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New 16 ″ MacBook Pro has the same processing power as the "old" model

The new 16-inch MacBook Pro are between us. In addition to a slightly larger screen, it features some new features such as a new keyboard mechanism, thicker graphics cards, among other things. As always happens, they have already painted for a few benchmarks of the new machines in the repository Geekbench.

It is always worth remembering that this type of assessment focuses on processor performance, without regard to other aspects / components. Still, it's still good to know how CPU power is, isn't it?

In one test (using the 2.3GHz eight-core Core i9 9-generation processor, which comes in the flagship model), the MacBook Pro scored a single-core in 1,134 and multi-core in 6,820.

Last May, when you last updated your 15-inch MacBook Pro, the benchmark (also with an eight core 2.3GHz Core i9 processor) had a single core 5,879while the multi-core 29,184.

You might be thinking, what do you mean? The model that was discontinued was (much) better ?! No. I explain.

The test methodology has changed. In Geekbench 4, they used a Microsoft Surface Book with an Intel Core i7-6600U processor and 4,000 score as a base; on Geekbench 5, they now use a Dell Precision 3430 with a Core i3-8100 processor and a score of 1,000 as a reference. Thus, it is normal to see the scores now being 75-80% lower.

Taking a current MacBook Pro result of 15 ″, we have the following scores: 1,130 (single-core) and 6,689 (multi-core). That is, ignoring small oscillations that are completely normal, we are talking about the same performance with respect to the processor (even because it remains the same). The big difference of 16 ″ MBP is in other factors, such as new GPU options, up to 64GB of RAM and up to 8TB of storage space.

It's worth noting that, according to Apple, the new computer's advanced temperature control architecture allows the processor to deliver superior performance for longer periods. In other words, you can use and abuse the processing power of the machine so that it can keep the temperature under control, so that the CPU can work at its full potential longer. The question is whether Apple really delivers on this promise. 😉