Another 2015 vs 2016 Question: Iris 6100 vs 540/550 GPUs

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by jbstew32, Dec 21, 2016.

  1. jbstew32 macrumors regular

    Jan 15, 2007
    I've searched many times to no avail, so I'm hoping someone here has found a resource or knows the answer to this question: How large of an improvement is the Iris 540/550 found in the 2016 13" MBP as compared to the Iris 6100 in the 2015 models?

    Gaming is presumably not such a viable thing with either, but I'm curious as to the difference in performance (raw benchmarks with the Mac hardware), as well as realistically when (as in, what scenarios) it would matter anyway?

    I own a 2015 13" model (3.1GHz i7 w/16GB Ram). Port issues aside, I'm trying to figure out if there's any scenario in which upgrading to the non-TB 2016 MBP makes sense.
  2. IngerMan macrumors 65816


    Feb 21, 2011
    You still have a very good machine. Performance increase would be minimal with your 2015 specs. You can view the CPU and Open CL difference below. Save your money for a few more years.
  3. PTLove macrumors 6502

    Sep 12, 2014
    I dont have time at the moment to grab some benchmarks, but your proabably looking at around ~40-50% improvement in gaming.

    Note however, that a 50% improvement over bad is still bad. I highly recommend NOT upgrading for the (still not enough) GPU increase.
  4. mikeo007 macrumors 65816

    Mar 18, 2010
    6100 to 550 is at least a 60% boost in gaming, in some games eve higher. Despite what some say, that does at least make newer games playable. It brings games like Doom 2016 from ~20fps to 30+fps, or Overwatch to over 60fps.

    Don't fool yourself, it's not a gaming machine, but in a pinch it's at least possible.

    I personally wouldn't upgrade from a 2015 just for this, but it would totally depend on your use case.
  5. pshifrin macrumors 6502


    Mar 14, 2010
    The performance when connecting to a 4K display (via display port for 60hz) is SIGNIFICANTLY better on the 550 vs 6100 in my opinion.
  6. Qwe9203 macrumors member

    Nov 18, 2014

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