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I need to run some sort of performance benchmark to measure how slow my MacBook Pro is (and why)—a 15" MacBook Pro (late 2008) with a 2.4 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor, 4 GB of DDR3 memory, and running Mac OS X Lion 10.7.4 very, very slowly. Most of the tasks I perform (e.g. deleting a file or folder, typing letters, switching desktops, etc) can take more than an unacceptable 10-30s response time. I also have a second, 22" monitor.

Is there any way to measure a MacBook Pro's response time? Is there any free software I could use to run a performance benchmark and understand why it is so slow? I'm running the built-in Activity Monitor, but I have no idea how to diagnose the issue(s).

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still using HHD instead of an SSD this days? –  balexandre Sep 12 '12 at 9:35
    
A benchmark would typically only determine how fast/slow your computer is running compared to other specifications, not (help) determine what's actually wrong. –  Gerry Sep 13 '12 at 13:48
    
I would redirect this inquiry to Apple's Support Communities. Run etresoft.com/etrecheck, include it in your enquiry, and ask the question "Why is my computer running slowly?" rather than seeking benchmark comparisons. –  njboot May 17 at 3:10
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Run http://www.primatelabs.com/geekbench/

I would guess your HDD is the problem

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Thanks @Dukeatcoding, I just got this benchmark report browser.primatelabs.com/geekbench2/1021668. Any ideas on how to read this? –  João Ramos Sep 12 '12 at 9:46
    
browser.primatelabs.com/mac-benchmarks look for a comparabel configuration. Steam should be the KPI you should look out for. All in all you really have not a good result here ;) –  Dukeatcoding Sep 12 '12 at 9:59
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