New Retina MacBook Pro Processor Bumps Offer Minor 3-5% Performance Improvements

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Following last week's introduction of new processors for the Retina MacBook Pro lineup, Primate Labs has analyzed benchmarks coming in from the new machines through the company's popular Geekbench 2 software.

    Unsurprisingly, the benchmarks reveal a roughly 3-5% increase in Geekbench scores for each of the processor bumps. For the 15-inch Retina MacBook Pro lineup, Apple bumped each of the three available processors by 100 MHz, accounting for the minor benchmark improvements.

    For the 13-inch lineup, the 100 MHz speed bumps were limited to machines based on the high-end stock configuration starting at 256 GB of storage, with those machines also seeing a 3-5% improvement in Geekbench scores.
    Aside from the processor improvements for the Retina MacBook Pro lineup, Apple also reduced pricing on the 13-inch models by $200-$300, increased RAM on the high-end 15-inch stock configuration, and reduced pricing on storage options.

    Article Link: New Retina MacBook Pro Processor Bumps Offer Minor 3-5% Performance Improvements
  2. Smartass macrumors 6502a

    Dec 18, 2012
  3. noiseordinance macrumors regular

    Sep 12, 2012
    I'm pretty sure that's what they are currently doing. There hasn't been a single update to the rMBP in over 4 months. I know I will not be buying an Apple laptop / desktop again unless they do a major overhaul in their approach at conducting business.
  4. barkmonster macrumors 68020


    Dec 3, 2001
    But they're a computer company first and a gadget company second, it's just the gadgets are available for far less than a Mac and sell in far higher quantity. They've been offering very slim laptops with decent enough specs for quite some years before the Windows Ultrabook/Google Chromebook systems came out to "try" and compete with them and only beat them on cost.
  5. lunarworks macrumors 6502

    Jun 17, 2003
    Toronto, Canada
    Well, they could have simply not bumped the processors... would that have been better?
  6. Imory macrumors 6502a

    Feb 2, 2013
    Not a single update in over 4 months? Is that considered a long time? Apple has pretty much always released a major overhaul/change once every year, and I don't see why that has to change when it comes to their laptops.
  7. G4DP macrumors 65816

    Mar 28, 2007
    Bo bl***y ho, no update in 4 months try waiting 2 years to buy an updated damn computer.
  8. barkmonster macrumors 68020


    Dec 3, 2001
    Based on what? The opinion of someone who just uses facebook and plays angry birds?

    There's loads of uses for a Macbook that couldn't be done with some tablet toy or lousy netbook/chromebook that's only geared up as a glorified browser/email client. Think on-location video editing, DJs/EDM Producers, people in the design industry who need a decent system and OS to use with robust system-wide colour management and accurate font-rendering or people who simply want the option of not running Windows as their OS of choice and don't want to get all geeky and opt for a compromising nightmare of open source nonsense.
  9. noiseordinance macrumors regular

    Sep 12, 2012
    Let's see... Safari is totally ruined on rMBP (CSS not rendered correctly on half the websites, blank white pages), mouse and keyboard become unresponsive when switching GPU, background resets after every reboot, stuttering audio, etc. Yeah, I guess you're right... I should have to wait a year for these to be fixed, as should countless others who complain about the same exact problems.
  10. noiseordinance macrumors regular

    Sep 12, 2012
    I'm talking about waiting several months for fixes to the plethora of issues plaguing the current generation of rMBP. See, I'm complaining about something that I've already paid for. You're waiting 2 years to buy an updated computer? How about you try getting a job and just buy a new computer that currently exists. That usually works well for people. Or you can just cry about it. Then maybe you can collect all your tears, bring it into the Apple store and see if you can trade them in for a magical new product that doesn't exist.
  11. stycool24 macrumors newbie

    Feb 22, 2013
    I love my rMacbook pro, the screen is amazing, I bought it in the first week it came out. I am a software developer and it is one of the top investments I have ever made. I used HP's and Dell's before and their user experience is nothing compared to this laptop's. But I won't be upgrading it until a much better processor and GPU come out.
  12. alsec macrumors newbie

    Jan 26, 2011
    Los Angeles
    I hope they don't just stick to phones and tablets. Apple's computers are awesome, especially considering the need for bootcamp. Makes my work life a lot easier!
  13. WestonHarvey1 macrumors 68020

    Jan 9, 2007
    Sounds like most people here are confused. Apple does not make the CPU.
  14. JaySoul macrumors 68000


    Jan 30, 2008
  15. Aluminum213 macrumors 68030


    Mar 16, 2012
    Never buy first generation apple hardware, so many flaws with rMBP, even worse with the 13"

    Can't wait to get gen 2 15"retina this fall though :)
  16. Mike MA macrumors 65816

    Mike MA

    Sep 21, 2012
  17. PinoyAko macrumors 6502

    Nov 25, 2012
    My safari will be much more snappier with these performance improvements.
  18. winston1236 macrumors 68000

    Dec 13, 2010
    Apple is a phone tablet company first. Dont even get me started on the mac pro abandonment.
  19. ka-spot macrumors 6502

    May 23, 2012
    Sofia, Bulgaria
  20. centauratlas macrumors 6502a


    Jan 29, 2003
  21. h1r0ll3r macrumors 68040


    Dec 28, 2009
    It's still faster than my 2010 MBP that's for sure.
  22. ctdonath macrumors 65816


    Mar 11, 2009
    ...he says in response to an article starting with "Following last week's introduction of new processors for the Retina MacBook Pro lineup".
  23. gnasher729, Feb 22, 2013
    Last edited by a moderator: Feb 22, 2013

    gnasher729 macrumors G5


    Nov 25, 2005
    You're assuming that just because Apple gets sued for improving its products they couldn't be also sued for not improving their products. By the same people.
  24. barkmonster macrumors 68020


    Dec 3, 2001
    Build to order prices still a joke though.

    I was just looking at the non-retina 15" and think £80 for a higher resolution matte display is fine, £160 for another 300Mhz of CPU and double the GPU RAM is just about bearable but £360 more for another 400Mhz, another 2Mb in CPU cache and double the GPU RAM is excessive. Then you look at the basic storage and RAM and it's even more money grabbing:


    Give back 500Gb 5400rpm HDD -£0.00 (Approximate value £35 for Hitachi Travelstar) + either...

    Option 1: A faster, bigger HDD
    Add 750Gb 7200rpm HDD +£120 (Approximate value £62 for Scorpio Black)

    Option 2: A faster, smaller SSD
    Add 128Gb SSD +£160 (Approximately value £107 for Vertex 4)

    Those drives are worth no more than a token amount more than that in BTO charges. £30 at most.


    Give back 4Gb -£0.00 (Appoximate value £25.19 based on Crucial RAM prices) +

    Add 8Gb +£80 (Approximate value £43.19 based on Crucial RAM prices)

    The increase is worth no more than £20 at most. If user installable RAM was possible, you could get a 16Gb kit for £76.79!!!
  25. TomA macrumors member

    Jun 3, 2003
    For those saying Apple laptops are too expensive, have you seen the specs and pricing on Google's latest offering?

    $1300, for a 13-inch, 3.3 lbs, 32 GB!HD, USB2 laptop.



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