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Geekbench 2.3: Adds Ivy Bridge support, removes PPC

11 April 2012 939 views No Comment

Time wounds all heels and deprecates all technology. In this latest release of the go to Mac, Windows and Linux benchmarking app, the lads have added IvyBridge processor compatibility and improved support for the 17-inch MacBook Pro (2009), while pitching PowerPC.

Primate Labs has announced the release of Geekbench 2.3 (blog), which occasions a little sadness at the loss of an old friend.

“Removing support for PowerPC Macs was a difficult decision. While most users have migrated to Intel Macs, there’s still a small but vibrant community on PowerPC Macs,” says Primate Labs. “However with Apple’s decision to discontinue PowerPC support in both its operating system and its developer tools, and the increasing scarcity of PowerPC hardware, it’s becoming harder and harder to support PowerPC Macs.”

• Removed support for PowerPC-based Macs
• Removed offline result management from tryout mode
• Added portable installs for Pro licenses
• Added support for Ivy Bridge processors
• Improved support for MacBook Pro (17-inch Mid 2009)
• Improved “internal timer error” diagnostic message

Naturally, older versions of Geekbench still support PowerPC. So, should you feel the need, nostalgic or otherwise, to put a PowerBook or eMac through it paces, that can still be done.

And, yup, Ivy Bridge is Intel’s next-gen processor and chipset tech, and it’s already supported by Geekbench — can we expect Mac updates, a whole bunch, sometime soon? I guessing yes.

A functionally limited demo can be downloaded here and, when you’re ready to buy, get Geekbench on the Mac App Store ($12.99).

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