Deciding on 8 Core VS 6 Core Macbook Pro 2019

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by lionfleet, May 29, 2019.

  1. lionfleet macrumors newbie

    Sep 11, 2012
    Is the extra processors of the 8 core worth the jump VS 6 core for Macbook Pro 2019? I do lots of video editing and photoshop...
    Would be an extra $400

    Happy to pay it if it's gonna speed things up and make it last longer. But worth it? Let me know.
  2. LogicalApex macrumors 6502

    Nov 13, 2015
    All depends on your workflow. Since the 6 core has a higher base clock it will be faster in workflows that are single threaded or have limited scaling. In workflows that scale very well and can fully utilize all cores you'll get better performance out of the 8 core.
  3. Beau10 macrumors 6502a

    Apr 6, 2008
    Downtown San Diego
    Not necessary - the turbo boost is higher on the 8 core, so at least for relatively short workflows, it will be faster still single-threaded.
  4. LogicalApex macrumors 6502

    Nov 13, 2015
    It will be faster in bursty workflows, but not in single threaded applications that aren't bursty.
  5. Beau10 macrumors 6502a

    Apr 6, 2008
    Downtown San Diego
    Most things are bursty - ie. less than 30 seconds sustained, which is the envelope mostly dealt with w/ turbo boost.
  6. x-evil-x macrumors 601


    Jul 13, 2008
    seems like a better deal to get the 8 core price wise also.

    If you did the 6 core and 500 gig hard drive with the same GPUs 560x that comes in the 2600$ base 8 core the price would be 2520$.

    So for 80$ more you'd get a better 8 core cpu basically. not too much extra
  7. Queen6 macrumors 604


    Dec 11, 2008
    Flying over the rainforest at dawn - Priceless
    8 Core as it has a 512 SSD, slightly better GPU and offers better value (well for Apple), it will also hold a better price on the secondary market, assuming Apple got the bugs in the keyboard worked out.

  8. twanj macrumors 6502


    Sep 10, 2015
    Pompano Beach, FL
    Aren't the 512 GB SSDs way faster than the 256?
  9. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    Worth is subjective, but if you're already spending thousands of dollars why not just take the plunge. You may be wishing you did down the road, so for the matter of peace of mind go for it.
  10. vaugha, Jun 6, 2019
    Last edited: Jun 6, 2019

    vaugha macrumors 6502

    Nov 3, 2011
    For me it's a big yes. I've got a 2.4ghz (9980hk) mbp that I've been testing and running other things. It's surprisingly cool considering how many issues last year's models had. They definitely improved on the thermals and I've heard they changed the thermal paste in 2019 to address the thermal concerns of the 2018 counterparts.

    My idle temps sit at around 35 - 37C and 65 - 70C under load. If I run benchmarks, I can easily push it to 100C of course but most importantly am loving the supposedly more reliable keyboards and I'm going to take apple's statements at face value this time around b/c refining and improving is what they do best.

    Regarding battery life, I'm doing more tests but it is similar to the last year.
  11. getheo macrumors member


    Jul 3, 2011
    I chose 6 cores for 2019 macbook pro. It has 555x graphics card which runs cooler than the 560x (according to a thread from the 2018 models), and I hope that the i7 runs cooler than the i9. I don't care about graphics, so I think I made the best choice. It is not here yet, when I have it, I will post news.
  12. mcvaughan macrumors 6502a

    Aug 9, 2007
    Houston, TX
    Sounds like the 8 core is better suited for you than the 6.

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