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13-Inch MacBook Pro Benchmarks: $1,799 Model Up to 16.5% Faster Than $1,299 Model

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Geekbench results have surfaced for the new 13-inch MacBook Pro, providing us with our first look at year-over-year performance improvements.

Priced at $1,299, the base model 13-inch MacBook Pro remains powered by the same 1.4GHz quad-core 8th-generation Core i5 processor as the previous generation, with average single-core and multi-score scores of 927 and 3,822 respectively.


By comparison, the $1,799 configuration of the 13-inch MacBook Pro is equipped with a 2.0GHz quad-core 10th-generation Core i5 processor, with average single-core and multi-core scores of 1,236 and 4,455 respectively. Accordingly, the $1,799 configuration is up to 16.5 percent faster than the $1,299 base model.

The new $1,799 model is also up to 14 percent faster than the 2.4GHz quad-core 8th-generation Core i5 configuration that it replaced.

Not enough benchmark results have surfaced for the highest-end 13-inch MacBook Pro with a 2.3GHz quad-core 10th-generation Core i7 processor to provide an accurate comparison for that model. Apple states that customers who are upgrading from an older 13-inch MacBook Pro with a dual-core processor will see up to 2.8 times faster performance.

Apple unveiled its updated 13-inch MacBook Pro lineup earlier this week. Key features include the same Magic Keyboard as the 16-inch MacBook Pro, up to 80 percent faster Intel graphics than the previous generation, up to 32GB of RAM, up to 4TB of SSD storage, and more. The new 13-inch MacBook Pro is available to order on Apple.com.

Article Link: 13-Inch MacBook Pro Benchmarks: $1,799 Model Up to 16.5% Faster Than $1,299 Model
 
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jcswim312

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The new MacBook Pro looks amazing! I’m happy to see that Apple continues to come out with new laptops on a yearly basis!

I currently don’t have a laptop - I do all my photo editing on my iMac so I’m planning on getting the new 13” MacBook Pro this summer so that I can edit while I travel etc.
 
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vyruzreaper

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I’m under the impression we’re seeing Apple’s Plan B here. Did something go wrong with the rumored new form factor? Just an impression though.
New reports point to the mLED verisons getting pushed to 2021.

Also, ARM based models are being rumored for Q420 or 1H21.

Both blame supply chain constraints. I bet some financial models based on economic demand were taken into consideration too
 
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illutionz

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16.5 percent faster... my humble opinion is that it’s not worth the $ 500 difference.

The graphics difference is a lot bigger. G7 Iris Plus graphics has 30% more cores vs the 8257U in the base model (64EU vs 48EU). Not to mention you get 2 more TB ports, dual fans cooler, and better sustained performance since the 1038NG7 used in the $1799 model is 28W parts vs 15W 8257U used in the base 13" model.

That said, this also highlights how POOR of a value the 2019 4x TB model and why Apple really wants to quickly move the 4x TB model up to the 10th gen to gain more performance vs the baseline model
 
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vyruzreaper

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Basically upgrading to the lower end is for magic keyboard only.

Lower end MBP (8th gen) scores WORSE on single core performance than the 2020 MBA i5. Also, the lower end MBP has an older and much slower GPU. I'm really confused who the 8th gen intel 2020 base MBP is built for?
 
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MakeAppleAwesomeAgain

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I mainly use my 27" iMac (maxed-out 2017 model) and pre-corona I used my MBA 13" from 2013 maybe one or two days a week. I've been longing to upgrade for years as the notebook is getting slower and slower and the battery is laughable nowadays... but I really didn't want to buy a butterfly keyboard!

Anyway, I was so happy when Apple announced the 2020 MBA, I almost bought the i5 model but I decided to wait for the 2020 MBP 13" because of the thermal issues. So here I am, I've waited for years (literally), my wallet is ready, but I have no idea what to buy. Their line-up is so confusing I even thought about buying the 16" though I would hate the size and weight. I only use the notebook outside of the house but the value is much better than the 13".

Buying the MBA 2020? Nope, thermal issues.
Buying the 8th gen. MBP 2020? Not gonna spend money on three years old tech.
Buying the 9th gen. MBP 16"? Too big but great value
Buying the 10th gen. MBP 2020? Yep but it's € 2129 in Europe. Holy!

Of course I decided to go for the 10th gen. MBP 2020. I think I will keep for 1-2 years and then upgrade to the new 14" or ARM Macbook or whatever is new by then. Still deciding wether to go for 16/32GB and 512GB/1TB. 16/512 will be fine but would spending money now (32/1TB) help me get a better resale value?
 
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dmylrea

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Amazing performance for $1800? 10th-gen i5 CPU's are in practically every sub-$1000 (and down to $550) laptop today.
Too bad it isn't standard in the $1300 model.
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Lower end MBP (8th gen) scores WORSE on single core performance than the 2020 MBA i5. Also, the lower end MBP has an older and much slower GPU. I'm really confused who the 8th gen intel 2020 base MBP is built for?
Suckers, maybe?
 
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Falhófnir

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The bigger difference will be in graphics performance, that should be more like a solid 80% improvement.
 
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Naaaaak

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I want more detailed graphics benchmarks.

> up to 80 percent faster Intel graphics

"up to". Apple cherry-picked one game. With gaming on Apple hardware, that game could have gone from 10 fps on last-gen to 18 fps on current-gen. From unplayable to unplayable, but the marketing claim holds. Apple marketing cited none of the underlying data.

Keep in mind Apple's other cases showed less than 80% improvement.
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Up to 16.5% faster = imperceptible

That 16% (and then some) will be lost to a required Intel security fix in a few years.
 
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The graphics difference is a lot bigger. G7 Iris Plus graphics has 30% more cores vs the 8257U in the base model (64EU vs 48EU). Not to mention you get 2 more TB ports, dual fans cooler, and better sustained performance since the 1038NG7 used in the $1799 model is 28W parts vs 15W 8257U used in the base 13" model.

That said, this also highlights how POOR of a value the 2019 4x TB model and why Apple really wants to quickly move the 4x TB model up to the 10th gen to gain more performance vs the baseline model

Thank you for all this information.
 
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