2017 MacBook Pro is Up to 20% Faster Than Last Year's Model in Benchmarks

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Apple this week refreshed its MacBook Pro lineup with Intel's seventh-generation Kaby Lake processors, and early benchmarks for the notebooks suggest the 2017 models are up to 20 percent faster than the equivalent 2016 models equipped with Intel's sixth-generation Skylake processors.


    Specifically, the new 15-inch MacBook Pro configured with a 2.9GHz Core i7 processor has average single-core and multi-core scores of 4,632 and 15,747 respectively based on nearly a dozen Geekbench 4 results so far.

    By comparison, last year's 15-inch MacBook Pro configured with a sixth-generation 2.7GHz Core i7 processor, which was the equivalent high-end stock configuration, has average single-core and multi-core scores of 4,098 and 13,155 respectively based on over 4,800 Geekbench 4 results.

    On a model-vs-model basis, the benchmark results suggest the 2017 MacBook Pro with a 2.9GHz processor is up to 13 percent faster in single-core performance, and up to 19.7 percent faster in multi-core performance, than the equivalent 2016 MacBook Pro model. Its price remains unchanged at $2,799.


    There's only one Geekbench result for the new 15-inch MacBook Pro's base configuration with a 2.8GHz Core i7 processor, but the benchmarks suggest that model is up to 9.5 percent faster than the equivalent 2016 MacBook Pro equipped with a sixth-generation 2.6GHz Core i7 processor.

    There are no Geekbench results yet for the new 15-inch MacBook Pro's highest-end built-to-order configuration with a seventh-generation 3.1GHz Core i7 processor, so its performance cannot be compared to the equivalent built-to-order 2016 MacBook Pro with a sixth-generation 2.9GHz Core i7 processor.

    Article Link: 2017 MacBook Pro is Up to 20% Faster Than Last Year's Model in Benchmarks
  2. ikir macrumors 65816


    Sep 26, 2007
    I'm more interested in integrated performance compared to Iris 540/550. Anyway my super eGPU will destroy both together eh eh
  3. krfr macrumors member


    Sep 11, 2015
    I'm so glad I bought mine six months ago when it previously took them three years to update.... what a slap in the face...
  4. apolloa macrumors G4

    Oct 21, 2008
    Time, because it rules EVERYTHING!
    Not bad. Good increase for a none major Intel release.
  5. saudor macrumors 6502a

    Jul 18, 2011
    basically the ipad 3 > iPad 4 all over again.
  6. sigma7 macrumors regular


    Oct 14, 2012
  7. Relentless Power macrumors Penryn

    Relentless Power

    Jul 12, 2016
    But there's no way of you knowing or anyone else knowing when the next model was going to be updated. It's not a slap in the face at all. You still have an amazing machine.
  8. btrach144 macrumors 68000


    Aug 28, 2015
    An amazing machine that's 20% slower...
  9. Corrode macrumors 6502a


    Dec 26, 2008
    Calgary, AB
    You got six months' use out of it. Surely, you must see some value there??
  10. wallysb01 macrumors 65816

    Jun 30, 2011
    Up to 20% slower :)
  11. TigerWoodsIV macrumors 6502a

    Apr 3, 2010
    It's a slap in the face because they took so long to put out Skylake machines, they just went for the cash grab. They rarely put out updates so fast. You can tell they just wanted these out for Christmas. Glad I spent a fortune on one...
  12. fyun89, Jun 7, 2017
    Last edited: Jun 7, 2017

    fyun89 macrumors 6502

    Oct 3, 2014
    My 2012 Retina Macbook Pro is now 5 years old and still holding quite well. Single core score of 3606 and multicore 11748 isn't quite off from 4632/15747 of the latest.

    Only <30% difference from a 5 year old device? No way I'll pay another grand for that (after resale) lol.

    Not to discourage people from buying rMBP though. They're good investment for long term use.
  13. mattopotamus macrumors G5


    Jun 12, 2012
    well it didn't come out six months ago, he just bought it six months ago. The iPad 3 > 4 was literally 6 months later the new one came out after the "old" one was released.
  14. mi7chy macrumors 603


    Oct 24, 2014
    Synthetic benchmarks are useless. The largest difference is video decoding and encoding acceleration with Kaby Lake.
  15. Michaelgtrusa macrumors 604

    Oct 13, 2008
  16. manu chao, Jun 7, 2017
    Last edited: Jun 7, 2017

    manu chao macrumors 603

    Jul 30, 2003
    Yeah, Apple slipping from 9 to 12 months to 16 months for one iteration and now catching up with an 8 month turn-around is really such a slap into the face. It also seems you multiplied the number of months it went over the roughly Intel-imposed 12-month cycle by a factor of ten to get to your 3 year number.
  17. vanillaspice macrumors newbie

    Jan 27, 2012
    Yeah, I don't normally care about these things and I really do like my machine, which I needed in January, but I do feel up to 20% screwed.
    --- Post Merged, Jun 7, 2017 ---
    IIRC, Intel said the difference is supposed to be in power consumption, not performance.
  18. CJM macrumors 65816


    May 7, 2005
    What about the 13 inchers? I just dropped some cash on one...
  19. shaunp macrumors 68000

    Nov 5, 2010
    It's still too thin. Give me one with a proper keyboard, more expansion ports (you can shove dongles where the sun doesn't shine), a matte screen option and 64GB RAM and then I'd buy it. For £3k I want it to be functional not look pretty.
  20. andreyush macrumors 6502


    Oct 24, 2015
    If my device does the tasks well, then I don't care how much slower it is in comparation with 2017 macbook pro. :3

    But for a guy who bought 6 months ago the late 2016 version ....yeah it's pretty much a slap in the face .
  21. T'hain Esh Kelch macrumors 603

    T'hain Esh Kelch

    Aug 5, 2001
    You should be glad you didn't live in the 90's when Mac updates were done every 6 months on a regular basis.

    I am also sorry to hear that your machine doesn't work for what you bought it for anymore. :(
  22. andreyush macrumors 6502


    Oct 24, 2015

    Your wishes will be only dreams my friend. Too bad, this are some good wishes :(
  23. c3pa, Jun 7, 2017
    Last edited: Jun 7, 2017

    c3pa macrumors member

    Sep 6, 2011
  24. Labeno macrumors 6502


    Jul 21, 2008
  25. bjornarv macrumors newbie

    Jun 7, 2017
    Yes, same. What about the 13". just ordered it.

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