Macbook Pro Intel i7 (7th gen) vs Macbook Pro Touchbar i5(8th gen)

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by davet7, Apr 13, 2019.

  1. davet7 macrumors newbie

    Joined:
    Apr 13, 2019
    Location:
    Michigan
    #1
    Hello Everyone!

    I'm looking to purchase a new MacBook Pro. I am about to retire my 2010 MacBook Pro (core 2 duo). Trying to get into coding & matlab so a fast computer would help.

    I had made two configurations and the cost variance is only $20. Where the touch bar option is cheaper.

    Option A:
    Macbook pro (without touch bar)
    • 2.5GHz dual-core 7th-generation Intel Core i7 processor, Turbo Boost up to 4.0GHz
    • Intel Iris Plus Graphics 640
    • 16GB 2133MHz LPDDR3 memory
    • 512GB SSD storage

    Vs.

    Option B:
    • 2.3GHz quad‑core 8th‑generation Intel Core i5 processor, Turbo Boost up to 3.8GHz
    • Retina display with True Tone
    • Touch Bar and Touch ID
    • Intel Iris Plus Graphics 655
    • 16GB 2133MHz LPDDR3 memory
    • 512GB SSD storage
    • Four Thunderbolt 3 ports

    Question: Which is the better option/faster? Is the quad-core 8th-generation Intel Core i5 better than dual-core 7th-generation Intel Core i7?

    I appreciate your help in advance!

    Thank you,

    Dave
     
  2. leman macrumors G3

    Joined:
    Oct 14, 2008
    #2
    They will perform similarly in single-core dominated workloads, the 2018 will be much faster in multi-core workloads and the GPU is about 30-40% faster.
     
  3. davet7 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Joined:
    Apr 13, 2019
    Location:
    Michigan
    #3
    thank you for the help Leman!
     
  4. PeterJP macrumors 6502

    PeterJP

    Joined:
    Feb 2, 2012
    Location:
    Leuven, Belgium
    #4
    Yeah, I think there is no comparison. If your compiler does parallel compiling, the quad core will demolish the dual core. For most serious work these days, more cores are the way to go.
     
  5. davet7 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Joined:
    Apr 13, 2019
    Location:
    Michigan
    #5
    Thank you PeterJP
     
  6. sokzzuka, Apr 20, 2019
    Last edited: Apr 20, 2019

    sokzzuka macrumors member

    Joined:
    Feb 24, 2019
    #6
    new 8 gen u cpus are comparable to old HQ i7s (4 cores, 8 threads).
    Around 40-80% faster in multi than older 7th Gen dual core u CPUs - depending on application.
    If you can go with 8th gen, then that's the only way to go imo.
     
  7. currahee2100 macrumors regular

    Joined:
    Feb 9, 2009
    #7
    Definitely the 8th gen 2018. Quad core will be nice when you are going to work with multithreaded, cpu intensive applications.

    I had a 2017 Pro but went with the 2018. Two tbolt ports will be terrible, especially when one is being used for power. Pass through power delivery adapters are expensive.
     

Share This Page

6 April 13, 2019