Apple's 2018 MacBook Pro brings biggest yearly gain in performance: Geekbench

Apple refreshed MacBook Pro last week with up to 6-core Intel core processor and DDR4 memory.

  • Published: July 16, 2018 3:09 PM IST
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Apple updated its MacBook Pro with updated 8th generation Intel Core processors and third-generation Butterfly keyboard last week. The new MacBook Pro can be configured with up to 6-core Core i9 processor, 32GB of RAM and 4TB of solid-state storage, making it the most powerful laptop yet from the Cupertino-based company.

Now, Geekbench founder John Poole notes the 2018 MacBook Pro models feature the biggest yearly CPU performance gain since 2011. The 15-inch MacBook Pro shows a single-core performance gain of 12 to 15 percent on Geekbench while the multi-core performance is up by 39 to 46 percent in comparison to last year’s models. The new 15-inch Macbook Pro equipped with 6-core Intel Core i9 clocked at 2.9GHz and turbo boost up to 4.8GHz recorded a multi-core score of 22,439.

The performance of this model is 44.3 percent higher when compared to highest spec 2017 MacBook Pro with quad-core Core i7 clocked at 3.1GHz and turbo boost up to 4.1GHz. For the latest 13-inch models, Geekbench says the single-core performance is up by 3 to 11 percent while the multi-core performance is higher by an impressive 81 to 86 percent when compared to equivalent 2017 models.

The new 13-inch MacBook Pro when configured with 2.7GHz quad-core Core i7 with turbo boost up to 4.5GHz, the laptop scored 17,557 in multi-core test. This is 83.8 percent higher than the 2017 model with then best configuration of 3.5GHz dual-core Core i7 and turbo boost up to 4.0GHz. Poole says this significant gain in performance is due to additional processor cores, higher clock frequency and turbo boost frequencies and the switch to DDR4 memory.

Apple has refreshed both the 13-inch and 15-inch MacBook Pro models with Touch Bar. The new models feature the updated 8th generation Intel Core processors with up to 6-core processors on the 15-inch model and up to four core processors on the 13-inch model. The refresh marks the first increase in number of cores since 2011 when the first quad-core 15-inch MacBook Pro models were released.

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Poole also observes that the new 13-inch MacBook Pro models with Touch Bar are now competitive with 15-inch models from 2017. The new models have been found competitive in both single-core and multi-core performance, which essentially means that professional users can simply pick new 13-inch model in place of 15-inch model.

These Geekbench scores are preliminary and are likely to rise over the coming weeks when Apple rolls out macOS updates catering to these new models. Apple claims the new 15-inch models are up to 70 percent faster while the 13-inch models are said to two times faster.

  • Published Date: July 16, 2018 3:09 PM IST