1. Computers
  2. Display Drivers
  3. Graphics Cards
  4. Memory
  5. Motherboards
  6. Processors
  7. Software
  8. Storage
  9. Operating Systems


Facebook RSS Twitter Twitter Google Plus


Phoronix Test Suite

OpenBenchmarking.org

OS X 10.9 Mavericks Benchmarks On The 2012 Retina MBP

Hardware

Published on 18 November 2013 12:52 AM EST
Written by Michael Larabel in Hardware
2 Comments

For those curious how the performance is impacted for the 2012 "Ivy Bridge" Retina MacBook Pro when upgrading to OS X 10.9 Mavericks, here's some fresh open-source benchmarks comparing the 10.8.5 and 10.9.0 releases for this Core i7 laptop with Intel HD 4000 and NVIDIA GeForce graphics.

For those interested in the performance of OS X Mavericks, I had delivered some OS X 10.9 benchmarks last month from the (Haswell-based) 2013 MacBook Air. However, this weekend on my main system (the 2012 Retina MacBook Pro connected to an Apple Thunderbolt Display running OS X and then Ubuntu Linux virtuaalized atop via VMware) I finally upgraded from 10.8.5 to 10.9.0. For those Apple/Linux users curious about the performance impact for this older but faster hardware than the MacBook Air, I did some before and after benchmarks.

The tests done from this Core i7 laptop with 8GB of RAM and 250GB SSD with Intel HD 4000 graphics and NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M graphics can be found on OpenBenchmarking.org via 1311183-SO-OSX109MAV08. OS X 10.8.5 vs. OS X 10.9.0 was compared while running XCode 5 and all the other same components throughout.

Before getting to the results, for those that didn't read before why I use this as my main system, at the time of purchasing the Retina MacBook Pro there wasn't a better system available in terms of its display, battery life, and form factor / weight, and excellent build quality. As far as why OS X is used and then Ubuntu virtualized, I've found it to offer better battery life than running Ubuntu bare metal on the device. There's also Thunderbolt display problems with Linux directly at last check. It's also convenient running my main system in a VMware virtual machine for backup purposes.


There's some OpenGL performance improvements to find out of this system when running OS X Mavericks.



But there also appears to be some other OpenGL workloads where the performance is unchanged or has regressed.


With both releases using XCode 5.0, the CPU tests aren't hugely interesting since there's no compiler differences and it doesn't appear there was much performance impact by the kernel changes with Mavericks for these selected workloads.


See the rest at OpenBenchmarking.org. Install the Phoronix Test Suite and run phoronix-test-suite benchmark 1311183-SO-OSX109MAV08 to see how your OS X / Linux system compares to these Core i7 Mac results.

About The Author
Michael Larabel is the principal author of Phoronix.com and founded the web-site in 2004 with a focus on enriching the Linux hardware experience and being the largest web-site devoted to Linux hardware reviews, particularly for products relevant to Linux gamers and enthusiasts but also commonly reviewing servers/workstations and embedded Linux devices. Michael has written more than 10,000 articles covering the state of Linux hardware support, Linux performance, graphics hardware drivers, and other topics. Michael is also the lead developer of the Phoronix Test Suite, Phoromatic, and OpenBenchmarking.org automated testing software. He can be followed via and or contacted via .
Latest Linux Hardware Reviews
  1. Even With Re-Clocking, Nouveau Remains Behind NVIDIA's Proprietary Linux Driver
  2. The Power Consumption & Efficiency Of Open-Source GPU Drivers
  3. AMD R600g/RadeonSI Performance On Linux 3.16 With Mesa 10.3-devel
  4. Intel Pentium G3258 On Linux
Latest Linux Articles
  1. Updated Source Engine Benchmarks On The Latest AMD/NVIDIA Linux Drivers
  2. Nouveau vs. Radeon vs. Intel Tests On Linux 3.16, Mesa 10.3-devel
  3. KVM Benchmarks On Ubuntu 14.10
  4. X.Org Server 1.16 Officially Released With Terrific Features
Latest Linux News
  1. OpenSUSE Factory Turns Into Rolling Release Distribution
  2. "The World's Most Highly-Assured OS" Kernel Open-Sourced
  3. NVIDIA Is Working Towards VDPAU H.265/HEVC Support
  4. Hawaii Bug-Fixes Start Hitting Mainline RadeonSI Gallium3D
  5. The FFmpeg vs. Libav War Continues In Debian Land
  6. Grand Theft Auto Running On Direct3D Natively On Linux Shows Gallium3D Potential
  7. GCC As A Just-In Time Compiler Is An Interesting Project
  8. Age Of Wonders III Is Still Being Ported To Linux
  9. Git 2.1 To Further Mainline Windows Support Patches
  10. Debian 8.0 Jessie Is Settling For Linux 3.16
Latest Forum Discussions
  1. Updated and Optimized Ubuntu Free Graphics Drivers
  2. Debian + radeonsi
  3. Open-source drivers on ATI R7 260X
  4. List of Linux friendly Kickstarter projects
  5. Linus Torvalds On GCC 4.9: Pure & Utter Crap
  6. Porting Mesa to the Playstation 2
  7. ASRock AM1H-ITX: One Of The Best AM1 Mini-ITX Motherboards
  8. Table test