Current MacBook vs old MacBook Pro

AppleRyan

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Would the current Late 2017 MacBook(NOT Pro) be more powerful than the late 2013 MacBook Pro I have in my signature.
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Would the current Late 2017 MacBook(NOT Pro) be more powerful than the late 2013 MacBook Pro I have in my signature.
“13" rMBP Haswell 2.4/8gb/256gb“
 

eece

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really depends on the task, "more powerful" hard to quantify ;)

but looking at good ol' geekbench scores https://browser.geekbench.com/mac-benchmarks/
you're looking at around a 20% improvement


MacBook Pro (13-inch Retina Late 2013) 2.4
Single-core 3138
Multi-core 6028


MacBook (Mid 2017) 1.4
Single-core 3933
Multi-core 7623
 

EugW

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In Cinebench R15, the old MacBook Pro with Haswell 2.4 GHz Core i5-4258U is roughly the same speed as the MacBook Core i7-7Y75, or perhaps very mildly faster. However, the old MacBook Pro will be able to maintain that speed forever with the fan, whereas the MacBook will drop 5-10% with sustained loads (as in 20 minutes).

Overall, it's basically a wash performance-wise, unless you're going to be working with 4K HEVC or something where the MacBook wins (because it has hardware support for both 8-bit and 10-bit HEVC).

However, they are two drastically different machines. The MacBook is an ultraportable that is great to use in economy class on the plane, whereas the MacBook Pro has lots of ports including Thunderbolt, and is easy to upgrade, but is way heavier. Those should be your decision makers, not the performance in most cases. As for 4K, if you really wanted to create content with 4K HEVC sources, the better bet would be a 2017 MacBook Pro, as it would be way, way faster than both of these machines.
 

Guy Clark

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But the MB will be faster, which is what the OP is concerned about.
Not significantly faster. The 2.4 GHz Haswell is a fine CPU coupled with SSD and 8GB RAM the performance is ample for most scenarios.
With the Late 2017 MacBook USB-C only is a major trade off along with questionable ventilation.
 

AppleRyan

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I appreciate the replies. My wife(spoiled I know) complains about how thick the late 2013 mbp is(like I said spoiled lol) we both use it but she brings it with her for school. I will say that I use it to edit video in 4K though from time to time.
 

Guy Clark

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I appreciate the replies. My wife(spoiled I know) complains about how thick the late 2013 mbp is(like I said spoiled lol) we both use it but she brings it with her for school. I will say that I use it to edit video in 4K though from time to time.
If your Wife has set her mind on the MacBook then she needs to understand the limitations ports wise and be prepared to use a docking station to connect peripherals

Also the USB-C port has an issue where connections can become loose. Not good when you are carrying out a Time Machine backup and the connection fails
https://forums.macrumors.com/threads/mbp-2016-usb-c-ports-loose-connections.2108752/
 
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Wags

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I appreciate the replies. My wife(spoiled I know) complains about how thick the late 2013 mbp is(like I said spoiled lol) we both use it but she brings it with her for school. I will say that I use it to edit video in 4K though from time to time.
Don’t see the MacBook as great machine for video editing. Also dealing with just one usb-c port. At this point just keep old and get new MacBook to bridge over to the next MBP you might get.
 

maerz001

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Just in case someone missed that in the last three years: Has anyone mentioned it has only one usbc port? /s
 
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