Core I7 MacOSX benchmarks.

Some anonymous source suplied me with core i7 benchmarks on MacOSX

CPU is i7 920 with ddr3-1066 memory, cpux misidentified freq and multiplier for it, actualy it’s 2.66ghz and mutliplier is 20

cpux screenshot with i7

now the benchmarks itself, they are very impressive, looks like ddr3 tri-channel memory helps it a lot.


geekbench1 test

quad core penryn at 3.2ghz getting 421.5 points in same test, with ddr2-800 memory.

geekbench1 rosetta

gb rosetta i7

quad core penryn at 3.2 ghz getting 307.5 points in same test, with ddr2-800 memory.

xbench(no hdd test included):

xbench i7 results

same test with 3.2ghz c2q

P.S. voodoo 10.5.5 kernel was used


  1. Fujilives
    December 16th, 2008 | 6:48 pm

    Images not loading ;(

  2. Fujilives
    December 16th, 2008 | 6:49 pm

    nevermind, looks like an @work firewall issue ;(

  3. Charlie
    December 16th, 2008 | 10:33 pm

    Hey Netkas,
    any idea how long it will be before people can use vanilla kernel’s with core i7?


  4. alex
    December 17th, 2008 | 7:46 pm

    That’s somewhat disappointing… I get 244 on CPU Test and 413 Threaded Test with a Core2Duo@3.6GHz ๐Ÿ™ Is xbench too old for Core i7?

  5. m82a1
    December 17th, 2008 | 8:08 pm

    penryn – for laptops
    nehalem – core i7 ๐Ÿ™‚
    many people make this mistake

  6. nfinity
    December 18th, 2008 | 1:24 am

    hmm. pretty weak…

    Iยดm running 10.5.5 on Q9300 (2.5Ghz OC to 3.33Ghz)
    with 4096MB Corsir XMS2..

    had 330pts total (all tests excluding disk)

    cpu > 224
    thread > 682

    cheers fellas

  7. December 18th, 2008 | 3:42 pm

    I am wondering what is the motherboard that was used with the Core i7? Any idea? I was thinking of putting together a box with that and was debating what motherboard to buy? Anyone would know?

  8. netkas
    December 19th, 2008 | 7:39 pm

    it was GA-x58-DS4, but it has problems with twice reboot with leopard. i wouldnt recoment it for now

  9. Andreas
    December 20th, 2008 | 7:56 am

    I think, because of Xbench is really old (compiled as 10.4 time/ > 3 years old code !!!) it may not get good values.
    Geekbench is much modern (compiled NOW!) and perhaps shows real i7 performance ?!

  10. Duh
    December 31st, 2008 | 12:10 am

    Just FYI to everyone looking at these. Xbench SUCKS! It’s by far the worst benching tool out there, totally useless and not consistent at all. I would only pay attention the the geekbench scores which sure enough show a real difference. Didn’t mean to sound hostile but just wanted to get the point across. Thanks for posting these!

  11. Jason
    January 9th, 2009 | 9:19 pm

    I have a buddy of mine that is going to try to install os x on his new i7 monster. Does os x already have support for the i7 or will updates be downloaded to work with it?

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