2017 Base Macbook Pro 13" Non TB

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by jrasero, Jun 14, 2017.

  1. jrasero macrumors regular

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    Apple Insider recently reviewed the 2017 Base Macbook Pro 13" Non TB and are finding some substantial performance compared to the 2016 base model

    "Comparing the machines in GeekBench 4, the new Macbook is 21 percent faster in single core tasks, and 30 percent faster in multi-core."

    One this is great news since I think a lot of people thought Kaby Lake would be more of tick upgrade. However the GPU they, "...found a modest improvement of 5 percent from 2016 to 2017"

    with this being said it's a little weird how Apple quickly announced the Kaby Lake upgrade without going into more specifics, maybe to not piss off everyone who bought the 2016?

    http://appleinsider.com/articles/17...t-touch-bar-unexpectedly-speedy-vs-2016-model
     
  2. Saturn007 macrumors 6502

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    What does that translate into in real world performance?!
     
  3. project_2501 macrumors regular

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    in my experience - comparing the 2015 and the 2017 ntb

    • battery life seem worse
    • for most CPU tasks, and I'm a developer processing data for hours sometimes, the 2015 is fine and 2017 doesn't improve that massively to make you want to upgrade. bigger jobs would go to the cloud anyway - not a tiny laptop getting hotter and hotter
    • the biggest improvement for me was the ability to drive a 4K display smoothly at 60hz - the 2015 could just about but not smoothly, it struggled - the actual intel gpu has genuinely different architecture to the 2015 model (dedicated small edRAM vs sharing it, etc)

    my own review of pros/cons as a moderate power user https://forums.macrumors.com/threads/2017-macbook-pro-13-non-tb-review.2056971
     

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