchmarks have shown up early in Geekbench's database before, so it is possible that these results represent genuine machines set to release in the near future.

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  • jackbling
    nebunquality hardware has it's price...stop being cheap....i could care less for apple software, but they do a really good job when it comes to their hardware development

    You realize that most of what they "develop" is the chassis, and in some cases, board layout(I like the monobody lt chassis), they are using the same components as every other oem (dell, HP, Gateway, etc), with intel procs. It is assembled by foxconn (again, just like many other oems).

    "You get what you pay for" doesnt apply to a company turning this much profit, and wanting value out of the items you purchase does not make you cheap.

    I have a couple macs for work, and I don't have any real issues, personal or technical, with the systems; but i would never buy one for personal use. Sager gets my vote for laptops.
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  • eddieroolz
    I don't see why this would be any different than other Ivy-Bridge based OEM machines.
  • halcyon
    Wow, the iMac's CPU is now faster than my hexa-cored Xeon Mac Pro. (...but at least I can quite simply upgrade the drives in mine). ...and my 2011 15" MacBook Pro, capable as it is, can barely be in the same room as the new Ivy Bridge models I'm sure. Oh...isn't technology fun. :heink:
  • Anonymous
    A 20% bump in performance going to Sandy Bridge on the mobile side. That is a pretty big deal and doesn't even get into the GPU improvements. That is probably going to be a big winner for Apple when you add their support for Thunderbolt.