Hey guys, in prior years I have provided some performance information when Apple releases new Macbook Pros. I wanted to put some data together and have a look at what we have seen Apple provide year over year for performance increases, and evaluate where the sweet spot may lie in purchasing one of these new machines. I hope the information is useful. GPU Benchmarks have come from my personal testing, as well as documented findings from Notebook Check. Nvidia GeForce 650M Introduced June 11, 2012 in first Retina Macbook Pro 28nm Process, GK107/ 128 bit 384 Shaders @ 850Mhz 35-40 Watts Firestrike Graphics Score: 1421 Firestrike Total Score: 1329 Cloud gate: 10564 Nvidia GeForce 750M Introduced October 22, 2013 28nm Process, GK107/ 128 bit 384 Shaders @ 967mhz 35-40 Watts Firestrike Graphics Score: 1699 (19.5% Improvement from previous gen) Firestrike Total Score: 1609 (21% Improvement from previous gen) Cloud Gate: 11289 (6.9% Improvement from previous gen) AMD Radeon 370x Introduced May 19, 2015 28nm Process 640 pipelines @800Mhz 35-40 Watts Firestrike Graphics: 2419 (42.4% Improvement from previous gen) Firestrike Total: 2283 (41.9% Improvement from previous gen) Cloud Gate: 15454 (36.9% Improvement from previous gen) AMD Polaris 450 14nm Process 640 shaders @ 800mhz Firestrike Graphics: 3252 (34.4% Improvement from previous gen) Firestrike Total: 3027 (32.6% Improvement from previous gen) AMD Polaris 455 14nm Process 768 shaders @ 850Mhz Firestrike Graphics: 3871 (60% Improvement over previous gen) Firestrike Total: 3545 (55.3% Improvement over previous gen) AMD Polaris 460 14nm Process 1024 shaders @ 900mhz Firestrike Graphics: 4616 (90.8% Improvement from previous gen) Firestrike Total: 4146 (81.6% Improvement from previous gen) Cloud Gate: 27623 (78.7% Improvement from previous gen) Intel i7 4980HQ (2014-2015 high end) Geekbench 4 Single Core:4303 Geekbench 4 Multi Core: 13957 Intel i7 4870HQ (2014-1015 mid tier) Geekbench 4 Single Core: 4036 Geekbench 4 Multi Core: 13268 Intel i7 6700HQ Geekbench 4 Single Core: 3952 Geekbench 4 Multi Core: 12145 Intel i7 6820HQ Geekbench 4 Single Core: 4119 Geekbench 4 Multi Core: 12946 Intel i7 6920HQ Geekbench 4 Single Core: 4242 Geekbench 4 Multi Core: 13314 As we can see, Intel hasnt seen much happen in the quad core mobile chips yielding much of a performance gain. What these numbers won't tell us is that the new chips are using Skylake, which has a tighter die and emits much less heat. So these new machines will put these numbers down without threat of thermal throttling for the most part. The GPU is another story entirely. We typically see around 20-50% in performance increase on the GPU's from year to year, but this year the Polaris 460 offers a massive gain of closer to 90% across the board. It should be noted that the 650/750 GPU's were pretty "behind the times" as 128 bit low wattage offerings leading into early last year. And while the new 460 isn't in the league of the GeForce 1060 that we see in just released gaming notebooks from Razer, MSI, Alienware and others, it is still a capable GPU and is very close in performance to a GeForce 965m at a much lower wattage. We can see that the gain in the 460 is coming from a shader count increase to 1024 from the 640 in the 450 and the 768 in the 455 (core clock speed increases about 50 mhz at each tier as well.) For those curious, I have also tested the latest Surface Book i7 with Performace Base (which did have a Geforce 965m) and the Firestrike Graphics score was about 5100 to the 4600 of of the Polaris 460. However, the Surface Book is utilizing a two core low wattage CPU, which only offered about 7700 in Geekbench 4 Multicore to the 13314 of the high end Macbook Pro processor. So those pondering a Surface Book should be ware that they are trading 10% more graphics for 40% CPU speed and a much slower storage write speed (1500 read and 600 meg write to the MBP's 3000/2000). Not a good trade in my opinion. I havent collected Cloud Gate scores for the 450 and 455 Polaris systems yet, but look for those to come soon. Thanks!