Macbook M7 vs the MacBook Pro Non-Touch

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Picapau21, Oct 30, 2016.

  1. Picapau21 macrumors 6502

    Apr 26, 2015
    So guys whilst replying to a thread on the MacBook sub-forum and playing around with various configurations I came up with this.

    M7 MB Geekbench Max Benchmarks are at around 6900-7000.

    i5 MBP Geekbench Max Benchmarks are at around 7200-7300.

    Both turbo to 3.1 Ghz but the M7 MB likely throttles sooner. It also has a worse GPU.

    In terms of pricing though they are relatively similar:

    M7 MB costs £1670 and comes with a stock 512 Gb SSD.
    MBP comes to £1629 when the SSD is upgraded to 512 Gb.

    So not as big a difference as I thought there would be.

    I still think the MBP is slightly better value for money but for such a small form factor the M7 MB is a worthy contender.

  2. Cryates macrumors 65816

    Nov 19, 2013
    Chattanooga, TN
    Always go with Pro in this case. Better CPU, better graphics easily and faster SSD for less money.
  3. keviig macrumors 6502

    Jun 7, 2012
    While i love the core M tech and the rMB, the rMBP will absolutely smash the rMB in any scenario that requires high cpu load over more than a few seconds. I had the 2015 m3 rMB and while it turbo'd to 2.4GHz it would throttle to 1.8-1.9GHz within 30-40 seconds due to heat (90-100c) The rMBP on the other hand will be able to stay at 3.1GHz for as long as you'd like. It also has what appears to be a beefier cooling system than the 2015 rMBP (28W) so noise should be minimal it's a 15W chip.
  4. Picapau21 thread starter macrumors 6502

    Apr 26, 2015
    Yup..all very good points. Does show that if only needing temporary turbo speeds the vast majority could get by on the M line processors.
  5. mjs402 macrumors 6502

    Oct 24, 2013
    You also get two USB-C/Thunderbolt 3 ports versus the one USB-C (gen. 1 no less) port in the 12 inch MacBook. Thunderbolt 3, if you need it, will provide solid performance and speeds. The display on the Pro as well is receiving initial good thoughts on it.
  6. Picapau21 thread starter macrumors 6502

    Apr 26, 2015
    The lack of thunderbolt 3 is a major issue but I don't think the lack of ports is so major an issue considering we will be using adapters/hubs in mot scenarios.
  7. mjs402 macrumors 6502

    Oct 24, 2013
    The ports situation doesn't bother me. Heck, I am happy they killed most of the ports off to be honest. If you need an SD card, using a dongle - really, it's not that big of a deal. If you need to connect monitors? Get a dock or get a monitor that supports USB-C/TB3.

    I am very happy with what has been announced personally.

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