13" MBPtb 2018 vs 2019 - What are the actual processor differences?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by benobi, May 24, 2019.

  1. benobi macrumors newbie

    Dec 4, 2016
    While the 15" MBP update for 2019 has been well detailed (9th gen, more cores), I am having a lot of difficulty at this time finding any concrete information on how the processor of the 13" MBP has changed outside of a small Mhz bump. I believe it is still using 8th gen i5 and i7 processors (which were in the 2018 models). Is there something new in the Intel architecture for 2019? Anybody have any insight on this?
  2. leman macrumors G3

    Oct 14, 2008
    It uses some new Coffee Lake SKUs, one of them is i7-8259U (just appeared on Intel we sure), the other one I could’t locate. At any rate, it’s just the last years chips with a frequency bump and potentially some minor process improvements.
  3. Dave245 macrumors 604


    Sep 15, 2013
    I think the biggest difference is with the 15” the 13” doesn’t to have had much of an update. Does anyone have benchmarks for the 13”? The i7 when compared to the i5 does not seem worth it at all.
  4. zmon macrumors regular


    Oct 10, 2013
    Intel's ARK has been updated with the new cpus. New i5 in the 13 is the 8279u and the i7 is the 8569u. Here's the comparison between the 8259u and the 8279u: https://ark.intel.com/content/www/us/en/ark/compare.html?productIds=135935,191070

    tl;dr: 100mhz (2.4) base over 8259u (2.3), 300mhz boost clock (4.1) over 8259u (3.8). The Iris 655 also has a 1.15 max frequency vs the 1.05 in the 8259u's 655. Nothing much changed. RAM is still the same, I'm pretty sure SSD/WIFI are the same, so really no reason to buy the 2019 if you spot a good deal on a 2018. AFAIK, if you bring in your 2018 for keyboard issues, they'll replace it with the 2019s as well, soooo.... Just assume wait for the 2020 redesign, unless you need a laptop now, and as I mentioned already, if you spot a good deal on a 2018, just assume grab that since there's really not much of a performance difference and they'll be getting blowout prices too.

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