Is the new MacBook Pro 15 inch fast?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by kokhoong0624, Nov 5, 2016.

  1. kokhoong0624 macrumors regular

    kokhoong0624

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    I am asking this question because of the amount of negative comments on the new MBP. I am looking forward to get one with Radeon 460 with the 2.7GHz. I do a lot of Photoshop editing and Illustrator. I am planning to use the new one to brush up my After Effects (mostly text animations) and learn Cinema4D (also simple modelling).

    The comments on this forum makes the thinner MBP sound a lot less powerful than the 2015 version...... and my instinct that thinner laptops are less powerful makes me doubt my purchase. I don't mind the loss of ports because I rarely use them and I think that TB3 is a great addition.

    But it should be FASTER, right? Or at least, it wouldn't be SLOWER than the 2015 edition right?
     
  2. keviig macrumors 6502

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    No way its slower than the 2015 model. It has a newer processor and a way more powerful GPU. At 1.8 TFLOPS, the Radeon Pro 460 matches the PS4 in graphics power.

    Even though its thinner its supposed to have a newly designed cooling system, so it should perform well. I wouldn't be worried.
     
  3. leman macrumors G3

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    The 2016 MBP uses the fastest currently available consumer-level mobile CPUs and currently available sub 50W mobile GPUs (if we look at 460 Pro). Not to mention that its SSD and RAM are faster. The base 15" version with Pro 450 should be more or less on par (slightly faster actually) in GPU performance than the M370X equipped version, the Pro 460 should be somewhere between 50% and 100% faster.

    The new MBP is more mobile, has better battery life, and is also faster.

    P.S. I would even speculate that (at its availability) it will be the fastest overall laptop on the market in its category (sub 2kg, 7+ hours battery life). This might very well change next year though when the GTX 1050 equipped laptops will be available.
     
  4. kokhoong0624 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thanks :) Cleared my doubts haha cause I'm really worried... Someone even said that the new MBP would throttle under normal load...

    That's great! Thanks so much for the info. Guess Apple is not switching to Nvdia any time soon haha
     
  5. leman macrumors G3

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    There were some rumours (based on Nvidia's job openings) that Apple and Nvidia have some sort of project together but no idea. Also, Pascal is more energy efficient than Polaris in higher-power settings, but we don't really know how it behaves on lower-power one. It is possible that sub 50W Polaris is equivalent to Pascal or maybe even better.
     
  6. AlanShutko macrumors 6502a

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    A lot of folks are talking right now about the MBP 13" without Touch Bar, because it's the only one in people's hands so far. It is substantially slower than the Touch Bar models coming out. So don't take early reviews to heart.
     
  7. kokhoong0624 thread starter macrumors regular

    kokhoong0624

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    Woah, I really hope to see a MBP with an Nvdia card one day... Btw I've read that the iGPU in the new MBP is significantly slower than the one in the 2015 edition and there's some people who said that the new MacBook would suffer from UI lag... because the new one with iGPU is only as powerful as the 15inch 2012 model. Do you think that it's true?
    Reading those comments are freaking me out D:

    Yeah! Looking forward for the ones with touch bar. Hope the reviews will be out by next week so I can still have peace of mind.. Mine is shipping at end of december
     
  8. eroslws macrumors 6502

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    You are looking at that thread on this forum about Parallels. The dude is misinformed; I wouldn't worry about it.
     
  9. leman macrumors G3

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    People around here say all kinds of stuff ;) Anyway, you always have an option to return it if you are dissatisfied with the performance.
     
  10. kokhoong0624 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thanks guys! Just wanna make sure before the MBP ships. Hahah I live in a country where there is no official Apple Store so there's no free returns, only available through the Apple Online Store, so I can only cancel before the MacBook ships.
     
  11. leman macrumors G3

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    I thought that Apple Online store purchases were all subject to a free return option? Might be different outside Europe though...
     

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