huge difference if I am connected in Wifi or Ethernet on iMac

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François Guillemé

02 Dec, 2012 01:40 PM

Hello Inoticed a big differences in global and individual score between a wifi and internet connection.
I have both ways to connect to my router on my iMac 27'' mid 2011.
I was very worried as I was getting low scores (from 7000 to 8000) compared to most others same generation iMac (11500). Actually I got this score with the same machine a few months ago. I was making no sense as it was very reproducible. It was like it was depending on the time. Not very useful numbers...
Suddenly I thought about the kind of connection. I am using an ethernet connection to setup a vpn to my company. It is the same but with an intermediate router.
Well, with this intermediary router (no vpn ), the scores jumped to 11500 which is comparable with other scores. It should not have any influence but it obviously has. So it seems better not to use wifi when you are using geek bench...
Hope it helps somehow!

  1. 1 Posted by François Guille... on 04 Dec, 2012 08:51 AM

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    It seems to be related to connectivity.
    If the ethernet router is plugged in but not powered it is fine in wifi. But if I switch it on scores are going from 11500 down to 7500...

  2. Support Staff 2 Posted by John on 11 Dec, 2012 08:26 AM

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    François -

    Interesting! I haven't heard of situations where Geekbench scores are higher when using Ethernet instead of Wifi. I only ever use Geekbench when connected to Wifi and my MacBook Pro score is close to the average score. Maybe it's a weird interaction with your VPN software? Does the VPN software use a lot of CPU time? You can check whether this is the case with the Activity Monitor application.


  3. 3 Posted by F Guillemé on 11 Dec, 2012 09:04 AM

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    Yep it is very weird.
    The vpn is running on the router so it cannot be an issue as the score is lower only when it doesn't go through this router.
    Actually if you look at the map on your site for this very model with same frequency you notice huge differences between scores. Sometimes it is because a mackintosh is benchmarked but mot of the time it is a stock iMac. They should score about the same but there are models scoring 6K whereas mine is score twice this score.

  4. John closed this discussion on 20 Feb, 2013 01:35 AM.

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