Best quad core MBP for sustained processor speed?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Cliff House, Oct 23, 2013.

  1. Cliff House macrumors newbie

    Oct 23, 2013
    I'm taking a look at the new higher end MBP 15 and already seeing a couple of sacrifices compared to my beloved old 17 inch matte-screen MBP (now held together with duct tape after a hinge wore out). But I'd like to make sure that the newest models are not a step back from other recent releases in terms of long-term processing speed.

    I'm a researcher and I commonly run multiple cpu-hungry processes at once. I saw the 2.6 Ghz max on the newly released MBP 15's quad core processor, and even though I know that Ghz is not necessarily the best indicator of processor performance, it got me a bit worried. I see the new power boost thing, and that's nice for short term speed. But I'm wondering - if I had 4 processes running at 100% cpu for an extended time, would the new MBP 15 2.6 Ghz quad core still be faster than any previous MBP release?

    Thanks a lot for helping me get a handle on this!
  2. leman macrumors G3

    Oct 14, 2008
    Yes, it will be faster. Also, don't forget the 128MB L4 cache - it should provide a heathy boost for many scientific computations!

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