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New MacBook Pro and Air Benchmarks Comparable to Mid-2014 Models

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The newly refreshed 13" Retina MacBook Pro announced on Monday is seeing comparable performance to the mid-2014 model, according to the latest Geekbench benchmark. The early 2015 model with an Intel Core i5 processor clocked at 2.7GHz achieved a single-core score of 3043 and a multi-core score of 6448, a minor variance from last year's low-end 13" Retina MacBook Pro single-core score of 3056 and multi-core score of 6554.

The latest 11" MacBook Air, with an Intel Core i5 processor clocked at 1.6GHz, also performed comparably to its predecessor in Geekbench benchmarks, with its single-core score of 2753 and multi-core score of 5486 marginally higher than the mid-2014 model's scores of 2430 and 5291 respectively. Meanwhile, the new 13" MacBook Air had modestly lower scores, although more benchmarks will need to be averaged before results are conclusive.

John Poole of Primate Labs, the makers of Geekbench, claims that the latest MacBook Pro and Air may see slight performance improvements after OS X Yosemite gets through first-boot housekeeping, so further benchmarks results will be needed for those models as well to determine accurate performance. Nevertheless, it is clear that this year's refreshed MacBooks deliver only negligible improvements over the year-ago models.

The results are largely unsurprising given Intel's focus on improving battery life versus performance with its latest Broadwell processors. The new MacBook Air and Pro lineups also have faster graphics and flash storage, two areas where improvements should be more noticeable over last year's models. The refreshed 13" Retina MacBook Pro in particular is up to 40% faster than the previous model with Intel Iris graphics.

Apple refreshed the MacBook Air lineup yesterday with Intel Broadwell processors, Thunderbolt 2 and Intel HD Graphics 6000. It also refreshed the 13" MacBook Pro with similar improvements, including Intel Broadwell processors, Intel HD Graphics 6100 and all-day battery life. The latest MacBook Pros also gained a trackpad with built-in Force Touch technology that detects a small tap versus a deep press and performs a different action accordingly.

Article Link: New MacBook Pro and Air Benchmarks Comparable to Mid-2014 Models
 

gpat

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New MacBook Pro and Air Benchmarks Comparable to Mid-2014 Models

...which were the same as the 2013 models. Good job Intel! (not really Apple's fault)
 
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prism

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According to apple's website, the new iris GPU performs up to 40% better than last years rMBP. I think thats where measurements should be conducted.
 
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nylon

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Hopefully Skylake chips will bring a significant bump in performance.
 
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ValSalva

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I guess Broadwell is for battery life. Hopefully Skylake will come soon and offer at least a little performance boost. It may be a while before Skylake is in MacBooks though :(
 
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felixen

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When do you guys think we'll see a big update and redesign to the Macbook Pro? I'm loving the new Macbook's design but I don't think it's be good enough for my needs so I was really hoping for a big update to the Pro as well.
 
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nerdAFK

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What about the 2x faster flash storage.
That is really interesting and great news.
 
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mikeray

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...which were the same as the 2013 models. Good job Intel! (not really Apple's fault)

To be fair, the goal for that refresh was power consumption, and they really delivered on increased battery life. Also Broadwell is just a die shrinkage so none of this is unexpected.
 
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nerdAFK

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When do you guys think we'll see a big update and redesign to the Macbook Pro? I'm loving the new Macbook's design but I don't think it's be good enough for my needs so I was really hoping for a big update to the Pro as well.

Guess next year.
2008 - 2012 -2016.
Skylake should make a even crazier thinner retina MacBook Pro possible.
 
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So this is apparently what it's like to be in the Mac ecosystem now. Hoping that performance on this year's models will not be worse than last year's models, and that Apple doesn't take away more in terms of features than it adds.
 
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The Mercurian

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Wow those specs both suck and blow at the same time.

When do you guys think we'll see a big update and redesign to the Macbook Pro? I'm loving the new Macbook's design but I don't think it's be good enough for my needs so I was really hoping for a big update to the Pro as well.

My guess, interesting that they "bumped" the 13" but not the 15". But the fact they did a minor bump pushes out any real bump for at least 6 months. Also interesting that they called the new MacBook simply MacBook, and not MacBook Air Retina or something like that. I reckon they working on new slimmer pros and in 6 or 12 months will release a 14" model or something
 
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Faelan

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So glad I didn't wait for Broadwell. Got the mid-2014 13" rMBP w/512GB SSD in December last year on sale. Woke up today to see that the price of the new rMBP with the same amount of storage is now €400 more on the Apple store than what I paid at a local retailer back in December :cool:
 
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vbedia

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The interesting part should be the graphic performance against last year model. Personally, I wasn't expecting a boost in the processor core department, besides the increment of battery life.
 
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GPU benchmarks

If you have access to the newest MacBook Air or MacBook Pro 13", please run the GPUTest OpenGL benchmark series and LuxMark OpenCL benchmark series.
 
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So this is apparently what it's like to be in the Mac ecosystem now. Hoping that performance on this year's models will not be worse than last year's models, and that Apple doesn't take away more in terms of features than it adds.

If only Apple used Intel processors, this wouldn't happen. :rolleyes:
 
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So this is apparently what it's like to be in the Mac ecosystem now. Hoping that performance on this year's models will not be worse than last year's models, and that Apple doesn't take away more in terms of features than it adds.

? broadwell was a die shrink. It gave the macbook pro an additional hour of battery life and 40% extra gpu pefromance. Couple that with 2x speed of flash added to the machine for good measure.

CPU performance did not go up by intel's design.
 
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The newly refreshed 13" Retina MacBook Pro announced on Monday is seeing comparable performance to the mid-2014 model, according to the latest Geekbench benchmark. The early 2015 model with an Intel Core i5 processor clocked at 2.7GHz achieved a single-core score of 3043 and a multi-core score of 6448, a minor variance from last year's low-end 13" Retina MacBook Pro single-core score of 3056 and multi-core score of 6554.

Hmm, that's not what I see on Geekbench's website. Last year's entry level rMBP clocked an average score of 5832 on the multi-thread test. So it's a significant improvement.
 
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unobtainium

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? broadwell was a die shrink. It gave the macbook pro an additional hour of battery life and 40% extra gpu pefromance. Couple that with 2x speed of flash added to the machine for good measure.

CPU performance did not go up by intel's design.

CPU performance did not increase, but the clock speed of the entry-level model was increased, from 2.6 to 2.7. Score should have gone up rather than slightly down. I think MacRumors is listing last year's score wrong though.
 
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Eithanius

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1. Negligible performance improvement...
2. OS X quality drops without options to downgrade...
3. Price increased exorbitantly (from where I am)...

I'll be keeping my soon-to-be 5-year old MBP for another year I guess... :rolleyes:
 
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