The MacBooks Pro with Touch Bar were released by Apple in October 2016. But it didn’t take long for her to update the line, no. And the reason for that was clear: when it launched the machine, the offer of processors “Kaby Lake” (Intel’s seventh generation of Core chips) was still not that big to the point that Apple was able to equip its machines with them.
This week, as we have already commented, MacBooks Pro with Touch Bar, MacBooks and iMacs are now properly updated with Intel’s “new” processors. And before we get into the details of the performance gains in the “professional” line of Apple notebooks, it is good to detail exactly what has changed.
The 13-inch MacBook Pro now comes with Core i7 processors up to 3.5GHz with Turbo Boost up to 4.0GHz, while the 15-inch brings a 3.1GHz Core i7 processor with Turbo Boost up to 4.1GHz. For comparison, the previous generation had Core i7 processors – previous generation, “Skylake” – up to 3.6 GHz (13 ″ model) and 3.8 GHz (15 ″ model).
In addition, the 15 ″ models now come with AMD Radeon Pro 555 (2GB memory) and 560 (4GB memory) GPUs – models launched last October came with the Radeon Pro 450 (2GB), 455 (2GB) or 460 (4GB).
Everything duly explained, let’s get down to business. Taking an average of the cataloged values thanks to the Geekbench 4 tool, we have the following performance (an average, since the values vary reasonably from machine to machine) for the 15 ″ MacBook Pro with the 2.9 GHz processor: 4,632 at the single-core 15,747 at the multi-core.
This 2.9GHz chip is available on the top-of-the-line 15 ″ MacBook Pro (when you don’t do any customization). Comparatively, then, we have to get the top-of-the-line MBP until last week (also without customization), equipped with a 2.7GHz Core i7 processor, which presents the following results (also an average based on thousands of tests ): 4,098 in the single-core and 13,155 in the multi-core.
It is worth noting that the Geekbench 4 tool measures the performance of the machine’s CPU, specifically, without taking into account other aspects such as RAM, GPU, SSD, etc. Well, comparatively, then, we have a performance 13% better at single-core and 20% better at multi-core.
Although we are only comparing a single MBP model with the previous generation, this gives us a good basis for what to expect in the other models (both 15 ″ and 13 ″). Now, let’s wait for some results from the MacBook and iMac to paint in the Geekbench database to also see how the improvements on these machines went.
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