I’m curious about the performance difference between a maxed out 13-inch MacBook non Touch Bar or with Touch Bar. I found some information here: https://www.reddit.com/r/apple/comments/5fqg08/is_there_a_good_performance_comparison_of_the_new/ But from what I can tell those compare the difference of both base models, not the maxed out models. From what I can tell the relevant aspects to performance of the /w touch bar model is: Faster memory at 2133MHz instead of 1866MHz 28W CPU instead of a 15W CPU CPU clock at 3.3Ghz-3.36GHz instead of 2.4GHz-3.4Ghz Intel Iris Graphics 550 instead of 540 (only difference is clock speed from what I’ve read) Has 3 vents instead of 1. Has 2 fans instead of 1. However I am not a hardware technician, so I wonder what this means in practical use. I am not really interested in specs, but what they feel like using in practice. The touch bar model is obviously generally faster and possibly cooler and more quiet, but I wonder how much better it is in practice. If the difference is negligible I‘d rather save some money and get the non touch bar model. What I am interested in knowing: What is the performance difference in practice? (Would it even be noticeable in tasks such as compilation or running games?) Is there a difference in how long they can run on full speed before they have to throttle in order to avoid overheating? Is there are difference in how warm they get? Is either uncomfortable on your lap? Is one quieter or noisier under stress? Tasks I do that make my 2011 i5 Air a noisy hot throttled mess: Development using resource greedy IDEs such as Xcode and IntelliJ (taxes the system constantly analysing the your code) Running creative coding projects written in Processing and openFrameworks (these basically behave as light-ish games in terms of taxing the system) Graphics software (InDesign, Photoshop, AfterEffects, Sketch, etc…) Some light-ish gaming (things like Limbo) Watching video (Netflix, YouTube, etc…) For the record: I don’t care either way about the touch bar itself. I’m fine with both having and not having it. I don’t care that much about battery life (I rarely used my laptop unplugged) I do not want a 15" as they are much to heavy (and expensive) for my needs I don’t care about ports I don’t care about wifi-performance difference I apologise if this belongs in an existing thread.